LDCRC 2020-21 Roadmap: Infrastructure Transition

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Introduction

For our Ledgerback Digital Commons Research Cooperative (LDCRC) Roadmap for 2020 - 21, we have decided to discuss our specific end-goals in individual posts, centered on the development of certain projects and research objectives, throughout April and May.

In this post, we will discuss our Infrastructure Transition plan and our goals for the project.

Pre-Transition

The Infrastructure Transition plan is our transition plan for moving all of our operational and collaborative infrastructure to free and open source technologies and cooperatively-run and -managed technology service providers.

Our current technology stack at the LDCRC are the following services and providers are:

  • Collaboration and Communication:

    • Slack

  • Journal Hosting

    • PubPub

  • Blog Hosting

    • Medium

  • Research and Software repository

    • Github

  • Task Management

    • Trello

  • Cloud Storage:

    • Google Drive

  • Newsletter Hosting

    • Substack

  • Collaborative Editing

    • Google Docs

    • Overleaf

Post-Transition

As part of our mission, and pursuant to our principles and values, we believe we should work towards transitioning from our current technology stack to a technology stack that is more commensurate with our mission and principles and values.

A shortlist of technologies and providers we are considering for our post-transition technology stack are:

  • Blog Hosting

    • Publish0x

  • Collaboration and Communication

    • Keybase

    • Mattermost

    • Loomio

    • Collective.tools

  • Cloud/Data Storage:

    • Nextcloud

    • InterPlantery File System

    • DAT

  • Membership Accounting

    • ??

  • Membership Identifiers

    • Non-fungible Tokens

  • Discussion Forums

    • Discourse

  • Research Documentation

    • Documents saved in:

      • Markdown (.md) Format

      • Semantic Web Formats

    • Data Analyses saved in Jupyter Notebooks and primarily Python (.py)

    • Data stored in Open Data Formats

Transition Plan

Our strategic plan for transitioning our technology stack is the following member-discovery approach (In this approach, members actively sense and find alternatives for use in the Co-op and present such alternatives to the Co-op for consideration and adoption):

  1. Research alternative technologies and providers that are inline with our principles and values

  2. Conduct a trial run of the alternative technology or provider

  3. Notify the Co-op of the alternative technology or provider

  4. Deliberate the merit of accepting or denying the adoption of the alternative technology or provider

  5. Either accept or deny the adoption of the alternative technology provider

Expected Timeline

2020

  • End of Q4: Have a list of alternatives prepared and submitted for deliberation

2021:

  • End of Q2: Confirmed our list of alternatives and specific transition steps

  • End of Q3: Have a production-version of Laplace available for use by the public

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Introduction

For our Ledgerback Digital Commons Research Cooperative (LDCRC) Roadmap for 2020 - 21, we have decided to discuss our specific end-goals in individual posts, centered on the development of certain projects and research objectives, throughout April and May.

In this post, we will discuss the Laplace Platform and our goals for the project.

About

The Laplace Platform ("Laplace") is our first attempt at developing a web platform for the LDCRC.

Laplace is an open science (encapsulating research, innovation and education) platform and knowledge commons where users can:

  • find collaborators on projects,

  • list research grants,

  • exchange ideas and analyses, and

  • offer their open science materials and courses to other users (similar to Udemy or Coursera).

Laplace is primarily geared towards the discovery and development of open science in the Web 3.0, Digital Commons and Platform Cooperative spaces.

Ownership Models

We are still deciding on the ownership model for Laplace.

Currently, we are considering two primary models:

  • strict co-op

  • stewardship co-op

Strict Co-op

In this model, we plan to utilize a multi-stakeholder co-op where the LDCRC will also be a significant player in Laplace, with functions centered on stewarding the platform, while primarily leaving governance and actions on Laplace to the users.

Alternatively, the users will join the LDCRC, and the LDCRC will steward the platform.

Stewardship Co-op

In this model, we plan to utilize a multi-stakeholder co-op and a trust. The trust will be created to uphold the purpose of Laplace through holding of user's ownership in Laplace, while the co-op will be for managing the governance and business of Laplace through users. The LDCRC will be the steward for Laplace through the trust.

