Since March 2020, a massive community of 4,000+ contributors has grown on Just One Giant Lab to develop open-source and low-cost tools and methodologies that are safe and easy to use to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. We have organised this effort under a research program, with 100,000 euros of funding from Axa Research Funds that we are redistributing to projects as micro-grants capped at 3,000 euros under a community peer-review system.
During that time, I have led the metastudy effort to better understand how this community organises, and build tools to monitor its evolution. One aspect of this work is to use data from the JOGL platform to build a recommender system allowing for a matchmaking between project needs and contributor skills / resources. Another aspect has been to gather data from the Slack where the community organises and i) implement a TeamChatViz open-source dashboard to monitor its evolution and 2) develop a research strategy to understand what makes some projects sustain their activity, as well as what creates roadblocks in community coordination.
Below I share some elements that I have presented during the global community calls.
First OpenCovid19 metastudy update, showcasing the recent community growth and geographical spread.
Introducing JOGL Skill and Project network maps, showcasing the highly diverse set of contributors.
Visualising Slack activity, or how to kickstart a community.
Community map from Slack.
Showcasing how grants affect projects activity.
Summary of the second round of community peer-review, selecting projects based on feasibility and impact.