Writing the Legislation
This is an experiment. We've coded large swathes of New Zealand's legislation, regulation, and some government policy into rules that run in the Open Fisca calculation engine. We've released all the code here, for anyone to use.
From late January 2018, the Service Innovation Lab (LabPlus) facilitated a cross-agency and multidisciplinary team in a 3 week Discovery Sprint exploring the challenges and opportunities of developing human and machine consumable legislation for effective and efficient service delivery.
Please also read the wiki as a way of introduction.
The Lab Team's server
An instance of Open Fisca is running at http://api.rules.nz/
and an app called "Rapu Ture" is available to explore which variables exist https://www.rules.nz/
Install Instructions for Users and Contributors
Installing this Country Package (Aotearoa New Zealand)
- GNU/Linux distributions (in particular Debian and Ubuntu);
- Mac OS X;
- Microsoft Windows (we recommend using ConEmu instead of the default console).
Other OS should work if they can execute Python and NumPy.
Pick option (A) or (B)
A. Minimal Installation - for users running the rules
Follow this installation if you wish to:
- run calculations on a large population;
- run your own instance of OpenFisca-Aotearoa
- run your own instance of the OpenFisca-Aotearoa rules package, as an OpenFisca Web API.
- not modify the rules
There are 3 documented ways to do this - Pick your tech:
- Run in docker to run on an instance or your laptop
- Setup pew and install from pip to manage virtualenvs
- Run on heroku's PaaS cloud
B. Advanced Installation - for devs, modifying the rules and code
Follow this tutorial if you wish to change the OpenFisca-Aotearoa rules or contribute to the source code.
Read the Setup Aotearoa Open Fisca in pyenv instructions to manage python runtimes and eggs
pyenv is simular to rbenv/rvm (for ruby) and nvm (for nodejs).