[Discuss] open hardware documentation survey

Catarina Mota catarinamfmota at gmail.com
Tue Mar 26 13:20:53 UTC 2013

Hi Matthias,

I wholehearted agree with your assessment of the situation. While we don't 
have to do everything by committee, this seems to be one of the cases in 
which we do. That's why we're organizing an OSHW Doc Jam - a collaborative 
event to pinpoint the issues and start drafting solutions based on what's 
already out there (no reinventing the wheel).

Here's the event's website: http://www.opensourcewarehouse.org
And ways to contribute / get 
involved: http://www.opensourcewarehouse.org/contributing-to-the-oshw-doc-jam-from-all-over-the-world-plus-confirmed-location/


On Monday, March 25, 2013 9:08:58 AM UTC-4, Matthias Bock wrote:
> I guess, one reason why repository projects fail or don't reach broad 
> attention
> is because there are single people creating what they personally believe 
> should be done.
> Results often don't "look" professional/reliable and provide only a very 
> limited number of features.
> In order for a repository project to be successfull, a group of people - 
> with equal rights
> to decide what to do, should be organized. Only this way, users can be sure
> to rely on a website and a repository not to vanish or to suddenly not be 
> maintained anymore etc.
> Wikimedia may be a an example here.
> They constituted a foundation, this way they also can accept donations
> and e.g. spend money on hired programmers.
> Personally, I am very much missing an open repository for the development 
> of hardware,
> for electrical schematics as well as for mechanical plans, 
> for collaborative working, design of construction manuals and so on.
> I don't have a lot of time, but I would be ready to contribute to it with 
> programming if necessary.
> The gEDA-js project may be of interest in this context (javascript 
> schematics design):
> https://github.com/matthiasbock/gEDA-js
> Cheers, Matthias
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