[open-science] Advice for starting an open community lab/biomakespace?

Marc Dusseiller marc at dusseiller.ch
Thu Dec 3 16:05:19 UTC 2015

Hoied mitenand,

urs will give a presentation next wednesday on "lab making", as part of the
HTGAA session. here are the slides:

see more about that online course here:

happy to hear about your existing community already in cambridge. what you
think about a global gathering of "lab-builders"? we could aim of writing
an updated and diverse living blue-print?


On Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 4:38 PM, sheila miguez <shekay at pobox.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 2:31 AM, Jenny Molloy <jcmcoppice12 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> [...] However, we've been running successful pub meets for over 18
>> months, talking about a space and running Science Makers events looking at
>> and building open lab hardware for over 6 months. We've got 20-40 hardcore
>> community members and 320 on the meetup [...]
> The number of core people is really excellent!
> balancing that with catering for existing members, managing
>> responsibilities associated with inhabiting a university space and having
>> time to do what we can well and not exhausting everyone involved (thanks
>> Sheila for raising the issue of volunteer burn-out!). It will be an
>> adventure!
> You're welcome. We've worked at managing this by creating area hosts and
> special volunteer positions that we review on a yearly basis or at the
> discretion of the board.
> https://wiki.pumpingstationone.org/Area_Hosts_and_Volunteer_Positions_Vote
> It works to varying degrees of success (less successful for very popular
> areas where we have more people wanting to use things).
> We still have trouble with board burnout. We might hire a board consultant
> to get professional advice on logistics to help with this. Based on a
> couple of conversations, it sounds like there are some things we can do to
> improve things.
> Your group sounds great already, cheers!
> --
> shekay at pobox.com

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