So this isn’t strictly open science hardware related but it is something that’s definitely inspired by talking to GOSHers over the years and seeing how people use software to collaborate as part of this global movement and really, how people are understandably confused by Github and Gitlab.
More recently, since I have been part of the Bath Open Instrumentation Group / Openflexure for over a year: it’s cross-disciplinary group split between the UK and Tanzania, we (mostly Julian) wrote up a nice summary paper of our challenges in collaborating (available through AfricArxiv). Again Git plays a prominent role as both a powerful tool but also an obstacle in our collaboration efforts.
With Kitspace I have been largely providing a service to electronic engineers working on open source hardware. Though only to those that are happy to use Git. All the while, I have been trying to come up with a solution to include the many other engineers and hobbyist that don’t want to bring the complications of Git or Github into their lives.
All of this has got me thinking and I have been brewing up a concept of a Git software that bridges the gap. Here it is:
It’s just a concept for now. “Vaporware” if you will. I will see how much interest there is, in the internet connected world, for software like this before putting more work into it. One of the reasons I am excited about it however is that we could re-use a good portion of the work that has been done and is planned to be done on Kitspace for this. The two projects could be powerful allies.
If something like this would interest you. I’d be grateful if you’d put your email into the box on the page or reply below. If you just hate it and think it will never work, reply below too and explain your thoughts.