Fablab Project Documentation Open Knowledge Festival       19.9.2012  Anu Määttä / @narnua      @AaltoFablab
http://tiny.cc/okconpaper
Why?●   Experts of Open Knowledge gathered●   Recap Fablab documentation issues so far●   Invitation for discussion (and h...
OUTLINE●   FABLAB NETWORK●   NOW●   PROBLEMS●   SOLUTIONS?●   GOAL●   DISCUSSION●   INVITATION
What is a Fablab?● Started by MIT Center for Bits and Atoms● Book: Fab – the coming revolution on your desktop by Neil Ger...
Network of labs          http://wiki.fablab.is/wiki/Portal:Labs
NOW
Example: Check-in, check-out         (ProtoSpace Fablab Utrecht)●   “automatic documentation”●   Part of lab visit workflo...
Example: FabPublications          (Fablab Amersfoort)●   Drupal 7-based    template for    facilitating    documentation● ...
Example: Hosted sites(Fablab Amsterdam, Waag society)●   Hosted instances of Fablab Amsterdam website●   Small payment●   ...
Examples: MIT●   Version control: Mercurial    ●   FabAcademy 2012 commits visualized        http://vimeo.com/47110711 (@o...
Examples: Other Maker                      Communities●   Thingiverse●   Instructables●   GitHub●   imaterialize, Ponoko, ...
PROBLEMS
Practical solutions for Fablabs●   Version control systems are too heavy (for    workaday lab users)●   ...and not necessa...
Why Not Instructables?●   Thriving community of makers but...●   Fablab machines are being opened up,    documentation clo...
SOLUTIONS?
Centralize?●   One size fits all●   Let me do that for you != DIY
Distribute?●   What we are doing (and being) anyway●   Managing diversity●   = Open Knowledge
GOAL●   Project sharing between Fablabs!●   Collaborative development (of physical objects,    à la open source software)●...
(my) VisionsOpen hardware + open software => ●   Machines that Document      ●   Machines are smart, people are lazy      ...
DISCUSSION
INVITATION●    When: Friday September 21st, 16.00-18.30●   Where: Aalto Media Factory room 1●   Planned: winter/spring hac...
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OKFest: FabLab Project Documentation

  1. 1. Fablab Project Documentation Open Knowledge Festival 19.9.2012 Anu Määttä / @narnua @AaltoFablab
  2. 2. http://tiny.cc/okconpaper
  3. 3. Why?● Experts of Open Knowledge gathered● Recap Fablab documentation issues so far● Invitation for discussion (and hacking?)
  4. 4. OUTLINE● FABLAB NETWORK● NOW● PROBLEMS● SOLUTIONS?● GOAL● DISCUSSION● INVITATION
  5. 5. What is a Fablab?● Started by MIT Center for Bits and Atoms● Book: Fab – the coming revolution on your desktop by Neil Gerschenfeld● Open access workspace● Standard inventory of digital manufacturing machines● Principle: make here → make anywhere● Free (as in beer ;) to use – at least part of the time, for everyone● Fab charter: as long as you share (what was made and knowledge onworking with the machines)Helsingin Sanomat 18.9.2012: http://tiny.cc/hesari
  6. 6. Network of labs http://wiki.fablab.is/wiki/Portal:Labs
  7. 7. NOW
  8. 8. Example: Check-in, check-out (ProtoSpace Fablab Utrecht)● “automatic documentation”● Part of lab visit workflow● Check in, check out: http://fablab.nl/articles/2011/04/12/
  9. 9. Example: FabPublications (Fablab Amersfoort)● Drupal 7-based template for facilitating documentation● “Document or pay”
  10. 10. Example: Hosted sites(Fablab Amsterdam, Waag society)● Hosted instances of Fablab Amsterdam website● Small payment● Not offered as open source
  11. 11. Examples: MIT● Version control: Mercurial ● FabAcademy 2012 commits visualized http://vimeo.com/47110711 (@openp2pdesign)● Instructables
  12. 12. Examples: Other Maker Communities● Thingiverse● Instructables● GitHub● imaterialize, Ponoko, Tinkercad, ...
  13. 13. PROBLEMS
  14. 14. Practical solutions for Fablabs● Version control systems are too heavy (for workaday lab users)● ...and not necessarily the easiest way to digest “making of” information● Lab staff generally too busy to assist with documentation● Diverse culture● Adverse to centralization
  15. 15. Why Not Instructables?● Thriving community of makers but...● Fablab machines are being opened up, documentation closed down● Outside, also commercial interests● Not open, hackable, available to install on your own web server● Localization (Finnish? Dutch? Swahili?)● Windows vs. Linux, Facebook vs. Diaspora
  16. 16. SOLUTIONS?
  17. 17. Centralize?● One size fits all● Let me do that for you != DIY
  18. 18. Distribute?● What we are doing (and being) anyway● Managing diversity● = Open Knowledge
  19. 19. GOAL● Project sharing between Fablabs!● Collaborative development (of physical objects, à la open source software)● I want to find what you made, and share with you what I made● “Glue” to put all the pieces together● “Easy as Apple, Open as Linux, Widespread as Windows”
  20. 20. (my) VisionsOpen hardware + open software => ● Machines that Document ● Machines are smart, people are lazy ● Relaying the making-of contextual information to assist with documentation – Eye-Fi-camera, timestamps, files used, machine settings... ● Open Source Objects ● Retrievable “source code” of physical objects protospace.nl/fabmoment/open-source-objects ● Made near you ● Layar.com/protospacegallery ● Also: “What our lasercutter made today” ● FabML ● Simple XML definition to describe projects ● To enable sharing between platforms
  21. 21. DISCUSSION
  22. 22. INVITATION● When: Friday September 21st, 16.00-18.30● Where: Aalto Media Factory room 1● Planned: winter/spring hackathon
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