- Jasonk 03:09, 9 August 2006 (EDT): At the retreat we decided that the steering committee would be responsible for prioritizing the areas where OWW would expend resources (whether time or $). To serve this I think we need to have a list of short-term goals. (and probably a long-term vision as well). I put this page up just to get the ball rolling, please add/edit anything and post comments.
Short term goals
- Since we are putting in place an organizational structure for the next 6 months, it seems like that is a good time frame for some short term goals.
Define a long-term organizational structure for OWW leadership
- The new structure will be decided upon in December, and new officers will be elected in January.
Encourage the growth of (a wide variety) of communities on OWW
- The reasoning here is that the most important thing is to continue to build a critical mass of users who are comfortable using the site in their daily research. Then if we want to role out more complicated things in the future we’ve got a user base to actually try them out with (and a userbase to suggest/develop new things in the first place). I think Jay's point at the retreat about wikis being included in OS 12, and the follow up discussion about how OWW is not principally a tool site supports this focus - the strength of OWW will be in the community of users that we've grown.
- List of communities that would fit on OWW and brief examples of projects we could prioritize in support of them.
- tutorial for adding custom recent changes for your lab
- Research fields (e.g. fanconi anemia, synthetic biology)
- Improved discussion areas?
- Lab RSS feeds
- Could build up the MIT institution page (e.g. list all shared equipment, etc) as an example for other institutions to model after
- Resource Centers (e.g. MIT flow facility, Caltech Microfluidic Foundry)
- Provides a great opportunity for the user community of a resource center to troubleshoot, share protocols, and interact with the employees of the center. The caltech foundry has already expressed some interest in this, and I think it would be a great fit for the MIT flow facility as well.
- Recruiting new groups - advertising?
Medium term goals (1 year)
- Encourage users to contribute to shared resources pages (protocols, materials, etc).
- Tools for tagging/categorizing protocols so that they are automatically collected.
- Improved mechanism for creating a new protocol or material page (e.g. go through a form that automatically creates links from common areas, things like that).
Long term goals(2-3 years)
- Put in place mechanisms for users to share results in a way that enables them to receive credit (e.g., firm authorship, DOIs?). This would be moving into the territory of alt publishing models.
- Would be helped by a universal author ID and mechanisms/metrics for measuring contribution to the site.