Hebden Rising was created following the Boxing Day 2015 floods. It was a response to the question ‘Is x open yet?’. An immediate response to this was the creation of a Facebook group. This became unwieldy as more businesses began to open, and it was difficult to validate the truth of claims being made in the group. It was also almost impossible to find out if a specific business was open, unless asking directly.
The process for creating the site was:
Sadly, this is but the start of the process. As the situation changes, it is important to continue to manage the database. It would be sensible to have a taskforce to make the updates. We previously tried to allow anyone to update shop status, but this led to problems with spam and misinformation. Given this was precisely the issues we were trying to avoid, we decided an editorial team was better. This is more onerous to manage. A registration for affected assets might be better, but would require a more robust site with authentication.
The site is hosted on GitHub pages, with all the content being managed in
the hebdenrising github repository. The site is on the
Data is hosted in a Google Fusion table with the following columns:
|Name||Name of asset (business, school, etc)|
|Street_number||Number or name of property|
|Street_name||Street property is located on|
|Postcode||Postcode of property|
|Location||Lat / Lng of property|
|Status||Status of property from Closed, Popped-up elsewhere, Planned reopening, Partly open, Fully open|
|Comments||Any other comments - e.g. link to website, alternative details|
An admin client is being created at present.