DIY Science Network at #mozsprint 2017

Hi Everyone,

A few of us diyers (mostly Europe-based so far) are starting to get together under the umbrella of DIY Science – initiatives that try to engage with science from a grassroots, non-institutional position: diybio community labs, civic environmental monitoring projects, bioart collectives, interdisciplinary science hacking communities… – to join forces, share tips and experience, and start to reach out to policy- and decision-makers. You can find some of our discussions at this google group.

Like Aerogami, I’ll be running a project on behalf of the DIY Science Network in the Mozilla Global Sprint tomorrow and Friday. We’re going to focus on 3 projects:

  1. How to get funding’ - a project to research different funding models for DIY science initiatives.
  2. Fair Pay for DIY Science’ - this project started at the Biofabbing Convergence in Geneva a few weeks ago. We want to develop public guidelines to support DIY science practitioners to politely ask for fair compensation for their work (as you might have noticed, a lot of us have experience of institutions, companies etc expecting us to contribute to their projects or events for free, perhaps because many of us practice DIY science as volunteers).
  3. DIY Science Network Website! - a nice public-facing home on the internet for our network and co-developed resources.

If anyone has some spare time inbetween to help out that’d be really great.
Project details: GitHub - DIYScience/DIYScience: Networking and supporting grassroots citizen science initiatives
Contribution guidelines: DIYScience/ at master · DIYScience/DIYScience · GitHub

We’d love to hear from and connect with other DIY scientists, DIY science supporters, and anyone who’s good with web design or jekyll development.



Hey Lucy - I think you’ll find a lot of interest from GOSHers. There’s a large portion of the community interested in non-institutional development of DIY science, as well as how to make that happen practically in people’s lives. That’s the hard problem that we often gloss over because… well… it’s hard :\

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