Drocer

Creating a searchable, parsed Index & Website of Cleveland City Council meeting minutes

The Cleveland City Council, the legislative body of Cleveland, meets weekly. A record of the meeting includes proposals and votes of legislation, bid announcements for city contracts, Public Notices, Board of Zoning Appeal are published weekly in The City Record as a PDF. As of 2018, the city began to publish legislation on Legistar, an online portal.

Long Term Goals:

  • Structured data extraction for dates, people, parcels, locations, roles/committees, and legislation described in semi-structured / unstructured text of council records

  • Scheduled refreshing to fetch latest records from city council site, extract the text, and load it into the website

  • Browsable interface to view the City Record

  • Full-text search of the City Record, with some filters including date, Councilman, and parcel number and a web interface

Where we are now:

  • migrate current code to Python3
  • Assess the

How you can help:

Experience in python and PDF processing (improving accuracy of text extraction and search performance)

Creating an environment to

Visualization/designer

Accompanying the Drocer website, produce visualization of how laws are passed and the basic structure and procedures of City Council. See this for more details

How to contact us:

  • email opencleveland at gmail dot com
  • check out the code at [https://github.com/opencleveland/drocer]((https://github.com/opencleveland/drocer)

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Code