[Discuss] Proposal: Open Source Hardware Score/Index

Andrés Delgado andres at delgado.ec
Tue Feb 24 17:37:37 UTC 2015


I attach the translation I made a while ago, maybe it can be useful Mario.

On 24/02/15 11:58, Mario Gómez wrote:
> Hi everybody!
> I have been on this list for at least a year from now and I have seen
> a couple of recurrent topics on this list:
> The first is the question if a project is truly OSHW and the second
> asking for a mechanism to validate/certify the compliance of the OSHW
> definition.
> I currently work in data analysis and in the last year I promoted a
> independent mechanism to crowd-validate the election results in my
> country (I believe that community-based validation approachs are great
> to evaluate compliance if they are well designed). So I was thinking
> that it could be possible to construct a simple indicator that helps
> you to determine if your project meets the basic premises for being
> classified as a truly Open-Source-Hardware Project. So I borrowed this
> idea from the "online personality tests" were you fill a survey and
> the result automatically classify your personality on different traits.
> Also, I was thinking that this indicator needs to be easy to calculate
> in a way that you can automate it in a platform that allows the
> community to validate your answers.
> So I came with the idea of an Open Source Hardware Index (or Score but
> I think that OSHI sounds better than OSHS). It works asking questions
> that try to identify practices that prevent your project to be truly
> open source hardware and also tries to identify good practices.  The
> idea is that if you fill the expected answers you gain points and when
> you meet all the required points your project can proudly say that is
> However the truly beauty of an index like this is that it could be
> validated by the community. My idea is that it could be possible to
> build a crowd-validation system in a way that other members of the
> OSHWA can review if your answers are true checking the evidence (links
> to your documentation, sources, etc.) that you can attach to each of
> the answers.
> The idea is that the community validates if you are telling the 
> truth. To prevent abuse a meta-validation system could be implemented
> were you can "evaluate the evaluators" to see if their are being fair
> on their evaluations.
> The added value of the index is that you can take the answers and
> generate a profile or action path of things that your project must do
> or improve to fully meet the OSHW definition. Also, it doesn't prevent
> startups with small budgets to be validated (like other proposed
> mechanisms), however the OSHWA could sell some kind of "OSHWA
> certification" and certificacion services (like adapting bussiness
> process/practices to meet OSHW definition and good practices) to
> companies that want to put some kind of "marketing badge" on their
> products considering that they also need to comply with the minimum
> required score.
> But well, I think that I have written too much. So is the link to the
> index and the proposed questions, this is the first draft so any
> suggestions are welcome.
> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PhDjiJIw6obQHZdK1bnozZMHUc3cUIjLUvL713kK4qo/edit#gid=1768287352
> I think that the next step could be to evaluate the performance of the
> index, taking popular OSHW projects and other projects and see how
> they score against the score or if we need to include/modify the
> existing questions.
> Regards,
> Mario.
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Andrés Delgado
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