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What happens if you apply this approach to areas outside of software? The results have been surprising. Open can unlock the energy needed by a fellow to bring about their vision.
In the early days of the Foundation, Rufus Pollock initiated an open source project called Annotator, largely motivated by a desire to mark up Shakespeare on [http://openshakespeare.org](http://openshakespeare.org). Two other fellows, Dan Whaley and Seamus Kraft, picked up Annotator and moved it forward in their own projects – Dan using it as the backbone for Hypothes.is, a decentralised annotation platform, and Seamus bringing it into the realm of government and policy creation. The project evolved and rippled through the fellowship into the world; each time in a different context.
In the early days of the Foundation, Rufus Pollock initiated an open source project called Annotator, largely motivated by a desire to mark up Shakespeare on [http://openshakespeare.org](http://openshakespeare.org). Two other fellows, Dan Whaley and Seamus Kraft, picked up Annotator and moved it forward in their own projects – Dan using it as the backbone for [Hypothes.is](https://web.hypothes.is/), a decentralised annotation platform, and Seamus bringing it into the realm of government and policy creation. The project evolved and rippled through the fellowship into the world; each time in a different context.
Sean Bonner’s work on aggregating radioactivity data with Safecast highlights another benefit of Open. A volunteer-created information sheet about the bGeigie Nano Geiger counter has been completely translated into more than 20 languages – an initiative driven entirely by the community, without any direction from Safecast. A top-down approach to that same effort would have been considerably more time-consuming and infinitely more expensive.
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Funders can be obsessive about metrics and demand to see progress happening in highly specific ways, which may – or may not – be applicable to the work being funded. Some funders use language that fails to correlate with the problems the work is trying to solve, or they attempt to jam projects into preexisting spreadsheets. Almost always, this serves an internal metric created for use by people far away. It is a proxy treated as absolute, unconsciously or otherwise. At the Foundation, we take the long view, and look at individual, shared, and collaborative success.
Esra’a Al Shafei’s CrowdVoice.org has 30,000 highly engaged users, including human rights lawyers, teachers and journalists. It’s an important service giving context to sensitive issues in the world’s most dangerous and complex places. Traditional funders ask, “How long will it take before there are a million users?” That’s completely missing the point. More users means appealing to an entirely different audience – a very real example of how the wrong metrics can harm a project and derail the intended change.
Esra’a Al Shafei’s [CrowdVoice.org](https://crowdvoice.org/) has 30,000 highly engaged users, including human rights lawyers, teachers and journalists. It’s an important service giving context to sensitive issues in the world’s most dangerous and complex places. Traditional funders ask, “How long will it take before there are a million users?” That’s completely missing the point. More users means appealing to an entirely different audience – a very real example of how the wrong metrics can harm a project and derail the intended change.
Unfortunately, many still think of scale as success and that bigger is always better. This thinking leads us to measure growth on a balance sheet or count the number of heads in the staff room. But building something bigger doesn’t mean serving the mission better, or achieving greater impact. These are purely vanity metrics.
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### 21. Dan Whaley 2013–2016
Dan’s idea was Hypothes.is, an annotation tool that promotes a more open web and aims to improve the quality of online discussion and discourse. Built on Philipp Schmidt and Rufus Pollock’s Shuttleworth-funded AnnotateIt project, Hypothes.is grew from an early stage idea to a fully fledged organisation in three years. It has been enormously successful as a mission-driven non-profit and now has 150,000 users making over 3.5 million annotations.
Dan’s idea was [Hypothes.is](https://web.hypothes.is/), an annotation tool that promotes a more open web and aims to improve the quality of online discussion and discourse. Built on Philipp Schmidt and Rufus Pollock’s Shuttleworth-funded AnnotateIt project, Hypothes.is grew from an early stage idea to a fully fledged organisation in three years. It has been enormously successful as a mission-driven non-profit and now has 150,000 users making over 3.5 million annotations.
### 22. David Wiley 2013–2015
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