Wed 10 Jan 2018 10:53AM

Sensorica should use open source tools instead of Google tools

CP Christophe Parot Public Seen by 365

NGO like Framasoft, Digital Life or Disroot are offering tools which are similar to the google tools. Shouldn't Sensorica participate to the development of these open source tools rather than using Google's ones ?


Tiberius Brastaviceanu Wed 10 Jan 2018 10:10PM

Good call.
Can anyone make a review of new collaborative tools out there and help the community decide, in a structured and rational way, if we need to opt for other tools?
Christophe, is that something you can do?


lai Sun 14 Jan 2018 7:41PM

Agree with this 100%. Here's a list to get started.


Hadi Shamieh Mon 15 Jan 2018 10:49PM

Fantastic initiative, thanks!
I didn't know we could do collaborative editing with LibreOffice! Have you used it before?


Tiberius Brastaviceanu Mon 22 Jan 2018 7:07PM

Nice, so we have a list of open source tools.
Now we need to think about a few things:

  1. Estimate costs for hosting these services. At this moment our Google services are free. Therefore our infrastructure costs are almost zero. For those who don't know SENSORICA's financial reality, the truth is that very few affiliates contribute financially to sustain the network.
    If we commit to infrastructure components that require costs, we need a governance reform, in order to enlarge the base of support. When times are bad and we don't have contracts, when the 5% fees are not enough to sustain the community, who is going to contribute? We cannot afford to close our online services, not even temporarily, because that would mean that SENSORICA loses its online presence on which the network regenerates when new contracts arrive.

  2. Deal with maintenance: Operating on an open source platform requires someone to take a role of maintenance. There is a lot of work involved as IT infrastructure admin to keep these services always running. From my experience, this also requires some governance reform, to make sure that these IT infrastructure support roles are always filled. I don't see how we can do that in our current state. One viable solution relies on moving some NRP-CAS functionality to a blockchain infrastructure / apps, transfer contributions into cryptocurrency with a guarantee of benefits, i.e. creating a DAO for SENSORICA with custodial functions. This would, in my opinion, generate a new level of incentives for participation in important support roles, including IT infrastructure maintenance.

The idea is great. The implementation requires serious thoughts!

A simple manifestation of desire, of will to do it, a promise to contribute in the future, all these things are not enough to make sure that more load on the community will be carried long-term in a sustainable way. It hasn't worked in the past, it will not work in the future, unless new organizational features are implemented.


Hadi Shamieh Fri 2 Feb 2018 12:57AM

I am willing to contribute to researching further tools and alternatives, but I cannot commit to dealing with maintenance at the moment. I am aware that would require heavy lifting.