Open Source Open Science

It takes a long time for scientific articles to be published. After years of research and fine-tuning, the papers must be sent off for peer review, which can take six months or more.

“During that time the scientists have [few] ways of referencing their work,” Tom Narock, an Assistant Professor of Data Science, explains, “It’s not published anywhere as of yet so you can’t cite it. You can’t use it in other publications or grant applications.”

Tom and his team at EarthArxiv wanted to help researchers who felt stalled by this time-consuming and laborious process through a concept called “pre-printing”

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What's new in Loomio 2.0 part 2

If you’ve seen our last article with Loomio’s new features, that was just the beginning! Here’s our latest batch of improvements and new tools.

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Advice Process: Making group decisions… simple!

Making decisions with other people can be slow, expensive and emotionally draining, while coordinating team member schedules can be time-consuming. At the same time, making decisions without involving others can turn out to be equally — if not more — expensive and stressful, and can cause resentment amongst those who were not included.

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What's new in Loomio 2.0

Everything is new!

It’s an exciting time for us at Loomio and also for our customers; we’ve listened to your feedback and here’s the result — Loomio 2.0. The software is not changing at its core, but every aspect of the platform has been revamped and improved.

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Building Community with Vancouver Makerspace

This creative community of makers and artists used Loomio to take the hassle out of decision-making, so they can have more time to focus on doing what they love.

If, as a kid, you loved breaking things apart and learning how they worked, or creating things out of material like wood, cloth or cardboard you would fit right in at 1907 Triumph Street.

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Catalyzing the Zero Waste movement in France

Case Study: Zero Waste France consists of local groups scattered across the country, all dedicated to practicing and encouraging a zero-waste lifestyle. Loomio delivers a zero-stress communication tool that helps this community of activists create more impact.

When Manon Cuille joined Zero Waste France (ZWF), the nonprofit was in the middle of a big transformation. It had recently changed its name to identify more closely with the international and European movements and, because of this, was rapidly growing in membership.

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Resolving the education crisis in New Zealand

Helping NZ teachers win the fight for better pay | Case Study: NZEI

Teachers in New Zealand used Loomio to gain an important victory of increased pay and better working conditions for all teachers.

It looked like the teaching profession in New Zealand was in danger. A report by the Ministry of Education that came out in early 2018, stated that more than 850 teaching positions were urgently needing to be filled – a significant gap in a country with a population of less than 5 million people.

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Brewery co-op brings everyone to the table on Loomio

Good conversations and great beer. That’s what led several friends living in Burlington, Vermont to form the Full Barrel Cooperative.

Their mission is to establish the city’s first community-owned brewery.

“We aim to create a hub where diverse community members and groups can meet, share ideas, and organize to continuously improve our collective lives.”

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Regenerating the Earth for future generations

In June of 2018, 30 members of Economic Democracy Advocates (EDA) gathered to ratify their cooperative charter. The document, spanning 40 pages, was the culmination of discussions, disagreements and a collective passion to protect the earth and safeguard its resources for future generations.

EDA started when a group of passionate people gathered around a common issue: How could they “help citizens get involved in determining how common resources are managed so that the needs of current and future generations can be met?”

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Increasing accountability with human rights metrics

It is the year 2019 and billions of people around the world still lack access to necessities like food, shelter and healthcare. Autocratic regimes and human rights abusers continue to capture news headlines, while populist leaders preach hate and intolerance.

The state of human rights today can seem dismal, but the truth is these human rights challenges are not insurmountable. The Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) has set out to quantify each country’s human rights performance, using a first-of-its-kind human rights measurement framework.

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