Side projects

These are some of the projects and tools that I've built over the past few years. Some are related to my day job but most are more personal projects. You can find more on GitHub.


GOV.UK Local Services Explorer

The GOV.UK website provides many links to services run by various parts of local government in the UK. The local services explorer provided a simple way of seeing what linked to where, which links were missing, which ones mattered, and whether those links worked.

The service was used by the team at the Government Digital Service to track down problems with the links database.

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GOV.UK Infoscreens

Information screens that provide a near-realtime overview of the editorial work happening during the development of the beta of the single website for government. The aim of these screens were to show everything that was happening in the GOV.UK publishing system including recently finished content, content that required more work and incoming fact check responses.

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Food for Thought

In 2011 I was a coding mentor for Young Rewired State at the Cardiff centre. The team built a HTML5 web app to display food hygiene ratings of restaurants, schools, hospitals and shops using geo-location, maps and data scraped from the Food Standards Agency.

The app won an award for the best use of government data following the demonstrations at the end of the event.

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Spending Tweets

Spending Tweets was developed during a 4 hour coding challenge for mySociety. The aim of the project was to produce a twitter bot that would respond to queries from users with information about local authority spending.

This service uses open data provided by Openly Local and the Twitter/ APIs to listen and respond to user's tweets.

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WhatTheyClaimed was developed as a crowd-sourcing attempt at processing MP expenses when the data was released in June 2009. The site allowed users to add in details of their MPs claims (taken from PDF documents) which would then be available online through an online interface and API.

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A searchable directory of elected local authority councillors using twitter. CllrTweeps was developed to help people find their council representative on the social networking website and grew to include over 500 councillors. The directory also included an open API to allow others to use the curated lists of tweeters.

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Waterfront (Project Metis)

Project Metis was the development of a new website and content management system for The Waterfront student newspaper at Swansea University. The website included all content published in the fortnightly newspaper and monthly magazine as well as exclusive online content, blogs and podcasts. RSS feeds, archives and author profiles were also included.

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