Transfers between ventures

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This doc is a deeper reflection and an attempt to model transfers (could be exchanges) between ventures within an OVN.

Our Material used in this attempt

Use the vocabulary extracted by Bob (open Doc)

Use the Value System doc. Use also other docs in the SENSORICA/INFRASTRUCTURE folder.


At this moment there are 3 ways to transfer valuables from one venture to another:

  1. Through child-parent relationships between ventures.
  2. Through relations between resources, which are created by users when they log contributions (Ex. citations, use or consumes).
  3. Recipes (to be explored...)

Ventures are nodes in a contribution accounting system. They are the lowest-level structured in which efforts (contributions) can be evaluated. Incentives appear at the venture level, where goals appear, therefore the benefit redistribution algorithm is applied at the venture level too.

However, contributions are made to a processes, which uses and creates resources. Resources created by one process can be used within a different process. Processes can belong to different ventures or projects, therefore valuables passes between ventures or projects at the resource level.

Ventures or projects are modelled as static structures. Valuables are modelled as flows. Processes belong to the flows: they are transient, come and go, are scheduled to happen and then documented as what did happen. The processes are where the exchanges happen.

For example, the Mosquito venture will last a long time. During that time, many Mosquitos will be created by many processes. The designs of the Mosquitos and the methods of making them may change many times, but the Mosquito venture will be the context for all of them.

Preliminary considerations

Categories of ventures

It is important to separate ventures into categories because they can be so different that they need special treatment within the contribution accounting system. Moreover, different types of ventures or projects attract different types of individuals and tend to create specific cultures around them. That can lead to different group decisions in terms of evaluations of contributions and the benefits distribution algorithm. See more on the Venture page.

Papers to get and read

Managing collaborative R&D projects development of a practical management tool