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==================== About WhoIsMyGov ==================== This is the software behind http://whoismygov.org. It provides a web UI and a web service that can be used to look up federal, state, and (when we have the data) local elected officials and candidates. Installation and Setup ====================== Prerequisites ------------- You need PostGIS (http://postgis.refractions.net/) installed first. We recommend installing Purplevoter in a virtualenv (http://pypi.python.org/pypi/virtualenv). Get the Source --------------- You can use Git to get the source code, like so:: $ git clone email@example.com:openplans/WhoIsMyGov.git Install ------- Install the software; if using virtualenv, be sure to activate the virtualenv first. Then:: $ python setup.py develop Then you are almost ready to go, except you need some data. Database Bootstrapping ---------------------- First tweak the development.ini config file as appropriate and then setup the application. To set up the database: First create a postgres user named whoismygov:: $ createuser -s whoismygov Then:: $ createdb -T template_postgis -O whoismygov -E utf8 whoismygov If that doesn't work, eg. on ubuntu systems you may have to first bootstrap the template_postgis database. See eg Step 4 of: http://code.djangoproject.com/wiki/GeoDjangoUbuntuInstall Then try the createdb command again. Next, fix up some table ownership:: $ psql -c "alter table geometry_columns owner to whoismygov;" whoismygov $ psql -c "alter table spatial_ref_sys owner to whoismygov;" whoismygov Then to populate the data, first be sure you have activated your virtualenv if using one, then:: $ paster setup-app --name=whoismygov development.ini $ python manage.py version_control $ python manage.py upgrade Start the Dev Server -------------------- Start it like any other Pylons app:: $ paster serve development.ini Development Notes ================= See DEVELOPMENT_NOTES.txt. Deployment Notes ================ We might eventually use mod_wsgi. For now, we (OpenPlans) run Paste under the control of supervisord (http://supervisord.org/), and assume you can set up Apache or another web server to reverse-proxy it. The source includes a supervisord.conf suitable for running the paste server under the control of supervisord, which will restart it if it ever crashes. To use supervisord: * I assume you've built in a virtualenv as described above. * Edit supervisord.conf; in the [supervisord] section, set the "directory" setting to the full path of the parent directory of your virtualenv. * Edit production.ini as desired. * In the parent of the virtualenv, create an etc/ subdirectory and symlink both production.ini and supervisord.conf into it. * Also create a logs/ subdirectory. Then you can run $VIRTUALENV/bin/supervisord to start things up. To shut down, run this:: $VIRTUALENV/bin/supervisorctl shutdown. To restart the paste server, run:: $VIRTUALENV/bin/supervisorctl restart whoismygov History ========= Originally created by Anil Makhijani under the name PurpleVoter, it is being developed currently by OpenPlans (http://openplans.org). Code was initially hosted at http://bitbucket.org/anil/purplevoter and then forked to http://bitbucket.org/slinkp/purplevoter and then converted to Git and imported to http://github.com/openplans/WhoIsMyGov. Much development work was done in partnership with Transportation Alternatives (http://www.transalt.org/) for their Candidate Survey site ( http://tacandidatesurvey.org/ ). For more info, contact Paul Winkler (pw @ openplans.org). How It Works ============= See DEVELOPMENT_NOTES.txt for more info.