March 14, 2022

Newsletter Spring 2022

Newsletter – Spring 2022

Spring 2022

Whether you’re still snowed under or already seeing sunny weather, March carries a feeling of waking up — coming out of hibernation, starting seeds, or simply reorienting to longer days. We have a ton of new opportunities to get involved with Our-Sci in the upcoming months, or to reconnect with community projects that are growing in surprising new directions. 
Do you have an event, news item, or project you’d like us to highlight in our upcoming newsletter? Contact We want to hear from you! 


Our-Sci team members Emily Brady and and Vic Spindler-Fox will be presenting on Surveystack at the next Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH) community call, alongside Mathew Lubari of the Repair Café. 

Register or read more here >>
Our-Sci is hiring!  We are seeking a full stack developer for a 6 month position to further development of SoilStack, a progressive web app designed to support smart soil sampling. If this sounds like you or someone you know, head over to our hiring page >> 

Sebastian Klemm has produced a series of interviews with Our-Sci partners for his site proofing future

Systemically connecting Management Practices to  Food Nutrients – an interview with Dan Kittredge
Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management – an interview with Dr. Dorn Cox
 Research Tools that Encourage Science to Benefit People– an interview with Dr. Jenny Molloy
Introducing the Question Set Library
This piece is briefly excerpted from a post on the Our-Sci Blog.

After several years of survey creation with our partners, we saw a need for comparability between data sets and between surveys– and an opportunity to avoid reinventing the wheel.

SurveyStack developed out of a drive to make multiple methods of data collection and management accessible to diverse users; and the Question Set Library (QSL) is the next iteration of tools to support these projects. 

Screenshots of the Common Onboarding Question Set

How It Works

The Question Set Library lets you drop pre-written questions into your surveys, and lets you build Question Sets around your area of expertise that other users can access. 

Selecting a set will open a description and preview, and if you hit ‘Add to Survey,” it will appear highlighted in green within your survey. You can then change topical details such as the data labels to suit your needs, but the data names themselves will stay the same as in the original Question Set. 

In this way, the QSL also functions as its own database. Regardless of where it is put, in two surveys or a hundred, all the data that comes in through a question set is accessible and analyzable as a whole. 

How can I get involved? 

The QSL is new, so our biggest challenge at the moment is populating the library. We’re looking for contributors who have field-tested methodologies they’d like to make available for others to use. Contact for a walkthrough, or if you have a methodology you’d like to contribute. 

Upcoming Events

If you’re interested in spectrometers (such as the Our-Sci Reflectometer!), mark your calendar for this free digital conference hosted by Photonics Spectra. 

Partner News

OpenTEAM is Hiring!

They are now accepting applications for three new positions. Each of these roles will be integral to OpenTEAM’s growing community and work streams.


Get to work with farmOS v2 

“As the new update makes farmOS more robust, flexible, and easier to use than ever, it creates a solid platform for the farmOS community to build further improvements on in the years to come.”


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