Election: Sane ways of collecting candidate information

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Eric van Zanten of DataMade; Donny Bridges of Center for Technology & Civic Life
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Mar. 13 at 9:00am
  • Location: Denver III-IV
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

At DataMade we’ve found ourselves often needing to handle and organize information about candidates running for office, their campaign committees, how those committees are funded, and ultimately the outcomes of the elections that they are in. As a result, we’ve ended up finding and creating some open source tools to integrate these pieces into an extensible system for tracking this information and tying it to the people who are involved. In this session we’ll share the tools that we’ve assembled and how they might be reused.

Speaker Bios

  • Donny Bridges is the co-founder & Director of Civic Data at the Center for Technology and Civic Life, a non-profit that aims to modernize the ways communities & local governments interact with each other. For the past five years, his life has been consumed with turning unorganized government information into data. He loves mosquito abatement boards and hyacinth control districts. Naturally, this makes him great at parties.

  • Eric has spent the last several years working as a web developer to pay off his art school education. Currently working in Chicago for civic technology company DataMade doing everything from data janitorial work to fighting with Javascript. Mostly in Python. @evanzanten

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