Functions

We expect Laplace, when fully operational, to provide the following functionality to users:

  • Blogging

    • Users posting their ideas, research and analyses for other users to discuss, use and adapt

  • Collaborator

    • Find other people to work with on projects

  • Courses

    • Allowing users to offer massive online open sources to other users

  • Grant Posting

    • Allowing organizations to inform others of grant opportunities

  • Store

    • Allowing people to sell their materials

  • Ratings & Reviews

    • Allowing people to rate and review anything and everything under the Web 3.0, Digital Commons and Platform Cooperativism umbrella

  • Advertising

    • Allowing ethical advertising on the platform

  • Study Hosting

    • Allowing users to search for candidates for their studies

As Laplace starts out, we will be focusing on Blogging, Grant Posting, and Courses functions.

Possible Web 3.0 Integrations

As a research, innovation and education center that intersects the Platform Cooperative, Digital Commons and Web 3.0 spaces, we are also investigating how we can incorporate Web 3.0 technologies into Laplace.

Expected Timeline

2020

End of Q3: Have an alpha-version of Laplace available for use

2021

End of Q2: Have a beta-version of Laplace available for use by the public

End of Q3: Have a production-version of Laplace available for use by the public

Delaying the release of our Mini-courses and the Cyber-Licensing report

The release of the 3 mini-courses is delayed until further notice

Our three mini-courses that were expected to release at the end of this month, March 31st, will need to be reschedule for a later date. We are planning to hopefully release the courses by April 30th, but we cannot determine a definitive date at this time.

The three mini-courses we were expecting to release on March 31st were:

  1. Introduction to Platform Cooperativism (will need to run through the history of the internet and also co-op movement),

  2. Introduction to Commons-based Peer Production, and

  3. Introduction to Decentralized and Open Thinking.

Unfortunately, our attention has been overly focused on other matters, and the current COVID-19 (aka coronoavirus) outbreak (hope you are all safe!) has led to a change in time commitment to developing the mini-courses, which led to us not completing the courses by the scheduled release date.

We apologize for any inconvenience that our delay may have caused and we hope to release the mini-courses as soon as possible.

The release of the Cyber-Licensing report is delayed until further notice

Additionally, we will also need to delay the release of our Cyber-Licensing: Legal Engineering for Artist Empowerment report that was scheduled for release March 31st.

We are planning to hopefully release the report by April 30th, but we cannot determine a definitive date at this time.

Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience that our delay may have caused and we hope to release the report as soon as possible.

3 New Articles on Thinklusive

Hi everyone!

We have three (3) new articles published on the Thinklusive Journal on PubPub we would like to inform you of.


The first article is DGov Score Framework Version 0.4. In this article, we discuss our fourth formalization of the DGov Score Framework, which incorporates four models:

  1. Organization Determination;

  2. Organization Dimensions and Classification;

  3. Organization Effectiveness; and

  4. Meta-score.

This formalization places a greater emphasis on whether DGov organizations fall under the Collaborative Organization IdealType (i.e., is this organization behaving more or less similarly to the generic community organization).

For background information, please refer to our first post on the DGov Score Framework.


The second article is Emerging Designs for Collective Governance. In part 1 of this two-part article, we discuss new mechanisms for collective action (i.e., collaborative governance) for voting, reputation, and decision-making.

We cover the following mechanisms:

  • Conviction Voting,

  • Quadratic Voting,

  • Holographic Consensus,

  • Sourcecred,

  • Integrative Consent-based Decision-making, and

  • Futarchy.


The third article is Our Submission to Nesta's Decentralized Future Prize Competition. In this article, we discuss our thoughts on the future of decentralized digital organizations (DDOs), especially in regards to our vision of inter-linked digital institutions and organizations as blockchain’s prominence as organizational infrastructure grows.

Research Analyst Position

Interested in exploring the frontiers of Collective Action and applying Web 3 Infrastructure? Ledgerback is actively hiring.

Background

Ledgerback Commons Research Cooperative (“Ledgerback”) is seeking a research analyst candidate to join one of our six research programs, with the opportunity to become a member-owner of Ledgerback.

