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Pombola is a parliamentary monitoring (PMO) platform; its biggest instances are Mzalendo.com and pa.org.za
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README.md

Pombola

This web app allows you to store and share information on public figures, especially politicians.

Please see the Operations Manual which covers all aspects of running a Pombola site.

For an overview of the system please see the files in docs/ - especially OVERVIEW.md

Community

Please join the Mzalendo Users Google group for discussion about running Pombola-based websites. This is also where announcements etc will be made.

https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!forum/mzalendo-users

There is also the Poplus mailing list for some of the code used to make the site. This includes MapIt (for the boundaries), PopIt (a person data storage engine that Pombola will be changed to use in the future), and SayIt (a speech data storage system, similarly):

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/poplus

Installing

Please see docs/INSTALL.md

To change your site's look and feel please see the styling notes.

Troubleshooting

Please see docs/TROUBLESHOOTING.md file

Future

The Pombola codebase was originally written for the Kenyan site mzalendo.com. It has since been modified to support other sites around the world, notably several in Africa.

We want the code to be easy to use for other installations, but currently there are some rough edges.

We also intend to replace the core app's models with an external data store. This will be done using PopIt which is a project that we are currently working on.

Acknowledgements

We are very grateful for the funding that has made development of Pombola possible, in particular the generous support from:

Thanks also to Browserstack who let us use their web-based cross-browser testing tools for this project.

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