The Vilma project

This document, maintained by Rumma & Ko, is currently under discussion. It is a first vision with the goal of finding partners for starting a pilot pilot in Raplamaa county (Estonia). Please send your suggestions and feedback to luc.saffre@gmail.com.

Lino Vilma might be a customized Lino application which helps inhabitants of small rural villages for managing their public projects and relationships.

The current project name "Vilma" is both an acronym of "village manager" and a typical given name of 60+ aged female inhabitants of Estonian villages.

Functional specification

  • Lino Vilma is visible as a secured Internet database application.
  • Every village inhabitant gets a user account and can either log in directly or delegate their "voice" to somebody who represents them.
  • Lino Vilma comes with an integrated content and document management system: Users can write blog entries and articles, upload photos, videos and other documents to be published on the website or to be shared within the community. This functionality is used for maintaining the public website, the village chronicle and the village archive.
  • The village community can designate professional full-time, part-time or or volunteer workers who received training and have more rights than normal users. These are responsible for managing certain parts of the system.
  • Certain users can create polls in order to collect opinions about concrete questions. Other users (having the poller role) can ask other people and collect their answers to these polls.
  • Lino Vilma integrates a contact management system for internal usage by trusted workers.
  • Users can discuss among each other about public topics using instant messaging. The difference with existing networks is that their discussion is being archived and remains accessible in the future.
  • Every public suggestion or complaint is introduced as a ticket, similar to issue managers or bug trackers used by open source software projects. These tickets are used for project management.
  • Users can vote in order to mark their support for certain projects.
  • Users can print reports about opinions and projects of their community for discussing with other communities.

Goals

Social:

  • Increase visibility of the democratic process and transparency of public decisions.
  • Promote and encourage voluntary engagement.
  • Provide a framework for remote working.

Administrative:

  • Reduce overall costs for administration of a village
  • Increase quality of local politic work

Discussion

  • How does this idea compare with previous and other projects?
  • Why do we need yet another software project?
  • Why Lino as framework?