Ledgerback is a distributed research, innovation and education center for collective action and commoning in the contexts of emerging technologies, data sovereignty, systems innovation, mechanism design, and the digital economy.

To better understand and advise collective action and commoning in the above contexts, we combine social and technical research with free and open source technologies (hardware and software).

Ledgerback conducts research in 6 research programmes:

  1. Solidarity Project

  2. Open Finance

  3. Platform Cooperativism

  4. Cryptoeconomics

  5. Emerging Technologies

  6. Knowledge Commons

The Solidarity Project programme is focused on distributed governance, organizational technology, organization design, digital democracy, and other related topics.

The Open Finance programme is focused on alternative finance, decentralized finance, open finance, digital money, community currencies, social money, and other related topics.

The Platform Cooperativism programme is focused on cooperativism in the digital economy, data sovereignty, identity sovereignty, commons-based peer production, and other related topics.

The Cryptoeconomics programme is focused on cryptoeconomic protocols, mechanism design, game theory, data science, network analysis, systems innovation, and other related topics.

The Emerging Technologies programme is focused on blockchain use cases, proof-of-concepts, cryptography, applied technologies, and other related topics.

The Knowledge Commons programme is focused on open science, open data, open access, knowledge infrastructure, peer production, scholarly commons, and other related topics.

Our main outputs are:

  • Original Research

  • Commentary

  • Guides

  • Courses

  • Toolkits

  • Reviews

  • Articles

  • Presentations

  • Infographics

Additionally, we also offer research services to the general public, as long as it falls under our focus and scope, and the research is generalizable to other contexts such that we can offer general templates to the public.

For more information about Ledgerback, please refer to our docs at https://docs.ledgerback.coop/.

Duties and Responsibilities

As a Research Analyst, the candidate will be required to:

  • Undergo and complete a Trial Membership period

  • Collect, store and analyze data

  • Join a Research Programme

  • Collaborate with other members and/or collaborators

  • Communicate findings to the general public

  • Write articles, blog posts, research papers,  presentations, etc.

  • Assist members in offering research services to the general public

  • Basic programming in Python, SQL, or R

Background Knowledge

The candidate is expected to be aware of at least one of the following topics:

  • Blockchain technology

  • Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)

  • Open Science

  • Distributed Systems

  • Applied Technologies

  • Decentralized Governance

  • Cryptocurrencies

  • Distributed Data Storage

  • Common Pool Resources

  • Peer Production

  • Peer-to-Peer Networks

  • Web 3.0 Infrastructure

  • Platform Cooperativism

Skills Desired

The following skills will be helpful to a Candidate in this role:

  • Strong writing ability

  • Strong analytical ability

  • Ability to employ an interdiscplinary approach

  • Willingness to go out of your comfort zone

  • Basic Research Methods

  • Familiarity with Document Preparation Software

  • Basic Programming in Python or R

  • Copywriting

  • Basic Data Analysis

Time and workload management

Candidate should expect that their schedule will vary based on the demands of the Research Programme they have joined and if required, the need to assist on a client-based research project.

Candidate should expect to commit approximately 3 – 7 hours peer week to their assigned tasks and general assistance at Ledgerback.

Evaluation

Candidate’s trial membership will be evaluated by their assigned supervisor.

Candidate’s research will be evaluated by the research lead in their Research Programme.

Candidate’s overall performance will be evaluated by fellow members of the Cooperative.

Membership

Candidate is required to apply for membership to  Ledgerback, which may be accomplished by signing and dating the Membership Agreement, and sending such Agreement to hello@ledgerback.coop.

Compensation

Candidate may receive compensation for this role based on:

  • how much funding Ledgerback can raise from external sources,

  • how much funding Candidate can raise for research, and

  • how much Ledgerback earns from offering research services

How to apply

If you would like to apply for this position, please send your resume and any relevant work to hello@ledgerback.coop.

Contact Information

Please refer all questions, comments, or concerns to hello@ledgerback.coop, and a Member should respond to your email within five (5) business days.


Originally posted on Democratic Jobs:

https://www.democraticjobs.coop/job/ledgerback-5-research-analyst/

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