[Discuss] Proposal: Open Source Hardware Score/Index

Mario Gómez mxgxw.alpha at gmail.com
Tue Feb 24 18:17:45 UTC 2015

Hi Pablo,

Emilio Velis suggested me to have two different indicators one for evaluate
compliance with the definition and another to evaluate good practices.
However some of the good practices are also requirements in the definition
so I didn't wanted to separate them.

Also as I told you this idea is "borrowed" from the personality tests, and
that kind of survey usually mix different questions to evaluate different
traits and then is processed to give you a result. But I agree that would
be healty to group the questions by common topics or ponderate the weights
to give a more insightful result and to make it easy to understand.


On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 11:57 AM, Pablo Kulbaba <pablokulbaba at gmail.com>

>  Hi there.
> Great idea on the OSHI and agree on the items. The peer validation would
> lower the barrier to certification.
> Standing on the maker side, there's a lot of work and effort to be done on
> documentation that piles up to the development itself. This can be a great
> burden on solo projects.
> Proposals:
> -A piece of code that could be embedded in the site of the project (as the
> blue box that counts the FB likes in real time).
> -Perhaps there can be an arrangement or prioritization on the index's
> items to solve this. Or give different items a different value to weight up
> (ponderar in spanish).
> -Make a pool to match volunteers and
> documenting-volunteers-needing-projects, so as to differentiate the
> deliberately low OSHI projects from the under-resourced ones.
> On 24/02/2015 01:58 p.m., 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 OSHW.
> 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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