Source: Jack Baldwin, The Lead South Australia

This is the 16th and final post of the series of the Open Hardware Distribution and Documentation Working Group. The group aims to produce a proof of concept for distributed open science hardware (OScH) manufacturing, exploring key aspects like quality, documentation, business models and more using as a starting point a paradigmatic case study. We hope the experience motivates others to discuss and implement new strategies for OScH expansion.

By Shannon Dosemagen and Brianna Johns

From across open hardware (and specifically in this case, hardware for science) people have been thinking through dilemmas around business models that will support the…


Source: Contracts, Branko Collin

This is the 15th post of the series of the Open Hardware Distribution and Documentation Working Group. The group aims to produce a proof of concept for distributed open science hardware (OScH) manufacturing, exploring key aspects like quality, documentation, business models and more using as a starting point a paradigmatic case study. We hope the experience motivates others to discuss and implement new strategies for OScH expansion.

By Shannon Dosemagen

As the working group was circling around a cooperative structure with a single administrative body, conversations about agreements and contracts (specifically manufacturing, product, and zone contracts) became increasingly present as…


Source: Great pyramid of phi, Eric S.

This is the 14th post of the series of the Open Hardware Distribution and Documentation Working Group. The group aims to produce a proof of concept for distributed open science hardware (OScH) manufacturing, exploring key aspects like quality, documentation, business models and more using as a starting point a paradigmatic case study. We hope the experience motivates others to discuss and implement new strategies for OScH expansion.

By Ryan Fobel

One of the biggest challenges in scaling open science hardware is finding the right business model. It’s a topic that has come up at every GOSH event I’ve been to


Source: Riccardo Cuppini

This is the 13th post of the series of the Open Hardware Distribution and Documentation Working Group (which we’ve shortened to “DistDoc”). The group aims to produce a proof of concept for distributed open science hardware (OScH) manufacturing, exploring key aspects like quality, documentation, business models and more using as a starting point a paradigmatic case study. We hope the experience motivates others to discuss and implement new strategies for OScH expansion.

By Brianna Johns

During recent sessions, the group has reached a consensus that a centralized administrative organization is necessary to support a distributed network of manufacturers. Agreements will…


Source: Networking, Peter Stenzel

This is the 12th post of the series of the Open Hardware Distribution and Documentation Working Group (which we’ve shortened to “DistDoc”). The group aims to produce a proof of concept for distributed open science hardware (OScH) manufacturing, exploring key aspects like quality, documentation, business models and more using as a starting point a paradigmatic case study. We hope the experience motivates others to discuss and implement new strategies for OScH expansion.

By Shannon Dosemagen

Many would argue that there are lots of ways to do fully decentralized models of distributed manufacturing. However most of the people in this working…


Source: pixabay

This is the 11th post of the series of the Open Hardware Distribution and Documentation Working Group (which we’ve shortened to “DistDoc”). The group aims to produce a proof of concept for distributed open science hardware (OScH) manufacturing, exploring key aspects like quality, documentation, business models and more using as a starting point a paradigmatic case study. We hope the experience motivates others to discuss and implement new strategies for OScH expansion.

By Brianna Johns

Our last post delved into various approaches to branding distributed open hardware products, referencing four organizational options for Open Flexure (OF) created by working group…


Source: tiny_packages

This is the tenth post (and the first of 2021) of the series of the Open Hardware Distribution and Documentation Working Group (which we’ve shortened to “DistDoc”). The group aims to produce a proof of concept for distributed open science hardware (OScH) manufacturing, exploring key aspects like quality, documentation, business models and more using as a starting point a paradigmatic case study. We hope the experience motivates others to discuss and implement new strategies for OScH expansion.

By Julieta Arancio

Happy new year! The group has resumed its periodic virtual gatherings, and after personal updates, the different working groups shared…


Clockwise from top left: Open hardware machines for science, An open source timelapse camera monitors a 50,000 strong colony of King Penguins, South Georgia (Image courtesy of Alasdair Davies), Something Labs, Workshop at the 2017 Gathering for Open Science Hardware

This blog is part of a series on open hardware and key messages for public policy. Read the introduction and access other #OHpolicy blogs here.

By Shannon Dosemagen, Alexandra Novak, Jenny Molloy, Anne Bowser, Alison Parker

In the last months of the Trump Administration in the US, the authors hosted a workshop that led to a set of key messages for public policy audiences, a thirteen-part blog series on open hardware for science, and recommendations for how public policy can reflect its value. As of writing in January 2021, the new Administration has taken a strong perspective on the critical…


Open hardware machines for science

This blog is part of a series on open hardware and key messages for public policy. Read the introduction and access other #OHpolicy blogs here.

By Nadya Peek, Machine Agency, University of Washington

In Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical Hocus Pocus, a college professor fired for socialist views is making ends meet teaching at a local for-profit prison. Reflecting on a rapidly unraveling society, the character notes:

“Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.”

Hocus Pocus is dark, and full of dubious characters. We might hope that, outside of fiction, we…


Workshop at the 2017 Gathering for Open Science Hardware (Image: Shannon Dosemagen, source)

This blog is part of a series on open hardware and key messages for public policy. Read the introduction and access other #OHpolicy blogs here.

By Angela Eaton, Director at Safecast, and Shannon Dosemagen, Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow at Open Environmental Data Project; co-founder, Public Lab.

We, the authors of this post, have been immersed in open communities — Safecast and Public Lab — that have each been pushing at the boundaries of community-centered environmental monitoring for over a decade. Safecast volunteers produced specs and assembly plans for the portable bGeigie monitor, a device that has allowed thousands to take radiation…

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