Besides working on the key components of Memri, we used this week to write in more detail what our ideas are and how developers can start playing around with the software we're creating.
So if you want to learn more about how Memri keeps your data safe, you should definitely check out this blog in which we describe our Privacy & Security Plan And if you want to learn how you can create an indexer have a look at this
The Backend team focused on adding new features (Bulk editing of endpoints), making sure all documentation is in place (All HTTP API documentation), and written down in such a way that developers know how to use it, and made sure that the integration of the Pod with Indexers is improved as well. Besides that they've started to use Continuous Integration for the Pod, which is another important step!
All tasks that were crucial in getting us ready for the community launch!
The iOS team focused on integration this week to make sure all different elements work together without problems. They integrated the new schema, made sure the integration with the dev tool was completed and managed to integrate with the Pod as well. And that works, you can see here:
One of the latest features we have up and running, are the Indexers! Indexers add extra information to your personal data, so you can find it more easily and use it in new ways. Let's say you have a set of geographical coordinates, sure you could manually look for that place on the map, but with an indexer that kind of information is easily transfered to something more useful, like an address.
Now we managed to get that working, its much easier to add other indexers yourself! Want to learn how? Check out [this tutorial]
Last week we realized that we might have been looking too far for a way to incorporate ourselves in a democratic way.
This week we spoke with a Dutch association that specializes in helping Cooperatives. They were quick to make us aware to what they call "The Hourglass Model". In that model usually exists out of two parts. 1) a Cooperative entity 2) a commercial entity that is owned by the Cooperative.
Exactly what we were looking for, especially because the Dutch law allows Cooperatives to be Multi-Stakeholder Cooperatives. That way we can make sure that the groups who have a stake in what Memri will become also have a voice in the decision making. The groups we've identified thus far and are most likely to receive a formal vote in the decisions are, Customers (of course!), Workers and Contributors to the community. Besides that we intent to adopt many informal democratic practices. However, having this formal basis in which Memri Coop is obliged to act in the best interest of all its stakeholders, is in our minds an important first step.
Another big plus we see is that incorporating ourselves in such a structure will make it impossible for any 3rd party to come in and attempt an aggressive takeover. Our intention is to make sure the Cooperation, and therefore it's stakeholders, will always be the majority shareholder in the entity in which Memri conducts its business activity.