Hi there, welcome to the MLC Wiki! It is a collaborative writing and editing space where members collaborate on blog posts, meeting notes, how-to articles, and other guides to resources. If you want to help make this space awesome, write something today!
But first, welcome to MLC! "What is MLC and how can I use it to benefit my life?" is perhaps the first question you have in mind coming into this space. The first question is easy to answer: we've said repeatedly that we are a lab for those who want a research home. A lab offers: companionship, resources, a structure and space for learning, collaboration, and mentorship opportunities. But now, how can one effectively make use of such a research home? That is a complicated question to answer. Even in the traditional setting, some could spend a decade in grad school only to find the wrong answer (by some I mean me). Not to mention that MLC is nothing like a traditional lab: we are not affiliated with any institution, we are fully virtual, and every member has a different background and is at a different stage of life. But that's the beauty, isn't it? And that's exactly the thing we wanted to build. For that reason, though, there is no one-size-fits-all formula to use MLC for your research growth (but again, I don't believe in any one-size-fits-all formula for any types of growth). What we try to do is creating an environment that provides lots of options, as many functionalities, areas of expertise, and types of resources as possible, in order not to teach, but to support your learning. To quote Bernard Shaw, "If you teach a man anything, he will never learn." That's what we believe too. Learning is an active process. We learn by doing. MLC, in the end, is a space for you to do things, to enjoy the freedom of trying, and failing, sometimes, in order to most effectively learn. For that reason, we expect each individual coming in to put in the work of forging their own path to make use of these mountains of available resources, and possibilities. Even better, we expect you to tell us what we should provide in the long run to facilitate your growth. Whether it means checking in with you often, or leaving you alone, we are very happy to do that.
So I hope you are convinced that there's not a written manual on how MLC can help you succeed in research, for the right reasons, but we are confident that we provide enough Lego pieces for you to build your own manual (okay the analogy falls apart here). In other words, we are a resource provider, a connector, a matchmaker, a platform and stage that allows things to be built, but you will have to be the one that make things happen for yourself.
Below you will find some general guidelines on how to best use this space to serve your need. But remember, instead of passively taking in what we say, you'll have to actively think what you should do.
Lastly, if you have done the work of finding your path and converging to a comfortable spot in MLC, share what had worked for you by appending a passage in What worked for me in MLC.
If you are interested in getting involved in community building for ML research, be sure to check out our Discord server first. Lots of activities are happening there, and we are always looking for Mods and Admins. The town hall meeting, occurring every two months, is a great place to help with planning and steering MLC's development. You can also host an event to practice your organizational skills, establish and expand your network.
Interest Groups has been the best organic creation from our community. They are self-organized teams on Discord that meet regularly to dive deeper on specific topics. Here's a guide on How to start or join an Interest Group; a number the existing ones are listed below: