[Discuss] open hardware documentation survey

Marketply contact at marketply.org
Wed Mar 27 00:33:15 UTC 2013

Consider starting with "why" too:

We could learn a lot from how something thrives in the marketplace.

On March 26, 2013 at 10:20 AM Matt Maier <blueback09 at gmail.com> wrote:

The problem is that we don't know what we need.

That's where the committee comes in. We need to get some stakeholders into a
room and hash out a mutually agreeable prioritization of requirements. There is
little point in discussing specific "hows" until we have some consensus on

For example, the STEP file format is indeed a standard for exchanging product
information, but it's copyrighted and has a massive amount of overhead. I doubt
even OSE is doing any project big enough to justify that much complexity. A
giant, complicated format like STEP could obviously describe simple projects,
but it would also create a huge barrier to entry due to all of the complexity
that is only there for complex projects. Since most open hardware projects are
simple, or at least striving for simplicity, STEP might be kind of like hiring a
marching band to follow you around and play a song when you get a new text

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