[openspending-dev] Dev meeting: December 5, 2012

Tryggvi Björgvinsson tryggvi.bjorgvinsson at okfn.org
Tue Dec 3 16:02:59 UTC 2013

Hi all,

On Thursday we have our monthly developer meeting (first Thursday of
December). We're still on dev meeting winter time due to daylight
savings time so you have to take that into account when I say the
meeting starts at 14 GMT (although we might start 5-10 minutes past
unless someone other than me wants to lead the meeting). Like before
I'll put a few times in other time zones below.

Also, as always the meeting takes place on our IRC channel,
#openspending on freenode.

# Meeting agenda

Last meeting was mostly about bureaucracy. This meeting will be about
development contributions that don't involve coding (not all of them,
just two of many ways).

1. Documentation
    * We have documentation in a few places now, should we combine?
    * How do we keep documentation up to date in separate systems?
    * Do we need to improve the documentation (and how)?
2. Translation process
    * We have a lot of untranslated strings now, how do we get more
    * How do we fit translations into our current work flow (with no

# Results from the last meeting

We clarified the role of The Open Knowledge Foundation in OpenSpending.
The Open Knowledge Foundation contributes to the project as any other
developer could. The Open Knowledge Foundation might seem to be the
bossy player in the project, but that's not our intention. It's just
that there's dedicated staff on the project because The Open Knowledge
Foundation cares. Anyone can do the same thing. Even the technical lead
position (currently me) could be passed on to other community members
based on meritocracy (something we can deal with if the community
requests it).

We also talked about the importance of translations to grow our
developer community. This was a great point so we focussed on fixing
that last November (and we did). More about that in our monthly
technical update later this week (and more at the upcoming developer
meeting because it's really important to get this right).

We settled on our vision, purpose, areas of collaboration and skill set
and even though haven't yet updated any documents we've used our results
to add OpenSpending as a project to OpenHatch:

When discussing the goals The Open Knowledge Foundation had set for the
next 6 months we got into a great (in terms of informative) debate about
where OpenSpending should be heading, what questions it should answer,
and whose interests the project should be working for. We really didn't
get around to discussing much more than the first objective of one goal
so this discussion is saved for later (even though we're now 1 month
into the next 6 months). Maybe we as developers should just leave
bureaucracy to bureaucrats and development to us ;-)

# Old logs

We record these meetings. If you want to read the old logs of the
previous dev meetings they are available here:

Look at the .log.txt files (link in .txt [not .log.txt] is incorrect).

# Time zones

14 GMT/UTC in different places:

* Los Angeles: 06:00 (6AM) - woah that's early
* New York: 09:00 (9AM)
* Rio de Janeiro 12:00 (noon)
* London: 14:00 (2PM)
* Berlin: 15:00 (3PM)
* New Delhi 19:30 (7:30PM)
* Tokyo 23:00 (11PM) - woah that's late


Tryggvi Björgvinsson

Technical Lead, OpenSpending

The Open Knowledge Foundation <http://okfn.org>

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