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Collecting the oversight community's work in one place.

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Getting started is primarily a Node application, and uses Ruby for some data manipulation tasks.

Elasticsearch is used for text search and as a primary datastore.

Installing dependencies

  • Install Node version 10 or higher.
  • Install Elasticsearch version 5.1 or higher.
  • Install Ruby 2.3 or higher.
  • Then install Ruby dependencies:
bundle install
  • And Node dependencies:
npm install

Working with the CSS

This project uses Sass, Bourbon, and Neat to develop front-end CSS.

Have Sass "watch" the .scss files with:

rake watch

This will automatically detect changes to /public/scss/main.scss and re-compile to /public/css/main.css.

Setting up the data

Symlink a data dir that points to the location of your downloaded inspector general report data from the unitedstates/inspectors-general project.

ln -s /path/to/ig/data data

Then copy the config example file:

cp config/config.yaml.example config/config.yaml

You probably don't need to make any changes to config.yaml. It looks for Elasticsearch at http://localhost:9200 by default, and for IG report data in the data directory you symlinked above.

Running the app

Launch the app:

node app

Then visit the application at http://localhost:3000. It should work! But you won't see any data in it.

Loading app data

Once, before the first time you load data, you need to tell Elasticsearch to optimize loaded report text for efficient highlighting.

Use rake (which ships with Ruby) to set up the Elasticsearch index and index aliases. Make up an index name, (for example, based off of today's date) and run the following commands to set up the index.

rake elasticsearch:init index=oversight-YYYY-MM-DD
rake elasticsearch:alias_read index=oversight-YYYY-MM-DD
rake elasticsearch:alias_write index=oversight-YYYY-MM-DD

You can add force=true to the end of the init command to empty the database and reload the mappings.

Then, to actually load report data, run:

node tasks/inspectors.js --since=1776

This loads every report in your data since the year 1776. See the full list of supported options for data loading.

If this all worked, you should be up and running!

Git hooks

If you're contributing to the project, you can run the same syntax checks locally that would get run on Travis. Once you have cloned the project, run tasks/ This will create a symbolic link at .git/hooks/pre-commit that points to tasks/pre-commit.

From then on, Git will execute syntax checks whenever you run git commit. If there is an issue, the script will abort the commit and print an error message. If you need to bypass the syntax checks for any reason, use git commit --no-verify.


Sitemaps can be generated with the following rake task:

rake sitemap:generate

Public domain

This project is dedicated to the public domain. As spelled out in CONTRIBUTING:

The project is in the public domain within the United States, and copyright and related rights in the work worldwide are waived through the CC0 1.0 Universal public domain dedication.

All contributions to this project will be released under the CC0 dedication. By submitting a pull request, you are agreeing to comply with this waiver of copyright interest.


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