Thoughts on Open Know-Where

Very interesting development!

We have done some work using the REA (Resource, Event, Agent) ontology, implemented in NRP-CAS.

Resources are gathered into an inventory list. See example on Sensorica’s NRP. See also collection of spaces in the NRP.
A lab (makerspace for example) is a space Resource Type.
Resources have Location and other attributes. See for example a 3D printer.

Note that this past work on NRP-CAS has been followed with Valueflows and it is now implemented on Holochain, see h-REA. You may want to join forces.
The idea with Holochain is to move away from centralized databases and have resources exist as composable building blocks on a global network. Thus, we are detaching resources from organizational contexts. Moreover, we are also playing with different property regimes.

This is also related to work on Identity and Profiles, also detaching identities from organizational contexts. Thus, Agents AND Resources are composable building blocks on a global network.

We see peer production as Agents swarming economic activity (innovation, production, dissemination / distribution etc. ), crowdsourcing (assembling) required Resouces. This leads to what you call production of open know-how. We implement that as Recipe, which are chains of Processes with temporal dependencies. A Process is an input / output pattern, Resources go in, deliverables go out to feed the next Process.

I’d like to be part of this effort, join the group members, if possible, and bridge our network developing the NRP-CAS implementing H-REA.

There is also the notion of Transaction when it comes to material resources. If we treat them as composable building blocks in peer production, living as entities with their own identity on a global network, we need to take Resources outside of the organizational context to allow them to flow. In other words, de-silo Resources.

Thus, a 3D printer can be located at one makerspace, but it can be moved to another lab part of the network to be utilized in some project, under certain conditions, respecting a set of rules.

Accessing (using) the 3D printer and moving a 3D printer from one location / lab to another are transactions, which require credentials and perhaps some form of reciprocation (payment or other). These transactions can be recorded into a ledger.

So in this peer production context the Where is an attribute that can be changed through a transaction, as described above. It is not fixed to a location or to an organization.

Hi @TiberiusB, you bring some interesting approaches in this thread! The OKW working group is meeting in September to look at maintenance of the OKW standard following a year where work focussed on testing in various contexts. It is looking to grow, so you are very welcome to join. See the poll here to indicate when might best work for you.

This makes me think of the work being done at Cosmyx by Pierre-Alexis Ciavaldini and the Makernet team.

Perhaps… I took a look rapidly. Are they part of the IoP network? If not, we could invite them :slight_smile: