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Gather civic data in Jurisdictional and get paid* from an entity-specific or sitewide wallet.
* Payment transactions occur after data is reviewed and merged.
There are multiple ways to support better civic information ecosystems:
Benefactors support public data by contributing funds (bitcoins) to the Jurisdiction Open Data Fund. The funds are managed transparently and are used to fund data contributions within the jurisdiction.
Jurisdictional encourages each user to add, update, request, and share data.
Each public data record has many data fields, or "attributes." Every piece of data has a source and an author and an approval workflow. Contributors can earn bitcoin (BSV) by contributing accurate, up-to-date public data.
Data records can also be claimed by individuals. Claim preferences are given to official public staff, typically indicated by a formal jurisidictional email address, like .gov). If an entity is not claimed, anybody can claim it. If a public user (not a Staff member) claims an Entity, the Claim of a User who is Public Staff takes precendence over a normal User's Claim. However, User contributions are still retained. And, a User can flag an Entity claimed by a Public Staffer that is out-of-date. Users can contribute the missing data, receiving credit for it if the Public Staffer accepts or subsequently adds the proposed data contribution.
Jurisdictional is an open directory of public entities. But the data inventory is vast, spanning 50 states and a federation of more than 90,000 jurisdictions and municipalities.
Keeping the data accurate and up to date is the primary challenge.
Together, it is possible.
A comprehensive dataset for all U.S. public entities is quite open-ended and is a substantial challenge to establish and maintain. Jurisdictional uses "Gatherers" to help gather this data. A Gatherer is used to scrape, format, and map entities from a Source URL into the Jurisdictional database. Given a trustworthy URL, a Gatherer returns structured data for each type of public entity.
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