We were inspired to create a policy aggregator as we realized that it is challenging for Singaporeans who have been overseas for an extended duration of time to keep up with the policy changes in Singapore. Much like how a gamer would need to read patch notes when they have not played a game in a while.
What it does
Consolidates all policies into a centralized location for ease of visualization
How we built it
We web scraped the policies and dates from Wikipedia, categorized them, and transformed the data into JSON format. We then built a front-end based on the Vue framework to filter and display the relevant policies from the JSON data.
Challenges we ran into
Lack of a centralized database of policy changes in Singapore. Required us to search for policies across various sources.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud that we thought of something that has not been done (we think). We are also proud that we came up with a functioning site during this short span of time.
What we learned
We learned how to web scrape, clean data, develop the consumer-facing site, the proper ideation process such as user-journey and persona development. We also learned how to delegate tasks amongst the team as the time we have is limited and we have to work fast.
What's next for BBGs - Policy Aggregator
This project could be expanded to include Natural Language Processing (NLP) to process policies and classify them according to their sectors/categories, allowing users to view policies more efficiently
Recommender systems could also be added in future iterations of the project to recommend specific sector search users based on other users with similar demographics on Singpass.