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SENSORICA Montreal LabOnline
The SENSORICA Montreal Labonline is administered by SENSORICA’s custodian, with active participation from SENSORICA affiliates.
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These rules only apply to the SENSORICA main lab in Montreal.
A.1 OVN Lab rule - Free access to the lab if the affiliate works on a SENSORICA project, which can be his/her project
NOTE: Anyone can contribute to infrastructure development and maintenance, and log these contributions in the NRP-VAS.
A.2 Fab Lab rule - Paid access to the lab, if someone works on a personal project (non commercial), i.e. not a SENSORICA project. The payment is a fee per week, of 20,00$, or per month, of 50,00$ for usage of the space and equipment, unlimited time, weekdays, from 9am to 6pm. The condition is to be transparent (share information) about the project with everyone working in the lab.
A.3 TechShop rule - Pay per use, if someone works on a paid (commercial) project (for a personal client) and uses lab resources. The cost is calculated based on the space and the equipment used. No requirement to share information about the work being done. Space might be limited. Respect time sharing of equipment and tools. Priority is always given to active affiliates and to SENSORICA projects.
Space (the lab)
1,00$/m2 per day
10,xx/hour + materials
A.4 The mix case - If a SENSORICA affiliate works on a SENSORICA project and, in parallel, works on a paid (commercial) project (for a personal client) within the SENSORICA lab in Montreal, using the lab’s resources, A.3 applies for all activities concerning the paid (commercial) project.
NOTE about affiliated networks part of Open Alliance: they can use the public areas (i.e. meeting rooms and kitchen) free of charge.
For those who want to use the lab in a regular manner but are not SENSORICA affiliates, see SENSORICA Montreal sub-leasing agreement - Template.
C.1 No smoking
C.2 Respect the access rules to resources, as stated in SENSORICA’s NRP-VAS, on the resources’ pages (see example here)
C.3 Be cool with others around you
C.4 Keep your work-space in order and place shared tools in their proper place.
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NOTE: Not respecting cohabitation rules can affect your formal reputation (see more on the Reputation system).
A project that is open (in terms of access to participation, anyone can join), transparent (in terms of access to information, anyone can see), that has a web page on SENSORICA’s website (see Project page) and a NRP-VAS project (which you can find here), open source (produces open source software and hardware), and well-documented. If revenue is generated from this project it is shared according to the VAS.
Can be an individual or an organization as defined in this document: organizational structure.
The general intent of these rules is to avoid a tragedy of the commons (as defined here), to favor economic activity that makes the SENSORICA community sustainable (generate benefits for affiliates and for society at large), and to enable an accumulation within the SENSORICA community, so that its potential and its power of attraction increases over time. Therefore, these rules will evolve over time in order to fulfill this general intent.
SENSORICA develops in an agile manner. We started tabula rasa in February 2011 and we developed our governance, the normative system and our legal structure as a response to problems that we have encountered. This section is an historical overview, presenting issues, problems that have occurred, which justify the creation of these new rules.
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A. Access to the lab
The main rationale behind this rule is to encourage individuals to contribute to SENSORICA projects which is the main source of revenue for the community, therefore ensuring the sustainability of the community. There should no be barrier to value creation, if this value creation is captured by the community and the benefits are redistributed in a fair way, based on the value accounting system.
SENSORICA projects are logged into the SENSORICA’s NRP-VAS and on SENSORICA’s website to make possible redistribution of potential benefits, but also to incentivise collaboration on the project. If someone creates a project and asks for collaboration but there is no documentation, no sharing of designs, or R&D processes, or of recipes (manufacturing script with bill of materials), other affiliates of the OVN might grow reluctant to participate, because the project becomes too dependent on its initiator or main facilitator. If this affiliate leaves the OVN, no one can continue the work. Therefore, past investment is lost or eventual benefits are delayed. Proper documentation and logging into VAS reduces the risk for investment (in time, $, materials, and other), because it insures continuity of the project in case the initiator or main facilitator leaves.
One reason for this rule is to insure that the SENSORICA OVN commons grows, increasing the potential and the value of the community.
The price should match market prices for local fablabs. echoFab charges 20$/month for user members. The SENSORICA community offers a higher level of expertise and a wides network expanding to academia. therefore, the quality of services offered by the SENSORICA community is higher. Is 30$/month a reasonable price?
The distinction between A2 and A3 is that in A2 the user doesn’t work on a commercial project. How can on know that? If the user is willing to be transparent and share work with others, there is a high probability that the project is non commercial.
The distinction between A2 and A1 boils down to the distinction between a project that appear into SENSORICA’s NRP-VAS and on SENSORICA’s website and a personal project that doesn’t appear in these virtual spaces. A SENSORICA project is open (to participation) and can be forked by others affiliates. Moreover, everyone working on a SENSORICA project can log contributions for equity (in case the project reaches the market).
Rule 3 is about activity that produces value which will not be captured by the SENSORICA community. Since there is no sharing of information and processes, very little is deposited within the community’s commons. Therefore, the community should get something in exchange, in the form of a currency or something tangible and deemed valuable. The charge is justified, since the community incurs costs to support the physical and virtual infrastructure.
NOTE: before doing anything, read the Introduction, History and Rationale behind the rules and measures sections. Make sure you are not proposing something that has already been considered in the past.
Only active SENSORICA affiliates can change rules. See organizational structure.
To modify these rules contact the SENSORICA affiliates by using SENSORICA’s main communication channel Sensorica@googlegroups.com to propose your changes. Your message should have the following subject: IMPORTANT - governance - change of rules!
Have a discussion on the rules and try to reach a consensus. You can use Loomio for consensus building. If a consensus is reached, apply lazy democracy to institute the rules: create a form, send it to everyone using the same communication channel, the SENSORICA’s main communication channel Sensorica@googlegroups.com and invite everyone to vote. You can place this decision on SENSORICA’s decision making page. Decisions are also listed on the Working space page. If a consensus is not reached, submit the different versions of the rule to a vote using lazy democracy as described above. Majority wins.
NOTE: New rules are proposed and created only in response to problems. You need to present a pattern of problems or to justify the proposition of new rules based on a pattern that can lead to problems in the future.
Only active SENSORICA affiliates can create new rules. See organizational structure.
Use the (S) New rules document - Template to create the space for the new rules. Do not use directly the template, make a copy and place it in ...GOVERNANCE/NORMATIVE SYSTEM folder. Contact the SENSORICA affiliates by using SENSORICA’s main communication channel Sensorica@googlegroups.com to propose your new rule. Your message should have the following subject: IMPORTANT - governance - new rule!
Have a discussion on the rules and try to reach a consensus. You can use Loomio for consensus building. If a consensus is reached, apply lazy democracy to institute the new rules: create a form, send it to everyone using the SENSORICA’s main communication channel Sensorica@googlegroups.com and invite everyone to vote. You can place this decision on SENSORICA’s decision making page. Decisions are also listed on the Working space page. If a consensus is not reached, submit the different versions of the rule to a vote using lazy democracy as described above. Majority wins.
Q.[tibi] should-we put in place a form for breach of rules where everyone can log?
to print the rules in the pab, update this doc and print
 an OVN lab is an open lab used by an open value network to conduct their activities.