If you are interested in contributing to PlantingSpace projects, check out our bounties board: gitlab.com/plantingspace/broad We aim to post more there in the coming months (click the bell icon to add issue notifications).

We are announcing the foundation of the Open Reviews Association!

Non-profit, Swiss-based, it will serve as custodian for the Mangrove technology we developed, and for the set of reviews.

A place to connect and coordinate our activities.

Come join to support this movement: open-reviews.net

If you want discover what is currently the best language of formal abstraction, check out this great intro to Applied Category Theory by David Spivak: youtu.be/cJ46AOEOc14

Looks like Google is determined to make maintaining open source extensions for Chrome/Chromium an utterly demoralizing experience.

Updates to extensions that have been published for years being rejected for critical bugfixes with robo-rejection emails, no way to reach a human. One forum, not really advertised anywhere, is getting flooded with developer requests:


Summarised some results from a notebook that I use to play with the Covid19 data. It includes a simple prediction model for number of cases: keorn.org/data/covid19/

Most countries are still moving along the same exponential with coronavirus.

How do we learn about products and businesses or governments about us? How can we improve it?

4 reasons for leaving proprietary review platforms behind, and 1 tool to make it happen. Check out our release blog post for the Mangrove beta web app:

Just released the first building blocks to make integration with Mangrove easy: 1) JS client library js.mangrove.reviews & 2) API documentation docs.mangrove.reviews. These two allow you to generate, submit, and retrieve reviews from the open dataset.

We just released the Mangrove demo web app 🚀

You can read and write reviews and upload pictures for restaurants, hotels, touristic sites and other places on the map, as well as for companies, websites and books.

Join the ecosystem for and integrate Mangrove into your application or website. mangrove.reviews

Canonical serialization is pretty important for cryptographic message signing. Canonical CBOR is closest to a standard, but its in a pretty bad shape:
- FIDO2 aims to use their own version and not the one defined in the RFC: fidoalliance.org/specs/fido-v2
- A bunch of libraries use different ordering: JS `cbor`/`borc` and Rust `serde_cbor` with only the last one making any claims related to canonicality.

Our first project, Mangrove, offers an alternative architecture for reviews and recommendations: we disentangle the data layer from the layer of value adding services, and thus enable reviews provided by people to be a commons, freely available to all.

See here our proposed standard for the open data set, and share with us what you think: gitlab.com/plantingspace/mangr

More about Mangrove: planting.space/mangrove.html

PlantingSpace is now up and running! All our initial projects are published on our website, and the company is set up. Visit us at planting.space


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