Recent developments, made short

Hello !

We're not that regular in posting, you'll notice…
In fact, we're quite busy these days, because we welcomed new (and active!) contributors to the project, who did a lot.

New contributors and happy hacking

You can find all of this improvement on the development instance:

Here is a summary of the modifications (more small things have been done and some contributors mutually improved each others patchs):

*#415: Make the "random MEP" the same for one day

* disable endless paging button
* sort meps by last name in votes results

Yohan Boniface:
* prototype for a new map on the front page that uses d3.js (basically now your cpu won't go crazy when you visit the hompepage)

Laurent Martelli
* "download as csv" on every search result

* display the average score of the meps of a search result

* performances improvement on search results page
* make memopol working with parltrack new historical data (they have been put back on the website of the EP, this is a very important news!)

Thanks to all of them, they really made the project go forward, we'ere amazed \o/

Turbobilly also made a proto with microdata, to give MEP's score on Google Search results for Memopol !
This will strengthten Memopol's influence, because the MEP's scores will be easily reachable.

And to finish, we have to tell you what was done in the communication field the last mouths !

Memopol at the #29c3 \o/

We set up a workshop about Memopol during the 29th Chaos Communication Congress this winter.

People from all around Europe came to hear about our tool : most of them didn't know what it was and came because they were curious.
I was a bit disappointed to see that there were not so much people motivated to contribute into Memopol (come on, we're hackers, after all! ), but the conversation was indeed interesting.

People from Austria and Germany were quite motivated to have their instance of Memopol for their own parliament, and explained how it could be difficult to do some open data, because a lot of votes are done by hand, which makes it difficult to track. Some French people came too, they were quite focused on law issues, it was the occasion to say that La Quadrature works to reform the copyright and comments were also welcome ;)
There was some technical questions, I answered as I can. The mailing list and the IRC channel were proposed for further details.

So it was a good occasion to show how the tool works and why it's wonderful, but I'm sad having not found enthusiastic hackers to help us with the code :(

Memopol in a webdocumentary \o/

Julie Neven, young and promising journalist, has made a documentary in which Bram explains why Memopol is so important in our citizens' lifes \<3
It's in French, sorry for those who don't understand.
Here →
As you can guess, the rest of the documentary is good to see !

Memopol, everywhere

I'm a bit happy with this duty of making Memopol spread everywhere and I talk about the project everytime I can. So some people heard about Memopol at the THSF, and at the last Ubuntu Party when I was talking about La Quadrature. Someone said : "Memopol ? It's a great tool !" --which was very pleasant to hear \o/