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We are pleased to announce the release of a Drupal module to integrate our Represent API with Drupal’s Webform module. Represent offers the most comprehensive postal code lookup service for elected officials at the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government in Canada. With this module, nonprofits and advocacy groups can easily create email campaigns to elected officials at all levels of government. The module works on Drupal 6, and we plan to support Drupal 7 in the near future.

In other news:

  • Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, wrote a guest post on Wired UK entitled “Raw data now!” in which he explains the importance of The Web Index, a tool designed by the World Wide Web Foundation to help decision-makers understand the impact of the web’s growth.

  • The City of Edmonton launched a new citizen-focused dashboard as part of their open data catalogue to chart performance results. The dashboard currently contains mostly transportation information, but Metro News notes that it will soon include information on finance, the environment, and other sectors of the municipal government.

  • If you missed Hackons la Corruption last weekend, the Montreal Gazette has compiled an overview of the event. Congratulations to Quebec Ouvert for a great event!

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