Add a project

Criteria for listing a project on Labs:

  • Fit with the set of general Labs community principles. These aren’t super strict but we suggest you read these through and consider whether your project fits (or what you could change to make it fit)
  • You are an “Official Contributor” - to list a project as a Labs project you need to be an Official Contributor. We do make exceptions so if you think your project is super-deserving of this privilege you can get in touch – or even just submit the pull request and we can discuss there

Steps to add a project

To add a project, you should have signed up as a labs member. We also strongly recommend joining the mailing list and following Labs on twitter.

Then, two small additions need to be made to the Labs Github repository (thereby to this website). This can be done in one of two ways:

  • the geek route
  • the non-geek route

Geek Route

  1. Fork this site’s repository

  2. Create a file at this location

     _projects/{PROJECT NAME}.html

    replacing {PROJECT NAME} with a suitable URL-friently name, e.g. if your project were called “Awesome Data Visualizer”, you could create

  3. To the file add a project title and a general description. Here’s what it should look like:

     title: {the project title e.g. Awesome Data Visualizer} [REQUIRED]
     A brief description of the project. You can use html (or markdown - if
     markdown please make sure the file you create to hold the info (see
     below) uses .md extension rather than .html)!
     Things to include are:
     - What is it
     - Who is it for?
     - What problem does it solve?
     - How someone could contribute

    Here’s an example:

     title: Kartograph
     Kartograph is a simple and lightweight framework for building interactive
     map applications without Google Maps or any other mapping service. It was
     created with the needs of designers and data journalists in mind.
  4. Add a new row to the _data/projects.csv CSV file, right below the header line. Edit the row to include various pieces of information about your project. If you look at the information provided for other projects this should guide you on how to add yours. The “title” field is required. All others are optional but you should fill as many as are relevant. Here’s an overview of some of the CSV file fields:

    CSV field Description
    title [REQUIRED] The title field should exactly match the title speficied in the file created in step 2
    projecturl URL of an external project webpage e.g.
    tags Comma-separated list of relevant tags e.g. [django, google spreadsheets]
    tagline One-liner description of project
    author Author(s) name(s) e.g. Joe Bloggs
    maintainers Comma-separated list of labs username(s) of those who maintain the project
    contributors Comma-separated list of labs username(s) of those who contribute to the project
    github_repo The github repo name e.g. awesome-data-visualizer
    github_user The github user who owns the repository e.g. okfn
    language List of languages the project uses e.g. [python, javascript]
    type List from the following project types: [library, data, webapp, running service, tool]
  5. Save your changes, commit and push to your fork

  6. Submit a pull request

Non-geek Route

Sent an email to us at [email protected], with the as much of the following information as is available:

  1. The title of the project
  2. A link to the project
  3. A link to the git repository
  4. The git repository owner (e.g. github username)
  5. The author(s) and contributor(s) name(s)
  6. The maintainer(s) name(s)
  7. The languages used by the project (e.g. python, javascript)

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