@gandhiano First, an explanation of the projects:
Valueflows from our description: Value Flows is a set of common vocabularies to describe flows of economic resources of all kinds within distributed economic ecosystems. Purpose: to enable internetworking among many different software projects for resource planning and accounting within fractal networks of people and groups. Or, if that is too many buzzwords, “let’s help a lot of alternative economic software projects that are solving different pieces of the same puzzle be able to work together”. https://github.com/valueflows/valueflows
OVN: Sensorica (http://www.sensorica.co/) has been experimenting with the Open Value Network concept perhaps the longest, at least as far as we know. We (http://mikorizal.org/) in collaboration with Sensorica have been working on operational software for OVNs called NRP for Network Resource Planning, although it has had a bunch of names and probably needs a new one (https://github.com/valnet/valuenetwork). The software is starting to support a handful of other networks (not all OVNs), but it is still mostly based on Sensorica’s practices.
The core model of the NRP software is much of the starting point for the Valueflows project, although it of course is being modified in the collaborative process within the Valueflows project. (And it doesn’t do much with location or POI, we are hoping to use what you guys are doing for that!)
There is a lot of governance being worked out in Sensorica that is not embodied in the software. The software is basically operations and accounting. The piece of the software that does embody a part of the governance is the value equation. The value equation defines how income is to be distributed based on contributions. So people log their work,
financial contributions, and deliverables in the system, forming chains of resource flows (value flows). And then the distribution process finds all the contributions backwards down the chains, and applies the value equation to distribute income. Here is more info on the value equation: https://speakerdeck.com/mikorizal/9-nrp-value-equation-concepts-and-tutorial
Note we haven’t used NRP for software development projects yet. But it would be interesting. It does support valuing by time or by deliverables. But we think it might want to be integrated with software commits, for example in github. It would require a bit of thought and possibly some modification, all of which is fine.
I am also exploring the usefulness of OVN/valueflows for marketplace-like projects not related to software development
We (@bhaugen and I) are also very interested in regional economic ecosystems, which is what your links bring to mind. Here is some software we worked on with fisheries in Nova Scotia some years back: http://locecon.org/. This is not a marketplace, more like for regional identification of possibly useful connections and gaps. It uses the same resource flow model, and is meant to interface with the operational layer.
The NRP software doesn’t have a marketplace feature – it supports exchanges, but not with the marketplace offers and wants and conversations. It is more oriented towards value creation. The Valueflows vocabulary will most definitely include marketplace/exchange vocab, but it is not there yet.
Some people we know who are doing a marketplace: Mutual Aid Network in Madison, WI, US (http://www.mutualaidnetwork.org/). They have an existing timebank using http://communityforge.net/en, and are implementing WeZer (from Odoo, which is from OpenERP – https://github.com/valeureux) for the rest of the network. They may use CommunityExchangeSystem (https://www.community-exchange.org/home/, code at https://github.com/clearingcentral/clearingcentral) for interfacing these – it is a mutual credit clearinghouse that manages authentication, unit conversion, etc. We can get you in touch with any of these people if you like.
Also, FairCoop (https://fair.coop/), is working on modifying Odoo for their marketplace, last we heard.
Hope this helps, feel free to ask more questions…