Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V.
Promises drive party politics. Local, national and pan-European Elections are often built on ideas politicians plan to implement. Over the course of a legislative term, though, these promises get overshadowed by realpolitik. After four years, hardly anyone tracks the records according to what was planned. We want to change that and create an easy-to-use open source monitor for election programmes that lets everybody build an up-to-date monitor of election programmes and similar commitments.
Tracking election promises provides for more accountability and the basis for ongoing pressure from civil society. It can provide an easily accesible overview of current governments' projects and its shortcomings.
The project is successful if it's used by NGOs and citizen initiatives on different societal levels - local, regional and national.
We will build the platform open source and then bring together interface designers and developers to create an easy-to-use form with which to customize the monitor for different causes. This will have to include the collection of commitments in an election programme as well as its operationalization.
It's important for me because I want to use the power of data science and data visualizations to bring more accountability to politics.
Users of the tool are mostly NGOs, but the end-users are the politically-interested citizens in all areas of politics.