Community technology is

  • when you build technology with the community that is going to use it
  • when the technology is open sourced
  • when the decisions on what technology is used are made by their users
  • when the technology infrastructure is owned and controlled by the community that uses it
  • when the education around technology happens in a horizontal space where the knowledge is shared

Collaborative notes from the CommTech gathering at Allied Medica Conference 2015



Open News code convening 2015

Open News have been organizing one day events with techies from different news organizations around USA. These are hackatons kind of events where people bring their projects and they work on them together. It tries to give space for developers to connect and talk about the project at their own newsroom. This year they started with one day of code convening at Write the Docs conference in Portland, OR and I had the opportunity to help with their projects. This are the projects that we worked on.

Web component CSV charts [The Seattle Times]:
A custom element that generates flat charts from CSV input, intended to reduce the load on graphics staff for boilerplate web graphics.

Driveshaft, The New York Times

Developer docs for Largo, INN

Donation Builder, The Texas Tribune

Geomancer, DataMade/Associated Press

Google Analytics/Facebook Insights clients, Stijn Debrouwere

Flatsheet, Seth Vincent

More information at


Cafés de DATA & Open Data Day

Bigger cities than Montevideo seems to have a vibrant community around open data and transparency. People meet to discuss how to help the process of transparency in governments, how to look for data or to hack on new projects. Uruguay had a early quite good freedom of information law (that just changed last year to make it more restricted) and a good open data group in Montevideo’s local government that push to publish interesting public data sets.  From DATA we want o create spaces to discuss, look at projects around the world and hack together on local tools and data analysis.  We started on February to organize a monthly meetup.  The registration and news is at the meetup’s website.

Some of the stuff we talked about in February are:

Data Catalogs 

Freedom of Information Requests
News Apps