MentorRachel Green (rlgreen91)
Project Websitehttp://ebwiki.org
Project Repositoryhttps://github.com/EBWiki/EBWiki
Suitable for Beginners?yes
Tagsruby on rails ruby web dev UI UX dev ops
Applications (1st Choice)4 (4 submitted | 0 in-progress)
Applications (2nd Choice)5 (5 submitted | 0 in-progress)
Code of Conducthttps://github.com/EBWiki/EBWiki/blob/master/docs/CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md
LicenseApache License 2.0 (Apache-2.0)

Project Description

There has long been distrust between local law enforcement agencies and black communities around the United States, stemming from issues of both perceived and actual injustice due to racial bias. After the Walter Scott video was released showing the vast discrepancy between the official report of the encounter and the video, a group of Black technologists had the idea of a site where information on each encounter could be stored and recorded. This would help show both the frequency with which this occurs as well as the way bias affects the proceedings.

EBWiki is the fulfillment of that idea, a website where users can enter information on any police-citizen interaction that results in the death of a citizen that is a person of color. Any user is free to enter information, and by no means is limited to only reporting the incidents - we also encourage users to enter relevant information that occurs in the aftermath, such as vigils, court proceedings, etc. Our hope is that by providing a source of information on these cases, we may shed light on the unconscious biases within our law enforcement and criminal justice systems and begin to work on solutions to these problems.

Project's Requirements

Ideally, students should have experience with Ruby on Rails. We would also greatly appreciate experience with Javascript, CSS, and HTML.

Tasks And Features

We have 3 things we would focus on, and 2 things that would be nice to work on depending on the progress for the first three.

For the 3 things teams would definitely do:
- Dev Ops: Anything related to developing or deploying the application. This would include things like upgrading to Bundler 2, automating database backups, and any improvements to setup documentation.
- Search: There are still things we can do to improve searching, by adding other filters for different models (e.g, cause of death, homeless, time of death). This would also include looking at ways to expand the domain of what we search - so allowing a user to search for cases and agencies related to a search term. This is probably the most expansive topic, as some of this work will require some changes in data modelling or querying as well.
- Organizations: We currently have most of the functionality in place for organizations to use our site - the last thing we need to do is add authentication.

For the 2 things we would like to get to if possible:
- Automation: This is more of a catchall category, but it would include things like automatically posting to Twitter and revamping our email notification system.
- User Experience: This is another catchall category, but it would include things such as form design to layout to animations or anything. Parts of work on the first 3 items may touch on this as well.


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Phyllis Nabangi, Monday, March 30, 20:01 UTC

Hello :)
We are Team 256 and we are very interested in contributing to this project.
We have experience in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. And familiar with working with git.
We are interested in learning Ruby on Rails, and we currently working together on a simple ruby on rails project so as to understand the fundamentals(Rails book by Michael Hartl).
We are looking forward to learning and as well as contribute to this project.
Thank you

Wu Weiming, Monday, March 30, 13:35 UTC

Hi Rachel! We are Ming and Li Han from Team Quantum Bogosort and we are very interested in contributing to this project. We are familiar with Ruby, HTML, CSS, Javascript and Rails. Although we are new to contributing to open source projects, we are excited to learn and pick up new skills. Thank you for the opportunity, we are looking forward to RGSoC! :-)

Joyce Sandra Atim, Friday, March 27, 19:06 UTC

Hey, Team Choosen again. This project is our second choice.


Mannandeep Caur, Friday, March 27, 10:16 UTC

My teammate and I are willing to contribute to this project , it seems really interesting !
Please guide us further about the process.

Sanchi Bansal, Tuesday, March 24, 16:27 UTC

Hello! Me and my teammate are willing to contribute to this project. Can you guide me further on how to work in this project?

tea-n-biccies RGSoC, Friday, March 20, 13:41 UTC

Dear RGSoC applicants - we have added a new FAQ page to the website. Please check this out before asking mentors your questions, as we may already have an answer for you :)

Further details of how to apply to RGSoC (by 23:00 UTC on 30 March 2020) can be found at https://railsgirlssummerofcode.org/students

Anushka Shukla, Monday, March 16, 08:49 UTC

I am interested to contribute to this project..

tea-n-biccies RGSoC, Monday, March 9, 11:15 UTC

Hi everyone - the RGSoC team here :)
Just a reminder that student applications are open until 23:00 UTC on 30 March 2020.
For information on how to apply as a student so you can work on this project with RGSoC, please read the guidance at https://railsgirlssummerofcode.org/students

Maria Angella Aboyo, Tuesday, March 3, 15:08 UTC

Good day Rachel Green,

My teammate Sandra and I would be honored to work on this project.
We can relate to the user story because the racism problem is in every country and if not addressed, then nations will suffer.
Case in point is the xenophobia in South Africa "Really sad for fellow Africans killing each other"

"Every person has the same position in the world, we can't look down to anyone"