Today, Open Knowledge International is launching the Frictionless Data Tool Fund, a minigrant scheme offering grants of $5,000 to help extend the implementation of software libraries — code that is used to develop software programs and applications— for the Frictionless Data specifications by developing them in a range of programming languages.
The focus of the Frictionless Data project is about building tools which can help people in removing the friction in working with data. These library implementations will support the development of this suite. We are looking for individual developers and organizations to help us improve the specifications and implement further work. The fund will be accepting submissions from now until 31st July 2017 for work which will be completed by the end of the year.
Last year a working group was set up to progress the specifications to our first 1.0 release, and we now have an excellent foundation to add further implementations to complement our core libraries. The Tool Fund is part of the Frictionless Data project at Open Knowledge International, where we are addressing issues related to frictions that occur when working with data. We are doing this by developing a set of tools, standards, and best practices built around the Data Package standard, a containerisation format for any kind of data based on existing practices for publishing open-source software.
This is an initial list of languages we think are going to be of most benefit to the project. However, we welcome suggestions of languages which are not found here.
For some more information and to get a full understanding of what is required, take a close look at our implementation reference documentation and the v1.0 specifications of on the dedicated Tool Fund Page on the Frictionless Data site.
Applications can be made from today by submitting this form.
The Frictionless Data team will select one implementer per language, and notify all applicants whether they have been successful or not at the very latest by the end of July.