In brief, the story is this: we have a small group of people making excellent progress toward our mission—but this is a big project. If you're reading this, you can help us.
We added dozens of new Scrapers to the repo.
We achieved non-profit status, opening the door for funding and grant opportunities.
We ran our first DoltHub bounty, making real progress on our database of police Datasets.
We launched a simple app to help contributors write new Scrapers.
We started making Instagram posts. Go follow us!
We had dozens of open working sessions. Some of them were quiet, with one or two people making progress. Some of them were brainstorms, where people disagreed and learned from each other. These happen in Discord, and you should join one! Look for the calendar icon and "Events" in the upper left.
The more Scrapers we have, the more we have learned about the landscape of police data.
Here are our current Scrapers. Each one has the potential to shed light on an individual department; together, they can transform our understanding of police at the county, state, and federal level.
Our current project is making a reusable template for standalone scrapers.
Our next step is a repeatable template for standalone scrapers that are useful by themselves. These are useful right away as instant bulk downloads of departmental data.
From, we will be able to aggregate the results of the scrapers into still more useful combinations—what if we could search for extractions by
We also need to find one or two permanent Python developers to help us make steady progress on basic infrastructure. Here's our roadmap. If this is you, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or in Discord.
We have a small non-profit with a board and a few people dedicated to keeping the lights on; we want our volunteer community to consist of people with skin in the game, and agency over how things work.
We can use web3 technology to create tools that are decentralized, transparent, and traceable—and reward contributors.
Join our Discord community! Ask questions, share your knowledge, join open sessions. Everything you see is built by volunteers, and this could include you. In particular we need python developers and people who know how to secure non-profit funding.
Money always helps. Join our Patreon or donate directly.
Tell your friends and trusted network. Your word carries weight with people who trust you.
Stay tuned—we're picking up momentum, and expect big progress this year!