OpenWetWare:Respond to NSF
High Level Comments from NSF
- Wants to see a 3-year plan (willing to hear case for 5 years, w/ evaluation point at EOY3)
- Wants to see money spent on actual stuff (e.g., code) not project management
- Jasonk 19:16, 16 January 2007 (EST):What are the chances we can convince them a community developer (the position we outlined for the NIH $) is doing 'stuff'? This is not project management (e.g. not dealing with funding, strategic decisions, etc), but rather a person supporting the growth of various communities on OWW - communities that in the end will do more "stuff" then a couple paid programmers could ever do. Also, those communities will be persistent when the grant money ends in 3 years, while the programmers won't. Plus we'd really like to get a volunteer software developer community off the ground, since new code will need support when the 3 years is over as well.
What user types should OWW target for focused development support? What are the needs of these communities?
- Individual researcher
- Research lab
- Research community
How should OWW best leverage existing software development efforts?
- Apple OS Next (e.g., an OS with a built-in wiki)
What should be the relationship between OWW and publishers?
- Creative partnership
- What does OWW get from working with publishers?
- Increased legitimacy
- Opportunity to subvert existing merit structure in science
- Push forward more rapid publication options / technologies
- Why publishers anyway? What should OWW's relationship be with facebook/myspace? or with slashdot/reddit/digg? There are other groups that could be considered for partnerships as well.