Let’s get together to help voters, come along to a SoPN Party!
What is a SoPN Party?
Democracy Club aims to build a digital public database of all election candidates.
The state doesn’t provide this. We need such a database to build tools to help voters (such as any tool that involves a user entering their address/postcode and getting their list of candidates back).
The database is crowdsourced from thousands of users. Those users find information on candidates from twitter, facebook, local news, candidates themselves.
Ultimately, we need to check the data against the official statements of persons nominated: SoPNs. These are PDFs produced by local authorities — one per ward. But computers can’t use PDFs, so we need to take the data out of the PDF and put it into the digital database. This requires lots of human help!
Come join volunteers in Birmingham supported by Impact Hub Birmingham members Pauline Roche and Ted Ryan from local social enterprise RnR Organisation to help make election information easier to find. There are local elections across England and Northern Ireland on 2 May 2019. At this event, Democracy Club will be taking information from council PDFs to turn it into useful data that anyone can use.
Stay for the whole session or just drop in whenever you can — every little helps! You’ll need a laptop, but no technical knowledge. You might like to sign up for an account at candidates.democracyclub.org.uk before the event, but it’s not essential. We’ll provide drinks and snacks!
Tickets are free for this event and can be booked here via Eventbrite.