Welcome to the first in our series of blogs documenting the process of creating a Rules as Code repository for New Zealand as part of the Digital Aotearoa Collective initiative.
About Digital Aotearoa Collective
Digital Aotearoa Collective (DAC) is an open collaboration initiative that aims to deliver citizen benefits in New Zealand (Aotearoa is Maori for New Zealand). The goal is to co-create digital foundations that transform NZ.
Currently, DAC has three main projects:
OPFutures — Exploring different 50-year optimistic and pessimistic futures for NZ and making them publicly accessible via a public commons
Service Aotearoa — Creating a demo version of Service Aotearoa
Rules as Code (RaC) — Setting up an open source repository of legislation and regulation as code (using OpenFisca) with use cases
The RaC and OPFutures projects will also be part of the Service Aotearoa demo.
“There is so much that the community can bring to better public services and policies. A grassroots initiative like this could be quite an exciting example of participatory governance, and how to democratise digital public infrastructure for the benefit of all.”
Digital government aficionado
As an open government advocate, Alfred was keen to get involved! Alfred made an initial donation to the project, but also committed to contributing Salsarians to the DAC team. In February, Alfred pledged 24 hours per week across three senior team members for 2022. The team members are:
- — full-stack developer
- — open data and data visualisation expert
- (me!) — project manager and content expert
The Rules as Code project
Pia found a spot for us on the Rules as Code deliverable. We’re now working with a team of RaC and open government aficionados. We’re focused on codifying New Zealand’s Social Security Act 2018, as well as other key citizen services, such as applying for a passport, applying for citizenship and applying for a temporary visa.
The goal is to make these services more accessible to all, and to make it easy for NZ citizens to find out if they’re eligible for social security benefits.