Contributing to the development of Pattrn

As a free software project, Pattrn welcomes and encourages contributions to its development by the community of its users.

The code of Pattrn is hosted on GitHub, which also provides the framework for collaborative development of the project.

There are many ways people can contribute to the development of Pattrn. Below is a list of the most common ones.

Joining the Pattrn developers discussion room

Pattrn developers and users hang out on the Pattrn discussion room on Gitter. Access is open to anyone: please join the discussion if you have any questions about using or improving Pattrn or about developing new features.

Writing code

Developers wishing to contribute code to the development of Pattrn can do so by following the standard GitHub procedures of open source development, such as forking the Pattrn repository, creating a pull request, etc.

For more information, visit Github’s help page.

Reporting bugs and issues

Reporting issues is an essential part of the development process.

Anyone can raise an issue. Whether you are a developer or a simple user of Pattrn, whether it is about a bug of the application or related to the User Interface, raising an issue is always welcome and can really help improving Pattrn.

The best way to raise an issue is to do so directly on GitHub. To do so, please refer to the simple guide here

Alternatively, feel free to drop an email to with a description of the issue you wish to raise.

Writing/Editing documentation

The manual you are reading is developed in its own GitLab repository: you can help us improve the present documentation of Pattrn by forking the documentation repository and submitting a merge request.

Sharing ideas and spreading the word

Ideas and suggestions to improve Pattrn, technical or not in nature, are very welcome. Please share them by sending an email to

Help us grow an active community of users/developers by spreading the word about Pattrn in your social and professional networks.

Financial support

Fully non-profit, the Pattrn Project depends on funding and financial support in order to maintain and develop Pattrn.

We welcome donations and funding from organisations interested in using Pattrn for their work, or from foundations dedicated to support initiatives in related fields such as open-source, open data, human rights, information transparency, or citizen journalism.

Please get in touch by sending an email to

Governance structure

Pattrn is maintained and governed by the Pattrn Project.

The Pattrn Project is a unit hosted at Goldsmiths, University of London, in the Department of Visual Cultures.

As of December 2015, it is co-directed by Eyal Weizman, Director of Forensic Architecture, and Francesco Sebregondi, Project Architect of Pattrn.

Decisions regarding the development trajectory and roadmap of the Pattrn project are taken in consultation with the Pattrn Advisory Board, composed of developers and expert practitioners in the fields of use of Pattrn.

As Pattrn grows and starts involving an active community of users and developers, mechanisms for this community to take an active part in the decision-making process will be put in place. For comments or suggestions, please send us an email at