Dear GOSH community,
TL;DR: Please share in this thread if you have opinions on, or experience relevant to, informing the relationship between the GOSH community and the Open Science Hardware Foundation! Details as follows:
…to fundraise for and help advance GOSH community activities, be a home organization for the GOSH Community Coordinator and other paid support positions, steward the GOSH domain and web hosting and maintain a close link to the GOSH Community Council via a council elected board seat.
I strongly encourage everyone to also check out the OSHF strategy document linked to in that post.
It is with huge thanks to the incredible efforts of the OSHF that we have our incomparable Community Coordinator @briannaljohns; hosting for GOSH’s technical infrastructure like this forum; and of course a huge chunk of the funding that made our latest in-person 2022 Gathering in Panama possible.
Also described in that thread is that:
…[OSHF] will have a Charter in place with the [GOSH] Community Council to clarify objectives, roles, responsibilities and decision making processes for any GOSH community-related activities that OSHF is supporting or involved with.
To that end, the GOSH Community Council has been thinking hard about what could go into this charter, and what form it should take (e.g. a memorandum of understanding (MOU), fiscal sponsorship agreement, etc.?). We already had some informative discussions with the OSHF.
How we want GOSH to relate to other external organisations is a key component of the upcoming GOSH Community Constitution. This is something the GOSH Community Council has been working to draft together with now 35+ GOSH community members who contributed in different ways. This process was initiated last year, continued at the goverance table in Panama, the May 2023 Community Call, and currently happening with the help of incredible community members. Recently, we also continued the Panama governance table virtually through some online meetings with you. As you may have heard on the May 24 2023 GOSH Community Call, dedicated working groups are tackling sections and we are working on having readable draft text posted to the forum within the next couple months.
Specifically, a crucial relationship will be the one between GOSH and OSHF, which brings me back to the charter/agreement mentioned at the beginning of this post. For example, this agreement could cover topics such as (but not limited to!):
- Finances, fundraising
- Provisioning GOSH with a staff person, and paying hard expenses, …
- Who is responsible for what in what way and what time?
- How do we figure out what funding opportunities to pursue?
- The use of GOSH vs OSHF branding in what situations
- Information exchange between GOSH and OSHF (in addition to board member) - verbal, data, etc.???
- Defining how we attribute each other in what situations
- Transparency in this relationship and processes, so that the wider GOSH community can see everything including - but not limited to - budgets, etc. This could include communicating work as it happens.
To be clear, the GOSH Community Council you elected will finalise the agreement with the OSHF, but we would really like to hear from you as we think through this!
If you have any opinions, or relevant experiences/knowledge that can inform a healthy agreement, we would be grateful.
Anything else that should be in the bullet point list above? Any other issues we should consider? If so, how?
Thank you again to OSHF, and to all GOSH community members for responding with your thoughts in this thread!
In case this helps people get their brains rolling , we’ve roughly drafted some key points for this putative agreement in this Etherpad pad:
Feel free to comment or make suggestions there or in this thread!
We will keep using this thread and the world-editable pad above until if/when we need to move to a final drafting environment with tracked changes.