A guide to Alaveteli

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We’ve put together a simple guide to Getting Started with Alaveteli. It consists of just seven steps.

At step one, your Freedom of Information website is nothing but a dream. By step seven, you’ll be the proud owner of your very own version, providing a valuable service for your country’s citizens!

What is Alaveteli?

Alaveteli is our platform that allows anyone to run their own Freedom of Information website – like WhatDoTheyKnow.com, but tailored to your own country’s Right To Information system.

If you’re considering setting up your own site, it’s inevitable that you’ll have all sorts of questions. We want to be with you every step of the way, to answer all your questions and offer help where you need it.

We’ve made Alaveteli as simple as possible, because we want anyone to be able to use it, without needing much technical knowledge.

So our guide is for everyone, including people who have never before launched their own website (if you have bags of experience, you should read it too – it’s still useful!)

It answers pressing questions like:

  • How long does it take to create an Alaveteli site?
  • How many people do I need to help me, and how do I find them?
  • What technical skills are needed?
  • How do I get the site translated into my own language?
  • Should I launch with a big bang?
  • How many hours a week will I be dedicating to the site, once it’s live?

If you want to know the answers to those questions, go and read it! And if you still have questions, please let us know. We’ll add more detail as it’s asked for.

If you’re technically confident, you should also head to our Alaveteli developers’ guide. Plus you will want to sign up to our Alaveteli mailing list, where you can discuss all things Alaveteli, and get advice, support and the answers to all your questions.