Hello! I am excited to announce that on this week’s Friday fika, our new community member @giorgos will give us a short demo of the tool Polis and the community behind it. Polis is “a real-time system for gathering, analyzing and understanding what large groups of people think in their own words, enabled by advanced statistics and machine learning.”
Giorgos is one of the volunteers doing the advanced mathematical modelling work behind the scenes. Some of it he has described in the forum post “Machine learning and deliberative democracy: mathematical modelling of Pol.is” that I recommend you to read if you want to learn more! He will of course be open to questions it that during the fika as well, but we won’t have time to go into very deep learning…
As usual, we’ll meet on Zoom at 3 pm Friday with Meeting ID 87834088118 and Passcode 424242. Hope to see you there!
Soon time for Fredagsfika again! Topic might be to warm up the conversation about Community Tools in preparation for the Civic Tech Lab on February 23rd that I hope you’ve registered for! Hope to see you both today and on the 23rd!
You never know what exciting things will happen during our Friday fikas! Last week, I spontaneously invited Christian Landgren from iTeam to join, and he did! He is one of the parents in Stockholm who used their frustration on the app “Skolplattformen”, used for communication between schools, parents and students in Stockholm, to develop a more user friendly app called “Öppna Skolplattformen!” (which translates to both “The Open School Platform” and “Open Up the School Platform!”) Their app had just launched last Friday and became the top paid app in Apple App Store that same day! You can read a story about them in Swedish SVT if you want to know more!
It is a very interesting case showing what can or could happen if public actors would open up their systems and information with APIs so that members of the public can develop solutions onto that information. We hope to hear and learn more from Christian and his fellow team of parents in the future during e.g. a webinar or similar since I think their experiences can teach us a lot!
Another thing I loved about having Christian join last week was that he introduced what I think is the ultimate question to ask people joining our fikas: What can we help you with?
I think it could be a useful question to start all our calls with after we have introduced ourselves to each other. Starting from that question I believe that everyone who joins can benefit from the calls in some way, and that we can help each other maximise our learning and impact.
So, we’ll see what will happen during the Friday fika this week – it depends on who comes and what those people need help with. Then we’ll see what we think we can do and learn from each other!
I second @Daniel 's request - maybe a separate thread titled “Fredagsfika links”?
It’s not perfect but will help people who cannot make it to the fika every time (like me ) to keep contact. Also people who join in from mobile devices and cannot check them in real time (ok, also me, what can I say )
Tomorrow it’s time for fika again! Perhaps some people will celebrate “Valborg” in other ways than talking on Zoom, but I promise to show up at least!
Sorry for slow reply @Daniel and @giorgos about links from last week. I’ve set up Zoom on my computer to always save the chats so here it is in full, but anonymised.
Tekniska frågor till Biologg-teamet:
Just nu ser det ut som att ni kör Google Maps. Betalar ni för API-anrop till Google Maps API? Det finns väl ett “tak” där det är gratis tills man slagit i taket?
Många internationella civic tech-projekt har slagit i taket för non-profits och får betala hutlösa summor eller har lyckats ändra till i OpenStreetMap innan det drabbat dem negativt. Har ni funderat på att switcha till OpenStreetMap via t.ex. MapBox?
We will cancel the Friday Fika this week as the 14th of May is a “klämdag” (“squeeze day”?) in Sweden as Thursday is a public holiday and many people have Friday off as well. So enjoy the warm weather instead and prepare for the 2-part lab about Climate Assemblies the following week!
Handlingar.se hjälper dig begära ut information från myndigheter och mjuklanserar just nu en tjänst för journalister, företagare, civilsamhälle och akademiker. På fikat kommer Mattias bli hands-on med oss och visa live hur du begär ut myndighetsinformation på plattformen.
@Daniel Ok, that’s advantageous. I guess the price is users’ privacy. From a perspective of social sustainability and privacy I think it’s an issue due to Google Maps tracking (GDPR & Schrems II) - especially considering that there are kids using it.
Idag är det fredagsfika igen! Vi tar en kaffe och hör vad alla som kommer har på gång. Idag kommer vi också ge en liten teaser för vad vi gör i Almedalen, missa inte det! Syns kl 15! (Zoom-länken finns som vanligt här ovan)