Hi all -
This idea of collaborative production events, or satellite events, or node events, or whatever you want to call them, is building steam. We are preparing applications for funding 2018 GOSH, and we hope to fund these additional events in the same proposal.
The intent is that the below text (or parts of it) is integrated into the 2018 GOSH funding proposal. So let’s put some effort into it!
It needs your additions, deletions, revisions, comments, thoughts, and general 2 cents.
I’m drafting it to get it going, and I do have opinions, but it is not mine. So if you’re passionate about this stuff, please make it yours and in the process make it better There are some important missing components and places where discussion is really needed. I put a few comments in-line using ` ` so it looks like
This is a wiki post, so you can edit it directly or just post comments/thoughts below in the thread.
–> here we go!
Proposal to create GOSH Nodes
suggestions on a name?... I heard that Urs came up with this and I like it. But maybe a better descriptive term would be 'Collaborative Production Events' or more fun would be GROLSH... what do you think?
A core goal of the GOSH movement is to make all scientific hardware open. Our yearly GOSH conference is focused on connecting, inspiring, and planning, but most of the work happens once the conference is complete.
The goal of GOSH Nodes is to support the hard work of brainstorming, designing, prototyping, making, evaluating, and calibrating open science hardware and technology. A GOSH Node is not about marketing or networking - the main conference (and other aligned conferences) already serve that role. GOSH Nodes should produce a specific output which requires the real and sustained effort of a team. But hardware is… hard! Parts ordering, circuit board design, validation against current equipment / methods all take days and weeks and require several iterations to produce a useful outcome.
Therefore, the Hackathon model used for software of 1 - 4 days workshops will not achieve our goals. GOSH Nodes should be weeks or even months of sustained collaborations. That means GOSH Nodes should consider the needs of participants across those time periods: food, housing, childcare, pay, etc…
Anyone who attended a main GOSH event can apply to create a Node. This decentralizes the leadership of GOSH while also expanding participation in GOSH.
Similarly, anyone who attended a main GOSH event can vote to select which Nodes are funded. This decentralizes the power so even those not running events are part of the process.
In short - GOSH Nodes are an engine for our shared output. As a community, we identify the vision, map how to move forward, fund the projects we find compelling, and do equitable and fair work with people we love.
Imagine there are 8 applications to run a Node. Each has a different goal, partners, timelines (some 2 weeks, some 3 months), and funding requirements (maybe from $2,000 up to $25,000). Some may be partially funded through other partners (university, business, crowd-funding campaigns, etc.) to lower costs. Let’s assume the GOSH community has a pot of money to fund applications (maybe $50,000). GOSH attendees vote by rank-ordering projects based on how they feel the projects progress our communities intentions: the Manifesto, Roadmap and Values. Using ranked choice voting
or whatever voting system is best, the highest vote getting projects are funded. I’d suggest heavy oversight of funding should be avoided. It adds management overhead and makes payment in cash-driven countries more complicated. In addition, we all personally know the applicants and a community voting process should help eliminate wasteful or unnecessary spending. Finally, we need to respect the communities ability to produce intelligent outcomes and learn from mistakes over time.
Application example NOTE! this isn’t a real application so don’t apply here or something! just I wrote it out to get feedback and make sure we had the right questions efficiently stated. Seeing an applications also helps clarify the details of the idea.
Application to create a Node
The goal of GOSH Nodes is to support the hard work brainstorming, designing, prototyping, making, evaluating, and calibrating open science hardware and technology.
Applications are rolling, but are voted on by the community 4 times per year. For any given application cycle, applications are closed 4 weeks prior to voting. Once applications are closed, the community has 3 weeks to review and comment on proposals through the GOSH forum. During that time, applicants can respond to comments and update their proposals. At the end of 3 weeks, applications are locked and the community has 1 week to cast their votes, using rank-order voting. At the end of that week, the funded applications are announced.
We all want to see each other be successful. This helps people improve their plan, identify partners or even add alternative funders. Equate this to open peer review - the goal is not to select the best - instead it's to help everyone be the best they can possibly be
- The main applicant (responsible party) must have attended a past main GOSH conference.
- The Node must produce a specific product, design, technology, process or method.
ok - examples will help explain what I mean. So here's what I see as working: if you narrow down as scientific method (wet chem method), create a prototype, output a hardware design, etc. What I see as not counting: output an outline of discussions or general plan of actions. I think there is need for discussion of what we're talking about, and I know I'm not considering all possibilities. I think keeping these events as work-focused and output-focused to me is very important, but I'm open to the definition of work and output.
- A Node must be at least 1 week of full time work for at least two participants.
- The output must be well documented and under a non-restrictive license (copyleft, GPL v3, MIT and similar are ok, licenses which prevent commercial use not ok).
- The conference must be organized according to GOSH Values
I know that Jenny and Shannon are on this... so GOSH Values include the Code of Conduct and diversity components for participants (for conferences we required 50% women/gender non-conforming, etc.)... this requires some discussion as well. These Nodes are fundamentally different than the main conference in that they will be much more local - so requiring 50% non-white participation for a Node in Sweden with collaborators from the same city may not make a lot of sense. However, the 50% women requirement does make sense anywhere. I think this needs more discussion and is really important for maintaining coherence and growing the movement without losing the culture and the things which have served us so well
Suggestions for applicants
- Include a facilitator and documentarian. These are under-represented but crucial roles.
- Describe how you will prepare pre-Node to ensure your maximizing your effectiveness during the Node. For example… if you have 10 week lead-time parts, get them ordered ahead of time!
- Ideally, you should identify all your partners before applying. While not a requirement, it’s strongly suggested. The more you have clearly defined, the more likely people will believe you can be successful.
- Travel is not required (virtual work is possible), but is suggested. It will help the work team more efficiently make decisions and stay focused on the project’s goal.
Background (200 words)
Use this to describe the problem and your motivation to solve it.
What will you output (200 words)
Must be a product, design, technology, process or method. Be specific and clear.
Project details (500 words)
Explain how you’ll do the work, and overall strategy to produce the output
How work relates to GOSH (200 words)
Explain how this work progresses the GOSH Roadmap and GOSH Manifesto. Specifically, how does the output lead to the creation and expansion of open science hardware?
Video pitch (<2 minutes)
A short video pitching your project - include the problem to be solved, the output, the team, and why others should care!
Who is the responsible party?
This person receives the money and reports on results. Includes short bio and space to provide details on their background, skills, etc.
Who is on the work team?
Includes short bio and space to provide details on their background, skills, etc.
Are you seeking additional team members?
If so, state what skills/experiences/etc needed and how you think you’ll get them
Upload any letters or sources confirming participation of team members
Ideally the letters should reference the specific dates, times, and pay rates from this application.
What tools/space/material do you need?
Do you have everything you need with your existing partners?
If no, explain where and how you will get it.
Work Team Support
Where will the Node work?
Where will the work team sleep?
Where will the work team eat?
Other specific accommodations for the work team.
- Support for persons with disabilities
- Non-work events / activities
Upload any letters or sources confirming any/all of the above.
Ideally the letters should reference the specific dates and times from this application.
Expected work hours
Is the work team working full time, part time, etc?
Outline a budget. Be as specific as possible. If you are paying the work team, provide their rates and expected hours.