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Open Source Hardware in industry – meet DIN SPEC 3105 - Martin Häuer

36c3-oio - Resilience & Sustainability - 12/29/2019

Compared to software, the open source approach is relatively new to most actors in the field of (mechanical) hardware. Plus Open Source Hardware faces some special issues. A yet missing definition of its "source code" is one of them (+ patent law, liability, engineers that do not know how to work with git, costly prototyping…).
DIN SPEC 3105 will be/is the first official standard for Open Source Hardware and also the first official standard ever published under a free license (CC-BY-SA 4.0; that was a lot of lobby work ;) ). It defines the technology-specific "source" of Open Source Hardware and aims to build a bridge between research institutes, public authority, industry and the worldwide open source community.

In this talk I won't explain why Open Source (Hardware) is great. I assume, you all know that (if not, still feel free to ask me in the Q&A part or after the talk). I'll describe what's the standard for, how it works and why its great _for_ Open Source Hardware.

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