Monthly Archives: October 2015

Civic Tech Monthly, October 2015

Welcome to the ninth edition of Civic Tech Monthly. Below you’ll find news and notes about civic tech from Australia and around the world. It seems like October has been a busy month for everyone. All around the world people are flat-out launching new projects, presenting at conferences, and sharing plans and ideas. This edition […]

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Ruby web scraping tutorial on morph.io – Part 5, saving your data & running it on morph.io

This post is part of a series of posts that provide step-by-step instructions on how to write a simple web scraper using Ruby on morph.io. If you find any problems, let us know in the comments so we can improve these tutorials. In the last post we dealt with the site’s pagination and started scraping […]

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Ruby web scraping tutorial on morph.io – Part 4, dealing with pagination

This post is part of a series of posts that provide step-by-step instructions on how to write a simple web scraper using Ruby on morph.io. If you find any problems, let us know in the comments so we can improve these tutorials. In the last post we finished collecting the data we want but discovered […]

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Ruby web scraping tutorial on morph.io – Part 3, continue writing your scraper

This post is part of a series of posts that provide step-by-step instructions on how to write a simple web scraper using Ruby on morph.io. If you find any problems, let us know in the comments so we can improve these tutorials. In the last post we started writing our scraper and gathering some data. […]

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Who comments in PlanningAlerts and how could it work better?

In our last two quarterly planning posts (see Q3 2015 and Q4 2015), we’ve talked about helping people write to their elected local councillors about planning applications through PlanningAlerts. As Matthew wrote in June, “The aim is to strengthen the connection between citizens and local councillors around one of the most important things that local […]

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Ruby web scraping tutorial on morph.io – Part 2, start writing your scraper

This post is part of a series of posts that provide step-by-step instructions on how to write a simple web scraper using Ruby on morph.io. If you find any problems, let us know in the comments so we can improve these tutorials. In the past post we set up our scraper. Now we’re going to […]

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We’ve got a lot to finish in 2015 – here is our plan

Every three months the core team at the OpenAustralia Foundation gets together for a day to plan our next quarter ahead. It’s a good time to review what we got done, how we’re feeling about our work, what we want to get done next and to make any course corrections. It’s all in the context […]

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Ruby web scraping tutorial on morph.io – Part 1, setting up your scraper

This post is part of a series of posts that provide step-by-step instructions on how to write a simple web scraper using Ruby on morph.io. If you find any problems, let us know in the comments so we can improve these tutorials.   With just a few lines of code, you can write a scraper […]

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Matthew and the Digital Transformation Office

The Digital Transformation Office was established in July of this year, by the then Minister, now Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, to transform government and make government services simpler, clearer, faster and more humane. The cornerstone of this huge endeavour is putting users first. Design and build government services for people, not for government and all […]

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