Team Commission Today (3) – Germany/Romania/USA – 2nd Prize Winner – A comprehensive register of the meetings of the European Commission
The website Commission Today provides a comprehensive register of all meetings of the European Commissioners and high ranking officials. A parser reads out the 56 different web pages on which each commissioner and each cabinet publishes its meetings, including their meetings with Lobbyists. Commission Today brings this information together in one single database, making the information searchable and rankable. In addition the site provides information from the Lobby Register on the Lobbyist that was met, including the number of registered lobbyists and the annual lobbying budget at EU level. As such the Commission Today is a unique tool that allows citizens, journalists and civil society to monitor the activities of the European Commission.
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Both of the repositories are open source
The API is still running on my server and the scraper is collecting data. We have 310 registered meetings.
I am a consultant working with Code for America on the Ohana API, an open source database of community social services. I’ve also recently worked with Trailhead Labs on creating a platform for administering hiking trail data and with Imgur.com on user research for their recent site relaunch. Prior to this year I was a 2013 fellow with Code for America and a faculty member in digital media at AUT University in New Zealand. I won second place in the 2013 EUHackathon.
More info at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/anselmbradford
I’m a full-stack software engineer at Hootsuite, one of the most used social media platforms on the internet. I arrived here, by working at uberVU, a startup focused on social media analytics that was acquired this year by Hootsuite. We allow companies to track keywords on social media networks like Twitter or Facebook, and get relevant statistics like the sentiment of posts, their language or even what key influencers are talking about that terms. I’ve been involved in the open-source community by being in ROSEdu, an NGO that promotes these values. This year I’ve organized ROSEdu Summer of Code, a copy of Google SoC, but with Romanian open source mentors and projects involved.
I’m also a student at University of Bucharest and this year I’ve been selected to be part in the jury of Infoeducatie, a high-school contest where students build apps.
Daniel Freund joined the Transparency International EU Office in July 2014, after having worked in and around the European Institutions for five years. Most recently Daniel was the political advisor to the President of the European Parliament’s ethics committee (MEP Gerald Häfner). Prior to this Daniel has worked at the EU delegation to Hong Kong, the French Ecole Nationale d’Administration, the German Foreign Ministry and the Public Sector Consultancy Deloitte. Daniel holds degrees in public affairs and political sciences from Sciences Po Paris, the George Washington University (DC) and Leipzig University.´
Since joining TI, Daniel has developed and launched EU Integrity Watch. More info at: www.integritywatch.eu