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== Endorsements ==
 
== Endorsements ==
  
OSHW Draft Definition 1.0 has been endorsed by the following persons and/or organization as of February 10th, 2011.
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OSHW Draft Definition 1.0 has been endorsed by the following persons and/or organization as of {{REVISIONYEAR}}/{{REVISIONMONTH}}/{{REVISIONDAY}}.
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Please feel free to add (''your own'' names) to this section. Listing your affiliation is optional for personal endorsements, and endorsements are presumed to be personal unless the organization name is listed separately.
 
Please feel free to add (''your own'' names) to this section. Listing your affiliation is optional for personal endorsements, and endorsements are presumed to be personal unless the organization name is listed separately.
  
 
''Please join the conversation about the definition [http://openhardwaresummit.org/forum here]''
 
''Please join the conversation about the definition [http://openhardwaresummit.org/forum here]''
  
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* Adam Mayer, [http://www.makerbot.com/ Makerbot Industries]
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* Adam Wolf, [http://www.wayneandlayne.com Wayne and Layne]
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* Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan Hechenberger [http://labs.nortd.com/ Nortd Labs]  [http://www.eyebeam.org Eyebeam]  [http://lasersaur.com/ Lasersaur]
 
* Akiba, [http://www.freaklabs.org/ FreakLabs]
 
* Akiba, [http://www.freaklabs.org/ FreakLabs]
* Joseph H Althaus
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* Alicia Gibb [http://www.buglabs.net Bug Labs]
* Mitch Altman [http://cornfieldelectronics.com/ Cornfield Electronics]
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* Alok Prasad
* Chris Anderson, [http://www.diydrones.com/ 3D Robotics/DIY Drones]
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* Amanda Wozniak, [http://www.ninjas.org/ Ninja Networks]
* David Ankers & James Cotton, [http://www.OpenPilot.org The OpenPilot Foundation]
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* Amon Millner [http://scratch.mit.edu/ Scratch & MIT], [http://www.olin.edu/ Olin College], and [http://modk.it/ Modkit]
 
* Andrew Back [http://oshug.org Open Source Hardware User Group]
 
* Andrew Back [http://oshug.org Open Source Hardware User Group]
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* Andrew Plumb, [http://clothbot.com/wiki/Main_Page ClothBot Designs]
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* Andrew Sliwinski [http://www.omnicorpdetroit.com/ OmniCorpDetroit]
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* Andrew Stone, [http://www.toastedcircuits.com Toasted Circuits]
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* Andy Gelme, [http://hackmelbourne.org Connected Community HackerSpace], Melbourne, Australia and [http://geekscape.org Geekscape Pty. Ltd.]
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* Anil Kumar Pugalia ([http://profession.sarika-pugs.com Pugs' Passion])
 
* Asim Baig, [http://www.tinkeract.com/ Tinkeract]
 
* Asim Baig, [http://www.tinkeract.com/ Tinkeract]
* Massimo Banzi [http://www.arduino.cc Arduino]
 
* Jim Barkley, [http://www.mitre.org/ The MITRE Corporation]
 
* Geoffrey L. Barrows, [http://www.centeye.com Centeye, Inc.] and [http://www.embeddedeye.com Embedded Eye]
 
 
* Ayah Bdeir, [http://www.littleBits.cc littleBits.cc]/[http://www.eyebeam.org Eyebeam]/[http://www.creativecommons.org Creative Commons]
 
* Ayah Bdeir, [http://www.littleBits.cc littleBits.cc]/[http://www.eyebeam.org Eyebeam]/[http://www.creativecommons.org Creative Commons]
* Matthew Beckler, [http://www.wayneandlayne.com Wayne and Layne]
 
* Mario Behling, [http://mbm.vn/ MBM]
 
* Bryan Bishop, [http://gnusha.org/skdb/ SKDB] [http://humanityplus.org/ Humanity+]
 
 
* Bastian Bittorf [http://bittorf-wireless.de/ bittorf wireless ))]
 
* Bastian Bittorf [http://bittorf-wireless.de/ bittorf wireless ))]
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* Ben Leduc-Mills [http://l3d.cs.colorado.edu/~ctg/Craft_Tech.html Craft Technology Lab]
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* Ben Lipkowitz, [http://gnusha.org/skdb/ SKDB] [http://reprap.org/ reprap]
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* Bernt Weber, [http://www.splashelec.com/ Splashelec]
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* Bill Shaw [http://inanimatereason.com/ Inanimate Reason]
 
