[Discuss] Yearly 'state of Open Source Hardware' report?

Diderik van Wingerden diderik at think-innovation.com
Tue Jul 11 13:51:29 UTC 2017

Hi there,

Related (somewhat?) to the "Open source files and code (and license) for
Arduino, products missing?" thread and my regular observation that
physical products of which the creators claim they are 'open source'
regularly do not fit the requirements:

Is it an idea to introduce a yearly research report 'the state of Open
Source Hardware'?

Something in a similar way that Creative Commons recently published
State of The Commons <https://stateof.creativecommons.org/> report and
Open Knowledge Foundation the Global Open Data Index
<https://index.okfn.org/> report? As you can see for GODI, an extensive
section is devoted to the license and compliance problem they observed
for Open Data.

I am not saying that it has to be identical. By all means no. Let's look
at it as inspiration and re-invent it for Open Source Hardware. However,
the prospect of a yearly recurring publication, having statistics and
quantitative data as well as insights can be valuable. Perhaps connected
to the already yearly occurring Summit. Or is the OSH movement perhaps
too early stage to do this already and needs to mature a bit more first?

Warm regards, hartelijke groet,

Diderik van Wingerden

"It is up to us."
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