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Where’s Me Support?!

- November 17, 2015 in Open * Communities, Planet, Ubuntu

Over the two (2+) plus years, I started many projects within the Open * communities that I’m apart of. Most of these projects I started were meant to be worked on with two or more people (including me, of course) but I never had luck in getting anyone to work together with me. Okay, once it has succeeded and two (2) or three (3) times, it was close but still failed. That one time when it succeeded happened because I was on the Membership Board where the members had to be committed.

Because many projects meant for collaboration failed that means either that the communities don’t have enough people willing to work with me (or on anything!) (or a time commitment) or I have networking issues. The latter is within my control and the earlier is one of the problems that most of the Open * communities face.

Lacking support and the feeling of not getting things done over these two plus years is making me to lose motivation to volunteer within these communities. In fact, some of this has already affected four teams within the Ubuntu Community: Ubuntu Women, Ubuntu Ohio, Ubuntu Leadership Team, and Ubuntu Scientists and no news or any activity is shown. As for others, I’m close in removing myself from the communities, something that I don’t want to do and this is why I wrote this. It’s to answer my question of: Where’s my support?! (“me” in the title, but it’s for the lightheartedness that this post needs) I know of a few that maybe feeling this also.

As a thought, as I wrote this post, is what if I worked on a site that could serve as a volunteer board for projects within the Open * communities. Something like “Find a Task” started by Mozilla (I think) and brought over to the Ubuntu Community by Ian W, but maybe as a Discourse forum or Stack Exchange. The only problem that I will face is, again, support for people who want to post and to read. I had issues getting Open Science groups/bloggers/people to add their blog’s feed to Planet Open Science hosted by OKFN’s Open Science But that might be different if it will have almost all types of Open * movements will be represented. Who knows.

Readers, please don’t worry, as this post is written during the CC election in the Ubuntu Community, it will not affect my will to run for a chair. In fact, I think, being in the CC could help me to learn to deal with this issue if others are facing this but they are afraid to talk about in public.

I really, really don’t want to leave any of the Open Communities because of lack of support and I hope some of you can understand and help me. I would like your feedback/comments/advice on this one.

Thank you.

P.S. If this sounded like a rant, sorry, I had to get it out.

Open Science – Jetzt!

- November 15, 2015 in Courses, events, Planet

Am 3. Dezember 2015 startet eine Open Science Lecture Series mit einer Kick-Off Veranstaltung an der Uni Wien. Daniel Mietchen wird eine Keynote halten, gefolgt von einer Paneldiskussion mit Fragen. Wir laden zur Eröffnung der Open Science Lecture Series ein. Mit Daniel Mietchen ist dazu einer der international umtriebigsten Open Science Akteure zu Gast. Er […]

Open Science – Jetzt!

- November 14, 2015 in Planet

Am 3. Dezember 2015 startet eine Open Science Lecture Series mit einer Kick-Off Veranstaltung an der Uni Wien. Daniel Mietchen wird eine Keynote halten, bevor die anschliessende Paneldiskussion startet.

Wir laden zur Eröffnung der Open Science Lecture Series ein. Mit Daniel Mietchen ist dazu einer der international umtriebigsten Open Science Akteure zu Gast. Er wird von seinen aktuellen Tätigkeiten am National Institutes of Health (NIH) zum Thema Transparenz in der wissenschaftlichen Begutachtung sowie seinen zahlreichen Aktivitäten in der Wikipedia erzählen.


  • Daniel Mietchen: US National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Katja Mayer: Universität Wien, Open Knowledge Austria
  • Lucia Malfent: Open Innovation in Science (Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft)
  • Peter Purgathofer: Forscher, Universitätsprofessor und Designer am Institut für Gestaltungs- und Wirkungsforschung sowie Koordinator des Masterstudiums Medieninformatik

Wann: 3. Dezember 2015, Beginn 19 Uhr
Wo: Sky Lounge der Universität Wien, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1. DG, 1090 Wien
Eintritt frei, Anmeldung notwendig

Die aus insgesamt 5 Lehrveranstaltungen bestehende Lecture Series zu Open Science ist eine Kooperation zwischen dem WTZ Ost, openscienceASAP und Open Knowledge Austria.

Open * Communities Mindmap

- October 20, 2015 in Open * Communities, Planet

As a brainstorm today (and also for my research), I created a insanely large, almost impossible to read/follow mindmap mapping what is there in the Open * communities and hopefully what should/could be focused on when developing communities:


I broke up the sub-items with each major item by Open Source and Non-Open Source.  To me, I think there is some difference in those two communities in how are things are done and what is the focus.

