SayIt is the civic software for publishing “smart” transcripts

MySociety, the “e-democracy project” behind FixMyStreet and FixMyTransport, has launched a piece of civic software called SayIt, which publishes transcripts of speeches in a way that is easy to access and share.

SayIt is an open-source tool that has been built in collaboration with the Poplus network. The aim is to provide a resource for people who want to run websites and apps that can keep track of what politicians and other powerful people say. Transcripts can be stripped out of PDFs—a search-unfriendly data format—and published to SayIt so that they are easy to search and analyze.

The mobile-optimized publishing tool has built-in search functionality and allows people to link directly to any part of the transcripts. SayIt can be used as a hosted service or it can be built into a third-party website. In fact, MySociety says that SayIt’s main purpose is to be built into other sites.

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via Ars Technica

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