Harry Metcalfe

ConsultationXML is now Open Source

We're terribly, fantastically pleased to announce that after a bit of wrangling, Steph Gray and I are able to release ConsultationXML as open source software under the GNU Affero license. The recent report on open source software in Government hinted that departments ought to try to release source code for the software they commission, and we're delighted to be (we ...

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Harry Metcalfe

ConsultationXML: the mashups have landed

People have already started doing interesting things with ConsultationXML. I have to admit -- I couldn't be more pleased! Richard Goodwin took PDF attachments from the London Gazette, uploaded them to ConsultationXML, got the HTML preview output and fed it into Wordle -- and voila! A Wordle map of the London Gazette's honours list was born. Has anyone else done ...

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Harry Metcalfe

ConsultationXML: getting reusable data out of horrid PDFs

Over the last few months, we've been working with Steph Gray of the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills on making consultation documents easier to reuse. DIUS are doing some fantastic things with consultations. Typically, a formal consultation is a pretty tedious process: a department will write up a big PDF document, print it, send it to some people, stick ...

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