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Contact us

If your question isn't answered here, or you just wanted to let us know something about the site, contact us.

You may also want to see our documentation and FAQ website.

Ask the community your OPRA questions in our NJ OPRA Facebook group.

Credit where credit’s due #

Alaveteli, the software that powers OPRAmachine, is a project of mySociety, a UK organisation. mySociety builds websites that empower citizens to hold authorities to account. And this is one of those sites.

Development #
Hearty cheers to Alaveteli’s many contributors.

How to help #
Become a volunteer #

If you have a passion for transparency, a great deal of patience, and a bit of spare time, consider becoming one of OPRAmachine's volunteer admin team. Work includes user support, helping to resolve legal issues, and shaping the site’s direction, and is primarily managed via email.

In the first instance, get in touch.

Gavin Rozzi, the independent journalist who runs this site has invested countless hours on improving OPRAmachine including server maintenance & user support.

Your contributions, however small, really help. Support him here with a monthly contribution.

Sort things out #

Admin can be fun! Help people find successful requests, and monitor performance of authorities, by playing the categorisation game.

Or be a dear, and find out OPRA email addresses of authorities that we're missing.

Spread the word #

We don’t have a massive marketing budget, so word of mouth really helps.

  • Write a blog post about OPRAmachine, or an interesting request that you've found.
  • Post about the site, and what you can do with it, on a forum that you frequent.
  • Tell friends about it.
  • Let your local newspaper or community magazine know how useful we are.
  • Give a talk.
  • Ask us for leaflets to leave in your local library or coffee shop.
Improve our code #

Seen something that could work better? If you're a programmer, get the source code for our parent project, Alaveteli and send us a pull request. OPRAmachine is coded in Ruby on Rails.