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>> Why is there "< >" around member names?

< Cesar Harada > Maybe you have noticed in the sidebar, under "Contacts", each member name is between < first-name name >. 
The idea is to enable collective writing without scarifying authorship. A more developed version of this mark-up language exists, it is called Academixml, but we are using a simplified version:
     < first-name name > Your text is here, between. </ first-name name >
redirecting to your individual member profile page.
It is a good idea to use that syntax on both the blog and this website.
< Ollie Palmer >This allows  to start a sentence and < /Ollie Palmer >< Carla Colet Castano > to finish it by somebody else, and it is not too hard to read and we know who is the author at all times.< /Carla Colet Castano>.

>>Why is everything organized as questions?

<Cesar Harada> This is a collaborative project, and it is young. The questions are highlighted by the ">>" symbols. Instead of advocating only one solution for each problem, we might actually have several different answers : for example, if the question is about how to optimize fabrication cost of a design, the answer will definitely local, as different members have access to different materials. For example : in Vietnam contributors want to build a raft, they will use bamboo, when the New York team will probably have easier access to PVC tubes for the same mechanical function : we can ask global questions, we can only provide local answers. Open_Sailing acts like a forum to exchange ideas, and eventually set up quality standards specification for a defined function. 
Use the comments at the bottom of the page to suggest new questions - they will become the body of the page as we go.</Cesar Harada>

>> Who can post?

Anyone is invited to post, please post. This is the 4th website for Open_Sailing version, each time, we have experienced security and moderation issues. There is a lot of content to write, a lot of things to discuss and discover. We want to move with the flow, but somehow we also need to have somewhere where the content is organised, structured ; to make sense not only to us (editing team) but to the world visitors. There are 2 places to post new content :
- this website = the knowledge "wiki" |
        which is organized knowledge, that outside people can use too
- the blog = the flow
        which is where we publish daily research notes, drawings, cool videos related to our labs researches.
In general posting permissions on the blog are given away first, than as people get to know each other better website editing pernissions become necessary.
As you know we also have an instructables group, a facebook group, a flickr group and a twitter account every member is invited to post with.</Cesar Harada>

>>Is there a hierarchy?

<Cesar Harada>We are trying to keep the workflow as fluid as possible, so in the facts it is a rather horizontaly organized group.
Each lab has a responsible, the blog and website have admins above authors etc so yes, there is a hierarchy. If you go on each lab page, you will be able to see, who is in charge at the given moment - as it may change from time to time, depending on members availability and specific task to achieve. We are a "meritocratic adhocracy", it might no be the optimum system, we must discuss it and enhance it.
Basically anyone can edit after getting granted permission from his/her peers. Peers recognition emerges from repeated quality posting and involvement in the project. In many ways we are organized like Wikipedia admin.</Cesar Harada>

>>Who does the research benefit to? 

>>Who is responsible of what's been produced?

<Cesar Harada> Open_Sailing attempts to develop open source  hardware and software technologies, so everyone can contribute and benefit from our on-going research - FOR FREE. 
We are not a solid social body, just an open group of volunteers contributors. So no one really really owns Open_Sailing.
So in front of the justice there isn't one main responsible but many individual responsible.
It is not a utopian organization as you can see, each of us is responsible for his / her acts.
So as a matter of fact, no individual is responsible for what's being produced as a group.
We are using the "perpetual beta release" policy, so the service provider and the user are equally responsible of what's happening. It allows us to experiment freely and distribute the risks. 
In clear, we do not guarantee that what we produce is safe or true : if someone replicate some of our experiments from the website and injure themselves, we cant be held as responsible. 
On the other hand we do not forbid commercial applications of our work, but our name "Open_Sailing" + "" MUST be cited.</Cesar Harada>

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>>What about the money?

<Cesar Harada>About 40 great people, partners and several institutions from different continents have been investing simultaneously their precious time to make Open_Sailing happen.
In terms of capital, starting budget, only Cesar Harada has been investing his personal money, borrowing from different sources. Today Sunday 13th december 2009, Cesar needs to cover a debt of 6'500€. When the debt is covered (hopefully before summer 2010), Open_Sailing will go through a referendum and a sort of constitution of the social group will be established. The financial situation will become absolutely transparent, possibly real-time public budget tracking online. We have many different options for our social status, we have not even chosen  yet in which country Open_Sailing should be based...  Maybe in several places simultaneously... Please suggest.

Now, Open_Sailing needs money : to buy fabrication, safety at sea, experimental tools, raw construction and biology materials, travel fees, web-hosting, and sometimes we still need to pay specialists to perform a certain task. 
So far we made money (or got useful recognition) : 
- winning competitions (Ars Electonica [NEXT IDEA], Sustainable art award BASH, Adobe Award, Earthcam...)
- giving workshops (CCCB Barcelona SP, Carnegie Mellon Uni. Pittsburgh US...)
- giving lectures (Barbican, MIT, ARS Electronica, V2_ Rotterdam NL, Art & Architecture Association UK ...)
- selling research byproducts (maps, papers ...)
- organizing events (Open days, seminars ...)
So, if you are a museum, a university, a gallery, anyone who is interested in Open_Sailing and you want to do something with us, let us know! If you have any other idea to raise funds, please contact our event manager.

One nice story of ours : In spring 2009, a young german lady working in design and communication firm based in Berlin, Nadine Freischlad, decided to join Open_Sailing. She started helping with our communication and web editing, the facebook group, but soon, a question started to obsess her : what will we eat on board? How are we going to produce that food? Can it be so delicious, it is actually appealing to go to the sea? 
After some posts on marine biology, she proposed the community her project, and founded the Ocean_Cookbook aka Food_Lab. A couple of weeks after, she independently applied with the Ocean_Cookbook concept to a competition ... and won 10'000 Euros!
When she received the money, she was able to administrate this money for her lab, and share with other lab she realized she depends on : she needs the algae to be produced by the Nomadic_Ecosystem research, she might need some electricity to cook from the Energy_Animal, and she might want a nice place to eat, a comfortable shelter Instinctive_architecture.
Recently she went to Kiel (Baltic sea north Germany) Bali (report 1, report 2) as she made research on algae culture and she's now active on the design development of the Nomadic_Ecosystem in addition to her own seafood research.
She from being a simple contributor, she really became a lab leader, supporting her own lab and the other she works with, interdependency. You can do it too! </Cesar Harada>

>>Why would I participate to such project?

<Cesar Harada> We ask ourselves the same question sometimes : 
- participate the design and fabrication of the International_Ocean_Station, may you be a scientist or an amateur, is quite a rewarding perspective in human history, even just as simple contributor.
- being a part of a community of passionate people, discover, invent stuff.
- traveling, exploring, the physical activities
- fabricating things, engineering, optimizing, testing on field
- taking initiatives, coordinating a lab, helping the management, admin and timekeeping
- learning, sharing, really sharing because it is an open-source project, that's not so usual neither in art or science.
- because it is a lot of fun, diverse, they are so many things to do!

And in terms of money : for now it is voluntary, but participating for a while to this project could also make you perfect a specific expertise. If the project is successful and high profile, thanks to the quality of your work, the syntax protecting your authorship and the work you produce will promote you as a specialist people would be looking for! You can develop an expertise within Open_Sailing, host your experiments in our structure, now it is yours! </Cesar Harada>

>>Do I qualify for helping?

 <Cesar Harada> There is so many different things to do , ask any Lab or admin responsible. Best is to write us specifying on what you want to help with. If you are already a specialist : amazing! tell us about yourself, why you are interested in the project, why and what you want to work on. Just email us. </Cesar Harada>