I hope everyone’s having a good start to the year, and keeping cool.
If you’re in Sydney, come say hi at our Pub Meet on Tuesday evening February 28th, at the Trinity Bar on Crown St, ten minutes walk from Central.
RSVP and see details here https://www.meetup.com/OpenAustralia-Foundation/events/236977994/
We’ve had a busy month since the last Pub Meet. We’ve been working on the tasks we set out in late January for our maintenance focused quarter. We’re aiming to fix a bunch of niggling problems that distract us from developing new features for the people using our services.
There’s been no bigger niggle than the issues morph.io has been suffering for months now. A few weeks ago, making a huge volunteer contribution to our work, morph.io user, familiar face at the Pub Meet, and lovely person Lindsay Holmwood, jumped into the fray and fixed one of the most serious issues for morph.io. Thank you so much Lindsay!
Speaking of Lindsay, you’ll see him at the Pub Meet on the 28th, sharing techniques for writing scrapers in a way that minimises the impact on the site you’re scraping. Web scraping is a huge part of civic tech, and Lindsay is a serious expert in this area—don’t miss it!
If you’ve got a civic tech project, seen something interesting, or have questions about civic tech and democracy in 2017, we’d love you to share them as a 5 minute lightning talk at the Pub Meet. Just leave a comment on the meetup page like Lindsay did.
If you can’t make it on the 28th, we’ve got our regular Pub Meet on the last Tuesday of March, and each month. https://www.meetup.com/OpenAustralia-Foundation/
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