I assume you process the data from the official fablabs.io register. I found out that many fablabs have activity_status = ‘null’. Further, there is a status “planned”, “active”, “closed”, and “corona”.
My observations as a user are:
- New fablabs have to fill in an activity status. So I assume the fablabs without activity status originate from the past or from another system, but in fact still may be active.
- New fablabs often start with status “planned” and stay in that state forever. So I assume they are active but simply forgot to update their status from “planned” to “active”.
- Some fablabs have status “corona”. That was invented during the pandemic. If an active lab wanted to flag their commitment to special corona projects, they could switch their status from active to corona. Later they most of them switched back from “corona” to “active”, but some of them still have to do that.
So my approach in working with these data is: as long as a fablab has activity_status which is NOT equal “closed” I consider the fablab as Active.
Regarding the Suriname fablabs, I found out:
- my issue does not regard Fablab Suriname nor IOTlabSU. They are correct.
- my issue regards La Kaz lab (in Saint-Laurent, French Guyana) and FAB LAB UFV (Madrid, Spain)
- when zooming out on your map the Suriname fablabs will be concentrated in a single dot on the map; La Kaz is part of the Suriname “dot”, although it is located in French Guyana; but when zooming in, I see the correct location of La Kaz lab. So, in fact it is OK.
- Fablab UFV is still an issue; it is not located nearby (Spain), so why will it be added to the Suriname “dot” on zooming out?
The WG Fablabs and SDGs collects and aggregates the so-called Fablab SDG Profiles, a selection of 2-4 SDGs (out of 17) that a fablab considers as most appropriate to describe itself. These data are stored in a gitlab repository. We have Jupyter Notebook software to process fablabs.io, SDG profiles, geonames.org and more to generate our online overview of fablabs with sdg profiles and (separate concept) fabcity network members, see https://bit.ly/fablist-sdgs. Maybe you can have a look and see whether its interesting for you to re-use.
All the best,