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Main Title: Best practices of open source mechanical hardware
Subtitle: a guide with practical advice for sharing product-related documentation
Author(s): Bonvoisin, Jérémy
Schmidt, Kerstin Carola
Type: Report
Language Code: en
Abstract: What makes a software program “open source” is that its source code is publicly available. What is pretty clear for software is less clear for hardware—especially for mechanical hardware. What does the term "source" refer to in "open source hardware"? According to the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA): "Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design." What does it mean to "make a design publicly available"? What are the documents that enable others to study, distribute, make or sell a design? This short guide provides practical answers to these questions and is dedicated to those who want to make a piece of mechanical hardware open source.
Issue Date: Feb-2017
Date Available: 15-Feb-2017
DDC Class: 620 Ingenieurwissenschaften und zugeordnete Tätigkeiten
Subject(s): open source hardware
open innovation
best practice
how to
Sponsor/Funder: DFG, 283849106, OPEN! Methoden und IT-Werkzeuge zur Community-basierten und Open-Source-Entwicklung von physischen Produkten
Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)
Appears in Collections:FG Industrielle Informationstechnik » Publications

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