Free Software Directory meeting recap, December 2017
Every week free software activists from around the world come together in #fsf on irc.freenode.org to help improve the Free Software Directory. We had an exciting month working on the Directory with our wonderful stable of volunteers. These folks show up week in and week out to improve the Directory. It's also important to note the valiant efforts of those volunteers who can't make an appearance at the meeting proper, but still plug away at Directory entries during the week.
The December 8th meeting delved into federated systems. One popular example that came up was Mastodon. Some less well-known projects received some attention too, including Keystone, which is a system for organizing library systems, and which employs a federated search across libraries. There was also Sandstorm, which is a federated system that allows you to retain your communication data on your own system, and to optionally use the federated network to contact and publish to remote servers.
The next two weeks, we focused on trying to break past 16,000 entries before the new year, and at the time of writing, we are close, real close, like 15,998 close. There is still one meeting left, so it seems likely that we will break the 16k barrier, and of course, people contributing outside the meeting could bust us through the wall as well.
The final important take-away from this month's meetings is the need for improving the Privacy Pack. It is a nifty concept, but it needs refinement in terms of scope and direction. One example could be just expanding the page's coverage to include other software that helps curtail government surveillance. Another direction to take is highlighting the best free software out there to blind "the man's" eye in a clear one-pager sort of way. We hope to have this conversation on the Directory mailing list, with the ideas arising out of this conversation leading to the framework for the new Pack.
If you would like to help update the directory, meet with us every Friday in #fsf on irc.freenode.org from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST (16:00 to 19:00 UTC).