To establish, promote, and sustain an open source social fabric that embraces a communal approach to the research, education and practice of Civil Engineering
To develop cyberinfrastructure that promotes four dimensions of collaboration to enhance the capability for discovery and innovation
To not only foster the symbiotic relationship between research, education and practice, but also to engage the community to facilitate new collaborations and opportunities
What is OSD-CI?
OSD-CI represents a grassroots collaboratory for research, practice and education that will massively expand the resources available to address the nation’s infrastructure crisis by allowing open collaboration in four dimensions of hardware, software, knowledge and manpower. This project boldly invites the public at large, with appropriate mechanisms to assure trustworthiness in technical tasks as needed, to unite and address this nation's infrastructure crisis collectively.
How Does it Work?
This collaboratory would accept job submissions from end users (firms, researchers, fellow Citizen Engineers), who would specify relevant details (scope, constraints, models, etc.), deadlines, submission formats, and requisite credentials. Citizen Engineers with the proper membership status can volunteer to contribute to these job submissions, with the help of a tool repository and enhanced computational power through the portal’s computing cloud. The products produced by Citizen Engineers are archived in the collaboratory’s design gallery and can be retrieved and commented on by any member of the public to form a truly transparent archival system for Civil Infrastructure projects. These products are ultimately delivered back to the end user through various aggregation schemes.