Map scientific equipment demand in Academia (and spread to other communities with collaborators!)



Map Alert!

Dear Goshers,

As part of my project with Mozilla and to support growth, I want to map the equipment demand/necessities researchers and educators have inside Academia.

I started with this sub community because this is where I’ve been working for the last 10 years, so it is where I’m better equipped to investigate.

by no means should we stop here, or wait for this to be done, before start working to map demands/necessities in other communities!

I already started working with networks in Brazil and we ran a pilot survey. The questions, answers and code to process the data is under constant update on Github @map_fosh_demand .

Some have already contributed with ideas and suggestions, and it would be an honor to have more input from you lovely people!


What kind of input do you want to have?
How to conduct the study, additional questions etc.?



Right now I would like feedback on the part of Open Source, which I think is a bit weak, and also on how we ask people if they would be willing to test things from new brands. Sounds a bit like a promo for a company, and that is not the goal… Otherwise general suggestions and comments are always welcome :slight_smile:


also wouldn’t mind some contribution to translate it to German! :slight_smile:


That’s easy for me :wink: I can do that!


Can I bother you to take a crack at it when you have time? :wink:


Go ahead! Can you send it to me via email or is it available online? And when do you need it ? :slight_smile:


It is a link in the thread :stuck_out_tongue: but here again: more specifically here as markdown


Sorry. I didn’t see the survey question when I opened the repository the first time.



Thanks Alex! What did you think about the questions? Any comments, suggestions?


I commented the corresponding issue :slight_smile:


Thanks! I’ll take a look in a bit


Dear Goshers,

The first version of the survey is now live! It can be found here:

The landing page for the project is here:

I would appreciate if you could share it with your contacts and networks! If you are on social media, here is a tweet that would love to see some retweets:



Updates on this project:

  • The first results are about to be released.

  • We’ve got an extra grant from the mozilla foundation and worked up a “distributed hackathon” event, where we will cover the costs for parts/components for participants that want to build the first prototypes of the devices mapped on the survey.

  • The call for participation should come out on monday (08.04.2019)! So stay tuned!

  • The event idea is being debated here and we welcome more ideas/suggestions and criticism!


Build free and open science tools project

Calling all makers, DIYers, researchers and educators: let’s build the science and education tools people need

Good news! Our survey on demand of open source hardware tools for education and science has finished, and results of the mapping project are in.

In this second stage we want to engage communities and build the tools to address people’s needs.

To achieve this we will run a distributed building event; more details can be found here.

Briefly, people interested should apply in groups of at least three members, be able to dedicate at least 8h per week to build and document their prototypes over a period of 3 months.

We will cover costs for components up to 800 dollars and provide support with documentation tasks, knowledge generation and project development through weekly check ins and bringing in external expertise when necessary.

By the end of the 3 month period we expect groups to gather online, share their experiences and discuss ways to take their projects further.

Apply by following instructions in this form.

Deadline for applications: May 5th 2019.

We look forward to your application!

Andre, in name of the collaborators of the “Build free and open science tools” project.