We’re missing data for 366 events listed in our “Fixometer” database! That represents a whopping 21% of events.
Now that like us, most groups in this forum are not running events, it’s a great time to upload this missing data. We’re starting a Missing Data Drive that lasts until 15th January to fill in the gaps.
The 15th of January is an important date in the history of ‘planned obsolescence’ — on this date in 1925, the Phoebus Cartel met to limit the lives of lightbulbs Learn more.
Update: we’re extending the data drive to the 16th of Jan to include a datathon where you can get live help inputting your data (see below)
Why you should get involved
Data helps your group - to fundraise, to motivate your volunteers. Read more about how groups use the data locally here
Data helps fixers - you can search the database of fixes and learn from patterns, special pearls of wisdom shared. This knowledge eventually gets condensed into our Wiki.
Data helps our campaign for more repairable products. Just over half of electronic or electrical items people bring to events can be fixed on the spot. About 1/5 devices or appliances we deem “end of life”. We’d like to be able to show why. And the remainder could be fixed but there are still barriers to repair.
Together in the past two years, we’ve analysed the data together online. And in turn, we’ve used our data on laptops to influence decision-makers in Brussels and we have more opportunities to influence EU and UK policy coming up in 2021. We’re even building a whole new part of this site so everyone can get more involved.
We need your help
But with such big gaps in our data, we need your help.
If your group uses the Fixometer, now is the perfect opportunity to add any data that you haven’t shared. You’re not alone, many of us fall behind. If you need a hand, get in touch and we can schedule a screensharing and video call with you to help get the job done
You can see all of your past events on the Events page. Just click/tap the ‘Past’ tab to see the full list, as well as which ones are missing data:
If your group doesn’t yet share data, we’d love to hear from you! How do you currently collect and use repair data and what help do you need? Simply message us directly and let’s chat!