The Skolplattform, which has cost more than 1 billion Swedish Krona, SEK, ($117 million), has failed to match its initial ambition. Parents and teachers have complained about the complexity of the system—its launch was delayed, there have been reports of project mismanagement, and it has been labelled an IT disaster. The Android version of the app has an average 1.2 star rating.
A pity that the parents’ open source alternative was originally so negatively received by the officials, but good that in the end there was acceptance. It goes to show though that with open data APIs, some tremendous innovation and improvements can be made available. There is nothing wrong with having two or three alternative apps to use. Application Program Interfaces (API) just need to differentiate between public data to be used vs data that an authenticated individual is allowed to access.
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In developed countries where you can’t stretch your leg without kicking a programmer’s butt and people who have more than 40 hours of free time a week? Sure!
Other parts of the world, good luck finding a programmer who knows development and deployment AND actually have time and energy to do it AND willing to do it for free!
Actually quite a few people do it for free. In Sweden’s case it was parents who had an interest to do it. If there is a documented API, it makes the job a lot easier as it is just a client-end UI that is needed.
They are the usual problems, when computer decisions depend on old politicians and officials, who use Tipp-Ex to correct errors in Word documents and still using Fax in their offices.
Same thing happened here, in Hungary, with ‘Kréta’. The open source app for it is ‘Filc Napló’. Kréta sued Filc Napló because of copyright and accessing to it’s api. So Filc Napló is kind of illegal 😄
lmao illegal school app