[Discuss] tagging and listing 'openables'

Catarina Mota catarina at openmaterials.org
Tue Mar 12 18:11:00 UTC 2013

Hi all,

Related to the ongoing discussion about how to identify open source
hardware projects.

Marino (see emails below) is developing a cellphone app to allow people to
scan and tag "openables" and would be interested in hearing ideas for the
best ways to do this. See marketply.org


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Marino Hernandez <kilowit at gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Mar 9, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Subject: Re: Access to openables
To: Catarina Mota <catarina at openmaterials.org>

Hello Catarina

Feel free to forward this conversation to the email list. I'd love to join
a discussion of strategies on how best to tag and list open hardware goods!

Openables are one of the pillars Marketply promotes on the app. For
example, when your app locate a product such as computer hardware,
Markeptly will display an open-hardware alternative next to it. More

Another strategy is "desired advertising", instead of displaying unwanted
ads, we only run ads for companies or goods approved by the community. This
fits our mission to help people reshape the market (and to advance
openables, adaptables, and sutainables).

The mobile app is now in wireframe mode (we're testing the design UX with
paper mockups). We'll submit a barebones version to Mozilla's WebFWD
program. At the moment we're focusing on crowdfunding, applying to the
Shuttleworth Foundation, and connecting with people.


On Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM, Catarina Mota <catarina at openmaterials.org>wrote:

> Hi Marino,
> This sounds great! Are you by any chance on the OSHWA mailing list?
> There's an interesting discussion going on at the moment about how to
> catalog and recognize open source hardware projects. Would you mind if I
> forwarded you email to the list?
> Also, is the app available for android? I'd love to check it out.
> Cheers,
> Catarina
> On Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 12:19 AM, Marino Hernandez <kilowit at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Sure, Catarina! And thank you for the kind words. [?]
>> Openables is an umbrella term for goods that anyone can freely explore,
>> redesign, and share. (Basically: anything open source, open hardware, open
>> content, Creative Commons licensed, etc)
>> The community identifies and tags goods in the market as "openable" so
>> your Marketply app helps you to locate such goods. The app will help people
>> anywhere to openly coordinate with makerspaces and entrepreneurs who design
>> and supply goods.
>> Our goal is universal access to openables, by helping you locate and
>> request them. (also sustainables and adaptables).
>> Best,
>> Marino
>> (p.s. The Marketply app is open source)
>> On Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 4:21 PM, Catarina Mota <catarina at openmaterials.org
>> > wrote:
>>> Hi Martino,
>>> Thanks for getting in touch, MarketPly looks great. Could you please
>>> tell us a bit more about the role of openables (how they're identified, how
>>> that information is used, etc.)?
>>> Cheers,
>>> Catarina
>>> On Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM, alicia <amgibb at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>>> From: Marino Hernandez <kilowit at gmail.com>
>>>> Date: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 at 9:33 AM
>>>> Subject: Access to openables
>>>> To: info at oshwa.org
>>>> Marketply is working to give people more access to openables (e.g. open
>>>> technology, hardware).
>>>> With a mobile app that connects people, hackerspaces, entrepreneurs,
>>>> DIY, and crowdfunding.
>>>> I'm sure there's a way we help one another in our goals. Please contact
>>>> our humble office.
>>>> Best regards,
>>>> Marino Hernandez
>>>> just a founder of Marketply
>>>> marketply.org
>>>> (p.s. Our two other pillars are sustainables and adaptables)
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