- 1 Coals and motivation
- 2 State of the art
- 3 Analysis of existing tools
- 4 Requirements for an Proposals/Amendments management tool
Coals and motivation
Set up a tool to manage proposals and amendments for parliamentary/legislative/judiciary texts. This tool or set of tools will have to provide an intuitive user-friendly interface and handle history and translations. The goal here is to list the existing solutions, to analyse them and to create a list of requirements for such a platform.
Motivation : We are currently using several tools to manage our GA preparation process but none of theme is currently meeting the requirements to create a complete eDemocracy online platform that anybody can use. This platform will have to work in a multi-language environment which will be a real challenge to solve !
State of the art
- MediaWiki (libre & open source GPL) - example : Events/EGA:2014-08/Amendments
- GetOpinionated : http://opinion.pirateparty.be (libre & open source GPL)
- AT4AM : http://www.at4am.org tool developped for EU (libre & open source EUPL)
- DemocracyOS : http://democracyos.org/
- Wirite : http://main.wirite.org/ (proprietary, source not available at this time)
- Co-ment : http://www.co-ment.org/ Descendant of the software used to write GPL V3.
- German Laws on GitHub : https://github.com/bundestag/gesetze
- Pads (etherpad-lite)
Standards & data structures
- http://www.akomantoso.org/ : "Akoma Ntoso (“linked hearts” in Akan language of West Africa) defines a “machine readable” set of simple technology-neutral electronic representations (in XML format) of parliamentary, legislative and judiciary documents."
- Markdown + structure of documents (German laws on GitHub)
Other tools to look at
Analysis of existing tools
ToolName - Good for
ToolName - Lacks of
The Wiki has been used for the Amendments for the August 2014 GA
The main issue with the Wiki is that it's a generalistic tool. It can do nearly anything, but it's not specialized in anything. So using it to do something alse than creating a collaborative web site can be tricky or take a lot of time to enforce structural conventions. In addition, it requires a good communication on how the structuration has to be done by the end users.
MediaWiki - Good for
- Collaborative editing
- Versioning and history
- Easy to use if you now how to use the Wiki
MediaWiki - Lacks of
- Clarity when mixing proposals and amendments on a page
- Support for translations
- History on sections of a page (i.e. Amendments and Proposals)
- Easier way to debate/discuss on amendments and proposals
- Parliamentary/Legislative/Judiciary specific structures of documents
- User-friendliness if your are not a fan of the Wiki tool
- Seing amendments/questions/discussions in the page flow can be tricky
- Voting/decision system (OK? done at the GA, but should be possible to do it online for a more generalized usage)
Is a great tool for Liquid Democracy, for simpler than Liquid Feedback. But this is not a proposal/amendment managment tool.
GetOp - Good for
- Liquid democracy
- "liking" comments
- Voting on proposals
- Proxy voting
GetOp - Lacks of
As far as I know :
- A way to add argumentation to a proposal
- A way to handle amendments on proposals
- A way to create new proposals from amendments
- Versionning and history on proposals
- Translation system on proposals/amendments
- A way to add references (links, documents...) on proposals
- Collaborative proposals/amendments writing
Co-ment - Good for
- text annotation by multiple users.
- navigation (TOC, versions, display of comments, discussion thread)
Co-ment - Lacks of
- translation support (as far as I know)
Requirements for an Proposals/Amendments management tool
working on it...