Governments use our interactive budget simulator to run online consultations that collect meaningful, considered input from residents, inform residents on costs and tradeoffs, educate residents on the budget-making process, and demonstrate commitment to citizen engagement.
Represent is the largest source of elected officials’ contact information and electoral districts for federal, provincial and municipal governments in Canada. Dozens of charities, nonprofits and labour unions use it to connect their members with representatives – millions of times per year.
We research and design data models and data formats used by governments, civil society and businesses to make civic data useful and interoperable, including Popolo for legislative data and Open511 for road events. Our work on other standards includes the Open Contracting Data Standard, the Influence Mapping group and W3C linked data vocabularies.
We help governments design publication processes and implement best practices. As co-lead of the standards stream of the Open Government Partnership's Open Data Working Group, we are drafting recommended practices for government open data catalogs, in order to promote the use of standards to ease the effective use of open data.
Our online tools make it easier for citizens to exercise their political influence and participate actively in decision-making processes. In Canada, we partnered with the Springtide Collective to create OpenHouseNS, and we support OpenParliament. Internationally, Represent Boundaries, our Poplus component, is used by some of the world's most popular democratic websites.
We work with large and small governments, nonprofits, businesses, schools and media, including: