[Discuss] Proposal: Open Source Hardware Score/Index

Roy Nielsen amrset at gmail.com
Wed Feb 25 00:35:38 UTC 2015


One possibility would be to require a "BOM" or bill of materials that is
required for an OSHWA certified design.  Perhaps something like the
following for an embedded board:

* contributors.jason
* Project BOM - in the part descriptions - includes whether a part is open
source or closed source
                          (ie processors, complex chips, etc)
* Schematics list - including descriptions & if the schematics are
modifiable (ie, not pdf)
* License
* Hardware Design Documentation
* Software Design Documentation & License (if applicable, like firmware)
* Connectors - if they are open design/interface

anything else?

Score could possibly be based on what of the above is available . .


On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 4:15 PM, Pablo Kulbaba <pablokulbaba at gmail.com>

>  On the validation via a community or a specific group of people, maybe
> the initial open community can provide a seedstock to raise educated people
> to form a later trusted group of people that gives an ulterior
> certification.
> PD: Had to search JSON.
> On 24/02/2015 08:00 p.m., Mario Gómez wrote:
>  @jeff:
> That's great! It can even work both ways: If you already have a JSON you
> can provide the URL to automatically calculate the indicator for your
> project and vice versa: if you complete the questionnaire it could
> automatically generate the JSON file that you can include in your project
> as you propose that would be easy to do.
>  Sadly I'm a little busy this week but let me see if I can program a
> functional prototype so we can experiment how it could work for the next
> month. (I would not mind if someone else wants to help)
> @Javier:
>  I personally like the idea of the community, because if the process is
> straight forward, verifiable and transparent what matters is the result of
> the evaluation system and not the person/group of persons doing the
> evaluation. This is assuming that the evaluation system provides means to
> minimize/prevent abuses (That's why I consider important to also
> implementing a meta-evaluation system).
> However... being certified from a trusted group of people it's really
> important and I think that the OSHWA could be an appropriate group to do
> that. But let's hear more opinions, I think that it's possible to build
> something simple that helps people to follow the OSHW philosophy in their
> projects.
> Regards,
> Mario.
> On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 3:54 PM, Jeffrey Warren <jeff at publiclab.org>
> wrote:
>> I really like this idea!
>>  Somewhat related is this idea from chatting with Alicia Gibb a few
>> months ago, of a contributors.json file which would fulfill (with links,
>> short descriptions, etc) all the terms of the OSH definition.
>>  I finally typed up the idea and our sample format here:
>> http://publiclab.org/notes/warren/02-24-2015/standardizing-open-source-hardware-publication-practices-with-contributors-json
>>  Love to hear input. Perhaps the questionnaire could generate such a
>> file. At Public Lab, it'd be interesting for the file to be auto-generated
>> from our tool wiki pages. The nice part about it is that it's not
>> specifying a way of browsing or aggregating projects (as other folks are
>> exploring that space) but specifies a standard way to make the
>> relevant/required information available for such projects to
>> scrape/consume. Also, it's easy enough to write by hand and include in a
>> github repository.
>>  Best,
>> Jeff
>> On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 3:55 PM, Javier Serrano <Javier.Serrano at cern.ch>
>> wrote:
>>> Mario, I think this is a great idea. I see this can play a role in the
>>> solution to one of the biggest problems of OSHW: how to make sure
>>> developers have more incentives to publish their work. Economic
>>> incentives in particular. An OSHW label could give (more) prestige to
>>> developers who hold it and induce purchaser-driven growth of OSHW. We
>>> are already seeing that prestige is a big element in the success of OSHW
>>> companies. A well advertised and supported label or mark could enlarge
>>> the population of savvy customers.
>>> On 02/24/2015 05:58 PM, Mario Gómez wrote:
>>> > 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.
>>> One alternative is to entrust the OSHWA with that role. "Community" is a
>>> vague term. If I have to trust someone on whether a piece of software is
>>> free software I will trust the FSF over the "community" any day. One way
>>> of doing it would be through a creative use of marks or labels, in the
>>> vein of what OHANDA [1] proposes. See also the work of the Wikimedia
>>> Foundation [2] in this regard. In this scenario, developers have a
>>> natural incentive to not misuse the mark, because they can be sued with
>>> all the arsenal of trademark law if they do.
>>> Cheers,
>>> Javier
>>> [1] http://www.ohanda.org/
>>> [2] http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Trademark_policy
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