Research today is driven by industry, government, and academia. These institutions have an important place, but they should not be the only place for science and research. They tend to produce expensive, closed, large-scale solutions which are not responsive to the values of the researchers doing the work or the needs of the communities benefiting from it.
Information is accessible, communication is borderless, sensors are cheap and the sharing economy is quickly becoming the new normal. We can now connect people + sensors to tackle both local and global problems.
Students and teachers are looking for meaningful learning opportunities, researchers want to analyze global data sets, and individuals are seeking the tools to pursue their interests and collaborate at scale. And we all want to reap the huge long-term benefits from our shared data.
Accessible + welcoming to everyone, producing high-quality comparable data, building robust communities of practice, and creating a culture of sharing. Equitable and collaborative. With software, hardware, and data which is free as in freedom.
And drive positive change in the science that already exists.
We strive to support the development of research capacity in communities through software, hardware, and training. Specifically, we want to help turn