[Discuss] Open Hardware Toolchain Survey

Matt Maier blueback09 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 31 16:19:10 UTC 2013


I don't want to publish the results until responses start dribbling off
because seeing what other people wrote might shift someone's input.

However, I'll be attending the OSHWA's Documentation Jam at the end of the
month, so whatever I have at that point will be compiled and presented to
help guide discussion. At the moment I don't see any reason to not just
make the compiled information public at that point.

As for how, I'll probably just make the original spreadsheet (a google doc)
public along with a new document that has nice charts and analysis to make
it easy to understand.

I assure you that part of the reason it's anonymous is that the raw
responses will be made available to anyone who wants to do something with
the data (minus anything stupid like blank/spam/nonsense responses).

Once the information exists in a useful way it will be part of the basis
for 1) community discussion of how to document open hardware and 2)
discovery of existing tools that are unknown or aren't being used to their
full potential and 3) creation of new tools to fill in any need-gaps that
aren't being served.

Good questions. I'll put these answers up on the website to help clarify
the context of the survey.


On Sun, Mar 31, 2013 at 10:06 AM, Peter Uithoven <peter at peteruithoven.nl>wrote:

> Hi Matt,
> How is the information used? Where and how will it be published?
> Best regards,
> Peter Uithoven
> On Sun, Mar 31, 2013 at 5:25 PM, Matt Maier <blueback09 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Greetings,
>>  Since you guys run a fablab, your input especially valuable.
>>  The Open Hardware Toolchain Survey is an attempt to uncover a basic
>> list of user/developer requirements that can be contributed to the
>> documentation discussion and, ultimately, lead to a new generation of
>> collaboration tools.
>>  I would like to personally ask you to take 10-15 minutes to add your
>> perspective <http://www.wareium.com/home/survey> and/or pass this
>> request along to anyone you think might be interested. The compiled results
>> of the survey will be made available and will also be used at the OSHWA's
>> DocJam.
>>  Thank you for your time and attention,
>> Matthew Maier
>> wareium <http://www.wareium.com/>
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