Other (open) projects, useful for UT, that don't need programming skills

  • Hi guys!
    This topic is opened because many of us would like to contribute to UT but don't have any programming skills.
    We all know there are many things we can do in Ubports that don't need programming skills like translate, sponsoring, documenting, donating money, testing, bug-reporting etc but they are well known and already described in the project's website.
    What many of us don't know is that there are many open projects that need (also) non-programming contributors and that could be or already are used in ubports (in the OS itself or in the apps).
    Many of these projects are out there from some time and are well know but is always useful to remember them 😉

    PS: contributing to this list is also a way to contribute to the project without needing programming skills so you can start contributing from here 😁

  • where to find these projects?

  • OpenStreetMap

    • Already used in UT?: Yes (all navigation apps)
    • What is required: an internet connection and a device (tablet, notebook, desk...)
    • Registration: needed but you can also login with other service like OpenID, Google, Facebook, Window Live, Github, Wikipedia, Yahoo, Wordpress, AOL
    • Description: OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a free, editable map (or better a database of georeferenced objects) of the whole world that is being built by volunteers largely from scratch and released with an open-content license.
      Its content is linked to the contributors interests rather than economic interests and this combined with its open nature often makes it be described as the wikipedia of the maps.
    • How to contribute: More than six million contributors make OpenStreetMap possible, but the project need still many more contributors to help improve and keep updated the map. Many things have already been mapped even remotely using satellite photos, but many others require a local presence to add essential elements such as businesses or house numbers.
    • Get Help: you can find all help you need here also there are many local community and telegram groups

  • Common Voice
    Common Voice

    • Already used in UT?: No (and will be not used directly, see below)
    • What is required: an internet connection and a device (tablet, notebook, desk, smartphone) with audio input and output
    • Registration: not needed.
    • Description: Common Voice is part of Mozilla's initiative to help teach machines how real people speak. Voice recognition technologies bring a human dimension to our devices, but developers need an enormous amount of voice data to build them. Currently, most of that data is expensive and proprietary.
      Mozzilla wants to make voice data freely and publicly available, and make sure the data represents the diversity of real people.
    • How to contribute: You can contribute by recording your voice while reading small texts or by validating other contributors recording.
    • Get Help: you can find all help you need here

  • Mozilla Location Service
    Mozilla Location Service

    • Already used in UT?: Not yet
    • What is required: The most popular way to contribute to the project is downloading Firefox for Android or or through Mozilla Stumbler for Android
    • Registration: not needed.
    • Description: The Mozilla Location Service (MLS) is an open service, which lets devices determine their location based on network infrastructure like Bluetooth beacons, cell towers and WiFi access points. This network based location service complements satellite based navigation systems like A-GPS. This open service relies on a community of contributors, ranging from individuals collecting data, developers using and innovating on top of the service to organizations sharing information about their infrastructure.
    • How to contribute: You can contribute by launching the client in android with location and with bluethooth/wifi/mobile data services on (Warning! this could lead to privacy issues, high battery consumption...the use of data is very low and should not entail high costs, but in the case the upload can be carried out once covered by the wifi network)
    • Get Help: In client instructions

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