I have also been asked by a friend if one could not cooperate with Athens-based initiatives. There are friends from unMonastery on the ground and onewrote to me on 4th of November last year:
I’m working for a few projects in the area of refugee support, and just had a small seed of an idea that popped up at the intersection between several things:
- transformap’s recent troubles
- a larger umbrella company forming, run by some well connected people and containing various projects
- the need for data standardisation, sharing and re-use of data across the refugee crisis
- the need for mapping in the refugee crisis
My suggestion is a rough one: I am wondering if giving transformap a specific, reasonably well defined and SINGULAR problem domain would enable it to test its entire model and community. Aligned around a singular common purpose, each tool or piece of tech would be:
- easily definable
- have a well defined, somewhat available data set
- be immediately useful (at least if situation remains as it is currently)
- be providing a critically valuable service of become a ‘data coordinator’ on a very specific domain.
I’ll leave it there, if it makes any sense (sorry I still haven’t read the backlog of transformap issues), let’s talk - and then I can have a light exploration discussion here about the idea of transformap partnering with this umbrella group to become it’s data-coordination and mapping partner.
which received an update on February 16 as of
i was working on first-contact.org which was beginning to have mapping requirements (but none yet)
Leaving this as is, I suppose developing a vocabulary (schema) for data should always succeed a concrete use case only, and not the other way around. What could you imagine? I for myself can foresee technical and social directions.
Additionally, please let’s keep any development or humaniatrian advances close to post-development critiques.
Addendum: My flatmate just told me there will be a launch of “a map thing” at