It’s very nearly happened a number of times before, but its now offical we have the first Geograph website for another country!
This is the though the hard work of Hansjörg Lipp, fighting though the various land mines we have left in the open source code that powers geograph. As developers we (well mainly me – I am a lazy programmer!) have taken a number of shortcuts it just getting it to work the quickest way for us in the British Isles, so while the intention its should be easy to start another country it was never as easy as it should be.
You can see the site here:
which will hopefully be translated fully to Germany. There is also a English language version here:
which still connects to the same database
You can read about the experience of working with the code here
Its still early days for the project (it only covers a few provinces of southern Germany so far), but its really exciting to see a new site based on the Geograph concept (and code!), we wish Hansjörg Lipp and his team every success. (I wont embarrass myself trying to put any German in here!)