What was the scope of their involvement?
Kaldi IT is our outsourced developer team producing material for our readers. We have worked on three different projects; the first one was related to one of our correspondents, who traveled around the Mediterranean and then the world, checking black carbon levels. The info is sent to us, and Kaldi IT created infographics based on it, through which readers could see the location of the plane, its altitude, its speed, and whether it was flying or on the ground, for every moment of his scientific research. The team made social media posts with photographs and videos, and we added the articles we wrote about this adventure. At the end, they allowed us to show the black carbon results through infographics, text, multimedia data, articles and so on.
The second project was about kids and parents enlisting in secondary school. In Slovenia, kids go to primary school until they are 14 or 15, after which they go to secondary school for four years until they’re 18. We presented how many seats were available for particular school years, how many children were enlisted, what kinds of schooling programs they had, and what the offer was for kids with disabilities or for prodigies. It was an interactive presentation through which readers could look at all the schools and compare them. It was meant to help children and their parents choose the best high school for them. A lot of data had to be entered about each school, and we had to have good UX functionalities.
Kaldi IT made this project for us, and we entered the spreadsheet data. We can do this year after year, without their help.
We’re now working on a bigger project, monitoring elections. First, we had presidential elections, and we’ll have parliamentary ones next year, followed by municipality elections. Kaldi IT is working on a project by which we will be able to see how many votes went to a particular candidate, from a particular voting constituency, at a national level. A part of this is a map showing different statistical data in Slovenia, for municipalities and regions.
What is the team dynamic?
We talked with two contacts, who did most of the development part. We also had a UX developer. We visited Kaldi IT’s offices, and I know that they have more people, but, based on our past experience, we felt that we should restrict communication to two or three people from each of our sides, as this makes communication easier—we don’t get the cacophony of everyone telling everything to everyone else.
How did you come to work with Kaldi IT?
We surveyed the market in Slovenia and got some informal references about Kaldi IT. I know a good developer working in San Francisco, who knows the scene in Slovenia. We’re a small country with two million people, and Ljubljana only has 300,000 people, so everyone knows everyone. My friend told me about a few firms, and we contacted a few. We started three projects in the beginning and gave each one to a different team. The Mediterranean project was the biggest one, and we were most satisfied with Kaldi IT. We have come to work on our third project since.
How much have you invested with them?
The cost of their work has been €15,000. [$18,000]
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with Kaldi IT a year and a half ago, or maybe less. The flying project started later on, but we had to have everything ready for it. It will last until 2020. We will have a new flight round next year. The school project is the same, and we only intend to change the numbers for 2018. The new data is added as another layer, and readers can check the previous data as well. It’s the same for the elections project as well.