There are two things that I forgot on this map:

  • Meta Documentation (under tools for both Open Source and Non-Open Source)
  • Barrier to Entry (under problems for both)

Next Open Science MeetUp ‚Open Science for a Better Collaboration‘

- October 5, 2015 in Event, Featured, Planet

We decided to organise our next Open Science Meetup in the context of the upcoming Open Access Week 2015. We are proud to announce our special guest, who will join us in our MeetUp: Puneet Kishor (Creative Commons) will give a short talk and give us the opportunity to exchange with him about Open Science and Citizen Science.

We plan to have a rather informal community meeting with additional lightning talks on current activities, projects and events by the Open Science working group as well as other interested people from the Austrian Open Science Community. We kindly invite you to submit your idea for a lightning talk or any other contribution. The more the merrier! :) If you are interested in giving your contribution to the meeting, please contact us.

At the end of the meeting you will have the opportunity to network and exchange with the community. We are looking forward to the MeetUp and to a large group of attendees!

The meeting will take place on Monday, 19.10.2015 from 18:00 CET at Raum D, Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1, Vienna. See you there!

We also have a MeetUp page, and it would be nice if you register there.

Save the Date: WissKomm Hackathon 21. November, TU Wien

- September 28, 2015 in Event, Featured, Open Design, Planet

Unter dem Motto Wissenschaft neu kommunizieren kommen SchülerInnen und junge Studierende aus unterschiedlichen Fachrichtungen für einen Tag zusammen und entwickeln neue, offene Möglichkeiten, um Wissenschaft zu präsentieren.

>> Wann: Samstag, 21. November 2015 von 9 – 20 Uhr

>> Wo: TU Wien, Festsaal und Boecklsaal

>> Wer: Mitmachen können SchülerInnen ab 17 Jahren und Studierende, die sich für Wissenschaft, Kommunikation und Medien interessieren.

>> Wie: Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos, für Essen und Getränke wird gesorgt (ausreichend Mate!)

>> Mehr Infos auf

Das Projekt ist eine Kooperation des des Bundesministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft (BMWFW) mit der HCI Group des Instituts für Gestaltungs- und Wirkungsforschung – die Open Knowledge ist als Kooperationspartnerin dabei und unterstützt die Veranstaltung mit (wo)man power in der Organisation und Kommunikation.

>> MentorInnen gesucht!

Wir suchen noch ExpertInnen aus den Bereichen Informatik, Medien, Design und Kommunikation, die den TeilnehmerInnen zur Seite stehen und beim Entwerfen und Umsetzen von Konzepten zur Wissenschaftskommunikation helfen, gegen Speis, Trank und ein kleines Honorar.

Wer sich dafür interessiert, schickt gern ein unverbindliches Email an sonja.fischbauer (et) für mehr Infos.

Wir freuen uns schon auf euch!


photo credit: andy prokh

Starting Research: Looking at Building A Successful Non-Technical Open * Community

- September 14, 2015 in Communites, News, Open * Communities, Open Science Framework, Planet, Reseach, Update

After a bunch of unsuccessful attempts of trying to get some sort of project going within a Open Science community, I decided to start research on how to build a successful non-technical Open * community.  I’m aware that could be just be a matter of time commitment but I still think it be worth it to learn how to build one.

I started a public project on the Open Science Framework.  Most of my work done (so far) is in the wiki of the Project.  Right now, this plan is the one that I will follow.   At the moment, it looks like that I will be focusing on the things that I learned/used/experienced from the Ubuntu Community, but it may expend into other topics.

I’m also planning to use Open Undergrad Research Foundation (OpenURF) to set up a experiment to see which tools are needed and how to use them.  But that will be later as the sever guy haven’t e-mail me back.

I will be using my blog for updates.

Afterthought: I really think it may be just be a matter of time commitment or not enough drivers.  If that is the case, then I will start new research on how to fix that, if possible.

17000 Volunteers Contribute to a PhD

- August 12, 2015 in Planet

Doing a PhD is laborious, hard, demanding, exhausting... Your thesis is usually the result of blood, sweat and tears. And you are usually alone. Well, what woud you say if I tell you that a researcher got helped by more than 17 thousand volunteers?

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The Art of Graceful Reloading

- July 1, 2015 in Planet

The holy grail of web developers is to do deployments without interrupting your users. In this blog post I explain how we have achieved it using uWSGI Zerg Mode for our Crowdcrafting servers.

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Building A Non-Technical Community Around the OSF and the Goals

- June 11, 2015 in Center of Open Science, OSF, Planet

This is old, unpublished news/post that I never got around to posting for some reason…

In the last week of March, I started to think about how the Open Science Framework (OSF) can foster a non-technical community.  At first, I thought about only of  advocacy and teaching of the scientific process.  But after the response from Brian Nosek (reply #2) of how scientists don’t know how to get on board using it, the idea of community generated use-cases/case studies came to light.  That thread can be found here.

I wrote a mission statement and started a project for Undergrad researchers (and their PI) usage of OSF.

Anyone can join in to help either through the threads or through the frame work project itself.