mySociety is an e-democracy project of the UK-based registered charity named UK Citizens Online Democracy, that aims to build "socially focused tools with offline impacts". It was founded by Tom Steinberg in September 2003, and started activity after receiving a £250,000 grant in September 2004. Steinberg says that mySociety was inspired by a collaboration with his then-flatmate James Crabtree which spawned Crabtree's article "Civic hacking: a new agenda for e-democracy".
- Alaveteli - international right to know software
- FixMyStreet — a map based application that helps people inform their local authority of problems needing their attention, such as broken streetlamps etc.
- FixMyTransport - a site for contacting any transport operator in Britain about problems with public transport.
- Gaze — a gazetteer web service
- Hassleme — Because your mother can't remind you of everything, a website that sends reminders sporadically.
- HearFromYourMP — a site encouraging MPs to email their constituents.
- MapIt - maps postcodes and points to current or past administrative area information and polygons for all the United Kingdom.
- Mapumental — with support from Channel4ip this project uses isochrone maps to show accessibility from any location in Great Britain using public transport. Mapumental also underlies the property-search website.
- PledgeBank — runs pledges on all topics, of the form: "I will do x if y people agree to do the same."
- SayIt — hyperlinked, searchable means of publishing transcripts which can then be browsed by name, date or keyword.
- TheyWorkForYou — tracks speeches and activities of Members of Parliament, including presenting an accessible version of Hansard
- Travel-time maps — maps showing how long it takes to travel on public transport to a given destination, expanded in 2007.
- WhatDoTheyKnow — a site designed to help people find out (through Freedom of Information requests) what the British government and public services are doing. The site receives over 30,000 unique visitors a week.
- WriteToThem — provides contact details for elected representatives at all levels of UK government, and users can send messages to them directly from the site (formerly FaxYourMP).
- Downing Street e-Petitions — mySociety developed the original solution for publishing petitions on the website of the Prime Minister's Office.
- GroupsNearYou — a map-based application that enabled users to find local community groups in their local area
- Notapathetic.com — a site about people who planned not to vote in the United Kingdom general election, 2005.
- Placeopedia — was an online gazetteer consisting of a mashup of Google Maps and the English Wikipedia.
Office of Public Sector information
In response to the EU Directive on Reuse of Public Sector Information 2005, the UK government created an Office of Public Sector Information to promote public sector information reuse. OPSI now runs a government data unlocking service to help people find and reuse government data with licensing or format restrictions.
In April 2007, Cabinet Office Minister Hilary Armstrong commissioned Ed Mayo and mySociety director Tom Steinberg to draft a "Power of Information Review" on how the government could serve the public's information needs better. The resulting report led Cabinet Minister Tom Watson, MP to create a Power of Information Task Force. They launched the ShowUsABetterWay competition to award £20,000 to the best application reusing public government data.
- Heise-online.co.uk, Heise open source UK, September 13, 2008.
- mySociety ePetitions
- "4iP". Channel 4 Education Newsletter (Channel 4). August 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
- Fawkes, Piers (June 1, 2009). "Live Where It's Most Scenic With Mapumental". psfk. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
- "House-hunting goes hi-tech". The Independent. November 25, 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
- Gadney, Max (Winter 2010). "Understand, visualise, survive". Eye (78). Retrieved March 22, 2012.
- "MySociety launches Mapumental". Recruiter. Sep 14, 2011. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
- "Say hello to Mapumental". My Society.
- Mapumental Property
- MacLeod, Michael (October 19, 2010). "Bookmarked: Michael Traill's online soapbox". The Guardian (London).
- OPSI.gov.uk[dead link]
- OPSI.gov.uk now at unlockingservice.gov.uk
- Free Our Data
- Inspire-geoportal.eu[dead link]
- The Power of Information Review: online advice sites could improve citizen empowerment
- About the Task Force « Power of Information Task Force
- Official website
- UK Citizens' Online Democracy, the charity that owns mySociety
- UK Citizens Online Democracy, Registered Charity no. 1076346 at the Charity Commission