Note to Non Techies in Social Care:
Please read this post - if you think that you cannot make a contribution to an open source project you are wrong!
We have taken the decision that the time has come to open-source BetterCareGuide.org, which we have delayed for ages because, frankly, the code isn’t anything like as good as we would like (since it was the first app I wrote after a break of several years from programming, using a stack that was all new to me). But I have heard from many people that the code quality of a new open source product isn’t the important thing - a road map, a vision and a simple working product are. So I am taking the covers off the codebase in the hope that people will contribute and improve the code quality of BetterCareGuide while I concentrate on the easy stuff.
To provide a simple web site where the public can go to get information about UK care providers (though it should be equally applicable elsewhere) and the quality of care they deliver. The information and its presentation should be independent of any financial involvement with the providers. Small independent providers should not be discriminated against. The licencing prohibits the software from being operated by a for-profit organisation.
Road Map (bold items need significant input from non techies)
The pipe dream road map extends considerably further than this, but I will stop there for a while and see if anyone contributes with this bit.
So I have three requests:
Adult social care technology expert, open source advocate, cyclist, parent, volunteer teacher, former (very easy) world record holder and reluctant blogger.