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With respect to OVNi

A 'project' is a context for a set of activities that produce resources.

See original definition in SENSORICA doc

For example, the Mosquito Project of SENSORICA (as an example of an R&D poject) is the context in which the Mosquito Sensor, including all its previous versions, designs, technical documents, experiments, etc. are produced. We can say that a project is a locus of activity where agents use resources.

Projects may have different relationships with each other. For example, one project might create resources that are used in project. Some projects can be seen as parents or childs of other projects.

A project comes with a more or less defined objective/goal/mission (which can be a product or a service), has more or less defined deliverables, and comes with a set of incentives (intrinsic or extrinsic).

The goal of a project is to get some resources flowing back to contributors. That can be done by creating exchange value and distribute to those in need it (a market) for revenue. It can also be done by getting some sponsorship or funding in order to sustain the development of something, including social value, use value, etc. Project is the lowest level where the notion of revenue enters the system. Therefore, the value equation is applied at the project level. The value accounting system is applied at the resource level, because resources are used as contributions to economic processes and the system must see them as individuals.

From a social perspective

Is the context in which individuals interact to achieve a goal. Project is a concept that everyone grasps. Projects attract people with specific skills. Can form specific cultures and specific identities. People do associate with projects.

Types of projects

Product-based projects

The Open Project

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Most SENSORICA projects are open.

Advocated by: Tibi, add your name

Advantages:

Disadvantages:

  • ...

Main characteristics

  • Openness: You cannot be refused to join the project. No filter is applied to joining the project based on skills or other, there is no interview process.
  • Transparency: All documentation is made public
  • Open Source: Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
  • Free initiative: You are strongly encouraged to take initiative in technical and nontechnical areas of the project, within the boundaries of commons sense. You must publicly announce your initiative and if anyone else in the project explicitly and publicly opposes your action stop and discuss. You need a group decision to continue. The decision making process can be lazy democracy, majority democracy or fluid democracy, depending on the importance of the issue.
  • Mobility: You are free to change roles within the project
  • Authonomy: No one can force anyone else to do anything
  • Empowerment: You are encouraged to rate other’s reputation. See more on the Reputation system
  • Redistribution: revenue is redistributed according to a VAS

The semi-closed project

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Advocated by: Ivan Pavlov, add your name

Advantages: Disadvantages:

Formed by a group of individuals who cluster themselves along the lines of

Main characteristics

  • Transparency: Not all documentation is made public
  • Open Source: Some open source license - not determined yet
  • Free initiative: You are strongly encouraged to take initiative in technical and nontechnical, within the cluster, within the boundaries of commons sense. You must publicly announce your initiative and if anyone else in the project explicitly and publicly opposes your action stop and discuss. You need a group decision to continue. The decision making process can be lazy democracy, majority democracy or fluid democracy, depending on the importance of the issue.
  • Mobility: You can engage in other clusters of the project, but most affiliates work within their cluster
  • Authonomy: No one can force anyone else to do anything
  • Empowerment: not defined yet

Service-based projects

Recently, SENSORICA established service-based projects and this experience sparked new discussions about value accounting. Service-based projects are, in general, less resource-intensive. Therefore the initial costs (initiation contributions) are lower. Most important are rolling and support contributions. The first prototype of a value accounting system with a value equation was implemented by Tibi and Daniel for the FabMobile project. A better version was created for the 3D course project.

Infrastructure projects

The goal is to build infrastructure, physical (a new lab) or virtual (a website, the value accounting system, a forum, etc.). the deliverable is a tangible resource, material/physical or immaterial/virtual.

Funding projects

The goal is to raise funding for capacity development (infrastructure, equipment, events) or for product-based projects.

If some individuals collaborate on a funding campaign for a product the funds will NOT belong to them, because they use the OVN's brand, its capacity and an existing project to which others have contributed. So the funds must belong to the project or sub-network. But the activity involved in organizing the funding campaign must be rewarded.

A simple way to deal with incentives and redistribution is to give a % to the team who drives the campaign the moment the funds are delivered. The group can use a way to account for their contributions to the funding campaign, which can make use of the value accounting system.

Social projects

Aim: provide value to the local community and/or to the society as a whole.

Rewards: Apart from reputation (social capital), if these projects bring something positive to the SNESORICA network (by increasing visibility, by improving the image, etc.) contributions to these can be logged as "Building SENSORICA" in the NRP-VAS, and rewarded from Infrastructure development and maintenance funds. Social projects can also be funded by foundations, government agencies, NGOs, private organization, or even through crowdfunding. They can even generate their own revenue, by offering small paying services.

Examples from SENSORICA: FabMobile, events.

See also

How Tos

How to create a new project?

Demo on SENSORICA's NRP-VAS system

  • Go to the agents page and click on "Create New Agent" button.
  • Fill the form. Everything is kind of self explanatory, but don't forget to chose "project" in the Agent type box, and don't forget to click the "is a context agent box".
  • After that, you need to "Maintain associations". From the agents page, lick on Projects and find the project that you just created in the list. Click on it and open its page. In there, you'll find a link to "Maintain associations". You need to set up this project as a child of SENSORICA project. Save the changes.

After you create a new project in the system you might need to structure activity around it. See SENSORICA's HELP document on how to create a new project and how to kickstart a new project.

Important discussions about Projects