Projects

What we are working on addition to our research and collaboration activities at the Ledgerback Digital Commons Research Cooperative (LedgerbackØDCRC)

Categories

LedgerbackØDCRC projects are classified in five broad categories, which may overlap, according to the project's primary objective:

  1. Applied: we take our research and directly apply it into a real-world setting

  2. Novelty: we conduct original research into an area to fill gaps in existing literature, develop new directions of interest, or push for further research in a new area

  3. Skill-building: we conduct the project to build our skills and know-how in an area

  4. Artifact-building: we conduct research to develop an artifact for later use in the cooperative or with partners

  5. Knowledge-building: we conduct a project to learn more about an area, connect academic and grey literature, diagnose issues and problems, and determine its intersections with other areas

  6. Action-building: we conduct the project to push change in industry to push positive social change

  7. Collaboration-building: we conduct the project to collaborate with others on an issue

  8. Ecosystem-building: we conduct the project to grow our ecosystem of members and support services; services accessible by members

  9. Instiution-building: we conduct the project to improve the institution

  10. Thinking-building: we conduct the project to develop or review thinking modals

  11. Framework-building: we conduct the project to expand an existing or develop a new framework

In all our projects, we are committed towards openness, democratization, autonomy, and decentralization, including developing open source technologies, using open data standards and open access publishing.

Citizen Cyberlab projects are classified in four broad categories – computing, thinking, sensing and understanding – according to the project’s primary objective. In all our projects, we are committed to Open Science standards, including developing open source software and hardware, using open data standards and favoring open access publication.

Summary Table

Name

Status

Stage

Categories

Repositories

Started

Department

Lab

Working Group

Roadmap

Bikestream

Active

N/A

Artifact-building; Knowledge-building

Github

2019-07

No

Commons-based Reciprocity Licenses

Active

N/A

Artifact-building

Github

2020-02

Knowledge Commons

Information Ethics

No

Distributed Governance Score Framework

Active

N/A

Artifact-building; Knowledge-building

Github

2019-09

No

Historia

Inactive

N/A

Artifact-building; Knowledge-building

Github

2019-05

No

Data Report

In Development

N/A

Knowledge-building; Action-building

Yes

Laplace

In Development

N/A

Ecosystem-building; Skill-building; Institution-building

Yes

Thinklusive Journal

In Development

N/A

Ecosystem-building; Skill-building; Institution-building

The Cottage

In Development

N/A

Skill-building; Institution-building

Bikestream
In Development Descriptions
Distributed Governance Score Framework
Bikestream

Bikestream

Themes

Platform Cooperativism, Emerging Technologies

Sectors

Transportation and Logistics

Primary Objective

The development of alternative models (e.g., business, governance) for data governance and mobility autonomy in the micro-mobility sector through innovative proof-of-concepts combining platform cooperativism and Web3.

Status

Ongoing

Start

2019-07

Description

Bikestream focuses on developing alternative (open source, democratized, and decentralized) approaches to data governance (sourcing, collecting, storing, sharing, etc.) and mobility autonomy (e.g., open design of electric-assisted bicycles ("e-bikes")) in the micromobility sector.

Our first proof-of-concept (PoC) for the Bikestream project was developing our very own databike, the databike-zeta 001 (DBZ-001). The DBZ-001 is our PoC for converting a traditional bicycle into an e-bike with on-board computers (Cycle Analyst 3 and Raspberry Pi 3 B+) to log, manipulate, and share geolocation data and electrical part data with Streamr, a blockchain-based data sharing service.

Core Activities

  1. Proof-of-Concepts: Developing innovative PoCs to turn our thoughts into reality and provide a base for further development of alternative models.

  2. Alternative Models: Developing alternative models (e.g., business, governance, resources, platforms, technologies, and markets) that promote openness, democratization, autonomy, and decentralization.

  3. Market Research: Studying the micromobility industry for opportunties to inject viable alternative models

  4. Knowledge-building: Learning about the transportation and logistics sectors regarding micromobility modals

  5. Collaboration: Bringing together change-relevant stakeholders in transprotaiton and logistics sectors to discuss strategies for implementing alternative models

Motivation and Vision

The Bikestream project is motivated by the:

  • use of cyclists as data aggregators by platforms without proper remuneration of their activities

The vision for the Bikestream project is to develop viable alternative models that can exist and surivive in the market with such a strong impact that it casues a paradigm shift towards greater openness, democratization, autonomy, and decentralization in transportation and logistics sectors such that the alternative models become preferred models of social and industry progress.

