Speedblog guide

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This document provides guidance for you to summarize your OLS journey so far and the project you worked on during the entire period of your cohort in a speedblog. Please draft with your mentor, and share with the OLS team.

  • Ideally your speed blog will be a written piece with a picture (max 2) and contain some links and references. In terms of word count you are aiming for between 500 and 1200 words.
  • We will post your speedblog on OLS website: openlifesci.org/posts
  • See this post by Software Sustainabiility Institute for guidance on speed blogging.
  • Example you can draw from: Culture Track.

Here are a few questions to help you generate ideas and content for your speedblog:

Project background

Tell us what motivated you to work on this project.

Expectations from this program

What did you expect or hope to learn from participating in OLS?

Goals set at the beginning of the project

Missions and goals set in the beginning of your project in OLS

Key understanding and accomplishments

List 2-3 things you’ve learned or accomplished whilst participating.

The main goals achieved in this project

Was this the same as goals above, that you originally set?

The initial steps

Starting out - what did you do to explore the problems / project?

What elements helped you get there?

Discussions, connections made, activities carried out, mentors consulted, other?

Next steps

My immediate next step is to…

Whether you’re launching something, bringing someone new in, adding governance, or writing up a project plan or case study - what’s happening next?

Longer term tasks

What will be the long term goals and sustainability plans - this can also be about starting your project if you did not do that already

Staying connected

Do you plan to stay in touch with the OLS community or other members? If yes, how do you think you can do that?

Special mentions and acknowledgements

Please mention ideas, lessons and people who helped you achieve whatever you could in this project so far

Optional prompts

More questions on helping you envision your next steps in the project


  • What I plan to create as a leader in the next 10 months.
  • The vision of what will be so, if I am successful in my work.


  • What will be so in 5/10/20 years time? What is your overall BIG vision?
  • Why is this important to you? What is in it for you? For others?
  • What are 2-3 key activities or critical points we should know about your vision?
  • What is the difference your vision will make for you, your community, (the world)?