[Discuss] open hardware documentation survey

Catarina Mota catarina at openmaterials.org
Tue Mar 26 17:34:11 UTC 2013

It starts on Friday at 6 pm and goes until Sunday at 8 pm. If you can only
come for one day, Friday is probably the most critical - that's when we'll
be debating what the issues are - as Matt pointed out -, what resources are
already out there, and then start narrowing down possible solutions.

On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM, Marco Perry <mperry at pensanyc.com> wrote:

> 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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