Frequently Asked Questions
So what do I do after joining DataLook’s fabulous Slack chat?
#openimpact is the name for our first online replication marathon which we ran during the summer of 2015. We are still using the Slack chat of the #openimpact marathon.
Make friends on Slack! You can join one of the project channels and meet others interested in the same project and start collaborating!
Absolutely! Just choose a project and start working. And if the #openimpact Slack is not the best way for your team to communicate, you should use what works best for you. Just let us know what project you’re trying to replicate so we can keep track of what has been achieved and map your work.
The projects are all focused on one city, one community, or – in the case of the Cute Pets Twitter bot – one animal shelter. The goal is to bring the project to your city, your community or the animal shelter near to you and make them relevant for more causes and help solve similar problems in your city. For example, the city of Düsseldorf in Germany didn’t buy an app that allows users to collect data of their bike rides because someone proposed this as a six-figure project. Now CyclePhilly gets replicated for Düsseldorf for free and the mayor as well as the city officials planning bike lanes are happy about this solution.
First, learn about the projects to see which one is most interesting to you! Then, think about how you might contribute – each project’s page includes suggested first steps at the bottom. Finally, go on Slack and find some teammates to work with or go solo as you like.
Some of the projects we feature can be replicated within a day if all the ingredients are present. Other projects require more time. The important things is that you start replicating! Don’t worry, we will motivate and support you to go all the way.
Often there is no need to recreate the wheel. Replicating projects saves time and money. And it lowers the burden for trying out new things and using data and technology to address known problems.
Slack is an awesome chat tool that makes it super easy to collaborate with anyone from anywhere in the world.