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All of the source code for the websites in the Metabolism of Cities network are open sourced. Our repository can be found on Github. We use the following technologies:

In order to meaningfully contribute to this project (or clone it and use it for your own purposes), you should ideally be comfortable with (or willing to learn about) the aforementioned technologies. You can make a meaningful contribution if you know either about python/Django, or about HTML/CSS/Javascript (allowing you to contribute with back-end or front-end programming, respectively).

The tech work on Metabolism of Cities has so far be done by a small number of people. However, we are very keen to get others involved. Due to the nature of the work, it would be ideal if you have a background both in urban metabolism/industrial ecology, and in web development. If you are not very familiar with our topic matter, but you are a keen programmer and willing to learn and spend time on this project, then we are happy to assist you in that journey.

To get the repository set up locally, please refer to our readme on Github. Furthermore, we have a set of introduction videos that walk you through our codebase. Have a look to get an idea of how things work. If you are ready to contribute, have a look at the task list below and pick a task of your liking. There is MUCH more to do than what is documented here, so you can also use the chatbox below to bring up additional ideas or questions.


Task list

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Add units to the visualisations
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
In Progress Medium priority
5 1 day, 3 hours ago
by Paul Hoekman
Properly embed adjacency lists
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
In Progress Medium priority
5 1 week, 6 days ago
by Paul Hoekman
Develop standard unit conversion for datasets
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 1 week, 6 days ago
by Paul Hoekman
Consider change geometry fields to geography fields
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 4 weeks ago
by Paul Hoekman
Create a single map with all cities
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Completed Medium priority
5 4 months ago
by Taina Wanderley
Allow for easy GPS configuration
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Completed Medium priority
5 4 months ago
by Paul Hoekman
Add overview of spreadsheet format
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 4 months, 1 week ago
by Paul Hoekman
Enable legend for the graphics by default
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open High priority
5 4 months, 1 week ago
by Carolin Bellstedt
Change file name for images that are downloaded from a visualisation
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Low priority
5 4 months, 2 weeks ago
by Carolin Bellstedt
Remove Dataset as separate model
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Completed Medium priority
5 4 months, 2 weeks ago
by Carolin Bellstedt
Set up a proper "mini-site" for the priority project
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Completed Medium priority
5 4 months, 2 weeks ago
by Paul Hoekman
Create "direct messaging" functionality
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 4 months, 3 weeks ago
by Paul Hoekman
Properly embed geocode scheme foundation
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 4 months, 3 weeks ago
by Paul Hoekman
Add priority plan to MOI
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Completed Medium priority
5 5 months ago
by Paul Hoekman
Clean up task overview and workflow issues
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
1 vote
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 5 months, 1 week ago
by Paul Hoekman
Resolve database error when doing within lookup for specific cities
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 5 months, 1 week ago
by Paul Hoekman
Add countries to cities/islands
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Completed Medium priority
5 5 months, 1 week ago
by Paul Hoekman
Process large datafiles asynchronous
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
1 vote
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 5 months, 3 weeks ago
by Paul Hoekman
Fix shapefile processing holdup
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Completed Medium priority
5 5 months, 3 weeks ago
by Paul Hoekman
Set up economic data processing
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 5 months, 3 weeks ago
by Paul Hoekman
Allow changing file type for GPS files/shapefiles
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Completed Medium priority
5 5 months, 3 weeks ago
by Carolin Bellstedt
Enable the editing of shapefile metadata
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 6 months ago
by Carolin Bellstedt
Figure out how to integrate HDI
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 6 months ago
by Paul Hoekman
Set up front-end selection tool/option for nesting
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 6 months ago
by Carolin Bellstedt
Set up front-end pages design of manual/guide
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 6 months ago
by Carolin Bellstedt
Add “data quality” indication for collected and processed data
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 6 months, 1 week ago
by Carolin Bellstedt
Restructure Data Layer Tags
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
In Progress Medium priority
5 6 months, 3 weeks ago
by Paul Hoekman
Add front-end option to edit the description of a reference space
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Completed Medium priority
5 7 months ago
by Paul Hoekman
Add new mapping visualization options
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Completed Medium priority
5 7 months, 1 week ago
by Paul Hoekman
Allow use of different material catalogs
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 7 months, 2 weeks ago
by Paul Hoekman
Allow for processing of geospatial spreadsheets
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Completed Medium priority
5 7 months, 2 weeks ago
by Paul Hoekman
Allow for shapefile data to be merged into a single reference space
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Completed Medium priority
5 7 months, 2 weeks ago
by Paul Hoekman
Allow for processed data to be re-processed quickly next time
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 8 months, 2 weeks ago
by Paul Hoekman
Allow user to search for data in the entire database
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
In Progress Medium priority
5 8 months, 3 weeks ago
by Paul Hoekman
Create master map for an individual city
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
In Progress Medium priority
5 9 months ago
by Paul Hoekman
Fix Vimeo video embed code
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 9 months ago
by Carolin Bellstedt
Improve managing your own data
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 10 months ago
by Paul Hoekman
Auto-save data viz image
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 10 months ago
by Paul Hoekman
Fix overflow issues with large map legends
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Completed Medium priority
5 10 months, 1 week ago
by Paul Hoekman
Improve data portal navigation
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
In Progress Medium priority
5 11 months, 1 week ago
by Paul Hoekman
Integrate image in reference space database field
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Completed Medium priority
5 11 months, 1 week ago
by Paul Hoekman
Better deal with large shapefiles
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
In Progress Medium priority
5 11 months, 1 week ago
by Paul Hoekman
Improve reference space detail page
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
In Progress Medium priority
5 11 months, 1 week ago
by Paul Hoekman
Migrate infrasatructure meta data
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Completed Medium priority
5 11 months, 1 week ago
by Paul Hoekman
Allow for data processors to select the official city boundaries
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Completed Medium priority
5 11 months, 1 week ago
by Paul Hoekman
Add section for data contributors within a city portal
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Completed Medium priority
5 1 year, 1 month ago
by Carolin Bellstedt
Allow line shapes
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Discarded Medium priority
5 1 year, 4 months ago
by Kim Finlay
Data contributor section on Data Hub main page
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 1 year, 4 months ago
by Kim Finlay
Reintroduce the possibility to download the visualisations in .pdf .jpeg .svg .csv .xls, etc.
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 1 year, 4 months ago
by Kim Finlay
Include monetary aspects in UM Data Hub
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 1 year, 4 months ago
by Kim Finlay
Add info in downloadable CSV file
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 1 year, 4 months ago
by Kim Finlay
Integrate air quality data
Metabolism of Cities Data Hub
Programming work
Open Medium priority
5 1 year, 4 months ago
by Kim Finlay

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