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OKFest: FabLab Project Documentation

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Talk given at Open Knowledge Festival in Helsinki, Finland, September 2012 …

Talk given at Open Knowledge Festival in Helsinki, Finland, September 2012

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  • 1. Fablab Project Documentation Open Knowledge Festival 19.9.2012 Anu Määttä / @narnua @AaltoFablab
  • 2. http://tiny.cc/okconpaper
  • 3. Why?● Experts of Open Knowledge gathered● Recap Fablab documentation issues so far● Invitation for discussion (and hacking?)
  • 4. OUTLINE● FABLAB NETWORK● NOW● PROBLEMS● SOLUTIONS?● GOAL● DISCUSSION● INVITATION
  • 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. Network of labs http://wiki.fablab.is/wiki/Portal:Labs
  • 7. NOW
  • 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. Example: FabPublications (Fablab Amersfoort)● Drupal 7-based template for facilitating documentation● “Document or pay”
  • 10. Example: Hosted sites(Fablab Amsterdam, Waag society)● Hosted instances of Fablab Amsterdam website● Small payment● Not offered as open source
  • 11. Examples: MIT● Version control: Mercurial ● FabAcademy 2012 commits visualized http://vimeo.com/47110711 (@openp2pdesign)● Instructables
  • 12. Examples: Other Maker Communities● Thingiverse● Instructables● GitHub● imaterialize, Ponoko, Tinkercad, ...
  • 13. PROBLEMS
  • 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. 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. SOLUTIONS?
  • 17. Centralize?● One size fits all● Let me do that for you != DIY
  • 18. Distribute?● What we are doing (and being) anyway● Managing diversity● = Open Knowledge
  • 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. (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. DISCUSSION
  • 22. INVITATION● When: Friday September 21st, 16.00-18.30● Where: Aalto Media Factory room 1● Planned: winter/spring hackathon

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