The purpose of this document is to help OpenCare project team and community members learn and master basic practices to help build a global network around the project. We outline core processes and tools deployed via https://edgeryders.eu and encourage anyone to step up and use these resources.
Table of Contents
- Main OpenCare communication channels
- Workspace: how to navigate
- Community space: how to onboard partners, collaborators, members
- Challenges and stories: the main collective intelligence vehicle
- Other online engagement tools and practices
- Shared documentation
We maintain two separate but linked spaces on the web:
A Research Workspace: edgeryders.eu/opencare-research
- displays basic information about Open Care as an EU funded project;
- contains all team communication threaded discussions
- interactive, live feed of the project
- designed in the spirit of openness (anyone can come in and share content) and "working out loud" (format which the team is committed to)
A Community space: opencare.cc
- for community members, old and new people or anyone wishing to understand more about how to participate in the project
- highly curated information about the project
- designed to explain to the broader community what opportunities the project provides
- redirects visitors to a space on edgeryders.eu and is also easily accesible from the main menu of the website (see it on the upper left side)
A proposed routine for quickly finding relevant info by project partners:
- Check your email notifications from firstname.lastname@example.org. If something needs your immediate attention, you were probably mentioned in a comment or were assigned a task by the team. The email title will signal this.
- On the platform, start from the workspace. Filter content by clicking on "Posts", "Wikis", "Tasks" etc. so you only see those.
A proposed routine for making sure others see your content:
- Use the platform mentions in your texts - "@username" (start typing and it should autocomplete. The autocomplete choices show up in red below the edit window). Mentions send an email notification to the person being mentioned, making sure she sees your content.
- To make it easier to find content in the working group, consider naming your new posts using the following structure (it makes it easier to find content by using the search form on Edgeryders):
[tag: Meta | Comms | Logistics | Events | Consortium | Reporting | Urgent etc] + title of the post
The simplest way is to point people to the Community site.
If someone learns about the project and lands on Edgeryders, there are several ways in, described in the How To Participate page: they can sign up on our mailing list, create a user account on the platform and follow or produce content to become involved. For people who prefer voice interaction, we have Meetups and a weekly Community Call through VOIP. All these are listed on the Meetups page.
All people who are signed up on edgeryders.eu become community members and agree to the Edgeryders official user, privacy and content licensing policy, made visible to them upon signup. Members can post on the website, a point at which they are officially welcomed by community managers. @Noemi is primarily in charge of welcoming most users as they sign up and answer any questions they might have about using the space or different projects.
OpenCare is building its own consent funnel for participation. This is being developed by ScImpulse.
If you want to learn about Edgeryders community management practices, would like to share the work or become a community manager yourself join us here.
However, most Open Care project partners are someone’s contact point for the project i.e. when we speak about OpenCare in public presentations, events, open consortium meetings, or when simply sharing information online. Open Care will be different things to different people - it will be general i.e. a way to come together around new care systems; or specific i.e. research looking into dementia and supporting the carers. And so on. It’s your own responsibility to gauge potential interest from someone and point them to relevant information.
If there isn’t relevant information available online, don’t wait for others to do it! Go ahead and set up a post proposing a copy to be added to the Community base and edgeryders.eu admins will do it.
As we are spread all over the world, we meet and interact with Open Care community members here online, more than in any other settings. Publishing posts, reading each other and leaving comments to one another’s contributions is how most of the interaction happens.
Content in OpenCare in shared in response to challenges. Challenges are assignments: we describe a problem (for example: what is your experience of giving and receiving care?) and ask the community to respond.
Good practice that you can adopt as much and as often as possible:
- Check the current Challenges and responses
- Submit your stories
- Leave thoughtful comments to other people's stories
Only users who have created an account on Edgeryders and are logged in with their username and password can submit stories.
When submitting a story, the user is taken through a number of steps in order to clarify which challenge the story is answering, what personal question is the person trying to figure out, who would be an audience that they prefer, and what general topics they want to file the story under. The editing interface makes it possible to input text, links, to upload images or to embed video or audio files (using the HTML source).
When users create a new piece of content, the other community members who have contributed previously in OpenCare will receive an email notification. Same is true when someone comments other stories.
For a project with such a strong social networking element, it is absolutely essential that people can interact without mediation nor delay: having someone translate everything we post would be not only impossibly expensive: it would dampen interaction and feedback, making the Open experience quite miserable. To get around this problem, we have agreed to encode some rules in the social bargain of Open Care.
