THE long-awaited National Yes Registry IndyApp platform is ready and waiting to be used by independence-supporting groups across the country.

Designed and created over the past five years, the National Yes Registry (NYR) says the IndyApp is aimed specifically at helping the grassroots Yes movement avoid the problems experienced by a “top down” centrally organised Yes Scotland organisation during the critical final months of the first independence referendum campaign.

A special training weekend is being organised so that representatives of every Yes group in the country can be trained to use the IndyApp with these “group editors” and others who attend the weekend in Perth on September 21/22 then able to involve many more Yessers. NYR analysed the Yes Scotland model and concluded that the acknowledged problems came about because of the way that Yes Scotland was set up compared to the Yes grassroots campaign which emerged only after Yes Scotland came into being in 2012. Jason Baird of NYR explained: “When the grassroots campaign actually took form on the ground and in the communities of Scotland, its basic decentralised structure was something very different from anything imagined by the creators of Yes Scotland, whose previous experience was of traditionally-controlled party political electioneering.

“In contrast to this, grassroots Yes was an incredibly wide but loosely-based entity, made up of hundreds of autonomous, locally organised campaigning groups spread throughout Scotland. “Though originally instigated by Yes Scotland, and its Yes ambassador scheme, this grassroots entity began to quickly self-form and grow in its own way, especially as more and more local groups independently set themselves up for campaigning as the pressure of the referendum date closed in. Each of these groups campaigned under the same shared Yes Scotland branding, but they were, in fact, all autonomously organised and independently run Yes groups.”

The IndyApp platform has been designed, say NYR, to allow and cater for the complete decentralisation of all those campaign elements that were previously centralised at Yes Scotland head office.

Baird said: “By allowing every campaigning group around the country to take direct responsibility for their own share of the national organisation, centralisation can simply be removed from the Yes campaigning model all together.”

More details of the IndyApp platform, how it works, and what the training weekend in Perth will do will be given a full preview on the Yes DIY page in tomorrow’s edition of The National.