Monday, 22 March 2010

Dropping 'NC' from the license

The election is not far away and attention is starting to turn to the candidates. We've been receiving lots of updates from visitors to the site and want to thank them for it. With this in mind we are dropping the 'Non-Commercial' part of the license on our candidate data. We don't want anything getting in the way of people using it to make the election better.

There are already several websites and even an iPhone app based on the data - we'll be highlighting them here over the next few days. If you want to create a project go ahead - all you need to do is attribute it back to us (fair's fair) and pass on anything you create under the same license.

Hopefully with this increased freedom YourNextMP will become a central hub for the data, letting other more creative people get on with doing great things with it whilst leaving us to do the gathering.

PS - want a complete copy of the database? You'll be getting it in a few days :)

3 comments:

  1. So are you going to post the entire excel spread sheet of candidates and their contact details online for people to download and use for their marketing etc. ? Because at the moment several companies/political parties are selling that data. I think the value for marketing companies is in having the spread sheet so they can contact them all at once rather than just the look up facility that YourNextMP offers online - which don't get me wrong is fantastic!

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  2. In a word yes :) - hopefully it'll be live later today

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  3. huge thanks to your project, http://votegeek.org.uk is now live, couldn't have done it without you and your lovely json feeds :-)

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