[Discuss] OSHWA creates one database to rule them all ...

Will Canine willcanine at gmail.com
Sun Sep 7 16:39:42 UTC 2014

I just want to play off the idea of incentives for a little bit. As an Open
Hardware company, it is enough work to maintain one's own documentation in
a highly-usable yet technically specific format, while maintaining future
product development, manufacturing & fulfillment, marketing, and other
business activities. Coordinating with everyone else in the community to
produce a commons of designs would be would be an order of magnitude more
complicated and time consuming -- for a task that does not directly produce

I think that instead of asking projects/companies to do organize themselves
and do it, someone should start a business that aggregates open source
documentation in a standardized, browsable format, and then sells kits to
make newly "remixed" designs. Just a thought...

Go team Open Hardware!

On Sat, Sep 6, 2014 at 7:04 PM, Matt Maier <blueback09 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I dunno. But you probably wouldn't call it "one database to rule them all"
> and it probably wouldn't have much to do with creating the incentives
> necessary to get people to even care about packaging in the first place.
> Both of the things that got this particular thread started.
> At least a metadata "business card" type thing could clearly specify which
> packager a project used. You wouldn't have to track someone down on chat or
> anything.
> On Sat, Sep 6, 2014 at 3:49 PM, Bryan Bishop <kanzure at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, Sep 6, 2014 at 5:47 PM, Matt Maier <blueback09 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> With a standardized "business card" we could at least get most of the
>>> projects indexed and searchable even if they remain hosted on different
>>> platforms.
>> What do I call packaging that isn't about the problem of discoverability
>> so that I don't upset others who share your opinion? Curious to here what
>> you would consider to be necessary to make it obvious that I am talking
>> about a different concept.
>> - Bryan
>> http://heybryan.org/
>> 1 512 203 0507
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