[Discuss] open hardware documentation survey

Marco Perry mperry at pensanyc.com
Tue Mar 26 17:18:09 UTC 2013

Do you know what time of day the doc jam is?

On Tuesday, March 26, 2013, Catarina Mota wrote:

> 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/
> Cheers,
> Catarina
> 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<https://github.com/matthiasbock/gEDA-js>
>> Cheers, Matthias

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