It’s been some time since our last update, but your patience will be rewarded with news on all things open source coin. Radicle, our P2P collaboration language was announced, and today we’re releasing a manuscript detailing its formal semantics. We’ve also hired some great people, worked on our branding, and made progress on several key research and operational goals.
While open source developers will ultimately give the network its character, we’ve given ourselves some simple brand guidelines to ensure our design choices are transparent and intentional early on, while keeping space open for the community to color the project themselves.
Along with our updated branding, we’ve completed a light refresh of our website.
And, we wave a new logo, designed by Ben Pieratt:
Moving forward, we’ll also be consistent with our use of the term 'open source coin' when referring to the network’s native currency.
We’re excited to have several new people joining the team.
Kim Altintop: Based in Berlin, Kim has been a software engineer for two decades. He previously led the Data Engineering team at SoundCloud and worked at Wire and Formation on their Haskell codebases. He also has a grey beard and contributes to OSS in small batches.
James Haydon: Based in London, James is the co-author of radicle. He has a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Oxford and worked as a Postdoc at Seoul National University. He was previously at Tweag.
Sam Hart: Based in New York, Sam is a researcher and publisher. He has a background in computational biology and has consulted independently on the design of several crypto-networks. He recently co-organized the Internet Archive’s Decentralized Web Summit1 and will be joining us to work on strategy, communications, and our ongoing research around community governance and mechanism design.
Thomas Scholtes: A Haskeller & mathematician who previously worked at Contentful in Berlin.
A couple of other talented individuals are also lending us a hand:
Ange Royall-Kahin: Based in Berlin, Ange is currently project managing some of our diversity initiatives and is helping with operations across the board. She is currently splitting her time between the Norwegian Refugee Council2 and open source coin. She previously worked at Google as an analyst, and was the Chief of Staff at WATTx.
Tomás Senart: Previously at Apple, SoundCloud, Mesosphere and OptioPay. Tomás has been an active member to the Go community, maintaining open source projects such as Vegeta,3 the HTTP load testing tool with over 9000 stars on GitHub.
Luke Palmer: Based in New Orleans, Luke has been a contributor to the Haskell community for 12 years. Luke previously worked at Google on the Chrome developer tools.
On the engineering side, our recent work has been focused on radicle. We recently published our first technical paper describing radicle, as well as an explanation of where it fits in the greater ecosystem.
Julien has been working on a DApp with web interface for working graphically with your codebase, including an updated revision flow process and a UI for interacting with the radicle ecosystem.
Research and Other Updates
Ele has been continuing his research on crypto-network governance mechanisms and has outlined the key design principles for the network’s governance, to be shared with all of you by the end of the year in a separate post.
In addition, together with Onur, they have conducted an extensive review of salient monetary policy literature over the past several months and started drafting a framework for open source coin’s monetary supply schedule. Their focus is now moving to the design of the treasury allocation mechanism.
Finally, Onur has been preparing the incorporation documents for establishing a non-profit structure that will support a continued research and education programs after network launch.
If you happen to be Berlin for Web3 Summit, Ele will speaking about all things open source coin. Please say hello if you’re in attendance!
- Web3 Summit. Berlin, October 24th.
The oscoin team
October 16th, 2018