My name is Joel Bradshaw, I have been doing software development for a decade now, currently in web development. I am a full-stack developer to various degrees, here are the basics, relevant to OpenSpending or not:
Frontend, lots of jQuery, a good bit of Angular, some React, dabbled all over the place. Bootstrap and jQuery UI on UI side.
Backend, most of my experience is in PHP, but have worked in all manner of things - Python (Flask, Pylons), a little Ruby, even some Perl back in the day.
Database, mostly MySQL/MariaDB, have touched on Postgres, various NoSQL (Mongo, Redis)
Sysops, worked with Linux, mostly Ubuntu, worked with Puppet, light Ansible, general deployment/sysadmin stuff
My design sense isn’t great, but I have a keen interest in data visualization, and love making good charts. I found you guys because I was lamenting the lack of a good way to break down and visualize the US federal budget - there’s lots of data, but it’s either lacking in detail or an absolute nightmare to use.
So before just striking out on my own project, I poked around and found OpenSpending, which seems like pretty much exactly what I was looking for and more. I’m happy to contribute wherever I can, I’ve been reading here and there to try to get caught up, but my main goal is what I set out to do - get up and running a way to explore the US federal budget. I love the idea of having it so generally applicable as well, so that efforts on one budget apply to all of them - the data import/standardization/etc seems like a stellar idea.
So I’ll keep poking around and hang out in the IRC channel, but if there are things that need doing that seem up my alley, by all means point me in the right direction!