Introductions? (Starter for 10)


#82

Hi I´m Jan-Peter from Hostsharing eG. A german based Web- and Cloud Hosting cooperative owned both by workers and customers. We are an registered Coop since 2000 and run our own server hardware in two different data centers.
I´m part of the non technical coop members and I´m here because the platform.coop mailinglist recommended coops.tech as nice place to meet other tech coops. Im in the coop area since round about 30 years as member in several different coops. E.g. a coop linking eco-farmers and customers in cities, my ethical bank GLS-Bank e.g. my webhoster hostsharing and my marketplace fairmondo.
I had a voluntary leading position for several years ion a coop and learned a lot about conflicts between voluntary and workers in coops. At hostsharing I´m active on voluntary basis and mainly interested on platform coops and sustainability.

Beside my voluntary coop activities I work as graphic arts IT specialist (colormanagement) and live with my family in Berlin.

Concerning CoTech I have following questions:

  • What I have to do for hostsharing eG to be listed as an CoTech member ?
  • any formal membership and membership fees ?

I´m also interested to meet people from other coops, which are running their own server hardware to exchange experiences ans strategies on coop owned hardware and coop owned data centers.
(Owning hardware servers seems to be for several people - even in the coop tech scene - quite old fashioned…)

Regards
Jan-Peter


Co-operatively owned server hardware
#83

Hi Jan-Peter, good to hear from you, we, Webarchitects, also run our own hardware, but the local data centre we colocate in, Avensys, isn’t a co-op. We are also a multi-stakeholder co-op which includes workers and clients.

@shaun is involved with a colo co-op in Brighton.

I’m afraid that CoTech is only open to UK co-ops (we have no membership fees) but you are very welcome to use this forum.

Perhaps we should start a new thread on co-op owned hardware?


#84

Hi Chris, Thanks for your response,
Looking the first time to membership roll of Cotech, I saw fairmondo an thought that the german fairmondo coop is also a member. Now a I realised, that only fairmondo UK is a Cotech member.

A thread with co-op owned hardware would be a good idea.

What I´m also interested in is a discussion, if there are use case, where coops offering hosting and cloud service cooperate on international level. I´m not a techie, but I could imagine, that e.g. a network of co-op servers for e.g. video chats or other traffic intensive applications could make sense. May be we should also add a thread “international tech coop networks” ?

I just started a similar topic in the platform.coop mailinglist and one answer was, that I should have a look at the discouse forum from cotech…

Regards
Jan-Peter


International hosting and cloud co-operation
#85

Hello Jan-Peter

Could I ask what’s the link on a similar topic in the platform.coop mailinglist? Thanks very much. I’m also interested in this (& also non-techie).

For “video chats or other traffic intensive applications” would it be better to consider peer-to-peer solutions? For example, I believe one in development called Matrix works like this, similar to how Bittorrent works.

Best wishes,
Jonathan
Webarchitects


#86

Hi Jonathan,
The discussion on the platform.coop mailinglist is here:
https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/platformcoop-discuss/2018-08/msg00019.html
You can have a look at the public archive or create an account to post.

regards
Jan-Peter


#87

Or PeerTube as posted on here a while back by @chris:


#88

Hi @JanPeter great to have you here :slight_smile: https://www.hostsharing.net sounds great - and if the website/ services were also available in English I’d very likely direct customers in your direction too :slight_smile: (I already sometimes promote non-co-op Hetzner as a good cheap option for renewable energy powered servers in EU)


#89

Hi all,

I’m Rich, a web developer from the Midlands working mainly with Python and Django. I’m not in a tech co-op but am fascinated by the movement and seeing where it goes.


#90

I believe Dev.ngo had python jobs in the Midlands from time to time. @johndunf might know what’s coming up…


#91

Thanks @harry!

Hey @richbrennan, lovely to be in touch with you! I’d love to have a chat with you about this, if you want you can grab a slot in my calendar here and we can talk :slight_smile: https://calendly.com/john-dunford/30min

Cheer!


#92

Hi I’m John. I like to call myself a philosopher because I graduated with a philosophy degree last year and I think it’s funny to make it a vocational course.
I’m the project lead on Wobbly, a chat application for precarious workplace organising. Alongside that, I’m building an understanding of a development methodology for running a radical app. I’m part of ProgCode, a group that matches devs to political tech projects. They have about 300 monthly active members and need more non-coders to facilitate the community. If you know anyone looking to make an impact in politics, they could do worse than join ProgCode’s staff.

In the co-op world, I’m part of a group setting up a software developers co-op in Tyneside, where I live. We’re in the early stages of working out our legal and organisational structures and business model and are looking to do a pre-launch event in October. I’ll probably be asking a lot of questions on this forum soon about legal structures and finding clients etc.

If any of this is interesting to you and you’d like to talk more about it, we can set up a phone or zoom call. Just send me a message!


#93

Hello!

I’m James, and I started working for Open Data Services Co-op back in March. http://www.opendataservices.coop/

I’m on the more technical side; programmer and Linux sys admin type stuff, tho I’m interested in many different areas. We use Python at work, but previously I’ve mostly used PHP and a little native Android in Java.

I’ve been involved in many other community groups before, and so I was very keen to work in a co-op when this job came up.

I’ve also been involved in Open Data before. However a lot of my work has more been around what I call Community Data - a bunch of people working together on creating a dataset of shared interest. For instance, I started and still run (6 years now) https://opentechcalendar.co.uk/ , listing tech events.

Anyway, I’m based in Edinburgh but in London every few months so maybe see folks around - talk soon!


#94

RE: Open Tech Calendar you might be interested in the work of our sisters over at https://diglife.com/

RE: Edinburgh have you met the awesome people at Graphics Coop - @chrisb is lurking here on their behalf I believe


#95

I have not seen Diglife - I will have a look!

I think I did meet Graphics Coop years ago when working on a different project - Happy to meet for drink and co-op chat tho @chrisb!