In preparation for the conference - let’s get to know each other!
Post who you are, what you do, what projects you work on, what skills/tools/resources you can bring to GOAT, and why openness in ag is important to you.
I’ll get the ball rolling -->
I’m Greg Austic, an open technology advocate. That means I take part in projects which make high quality information (data, designs, methods, tech) available to the public and accessible to those who want to make and improve on it.
Last year I founded Our Sci http://our-sci.net with @DanT and @mdc in order to support the development of research capacity in communities through software, hardware, and training. We are developing a platform to collect survey, sensor, and API data in a flexible and scalable way, and a low-cost reflectometer for estimating properties of soils and food.
Our Sci emerged from my last project, called PhotosynQ, which was built within Michigan State University’s Kramer Lab. In that project, we created a low cost photosynthesis sensor called MultispeQ, and a platform for collecting, sharing, and analyzing the results. Prior to that, I was in the biodiesel industry as a researcher for several years.
I’ve always been passionate about open tech, but it became my life mission when I had my first kid. I want my kids to feel empowered by science, excited by the opportunity to serve others and improve the world, and able to pursue their interests freely. Instead, we have a lot of perverse incentives in academia and industry that kill passion, defer responsibility, and bring out the worst in ourselves.
We can do better… so yeah, ready for GOAT and super excited to meet you all