One of the open questions about food computers is how to go about sharing recipes and data on what happens when you follow the recipe. As far as I’m aware, while there’s work in progress, the current software doesn’t have a way to do this other than replicating a CouchDB database–that’s a very awkward format for sharing information. There’s been discussion here on the forums about data formats and what sort of data is important, but, so far, I haven’t seen an example of people sharing data in a way that could scale. Granted, there are lots of good pictures and a few recipe links. That’s good, but forum posts don’t have much potential as a scalable data sharing architecture. So, as a step forward in addressing those issues, I’m offering an example of what could be done with GitHub.
Don’t worry about how this data wasn’t collected on an official PFC, how I wasn’t doing automated nutrient dosing, or which sensors I was using–that doesn’t matter. The point here is to give an example of how we could use a GitHub repo to share information about our equipment, procedures, and results in a way that’s easy for people to comprehend and to process with any software they like. If you want to feed my jpeg time lapse photos to OpenCV, you can do that. If you want to chart my TSV sensor logs, that’s easy too. I’d like to see what people can do with this.