We’ve put together a simple guide to Getting Started with Alaveteli. It consists of just seven steps.
At step one, your Freedom of Information website is nothing but a dream. By step seven, you’ll be the proud owner of your very own version, providing a valuable service for your country’s citizens!
What is Alaveteli?
Alaveteli is our platform that allows anyone to run their own Freedom of Information website – like WhatDoTheyKnow.com, but tailored to your own country’s Right To Information system.
If you’re considering setting up your own site, it’s inevitable that you’ll have all sorts of questions. We want to be with you every step of the way, to answer all your questions and offer help where you need it.
We’ve made Alaveteli as simple as possible, because we want anyone to be able to use it, without needing much technical knowledge.
So our guide is for everyone, including people who have never before launched their own website (if you have bags of experience, you should read it too – it’s still useful!)
It answers pressing questions like:
- How long does it take to create an Alaveteli site?
- How many people do I need to help me, and how do I find them?
- What technical skills are needed?
- How do I get the site translated into my own language?
- Should I launch with a big bang?
- How many hours a week will I be dedicating to the site, once it’s live?
If you want to know the answers to those questions, go and read it! And if you still have questions, please let us know. We’ll add more detail as it’s asked for.
If you’re technically confident, you should also head to our Alaveteli developers’ guide. Plus you will want to sign up to our Alaveteli mailing list, where you can discuss all things Alaveteli, and get advice, support and the answers to all your questions.
FixMyStreet.com is mySociety’s popular British site for reporting problems like broken street lights and holes in the road. It works because as well as recording reports online, it sends copies to the relevent local governments. It has inspired many ‘grandchildren’ around the world.
Today marks the start of a new era for FixMyStreet as we push out the start of a major design upgrade in Britain, aimed particularly at making the mobile web experience as good as the desktop web experience.
Simultaneously, we’re also launching a guide to using the FixMyStreet Platform as the basis for your website in other countries.
- We’ve set up a new homepage for the FixMyStreet Platform.
- We’ve set up a new mailing list which you can join if you want to talk with us and with other users.
- We’ve published a brand new guide, suitable for technical and non-technical readers, about how and why you should consider using the FixMyStreet Platform to build your FixMyStreet-style website
We’re also here, waiting and ready to give you a hand. So if you’ve ever thought about setting up FixMyStreet outside Britain, there’s no better time to start than today.
Welcome to the new DIY.mysociety.org blog. The “About” page will give you an overview of what we’re trying to achieve here, but put simply: our goal is to share a lot of our hard-won lessons about what’s involved in building tools for civic engagement.
Our first major step in that direction is a guide on “How To Build A Site Like TheyWorkForYou“. In keeping with our own principles of getting early versions in front of people as quickly as possible, this is a first draft — somewhat rough in places, and missing some key topics we want to add later — but there’s still a lot of useful information in it about the sorts of things you need to think deeply about when building a Parliamentary Monitoring site.
We need your help to turn it into what we really want it to become. There are lots of groups with lots of experience in this field — we certainly don’t claim to be the only ones with useful information to share! So we encourage those of you who have built similar sites to contribute stories and ideas and lessons learned. Or anyone who has seen other sites do useful or interesting things, to share those with us (even if, or perhaps especially if, those are bad things! What would you wish no-one to ever inflict upon the world ever again?) Or, if this is simply an area you’re interested in — perhaps because you’re thinking of building a site like this in your country — please, please, please let us know what parts of the guide were useful, or not so useful. It’s not a technical manual — it’s primarily for decision makers, not developers. So if it’s too geeky in places, please let us know. If you disagree with any of our advice, please let us know. And if there are things you wish we’d covered, but haven’t, please let us know. If it encourages you to go build your own — we’d love it if you let us know that too!