Hello, GOSH Community!
During GOSH 2018 in Shenzhen I could participate on different Unconference sessions in which one of the main demands was to understand better about ourselves, normally directed to the topic addressed, so it would be to understand who we are in terms of location, of expertise we have, scientific instrument demands, how we address SDGs with our projects, and so on.
For each of the first two GOSHs I perceive we had one big movement, which are the GOSH Manifesto and the GOSH Roadmap. In this third gathering, since it was in Shenzhen, it seemed to me the idea was to focus on the GROW area of the Roadmap, and I believe it was helpful for many people and groups, that now can take clearer steps in that direction. But as a big movement, it seemed to me that the demand to understand more about ourselves was emerging all the time, in the LEARN area.
My motivation is to bring together this demands I could perceive from different individuals and groups and make one big effort instead of many smaller efforts and produce something like a GOSH Map, or GOSH Mapathon, or GOSH Big Picture, or whatever we want to call it. That is also something I would like to track in the GitLab issue #100.
To start the conversation, the initial idea would be to develop a visual map where groups could register their initiatives and fill out fields related to those issues, like “areas involved”, “could help to address which SDG”, “expertise”. Maybe when someone register the group in the map it could exhibit an invitation to fill out a survey with specific questions that could not be addressed with the “map interface”. An inspiration I have on that is this one: https://civics.cc/en/#!/iniciativas. And we could even start to post our initiatives over there, but I don’t believe would cover our demands. And then we can show that on a widget like the one in the EITCHA! website (probably there are many good examples, but this one is the closest one for me) in the GOSH website.
I have listed some of the sessions in the first paragraph, and mapping was also mention in the following sessions: [DAY 1] Documentation of Open Science Hardware, [Day 2] Open Source Hardware for Agriculture, [Day 2] Making GOSH accessible for newbies, and the one from Latin America, but I can’t find the notes (do you have it @Minecastel?). I can also list some issues related to it on GitLab: 16, 48, 49, 52, 92, 93, 103 and 104.
I will also mention some people that I believe would be interested on it, like @annasera, @gbathree, @JiLi, @saibhaskar, @nanocastro, @biomurph, @mariafrangos, @Tobey, @francois, @ryanfobel, @loubez, @shubhi, @amchagas, but I am probably forgetting lots of people. Please help me to invite others to join this conversation (and also maybe mention more issues related to it).
What do you think of it? Please share your ideas and let’s warm up this conversation.