This is a place to view and discuss the short- and long-term roadmap of the software.

It includes bigger pieces of work that require discussion as a group. Feel free to reply to this thread, however where more discussion needs to take place on a particular item, it is linked through to a separate topic. Smaller things like bug fixes are not included in this roadmap - though please do report any bugs you encounter in the Bug Reports category.

(you might also want to look at the overview of this group)

Live / open for feedback


  • Stats and reporting
    • hours volunteered. Making the section available to everyone - what is it interesting/useful for Restarters to see?
  • Repair database. Open up the repair database to be visible and searchable for all users. Needs discussion how to make this useful for everyone.
  • Documentation - all of the documentation needs updating.
  • Improved module integrations.
    • Allow setting usernames in and sent through to Discourse. [might not be needed]
    • Wiki integration: automatic account creation. Existing accounts can be logged in automatically, however new accounts need to be created manually.
  • Repair Data Capture
  • Group Admin
    • Allow group hosts to set other members of the group as a host of their group [currently needs to be done by an Admin]
  • Notifications
    • Probably want to rearchitect this a bit - currently it is simply a way of flagging things that are in a particular state in the data. It is not dynamic in the sense of knowing if a notification has been seen, dismissed, which notifications are new, etc.
  • Localisation. The software is internationalised, in that the framework is in place to incorporate other languages - we just need translations (and a good way of managing them)


  • iCal feeds
  • Stats and reporting
  • Recording non-event based repair (properly recording fixes from places other than community repair - schools, makerspaces, individuals)
  • Favouriting repairs
  • Recording skillshares in the system
  • Closer integration with Repair Directory
  • API
    • fleshing out what can be read via API
    • events feed for groups (also filterable by group tags)
    • Permissioning
  • Including critical raw materials figures in categories and impact stats
  • Refresh of CO2 and weight reference data
    • Involves freezing previous calculations

Long-term / needs discussion

Ideas/features that have been suggested but that need some discussion to iron out if or how they should be taken forward.

  • Investigate migration from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap
  • Participant involvement
    • pre-event
      • advanced registration of devices
    • during event
      • participants contributing data at events
    • post-event
      • feedback from participants
      • collecting narrative stories - testimonials
  • Tracking devices between events/CRM/job management
  • Linking Restarters to individual repairs.
    • gamification for Restarters
  • API
    • Creates/updates/deletes via the API
  • Optimised ‘live event’ view, for projection/display of repairs at events as they happen
  • Skills levels
  • Copy/paste/import device data
  • Dashboard: Customisable per user
  • suggesting where to find repair advice on particular categories
  • volunteer registration during an event, which includes online sign-off of health & safety guidelines
  • specific roles for nationwide organisers (e.g. Norway)
  • automatic analysis of images of model/serial numbers
  • online microtasking to improve data quality
  • other impact stats - e.g. water, critical raw materials
  • chatbot entry of repair information
  • recording repairs from commercial repairers
  • repairers without a group - identify areas with plenty of Restarters but no formal group
  • distribution/federation
    • making it easy to self-host
    • making it easy to customise
    • using e.g. ActivityPub/Micropub to enabled self-hosted instances to federate (events, repair data, etc)
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I am very curious how the roadmap looks today, 5 years later :eyes:

Good find @Andreas!

This could clearly do with an update. We currently manage the roadmap internally using Jira Product Discovery.

I had a quick look and it doesn’t have good options yet for sharing the roadmap in a format suitable for public sharing. The ability to share views with anyone with an Atlassian account does appear to be on the way.

Failing that, we’ll try to find the time to update this post :slight_smile:


They just added this feature to Jira Product Discovery:

However sadly not available in the current pricing tier that we are using :frowning:

I’ll consider whether there’s enough reasons for us to upgrade. If not, I’ll try and find a better way of sharing the roadmap. This is something we’re actively aiming to do with network partners now to encourage collaboration on the roadmap together.