Djangocon: Reaching out, Django in the social sciences - Lucie Daeye
Tags: django, djangocon
(One of the summaries of a talk at the
2015 Djangocon EU conference).
Lucie Daeye is a social scientist that
just picked up django last year. But she already organized a django girls
paris event and is busy getting a PyLadies Paris started.
For her research, she has to keep all sorts of data on restaurants. Addresses,
text from interviews, other data. She thought there would be already software
for that. Something with automatic address import, perhaps automatic simple
maps, easy way to add notes, etcetera.
She asked her professor for the name of the software she needed to download
and he said “use a spreadsheet”. Ouch. No.
Back to paper? All kinds of papers in multiple folders? No… She asked other
PhDs for what they’re using. Basically electronic files in lots of remote
She complained to a developer friend who pointed her at Django. She got
something simple working with the django admin. A single “Restaurant”
model. Now she wanted to have a map. Which meant she actually had to program.
She saw that there would be a one-workshop for woman that wanted to learn
programming (djangogirls). One one-day workshop and 10 hours of work
afterwards and she now has a well-working well-looking small website for her
She felt empowered as a social sciences student. There is so much that
is possible once you can make websites like this!
As a developer, what can you do? You could help django girls workshops. Or set
up or help initiatives at universities or community centers. Or write usable
teaching material that doesn’t assume that you know what a “fibionacci number”
So, django community: stay the same helpful community that is welcoming to
newcomers. And start helping initiatives like this.