Open data project leads to web app for political contacts

By: September 10, 2013
Pictured (L-R) Olive Hill, Invest NI; Professor Jonathan Wallace, University of Ulster and Chris Brown, MCE Public Relations Pictured (L-R) Olive Hill, Invest NI; Professor Jonathan Wallace, University of Ulster and Chris Brown, MCE Public Relations

PR firm MCE Public Relations has developed Northern Ireland’s first political contact web app using open data. The project was partly funded by Invest Northern Ireland through its Innovation Voucher scheme. The app was developed by Chris Brown, head of public affairs at MCE in partnership with the University of Ulster. It is the first mobile web app created using the Northern Ireland Assembly open data project.

“What makes this project innovative is its use of open parliamentary data. [We built] a mobile web based app that will allow people to immediately search for their local political representative and access their full contact details,” says Brown.

The Northern Ireland Assembly open data project allows data on the work of the Assembly to be published in its raw form. The data can be copied, published and adapted, to create new products such as web and mobile phone applications.

“We are developing a number of projects in the areas of political monitoring and open data and expect to bring them to fruition in the near future. This first step shows that we can do it and continue to innovate and build on our work in this area,” concludes Brown.

www.innovationvouchers.com.