Re: Request for comment before BONSAI 2020 General Assembly #communication #dataliberation

Massimo Pizzol

I second this comment too. Focus on integration, good documentation, create a critical mass and then facilitating contributions.


I would add that for me the challenging aspects in previous hackathons was:

  • to keep an overview of the project. Both vision at high level but also practically what e.g. all the github repositories were about and how they were connected
  • understanding the “why” and “how” of many things (e.g. why is this repository here and what is going on there? Why docker container how does it work? Why balanceable property and what is the use of it?)
  • Navigating knowledge and jargon gaps. We come from different domains and I think we should have a special attention in keeping in language understandable and accessible to all. We might be not all familiar with some technical terms but we are certainly able to understand them, if we take the time to explain to each other. As the good science communication rule: “never underestimate your audience’s intelligence, always underestimate your audience’s vocabulary”.


Perhaps this is mostly related to the “documentation” aspect and should be addressed as part of documentation.




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Subject: Re: [bonsai] Request for comment before BONSAI 2020 General Assembly #dataliberation #communication


My comment is the following:


The real value proposition that none of the existing resources seems to have is the possibility to *integrate* multiple data sources.

*Integrate* is complementary but very different from *aggregate*.


Resources like :

are not dissimilar to


are aggregators of data. You can find a dataset, but then you are on your own in determining if the dataset contains the data you need, has the correct format, is coherent with your model, adapt it to your workflow, etc.


What I see on GLAD (but I only read the homepage) seems more towards the *integration*, which is good, we should keep a close eye on that.


I think the BONSAI with the Ontology and Mapping resources is a step ahead in the *integration* direction.


I think the next step is documentation,  from LCA domain experts interested in integrating data (BONSAI)  for LCA domain expert interested in sharing data (all the providers).

As we have a lot of tooling and work done and we just need to show people how to contribute.

With more contribution we obtain more use-cases, we bullet-proof the workflow, and we improve.


Yes, documentation is boring, and most of us don't feel are achieving anything if we are not writing code, calculating numbers, or running experiments.

Yet, I see this as the crucial part for "lift-off", otherwise our space shuttle will always stay in the hangar redesigning the engine for N-th time but never turning it on.












Matteo Lissandrini


Department of Computer Science

Aalborg University









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Subject: Re: [bonsai] Request for comment before BONSAI 2020 General Assembly #dataliberation #communication


My thoughts:


- BONSAI and other projects (Electricity LCI<>, US EEIO<> LCIA base data<>, LCIA data formats<>, CDLCI project<>, GLAD<>, IEDC<>,...): I agree that it is hard to keep up with the numerous projects out there. We should definitely avoid reinventing the wheel. The question is: How? Adopting existing data, formats, etc. is good. But how can we do that if we don't know about them? Do we need some sort of "radar" for new projects and a "screening system" to filter out the portions of those projects, which are interesting for us?


- Community engagement: I agree. I don't know if the existing BONSAI technology can help. Would be awesome if it could! If not, we need to find better ways to engage the community. Pré's LCAList is a good place to find advice but it is a poor place for collaboration. GitHub is a great place for collaboration but I don't think many people from the LCAList are there. I wonder if there is a way to bridge the gap between both communities.


- BONSAI's 2nd work track: I was originally in favor of this idea but I lost momentum because I felt like support within BONSAI was weak. Furthermore, I feel like the release of GLAD made this the work track obsolete (although I might be wrong). I think there should be a new discussion about this.


- Hackathon: I really regret that there is no in-person hackathon this year. For a newbie like me this would have presented a great opportunity to get to know everyone. Furthermore, I was planning to use it as an opportunity to get acquainted with the work previously done in BONSAI. I agree that an online hackathon is a poor substitute. But I think that an online hackathon is better than no hackathon :)


That's it from me. Looking forward to hearing the results from the GA.






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