We are committed to information sharing and transparency
We believe very strongly in open access and allowing our users to easily access, export and share their data. This is an unusual approach in aid, where data is typically siloed between NGOs, governments, and data repositories; and blocked behind paywalls. Our users share data about hundreds of thousands of water sources with other users of the mWater system.
We believe this has the larger effect of accelerating the pace of innovation and learning in the sector while protecting fledgling governments from long-term dependency on aid. When our partners pay to have a feature developed, they agree to have that feature shared with all other users in the world for free, thus advancing the entire suite of features that are freely available to other clients. This information is particularly valuable as it is in one database that is consistent in format and is regularly updated.
mWater Platform is 70% Open Source Code
In order to prevent fragmentation of the data, which would reduce collaboration potential among the many mWater users worldwide, core server and web portal code are closed source. However, as we develop technology that is more generically useful to the wider community, we spin those particular parts off as open source projects, such as minimongo.
mWater Open Source Contribution
mWater creates, contributes, and relies on a wide range of open source projects
Open source projects we created
Minimongo A client side implementation of Mongodb that can store in IndexedDb, WebSQL and Local Storage. https://github.com/mWater/minimongo We use it internally as the core storage of our app. It has been starred by 579 developers on GitHub and forked 62 times.