An Introduction

by Struan, on 6 February 2012

mySociety wrote FixMyStreet in 2007 in order to make it easy for people in the UK to report problems in their area. Since then over 200,000 problems have been reported to UK councils using the site. As with all our sites we want people everywhere to be able to benefit so we were delighted to work with the Norwegian Unix User’s Group (NUUG) last year to set up a FixMyStreet in Norway.

We want to build on that and help more people around the world install their own copy of FixMyStreet. In the months since FiksGataMi was launched we’ve made a number of changes to FixMyStreet to make it easier to install and customise for other countries. We’ve rewritten much of the code to use the Catalyst web framework which has helped make it easier to customise and we’re now improving the documentation and ironing out the installation procedure.

However, we know that easy to install code is only part of the process. Building a community around the software is far more valuable in encouraging people to use and improve it. This site and the new mailing list are our first steps along that road.

So, if you’ve ever wanted to have a FixMyStreet for your town, state or country then join the mailing list and we’ll help you along the way.

If you have any questions, or problems installing the code, please do get in touch, or post on our mailing list.