- you are welcome to write in your own language. People can always get the gist of what you are writing by running it through Google Translate; however, we encourage you to write in Euro English, the lingua franca the majority of young Europeans use when they move about. I wrote Euro English, and I specifically don't mean the Queen's English: the former is an inclusive, connecting language that most youth speak enough to communicate, the latter is just another language, with its own solid grammar, pronunciation niceties and idiosyncrasies. There are many more people that speak Euro English, than people who speak the Queen's English.
- Community members agree to be tolerant of each other's grammar or spelling mistakes. No one is allowed to look down at anyone else for this. We are not stupid or under-educated, we are just writing in a foreign language. Our effort to communicate deserves respect.
- Community members who are native speakers of English are kindly requested to keep in mind they are part of a global community, and make their own effort to write in a simple, clear manner.
Given the sensitivity of a topic like care, we are encouraging members to feel confortable writing online, but we are aware that this may not be the case for everyone. All our team members are aware of this setback and make it possible for people to submit materials or write their personal stories in two ways: 1) creating a user profile which is not linked in any way to their real identity and uploading content from that account or 2) emailing stories and have one of the Open Care curators upload for them.
All written content submitted in the OpenCare online spaces will be aggregated, coded and analysed by researchers and in agreement with our Data Strategy. For details about the Open Care research, see our original proposal available here (pp.18-19).
Meetups are offline or offline activities and events where community gets together. OpenCare partners and members are encouraged to run OpenCare activities and announce them as Meetups on the Community Space. They can be as small as a presentation at an conference, or a community Meet and Greet.
Partners are already receiving invitations to tell about OpenCare in conferences, university lectures, hackathons etc. Our criterion for accepting or rejecting these invitations is their potential for engagement. We do not recommend accepting last-minute invitations: allow a minimum of two weeks lead time. This way, all of us involved can spread the news that someone in our team is going to be presenting in venue X on day Y, and reach out to others who might join you.
Please post all your intended activities (online/offline, public meetings, conferences etc) as events in the Community space:
Enter the information you have prepared for your session. Make sure you also include an image to act as a logo, it will make your event look better on the page. Logos for events are available here.
Enter your preferred date and time in the relevant fields.
Click Save, you’re all set. The event will be listed on the Op3nCare Meetups page.
Now the next step is to build interest and discussion around your event, email and share the link in your own networks. Use #op3ncare so we can help spread it through the Op3nCare social media accounts.
Hangouts are weekly, online and open events where anyone can join.
As of April 2016, hangouts happen every Monday at 4:30 PM CET. We are still looking for that perfect open source videoconferencing solution, so check the Events page and follow the instructions there.
Also known as Op3nCare community calls, they serve two purposes at the same time: team coordination and welcoming new people. If you’re attending the next, make sure to set the agenda by leaving comments to them. Every weeks call will be listed on the Op3n Meetups page.
If you would like a call exceptionally scheduled, feel free to propose it, write, upload it, and run it (see Communicating your events above).
If you are running an activity in Open Care that needs a separate community event, feel free to propose it, write it, and run it (see Meetups section above).
The OpenCare research team is committed to publishing regular public posts to help community members keep track of what is going on and be able to plug in at any time. Posts in the OpenCare workgroup marked as such in their title (e.g. [Working out loud] Name of post). They are summaries of what needs your attention every 2 weeks, feeding in and out of the community calls. Written by @Noemi and other community managers (an example here).
An OpenCare list of supporters and interested people is growing. We send curated content collaborated by community to the list members no more than once a month. Sign up here.
If you want to include something in it, get in touch with Noemi.
Communication in Open Care is not centralized, it is distributed among all consortium partners, so we are using the channels collectively. To get access to the login info, get in touch with Nadia.
- Open Care on facebook
- @op3ncare on twitter
- Pinterest board (by Costantino)
- Newsletter updates (sent no more than once a month)
- Mailinglist to share social updates (sent on a tighter regular basis)
- Hashtags: #op3ncare \#opencare
Shared project identity visuals, cover photos, thumbnail, partners logos etc are listed publicly here. Feel free to use, modify, re-purpose them as you wish (see License below).
A live repository of project updates is the workspace:OpenCare Research.
A repository of project documentation (including Consortium Agreement), copy, materials, photos, cover pages and other miscellaneous is located in the OpenCare shared google drive (for Consortium Partners). Make sure if you have new ones to upload them there as well. They become common resource for Open Care community.
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