Alaveteli

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Logo
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Name
What is the name of the tool?
Alaveteli
Tool Class
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Citizen Engagement (Tool Class), Freedom of Information
Developer
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MySociety
Date Created
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2006
Still Maintained?
Do the developers of the tool continue to work on it, adding features and fixing problems?
Yes
Open Source?
Is the tool's source code original source code freely available and may it be redistributed and modified? (This makes it possible for users to employ the tool for free, with some technical effort.)
Yes
Platforms
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Web
Website
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http://alaveteli.org/
Payment Structure
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free
Languages Supported
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English, Spanish, Hebrew, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Dutch, Italian, Ukranian, Norwegian, Swedish, Turkish, VAlbanian, Sami, Arabic, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovenian, Bulgarian, Bosnian, Catalan, Czech, Welsh, German, Greek, Basque, Finnish, French, Croatian
Skill Level Needed
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  • Beginner - The tool has a simple interface that assists the user, either through automatic processes or simple guides, in working with the tool. The user is able to do most things that they need to do without knowledge of advanced concepts, like code.
  • Intermediate - The tool allows the user to perform many tasks without knowledge of advanced concepts, but about an equal amount of functionality requires advanced knowledge. Some training may be required to use the tool.
  • Advanced - The tool requires advanced knowledge or training in order to use most of its functionality.
Intermediate

Tool Description

Alaveteli is an open source Citizen Engagement platform for making public Freedom of Information requests to public bodies. All requests made through Alavetili are published publicly online. Users and officials can use the tool have discussions around posted responses to requests.

As of June 2017, 315,000 Freedom of Information requests in 25 jurisdictions have been made through Alaveteli. Users can contribute to localizing the tool on Alaveteli's community translation page on Transifex.

From the Alaveteli website:

"Currently, customising a new site using Alaveteli requires technical know-how. We are working to change this over the next few months. We also have resources to support a small number of new websites as hosted services.

How does Alaveteli work?

alaveteli-overview.png

Groups who want to set up an Alaveteli website should note that its success depends on more than just deploying the software: it requires constant maintenance to ensure requests are successfully dealt with (whether from technical, usability or legal points of view). The project will therefore also develop a set of best practices for the human side of a successful FOI website. To start with, we have a blog post describing the importance of volunteers."

Alaveteli's page on GitHub

What Makes This Tool Different from Others in its Class?

Links to Tutorial Content

Projects that use this tool