A group in Munich has started a website on open source initiatives for plant sciences. They are inviting people to contribute, see their message below:
**Hello to everybody!
I want to welcome all fellow scientist, maker, open source enthusiast and everybody else who registered for this EMail List so far. We are proud to present to you our web page openplant.science we just launched some days ago!
So, what was actually the intention when we decided to start a website?
First of all, we want to motivate you to do your own thing! It’s easier than you think it is! Take a look at our projects. You will see that you can easily combine your job as a scientist with a fun DIY project which might also help you to do your job!
By the way, most scientific instruments might seem to be high-tech and complicated, but in fact, they are quite simple, and it is easy to create a custom build by yourself. And we promise you that you will understand the instrument much better than before and you can look into the black box which used to just spit out values for you!
In the spirit of open science, we also want to motivate non-scientific people to do observation experiments on their own and thereby contribute to the scientific community. We are not talking about experiments for which you need a lab but for example phenotyping plant diseases and monitoring their spread. Unfortunately, these kind of citizen science projects are still in development, and their outcome is questioned a lot. By providing open hardware projects which are created in a scientific environment, we want to contribute to a positive development of citizen science projects in plant sciences.
And here we are now! The website is online but still a bit empty. We are working hard to upload our projects and link other open source projects in plant sciences, but this will take a while to do. If you have read the paragraph above you might think that this sounds a bit too ambitious for some dreamy scientists who are probably just stuck with their main projects.
Maybe you are right! But in the case you are not, we have now the opportunity to create something special which might even influence plant sciences. Might it be successful or not. For now, it is fun for us, and as long it is like that, we can’t loose.
Nevertheless, I hope you like what we are trying to do and support us! We will keep you updated on our progress!
Feel free to contact us and send us feedback or content suggestions!
All the best,