Call for Server Stewards
This project is a work in progress, if you are interested in getting involved please reach out to us or join our project newsletter for occasional updates. If you are interested in stewarding a server as part of Solar Protocol, please keep reading.
A server steward is someone who can host and care for a solar server and who is interested in being a guest collaborator on our project.*
We're currently looking for people or organizations in different locations around the world who would like to steward one of our servers for at least a year and who are also interested in contributing their domain expertise to help us explore this type of network together. We are aiming to establish a server on every continent in the world (except perhaps for Antarctica).
Ideally, a server steward would have a basic understanding of programming (specifically with Raspberry Pi/ Linux) and IT infrastructure to assist us with troubleshooting the installation. However, we are also able to bring on a few collaborators with less experience and who can offer different perspectives on the project. At this point there is opportunity for both institutional collaborators like arts venues and universities that might be able fund their own participation as well as individuals or collectives without these resources. If you fall into the latter group, we have a budget to cover expenses for DIY/independent collaborators. Server stewards should demonstrate a willingness to build community and share materials and resources through teaching and learning.
If you have a sunny rooftop and are interested in experimenting with us, please read the questions and answers below and fill out this brief expression of interest form.
*Thanks to Taeyoon Choi and collaborators on the Distributed Web of Care project for their work on stewardship, care and the internet.
What are the technical and physical requirements for a hosting a server ?
- You need a safe and accessible outdoor area that is exposed to direct sunlight for at least 4 hours per day (this means a spot that is free from obstructions/shadows and ideally facing the equator)
- You need to be able to secure the solar panel to a wall, pole or rooftop so it doesn't blow away or get stolen
- The server needs Internet access either via ethernet cable or wifi (minimum network speed: 25mb/s up & 25mb/s down)
- You need to be able to set up port forwarding for both http (port 80) and ssh (port 20) with your Internet Service Provider to serve the solar protocol network publically
What is the timing of this project?
We are looking to set up servers with stewards in the first 3 months of 2021. We ask you to steward and care for your server for a minimum of 12 months.
Do I need to speak English?
Unfortunately our team only speaks English and Italian. We’d be happy to try to find a translator and we would also be interested in translating the project into the language spoken by server stewards.