[Discuss] discuss Digest, Vol 10, Issue 38

Catarina Mota catarina at openmaterials.org
Sat Mar 9 14:22:44 UTC 2013

HI Matt,

On Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 7:51 PM, Matt Maier <blueback09 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Catarina,
> This Jam is incredibly awesome! I'm actually a week or two away from
> launching a website based on this exact problem.

Awesome! When you're ready, let us know what it is?

> I'd like to discuss organizing a parallel event in Colorado Springs or
> Denver. It's not exactly a hotbed, but there are several entities out here
> already like Sparkfun. This might actually be a perfect opportunity to get
> some basic organization among the open source front range community.

That's a great idea. I'll put you in touch in Simone so we can coordinate.
Looks like CO is becoming a good gathering place for OSHW. If I'm not
mistaken, lulzbot is based there too. As is our own Alicia Gibb.

> Good stuff. It's exciting to see everyone thinking in the same direction.
> -Matt
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>> Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2013 12:04:15 -0500
>> From: Catarina Mota <catarina at openmaterials.org>
>> To: The Open Source Hardware Association Discussion List
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>> Subject: Re: [Discuss] Google Doc for describing best practices.
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>> Hi all,
>> We're organizing a hackathon to arrive at some OSHW documentation best
>> practices and tools: http://www.opensourcewarehouse.org
>> It all started a few months ago with a few causal conversations with open
>> source hardware developers that were concerned with the fact that weren't
>> getting enough public contributions to their projects and also that they
>> sometimes found it difficult to build on top of other's projects. Both
>> were
>> related to insufficient, deficient or hard to interpret documentation. So
>> this got us thinking about how can we improve documentation to make open
>> source hardware more accessible to all and to drive more contributions to
>> projects. This is the initial list of challenges we identified (to build
>> upon by the community):
>> http://www.opensourcewarehouse.org/problem-statement/
>> And here's an initial taxonomy (to be refined or abandoned at the
>> hackathon):
>> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkNG-lv1ELQvdHViNEdtVHp4dHRWOU8tcDNSbXROY3c&usp=sharing
>> Since this a huge challenge and one that concerns the entire community, we
>> figured the best way to approach it would be to start with a hackathon to
>> identify the problems and find ways to tackle them.
>> We hope that some of the outcomes will be:
>> - A set of best practices for open source hardware documentation,
>> including
>> a taxonomy and a check list.
>> - A set of recommended software tools for generating and sharing
>> documentation - this may either be the adoption of something that is
>> already out there or, more likely, a mashup of existing platforms
>> - A way to identify which parts of a project are open source and have
>> documentation
>> - The seed for an OSHW repository or a search engine
>> I hope many of you can join us and bring your ideas and insights to the
>> table. More details coming up on a separate email.
>> Cheers,
>> Catarina
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