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How did Team Open Source Volunteers (TeamOSV)  start?

This project was initiated by the COVID-19 global pandemic as a result of a community discussion within a Facebook group called Open Source COVID-19 Medical Supplies (OSCMS). This group rapidly grew and currently is targeting the development of a number of different COVID-19 related medical supplies. Inspired by the work of this group, TeamOSV was formed.

TeamOSV was started in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Our vision was to build a team to design and develop an Emergency Field Ventilator (EFV), initially under the name Open Source Ventilator Ireland. In response to increasing needs and shortages, TeamOSV expanded and adapted. TeamOSV now stands at over 3,000 volunteers working on not only the EFV but also over 40 more open-source solutions related to COVID-19 under the OSVX banner.

Why was OSV Ireland formed?

Open Source Ventilator Ireland was formed by Colin Keogh, Conall Laverty & David Pollard, with the goal of building a focused team in Ireland to begin development of a Field Emergency Ventilator (FEV). Initially partnering with OpenLung on ventilator designs, but in response to increasing needs and shortages, TeamOSV was created to expand and adapt to other Covid solutions.

What is OSV-X?

It quickly became clear that not just Ventilators would be needed, but also a range of other concepts including PPE, Face Shields, Tracking Apps, Educational Guides and other solutions. OSV-X was spun out of OSV by Gillian Berry and Róisín Lyons, who led the collection, structuring and identification of requirements from frontline staff. This group has been leading the way in open source innovation facilitating a huge amount of impact with a number of partners around Ireland.

Who’s on the team?

To date we have grown to a large team of engineers, designers and medical practitioners to develop new, low resource interventions, all working collaboratively online. 

How are projects being developed?

Ventilators
We have a core development team publishing open source designs with ongoing communication with medical professionals regarding needs requirements, testing and validation processes. The development team is led by OpenLung in Canada (www.openlung.org) in collaboration with numerous partners including TeamOSV. The development team is led by Trevor Smale, Dr. Andrew Finkle, and David O’Reilly from OpenLung. Work is well underway with hundreds of worldwide contributors from over 50 nations worldwide, with all files found on the OpenLung GitLab page here.

OSVX
Projects are being developed my a number of teams in the dedicated OSVX slack channel to support those trying to further their open-source designs, our mission is to provide effective information, resources and education to our members. OSV-X will act as an education and information repository and portal for open source community solutions for epidemic/ pandemic situations that may arise. We will provide access to crowd-sourced insights from our community, relevant research and expert webinars, as well as mentorship and support from experts in the field.
Join the channel here.

What is our goal?

TeamOSV was started in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Our vision was to build a team to design and develop an Emergency Field Ventilator (EFV), initially under the name Open Source Ventilator Ireland. In response to increasing needs and shortages, TeamOSV expanded and adapted. TeamOSV now stands at over 3,000 volunteers working on not only the EFV but also over 40 more open-source solutions related to COVID-19.

These projects span from low-tech DIY and 3D printed face shields to high-tech thermal cameras. They also include societal movements including the processing, collection and delivery of crucial PPE for front-line staff. TeamOSV is now a multidisciplinary team of engineers, designers, makers, and medical practitioners working on developing novel low-resource interventions through online collaboration.

What does Open Source look like?

This project is Open source in nature, with solutions developed for use worldwide and open from contributions from others. 
· Open source in nature so iterative and open for community involvement 
· Development of emergency equipment to support medical practitioners 
· The use of basic components, safe design is preferable to no intervention at all 
· Supplies and materials will be locally sourced where available
· The design(s) will be validated; validation will be documented and transparency will be made available to local health services 
· Dissemination via Internet (www.TeamOSV.com), the OpenLung GitLab and other locations

What can we expect?

From the very beginning of the OSV project we were focused on the production of open source solutions to Covid related issues, making designing and concepts available to people around the world.  As such we have not raised any funding and have no immediate plans to raise funds. 
Our partner groups may raise funds to cover costs of production etc, but TeamOSV is not officially involved in these fundraising efforts.

Are we fundraising?

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@CRUXappHardware CRUX Open Source ventilator. I should say, Bangladesh First Open Source Turbine Based Ventilator. Honestly, it's not 100% ready yet, but we have done the major part and made it open source which clearly first time in our country. SIMV mode has been integrated.

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