Mark Little kindly reported some bugs in the ConsultationXML distribution. The INSTALL file was missing a couple of salient details:
- ConsultationXML requires the PHP HTMLTidy extension
- The pdf directory in ConsultationXML’s root directory needs to be writeable.
For more information about ConsultationXML, or to download the new version, head over to the Labs page.
We’re terribly, fantastically pleased to announce that after a bit of wrangling, Steph Gray and I are able to release ConsultationXML as open source software under the GNU Affero license. The recent report on open source software in Government hinted that departments ought to try to release source code for the software they commission, and we’re delighted to be (we think!) the first to do so.
We’re not sure who will want to play with it yet. We hope that other departments will want to deploy and use the tool to improve their consultation offerings. It may be that people in the private sector will find some use for it. People have already used ConsultationXML for really neat things that we didn’t expect, so anything could happen: which is, of course, the point.
We ran this by the renowned geek-come-blogger-come-minister, Tom Watson, who had good things to say:
I think this is a great tool. We’ve just announced the Open Source, Open Standards and Re–Use report on the use of open source software in government, an element of which was to encourage government to contribute to the world of open source software, and this is the first practical expression of that goal.
For more information about ConsultationXML, and to download it, head over here.