Working Group

  1. Charles Adjovu, LedgerbackØDCRC

  2. Gavin Hansen, unaffiliated

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More Information

You can find more about the project via the links below:

In Development Descriptions

Laplace

Laplace is a social learning platform/network geared towards developing antidsciplinary scholars and radical thinkers, shedding light on alternative models, and preparing learners for Industry 4.0 and the paradigm shifts needed to transition to/ or create a global technological commonwealth.

Noggin

Rigby is an human swarm service relying on artificial swarm intelligence (ASI) algorithms and interfaces service for conducting real-time, synchronous decision-making with a diverse group of users and machines online or over the internet to combien their knwoedlge into an emegent collective intelligence. Through Rigby, we can make greater insights and better decisions than relying on AI alone, rather through human-in-the-loop AI.

Knapsack

Knapsack is a research and innovation project for developing and exploring crowdfunding services/models that utilize token bonding curves and the use of token bonding curves in general.

Data Vendor

Data Vendor is a members-only data collection and sharing service for creating, cleaning, and sharing datasets and data analytics.

Distributed Governance Score Framework

Distributed Governance Score Framework (DGSF)

Themes

Organization science, digital work, digital organizing, emerging technologies

Primary Objective

The development of a comprehensive model for measuring organization effectiveness (i.e., performance) to help guide or provide insight for designing, evaluating and comparing digital organizations and decentralized digital organizations (similar to decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs)), in the context of distributed governance, future of work, decentralized organizing, ecosystems, and emerging technologies including, but not limited to, blockchain and artificial intelligence.

Description

Bikestream focuses on developing alternative (open source, democratized, and decentralized) approaches to data governance (sourcing, collecting, storing, sharing, etc.) and mobility autonomy (e.g., open design of electric-assisted bicycles ("e-bikes")) in the micromobility sector.

In doing so, we need to build knowledge

Core Activities

  1. Assessment Tools: Developing self-assessment tools for members of the general public to assess digital organizations

  2. Knowledge-building: Learning about, and connecting, academic and grey literature on organizations and organizing to develop theoretical bases and analytical tools

  3. Community: Giving actors in relevant areas interested in this framework the chance to get involved in research via development of assessment tools, taking surveys, suggestions on direction of the project, and other feedback.

  4. Framework: Developing a comprehensive framework for understanding organizations (governance, management, etc.)

  5. Collaboration: Bringing together change-relevant stakeholders in the academia and industry to discuss digital organizations and decentralized digital organizations

Motivation and Vision

The DGSF project is motivated by the lack of clarity regarding organizations and organizing in the distributed governance space in the greater blockchain space.

These are the following questions we would like to address in this project:

  1. What is Distributed Governance?

  2. What makes Distributed Governance different from other governance systems?

  3. Is there a difference between Distributed Governance and Organizing Technology?

  4. Why do current DAOs often exhibit centralized governance?

  5. Can Organizing Technology guarantee Distributed Governance in Organizations?

  6. How do we distinguish one type of organization from another?

  7. What types of organizations are well suited for Organizing Technology?

  8. How do we determine if an organization’s governance system is decentralized?

  9. How do we make comparisons between organizations?

  10. How are members participating in the governance and operations of organizations?

  11. How do we measure voting power and parity in Organizations?

  12. Is there a difference in Distributed Governance between organizations with formal documentation and organizations with informal documentation?

  13. What makes one organization more effective than another organization?

  14. How to address the complexity of organizations?

  15. Do Distributed Governance practices require Information and Communications Technology (ICT)?

The vision for the DGSF project is to develop a comprehensive framework that leads to better, more sustainable design, growth and understanding of digital organizations in the given contexts that will lead to more positive overall governance in Web3, and will promote openness, democratization, autonomy, and decentralization.

Working Group

  1. Charles Adjovu, LedgerbackØDCRC

  2. Jack Smye, LedgerbackØDCRC

  3. Xule Lin, Imperial College, London, UK

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More Information

You can find more about the project via the links below: