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Best Practices and Pitfalls in Open Source Hardware

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Abstract

Easy-to-use and affordable means of production (e.g. 3D printer), access to these technologies (e.g. in makerspaces) and powerful tools for online product design led to the emergence of open source hardware (OSH). Like in open source software, projects and online platforms have been evolving around physical products from various technologies where people jointly develop and freely share designs. We also find businesses that sell products made from these designs and offer complimentary services. This decentralized and collaborative model of value creation offers new opportunities for social, economic and ecological sustainability, but also calls for a different understanding beyond traditional notions. Results from an exploratory study on OSH projects and companies revealed that licensing is a critical issue, communities and partners play a key role in the open source ecosystem and modes of value creation are either centered around design or production in combination with a mix of complimentary services.
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Metadata
Title
Best Practices and Pitfalls in Open Source Hardware
Authors
Manuel Moritz
Tobias Redlich
Jens Wulfsberg
Copyright Year
2018
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-73450-7_20

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