Francis Irving

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Francis Irving
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Francis Irving
Education Oxford University
Occupation Chief Executive Officer

Francis Irving is a British computer programmer, activist for freedom of information and former[1] CEO of ScraperWiki.[2][3][4][5]

Francis Irving developed TortoiseCVS.[6]

He co-founded Public Whip with Julian Todd and became a developer of the affiliated TheyWorkForYou website,[7] a project which parses raw Hansard data to track how members vote in the UK Parliament. Initially risking prosecution for re-using the raw data which was under Crown copyright, the developers of Public Whip were later successful in getting permission to use it.[8] In 2004, Public Whip was recognised in the New Media awards.[9] In 2008, The Daily Telegraph rated TheyWorkforYou 41st in a list of the 101 most useful websites.[10] Irving together with Matthew Somerville wrote the code for FixMyStreet.[11]

Irving was also a senior developer of PledgeBank.[12] He collaborated again with Julian Todd to create 'The Straight Choice a website (later renamed 'Election Leaflets') that archives election leaflets.[13][14]

He was the Campaign Director of the Save Parliament campaign which opposed the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill.[15][16]

He was one of two people to suggest the winning idea of a site through which Freedom of Information Act requests could be made in a mySociety competition for ideas for public interest websites to build.[17] He was later to become the main developer of the site which was called WhatDoTheyKnow.[18] Francis has won seven New Statesman awards for websites he has worked on.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Francis Irving's CV, flourish.org
  2. ^ Francis Irving, Newswired.com
  3. ^ Martin Rosenbaum (2010-06-09). "Open Secrets: Victory for whatdotheyknow website". BBC. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  4. ^ http://www.how-do.co.uk/north-west-media-news/north-west-publishing/scraperwiki-nets-$280,000-from-knight-foundation-2011062411352/
  5. ^ Irving, Francis (2011-05-05). "ScraperWiki: A story about two boys, web scraping and a worm | ScraperWikiScraperWiki". Blog.scraperwiki.com. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  6. ^ "Companies". TortoiseCVS. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  7. ^ The Silent State, Heather Brooke p128
  8. ^ Brook, Heather (8 June 2006). "Make it work for us, Ms Tullo". London: The Guardian. 
  9. ^ [1] Archived May 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Technology. "The 101 most useful websites". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  11. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". FixMyStreet. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  12. ^ Benjamin, Alison (10 January 2007). "Public inquiry". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  13. ^ Moore, Matthew (2009-05-15). "'British pensioners' on BNP election leaflet are actually Italian models". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  14. ^ http://www.thestraightchoice.org/about.php
  15. ^ "Write to your Lord to Save Parliament | Save Parliament Blog". Bill111.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  16. ^ "Francis Irving's CV / Resume". Flourish.org. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  17. ^ "About". WhatDoTheyKnow. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  18. ^ "mySociety’s Freedom of Information site goes live". Mysociety.org. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  19. ^ "news:rewired » Francis Irving". Newsrewired.com. Retrieved 2014-01-05.