[isf-wifidog] big picture - Fwd: [wsfii-dev] Re: CUWiN
max.horvath at maxspot.de
Lun 17 Oct 18:44:16 EDT 2005
Please announce as soon as possible, when you got some specific infos
about wsfii north america.
I guess it's going to be next time we'll see us ;) ...
Am 17.10.2005 um 16:37 schrieb Michael Lenczner:
> this was a rough attempt to respond to a question on the overall. I
> probably didn't portray everything exactly, but then again, i don't
> have an hour to spend on this email.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Michael Lenczner <mlenczner at gmail.com>
> Date: Oct 17, 2005 10:35 AM
> Subject: Re: [wsfii-dev] Re: CUWiN follow-up...
> To: Buildign next-generation free information infrastructures
> <wsfii-dev at lists.okfn.org>
> Cc: Sascha Meinrath <sascha at ucimc.org>, David Young
> <dyoung at pobox.com>, Paul Smith <paul at cnt.org>, Schuyler Erle
> <schuyler at nocat.net>, Bill Comisky <bcomisky at pobox.com>
> Here goes. Benoit might have different comments, but this is my
> understanding of where we are on the following points:
> On 10/16/05, Saul Albert <saul at twenteenthcentury.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Oct 14, 2005 at 01:25:01PM -0500, Sascha Meinrath wrote:
>>>> 1. Network Infrastructure
>>>> - mesh
> We got started again on it after 1 1/2 years. It's going well. But
> we need to improve both our technical and real-world knowledge of
> deployment. And we need to work on social innovation (killer apps,
> how we "market" it to non-geeks)
>>>> - splash
> full-speed ahead. we have a bit of money for UI both to improve user
> view and admin view.
>>>> - local storage
>>>> - bandwidth shaping
> working on it. very hopeful about having something in place in the
> near future.
>>>> - metadata exchange
> Benoit's working with Jo on this. Knowing them, I have high hopes.
>>>> - authentication / id-sharing
> This we are interested in, but no one's looking at it. We could use
> help both with technology and figuring out use-cases.
>>>> 2. Applications / Content
>>>> - network monitoring
> We're doing well with that both with wifidog and installing with snmp
> on our nodes. Have to figure out how to use some of our these tools
> for mesh nodes.
>>>> - analysis tools
> We have all the stats of usage we could have, except where people surf
> or which ports they use. And most of the analysis's look pretty,
>>>> - Mapping Annotation
>>>> - Displaying geolocated content
> We have a powerful system to tie content to hotspots. but not to gis
> coords. Benoit understand the scenario a lot better from meeting with
> chris, jo, schulyer, and is interested in working on it (GIS) and
> there is interest from several vols - but no time right now. We could
> use help or resources to integrate this better / work faster on it.
>>>> - events
> Interested, but no time to work on this right now. We would love to
> tie this into what we're doing at our hotspots. I think we will have
> to *make* time because of how important this is. But it really has to
> be presented with a gis system to be cool.
>>>> - peer produced / micro-produced content
> This we should be doing *very* well in 6 months. We will be using our
> portal page to solicit neighborhood artists in 1 month in a program
> called quARTier. Wireless Toronto will be launching a similar project
> soon as well. This should proceed well on a volunteer level so no
> need for cash.
>>>> - civic data
> I think we'll have a group similar to theyworkforus in 2-3 months.
> Then we'll have to look at what other kind of data we can collect.
> I'm trying to make sure this is a separate group from ISF.
>>>> - user interaction & communication
> We need to bring neighbornode http://neighbornode.net/ and placesite
> http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/~savage/ps/ into the fold. These could
> be extremely important to help move mesh nodes. I've talked to both
> of them and they are receptive, they both have their own platforms
> right now. I would like to see someone put together a residential
> neighbornode-type skin for wifidog specifically to sell mesh-nodes.
>>>> - currency / trading / barter systems
>>>> 3. Development / Organisation
>>>> - sustainable communications & neutral-ground hosting
>>>> - integrated shared code repository
>>>> - sustainable project roles / responsibilities
> Sorry if this was too navel-gazing to be helpful. But I did want to
> share that we will be trying to pull all of this stuff together in the
> near future.
> And we're working on having a north american wsfii in the spring, so
> that should help move things along as well.
> And btw: we just hit 10,000 users 2 days ago! (with currently 60
> hotspots). with 70% of them having logged in at least twice in the
> last 6 months.
>>> All three of these areas fit with CUWiN's vision (though some of the
>>> sub-components -- e.g., barter systems -- are a bit beyond our
>>> primary work
>>> ;). One major aspect of building this collaboration (along with
>>> everything open source, which is a fundamental assumption) is
>>> interfaces/APIs/etc. in a way that facilitates interoperability.
>>> Unfortunately, to do this requires building some sort of network
>>> among the
>>> projects -- some sort of "glue" to help pull everything together,
>>> areas where various components can be standardized, and
>>> facilitate that
>>> standardization among the groups. WSFII has the potential to be
>>> bridge among the projects -- and I'd like to help that along; but
>>> it sounds
>>> also like WSFII is attempting to do this without funding or
>>> resources --
>>> which makes this job tremendously more difficult.
>>>> It would be good to expand on this list then make a wiki page
>>>> for each
>>>> one - with best advice etc.. The shared code repository etc..
>>>> seems like
>>>> a big co-ordination challenge somehow - and making sure
>>>> everything plays
>>>> nicely with everything else. But then, maybe not so if we have a
>>>> wsfii-dev group.
>>> What we need is some entity that is pulling information (instead
>>> of relying
>>> on the various component projects to push info onto a wiki, CMS,
>>> And I think that all the different organizations/projects
>>> involved would
>>> greatly benefit from this. So, in my mind, the question really
>>> is, how do
>>> we find the funding/support/initiative to make this happen?
>> Maybe it's worth approaching the Djursland institute and seeing if
>> could host a researcher to do this? I think they are already
>> planning to
>> invite people from the n corners of free infrastructures to do
>> / presentations. Maybe it would be useful if when those people
>> came to
>> present, someone was there collecting, noting and redistributing
>> information about this group of functionalities / projects.
>> I think fund-raising for positions in academic institutions like this
>> would be much easier than getting a self-contained project off the
>> Alternatively, the ilesansfil group seem to have the largest user-
>> with the most interesting use-patterns of any free network I know
>> of (ie.
>> people are using their system to auth and get meta-data about their
>> environment already). Mike, Benoit and Francois showed some pretty
>> impressive analysis views of use patterns etc.
>> Given that there's this existing lively free network with a great
>> deal of
>> momentum, maybe we could try support someone in their network to
>> do this
>> integration-type work.. with voluntary help and support from the
>> other projects. I like the idea of experimenting on canadians then
>> implementing on Londoners... :) Mike? do you know of any
>> to do something like this?
>> wsfii-dev mailing list
>> wsfii-dev at lists.okfn.org
> WiFiDog mailing list
> WiFiDog at listes.ilesansfil.org
Chief Technology Officer
Tel: 03375 / 922 79 29
Fax: 03375 / 922 79 28
E-Mail: max.horvath at maxspot.de
More information about the WiFiDog