A reusable Django app that allows to mark certain fields of your models as masterdata. Users would still be able to enter their own values but the app will map them to unique instances. Admin staff is able to review all user generated entriesand mark them as approved.

django, ORM, jQuery, combobox, models, fields
pip install django-crowdsourced-fields==0.4


Django Crowdsourced Fields

A reusable Django app that allows to mark certain fields of your models as masterdata. Users would still be able to enter their own values but the app will map them to unique instances. Admin staff is able to review all user generated entries and mark them as approved.

An example could be a vehicle site, where you would like to allow users to enter make and model for their vehicle but you want to make sure that an entry of "bmw" and "Bmw" results in "BMW".

The app also comes with a nice jQuery combobox for such fields, where user get auto-suggestions while they type.


You need to install the following prerequisites in order to use this app:

pip install Django
pip install South

If you want to install the latest stable release from PyPi:

$ pip install django-crowdsourced-fields

If you feel adventurous and want to install the latest commit from GitHub:

$ pip install -e git://

Add crowdsourced_fields to your INSTALLED_APPS:


Don't forget to migrate your database:

./ migrate crowdsourced_fields

Add jQuery and jQuery UI to your base template or at least to the template that should display forms with crowdsourced fields. Also include the jQuery UI styles and special styles provided by this app:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="">
{{ }}

<script src="//"></script>
<script src="//"></script>
{{ }}

You might want to include the jQuery and jQuery UI parts in your base template and the {{ }} parts only in the template that uses a form with crowdsourced fields.


Prepare your models

First you need to modify the model that should have crowdsourced fields:

from crowdsourced_fields.models import CrowdSourcedModelMixin

class YourModel(CrowdsourcedModelMixin, models.Model):
        'make': {'item_type': 'makes', }
        'model': {'item_type': 'models', }

    make = models.CharField(...)
    model = models.CharField(...)

CROWDSOURCED_FIELDS is a dictionary of dictionaries. The main keys are the fields that should be crowdsourced. This must be CharFields.

The inner dictionary supports the following keys as settings:

  1. item_type (mandatory): The name of the group under which the data of this field should be grouped. Let's assume you have two models and both have a field country which should have access to the same data. By giving the same item_type for the field on both models, they will use the same set of crowdsourced data.

For each field that you selected, the mixin will dynamically add a method called fieldname_crowdsourced to the model. Therefore we will save both, the value that the user actually entered (in it's original field) and a link to the unique and approved value that we maintain through this app.

For your staff users it is save to change the values of the CrowdsourcedItem objects. Since you should use those in your templates, any typo fixes would be reflected on your site immediately without the need of a datamigration.

Create a model form

Next you would create a ModelForm for your model with crowdsourced fields:

from django import forms
from crowdsourced_fields.forms import CrowdsourcedFieldsFormMixin
from your_app.models import YourModel

class YourModelForm(CrowdsourcedFieldsFormMixin, forms.ModelForm):
    class Meta:
        model = YourModel

The CrowdsourcedFieldsFormMixin will do the magic for you and add replace the original form field (a text input) with a combobox that has all existing values ready for autosuggest.

Create your template

As mentioned above, first make sure that jQuery, jQuery UI and the form's media is available in your template.

After that you can initiate the comboboxes like so:

        source: {{ form.country_crowdsourced_values|safe }}

In this case country would be the name of the form field.


If you want to contribute to this project, please perform the following steps:

# Fork this repository
# Clone your fork
$ mkvirtualenv -p python2.7 django-crowdsourced-fields
$ pip install -r requirements.txt
$ ./online_docs/tests/
# You should get no failing tests

$ git co -b feature_branch master
# Implement your feature and tests
$ ./crowdsourced_fields/tests/
# You should still get no failing tests
# Describe your change in the CHANGELOG.txt
$ git add . && git commit
$ git push origin feature_branch
# Send us a pull request for your feature branch

Whenever you run the tests a coverage output will be generated in tests/coverage/index.html. When adding new features, please make sure that you keep the coverage at 100%.

If you are making changes that need to be tested in a browser (i.e. to the CSS or JS files), you might want to setup a Django project, follow the installation insttructions above, then run python develop. This will just place an egg-link to your cloned fork in your project's virtualenv.


Check the issue tracker on github for milestones and features to come.