We did our first run of MiscCat on Open Data Day - but you can do MiscCat at any time (from anywhere) - details below!
Get started with the activity here: MiscCat and read on below for more info
MiscCat - sorting through the Misc
We’re sorting through the items brought to repair events such as Restart Parties and Repair Cafes. In order to keep track of what we’ve fixed, these items are placed into an item category.
However, some of these items get categorised as “Miscellaneous”. We’d like you to take a look and see if there is a better category for those items!
So what do I do?
MiscCat presents you with an item brought along to a repair event that is currently ‘Miscellaneous’. Here’s what you can do:
- First, read the problem. Some objects may also have a
- Decide if the object uses electric power of any sort, or not. Or click “I’m not sure”.
- If you think there is a better category than “Misc” then simply click on it.
- Then click the “Go with” button to confirm your choice.
That’s it! Keep going through as many as you like, and share your thoughts below.
We think it’s a fun way to discover community repair data. Every single item you see is an item a person has brought to a repair event and looked at (and hopefully fixed!) with a repair volunteer. And each item can feed upstream to discussions on our right to repair
click here to see Frequently Asked Questions
What if there’s not enough info to decide on a category?
Sometimes it can be hard to choose a category because there is not a lot of information recorded. The data has come from a lively, sociable community repair event where volunteers are busy trying to fix things and don’t always have the time to write down a lot of the detail.
Don’t worry if you can’t decide - just press “Go with Misc”. It is in fact very useful for us to know where we lack information as we are looking for ways to improve our data collection.
Try and fit the item into one of the existing categories. But if it really doesn’t fit anywhere, you can post a suggested category in this thread for discussion.
What are all the categories?
The categories are based on the existing list of categories in our Fixometer part of Restarters.net.
click here to see category descriptions
|Desktop computer||PC towers and all-in-ones|
|Laptop large||Any laptop larger than 15” - mostly for graphics and gaming|
|Laptop medium||Most laptops|
|Laptop small||Netbooks or ultrabooks|
|PC Accessory||Mice, keyboards, computer speakers, and laptop chargers|
|Printer/scanner||Includes laserjets and inkjets|
|DSLR/Video Camera||Includes analog SLR|
|Handheld entertainment device||iPods, Walkmans, handheld DVD players, portable game consoles|
|Headphones||Both earbuds and over-ear|
|Mobile||Includes smartphones and dumb phones|
|Tablet||Any screen over 6”|
|Hi-Fi integrated||Ministereos and boomboxes|
|Hi-Fi separates||Any component of a stereo|
|Portable radio||Analog and DAB|
|TV and gaming-related accessories||Set top boxes, gaming consoles, DVD players|
|Decorative or safety lights||Bike lights, fairy lights, Christmas lights|
|Hair & Beauty item||Hair straighteners, hair dryers, toothbrushes, shavers|
|Power tool||Garden tools and DIY tools|
|Small kitchen item||Blenders, food processors|
|Vacuum||Includes hand-held vacuums|
In addition, we have included categories that we think might be common enough to be included in the Fixometer categories, as well as non-electrical and non-electronic items that we will be adding to the Fixometer soon.
Where does the data come from?
Volunteers around the world collect the data at repair events and log it in restarters.net.
Can I see all of the data?
Do I need an account?
No - you don’t need to sign up to restarters.net to play with MiscCat. We’d love it if you did create an account and tell us what you think of MiscCat. You can then also get involved in events, data collection and discussions about community repair.
What do you do with my answers?
They are pooled together to see if we can reach consensus on the item category. Once we have a good level of confidence in the categories, we can use this information to help complement existing knowledge on fixes and failurs and the barriers to repair.This will feed into campaign work for the Right to Repair.
This is cool! Any other stuff I can do?
There is also FaultCat!
We’re working on more repair data apps - stay tuned! In the meantime, there are lots of ways to get involved with our data work.
What if I find something weird or have a suggestion?
Please share it in this discussion (you will need an account to do so)