OHANDA: Towards Open Hardware Standards

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A description of a process linking design and process information relating to a range of physical objects ('hardware') and the objects themselves. Presented at the Open Hardware Summit in New York City in September 2011.

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OHANDA: Towards Open Hardware Standards

  1. 1. Alison Powell, London School of Economics [email_address] http://ohanda.org OHANDA Developing an Open Hardware Standard
  2. 3. OHANDA (Open Hardware and Design Alliance) is an initiative to foster sustainable sharing of open hardware and design. It was started at the GOSH!-Grounding Open Source Hardware summit at the Banff Centre in July 2009 and one of the first goals of the project is to build a service for open hardware design which includes a certification model and a registration. Ohanda is process, the process is open.
  3. 18. OPEN HARDWARE COMMUNITIES
  4. 19. TOWARDS A STANDARD?
  5. 20. Make public sufficient information to test/reproduce Collect information on new innovations Ensure openness Make the description/documentation publicly accessable Protect common knowledge Make standard generic, universal, simple Create a venue for time-stamping, quality control & trust
  6. 21. GOALS
  7. 22.   - - as simple and cheap as a license  - as sustainable as copyleft (same license for next iteration)  - as visible as a trademark (on the product/device) AND - as useful as patents (especially in terms of documentation / how-to) A process:
  8. 23. QUESTIONS
  9. 24. Which communities will this serve? Do we need a trademark or a standard to go with the licenses and definition? How can this fit with different goals and unify the entire Open Hardware community?
  10. 25. Let's Have Lunch . [email_address] Twitter: @postdocal

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