The Civic Tech Graveyard
The Civic Tech Graveyard is where we where you can visit, celebrate, and pay your respects to the projects that are no longer with us.
One of the main objectives of the Civic Tech Field Guide is to help the field’s builders and funders learn what didn’t work, so they can make and fund things that do. Which makes this page one of the most important on this site.
Some of the projects were experiments that proved a point and weren’t meant to endure. Others were fantastic, heavily funded flame-outs that ignored lessons learned by their predecessors.
- Learning from the Civic Tech Graveyard, by Micah Sifry and Matt Stempeck, published on Civicist
- Slides from Micah Sifry and Matt Stempeck’s presentation on the Civic Tech Graveyard, presented in Lisbon at The Impacts of Civic Tech Conference 2018
- The research found recurring patterns in the graveyard of civic tech projects:
- Fundraising success does not immediately translate to project success.
- Projects that ignore precedence and attempted to build social networks for political information and hyperlocal news are likely to fail.
- Some genres of civic tech project, like games for good, are inherently short-lived relative to others.
- Some projects are shut down so their operators can focus on other, more effective, projects in their portfolio.
- Postmortem Culture: Learning from Failure at Google, by John Lunney and Sue Lueder
- Responsible Waste Management in Civic Tech, by Julia Keseru at The Engine Room
- How do we help things to die?, by Cassie Robinson, Head of Digital Grant Making at The National Lottery Community Fund
- On managing failure in public administration, and postmortems, by Paolo de Rosa of the Italian Government’s Digital Transformation Team
- Dare to talk about your civic tech mistakes — submit your failure story – Julia Keserű at the Sunlight Foundation recounts candid fail-sharing at the Code for All Summit in 2015
Projects No Longer With Us
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The Voluntary Sector Digital Maturity Matrix was a free tool provided by NCVO to assess the current maturity of a voluntary sector organisation's digital capability, compared with its desired target state. Through a simple self-assessment, you could understand where your organisation needs to invest to reach digital excellence.
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HousingMaps was the very first Google Maps mashup, created before there was a Google Maps API. It overlaid Craigslist apartment and housing listings on a map, for some 30 US cities plus London.