A gallery for local services

Networks will be built, and new communities connected but… To what?

In general, to the current internet services … Mostly globalized, centralized, consumerist, extractivist.

Another approach calls for non-globalized, decentralized, ecological, nurturing services to be around, and people/organizations to have them running.

Local services are such services, running in our networks to the service of our local communities.

Do you run such services?
how do they look like?
are they active, or have they been in the past?
are they serving your communities?
what have you learnt?


  1. what services are you running?
  2. screenshots
  3. who is running it?

I would like to invite one more person to talk about his… Maybe @Eric can tell us about his experience, and he can invite some else :slight_smile:
In this way, we will have plenty of examples that could guide us through this conversation.

BTW We have talked about similar things in the past, @kira.allmann was looking about stories of local content… that although it is not the same, it is really connectd to this!


I started to run my own services last year and it has been a great experience. But I’m not in a CN right now…

One great idea that came up when building the Fumaça network was from the manager of the community milk tank. He wanted the milk producers to be able to check online how much milk they had delivered and how much money they’d make every month. I was never able to develop it, but I think it is a nice example of how unique the applications are. Not everybody needs a video server…


oi @daiane, não sei se você tá usando o forum… tava curioso para saber se você chegaram a instalar a biblioteca virtual na casa dos meninos

Oi Bruno, eu nem consegui testar, mas é algo me interessa muito teria como você passar os passos da instalação, vou tentar fazer no servidor da rede

In the community network of Jxa’h Wejxia Casil (Jxa´h Wejxia Casil - Redes Comunitarias) in Cauca, a Wiki on the knowledge and history of the indigenous Nasa people is being developed in DocuWiki. It is beginning to be written in Spanish but the idea is that it will also be in the native language which is the Nasa Yuwe. The Docuwiki is installed within a Yunohost with other platforms, so that people who are connected within the network can access them, especially children and young people without the need to be connected to the Internet.
Also, last week a test was done with Mumble, Rasperry pi and Libre Routers so that the local communications of the authorities could be extended through loudspeakers to different points and not only to the center of town. It is expected that in the following days the installation and more tests can be done.


Vamos montar! Vou te procurar no telegram para a gente combinar um dia.

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Thanks for starting this important thread, @nicopace!

Very glad to share our current work on this. In addition to the other folks in this thread, it might make sense to invite someone from guifi.net, FFDN, and/or another network/group that has been operating services for some time.

This netCommons report (now already 5 years old) briefly describes the services some networks are/were deploying. (See Sections: 3.1.4, 3.4.4, 3.5.4).

Would be great to hear from @benhylau (Mesh Services – Toronto Mesh), and it looks like NYC Mesh (Services - NYC Mesh Docs) has Nextcloud and Jitsi running. @olivermesh?

Other potential topics for discussion:

  • Offline vs. Online vs. Hybrid
  • Federation
  • Services that enable content production and curation vs only consumption
  • Platforms for installing/managing local services
  • (Ethical) Analytics
  • Integration of existing services
  • Creation of new services and features by and for communities
  • P2P Web & Mobile
  • Open Source
  • Knowledge Management & sharing related to local/offline-first services

@nicopace let’s set up a call in mid-October?


Hi, I agree with the general idea of create distributed services. My main concern is that people participing of that need to put some resourses. For example, take the case of a decentralized backup, and considering at least 2 copies of the information, every one interested on participate needs to have 3 times more space into her/his local disc. How to manage this conception? We need to make people think about it, knowing also the risk of giving her/his data to the concentrated services (which are not really aware). To do so, we need to make some great communication effort.

Maybe as a follow-up on this conversation, I wanted to bring up some of the developments that have been done from people participating in the forum.

Lucky us, @Eric has already shared about Lokal from Wakoma, that uses local servers (I believe small intel-based headless computers and Raspberry pi) to run a bunch of services within the communities he supports.

Also, from Janastu (@tbdinesh, @shalini and the rest of the team) have developed ASPi (Aamne Samne Pi) that is an end user device for webinars, but also packs a stack of services for the phones around (as far as I know). They are also experimenting with local services, although I will let them speak for themselves.

The folks from BOSCO Uganda (@Daniel and @sokotnono amongst others) have been providing local services for years, so they might know a thing or two of what is running a service.

Tunapanda has been providing services for the local community organizations also, as a way to anchor the CN into the community they serve. Maybe @Alphonce, @Risper or @josephine.miliza can tell us more about this.

@luandro from Moinho Mesh has been running https://moinho.app/ … and I believe it is being used by the community.

Also @hiure has been digging into it through repurpusing old laptops into a learning platform with Kolibri… CYD Malawi might have some experience with kolibri (@jamesgondwe and @Doreen )

The list goes on and on…

I am not sure if this is exactly the right place to share this but, on the weekend, I came across this “awesome list” of self-hosted, free software awesome-selfhosted/README.md at master · awesome-selfhosted/awesome-selfhosted · GitHub Quite a staggering number of tools and applications.

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Thanks, @steve. Another one here.

Nice one @Eric, thanks! That one is much better as it actually does some curation, giving you a sense of the popularity and recency of the apps/tools.

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Not specifically for self-hosted services, but two nice lists of open source alternatives to proprietary software here and here.

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