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:
- ‘How to get funding’ - a project to research different funding models for DIY science initiatives.
- ‘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).
- 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/CONTRIBUTE.md 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.