I’m on the GOSH community council, and helping run GOSH grants, and GOSH gatherings, and hence I talk about GOSH a lot on the internet or in the real world, and a problem i run into is that often even I don’t actually know what to call it when people ask “What is GOSH.”
In particular, the “O” “S” and “H” seem pretty straightforward, but it can be confusing what the G is.
I’ve heard people call it the “Global Open Science Hardware” - network or organization , or the “Gathering for Open Science Hardware.”
The “Gathering” version is more official maybe? since it literally says that on our Logo in the upper left hand corner, BUT then we run into all sorts of problems, for instance when we talk about different “GOSH Gatherings,” or EVEN WORSE when people refer to the “GOSH Global Gathering” which is redundant no matter what the G stands for!
The tricky thing also is that if the G stands for “Gathering” then it sort of makes it seem like the main purpose of this network is just to have a gathering, but I think for a lot of folks it is a lot different than that, which is why i think some folks refer to GOSH in general as “Global Open Science Hardware.”
(maybe the G could be “Generalized” Open Science Hardware?)
Normally, this isn’t seen as much of an issue to people in GOSH, because we can just say “GOSH” and know what we mean. But it’s been difficult for me to talk about this to other folks who know nothing about this. Also we are putting together the website for the upcoming “GOSH global gathering” and I want to make sure I’m talking about it consistently.
Bonus side question: Como se dice GOSH en espanol?