[open-economics] Two drafts for development applications

Rufus Pollock rufus.pollock at okfn.org
Sat Jan 1 10:56:50 UTC 2011

On 31 December 2010 16:51, Guo Xu <guo at guoxu.org> wrote:
> Hi Rufus and other OKFN readers,
> First, thanks a lot for your comments and positive feedback - I'm
> excited to work with OKFN - this will surely be a fruitful project.
> Both 7th and 8th of January are fine with me. Until then, it would be
> great if we could gather some more comments and suggestions from other
> OKFN members. The code is (unfortunately) written in ASP 3.0 and was
> rather meant as a "proof of concept" - ideally, we would need to

Good point -- and a very good proof of concept (as they say, 'the
conceptual components take most of the time"). Would you be up for a
rewrite in python and flask? I think we could move very quickly with

> improve the client-side scripts (Ajax etc) and the visualization of
> the results. One main idea of the project was to integrate a
> "scientific approach" into online games, reconciling "fun" with data
> collection. As a byproduct, we also contribute to promoting a
> multidimensional approach towards development - something that has
> become increasingly mainstream in recent years.

That's a great idea -- having some incentive (be that fun or kudos) is
essential to any crowdsourcing endeavour.

> Currently, we only display a table with the ranking - based on the
> data we collect, however, we could generate a wide range of more
> interesting plots (for example, comparing your answers against the
> "average EUtopia" results etc). In that regard, it would be really
> useful to find someone experienced with Flash driven graphs and plots.

I don't think we need flash here - javascript graphing has got good enough :)

> Anyway, just a quick reply from my side - hope to hear back from you
> so we could fix the date. In the meantime, you're all welcome to send
> in suggestions, either through the mailing list (although I'm not sure
> if I receive the messages) or directly to me.

Great. Let's pencil in the 7th (and perhaps 8th) now.

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