I just wanted to start a thread to talk about alternative ways to create and distribute value. @thomas.maillart and I had a discussion about how to distribute value in an open development chain using Github or Gitlab, and I think it represents another possible avenue for addressing the problem of scaling open science hardware projects by incentivizing contributions and developing stable contributors.
I talked with Bob Haugen (https://github.com/bhaugen) and Lynn Foster (https://github.com/fosterlynn) who’ve been working on this stuff for many years - specifically making generalized software for any group to set up a value accounting system and better track contributions.
@mariafrangos I’m sure you also have some things to contribute to this thread from your experience in Sensorica.
I’ve been following this stuff for some time, so I’m just going to pepper a few questions out there so we have the info we need for people interested in jumping in.
- What the hell is value-based accounting?
- How could value accounting help the GOSH community and advance open science hardware?
- What are the best (and most easily browsable as a non-developer) implementations of value-based accounting?
- What other technologies are making these systems more usable/easy to implement (crypto-currency, for example… no I’m not just name dropping, it solves a major problem with value based accounting!)
Ok - ready… go!