* Boseji [http://m8051.blogspot.com Electronics For Bharat]|[http://adharlabs.in A.D.H.A.R Labs]
 
* Boseji [http://m8051.blogspot.com Electronics For Bharat]|[http://adharlabs.in A.D.H.A.R Labs]
* Rémi Boulle, [http://www.april.org/ April]
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* Brandon Stafford, [http://rascalmicro.com Rascal Micro]
* Eric Boyd, [http://sensebridge.net/ Sensebridge]
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* Brett Hagman, [http://roguerobotics.com/ Rogue Robotics], [http://wiring.org.co/ Wiring]
* Luigi Carnevale, [http://www.droids.it/ Droids]
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* Bryan Bishop, [http://gnusha.org/skdb/ SKDB] [http://humanityplus.org/ Humanity+]
* David Carrier, [http://www.parallax.com Parallax Inc.]
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* Cécile Montagne, [http://open-devices.com open-devices]
* Dan Clark [http://gzero.org GroundZero Labs]
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* Carmen Trudell [http://www.fluxxlab.com Fluxxlab]
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* Catarina Mota, [http://openmaterials.org openMaterials]
 
* Charles Collis, [http://www.adciv.org AdCiv.org]
 
* Charles Collis, [http://www.adciv.org AdCiv.org]
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* Charles Edward Pax, [http://www.makerbot.com/ Makerbot Industries]
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* Charles Yarnold
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* Chris Anderson, [http://www.diydrones.com/ 3D Robotics/DIY Drones]
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* Chris Jefferies, Tinaja Labs
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* Chris Walker, [http://www.netduino.com Netduino] [http://www.secretlabs.com Secret Labs]
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* Christian Siefkes, [http://www.keimform.de/ keimform.de]
 
* Constantin Craciun [http://harkopen.com/ Harkopen.com - open source hardware community]
 
* Constantin Craciun [http://harkopen.com/ Harkopen.com - open source hardware community]
* David Dahl
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* Dan Clark [http://gzero.org GroundZero Labs]
* Hong Phuc Dang [http://fossasia.org/ FOSSASIA]
 
* John M. De Cristofaro
 
* Stacy L. Devino, [http://doesitpew.blogspot.com/ Does it Pew?][http://www.stacydevino.com/ aka childofthehorn]
 
* Lenore Edman, [http://evilmadscience.com/ Evil Mad Science]
 
* Charles Edward Pax, [http://www.makerbot.com/ Makerbot Industries]
 
* Robert Fitzsimons [http://partfusion.com/ Part Fusion Electronics]
 
* Limor Fried, [http://www.adafruit.com/ Adafruit Industries]
 
 
* Daniel Garcia [http://www.protostack.com Protostack]
 
* Daniel Garcia [http://www.protostack.com Protostack]
* Andy Gelme, [http://hackmelbourne.org Connected Community HackerSpace], Melbourne, Australia and [http://geekscape.org Geekscape Pty. Ltd.]
 
* Alicia Gibb [http://www.buglabs.net Bug Labs]
 
* Steve Gifford, [http://www.chipstobits.com Chips To Bits]
 
* Thomas Gokey, [http://thomasgokey.com/ artist]
 
* James Grahame, [http://reflexaudio.com Reflex Audio] [http://meeblip.com MeeBlip]
 
* Greg Grossmeier, [http://grossmeier.net Open Evangelist]
 
* George Hadley, [http://nbitwonder.com NBitWonder]
 
* Usman Haque, [http://www.pachube.com/ Pachube]
 
* Steve Hoefer [http://grathio.com/ Grathio Labs]
 
 
* Dave Hrynkiw [http://www.solarbotics.com/ Solarbotics Ltd.], [http://www.hvwtech.com/ HVW Technologies]
 
* Dave Hrynkiw [http://www.solarbotics.com/ Solarbotics Ltd.], [http://www.hvwtech.com/ HVW Technologies]
* Tom Igoe, [http://www.arduino.cc Arduino] [http://itp.nyu.edu ITP, NYU]
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* David A. Mellis, [http://arduino.cc Arduino]
* Chris Jefferies, [http://chrisjx.wordpress.com/ Tinaja Labs]
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* David Ankers & James Cotton, [http://www.OpenPilot.org The OpenPilot Foundation]
* Ron K. Jeffries, Jeffries Research
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* David Carrier, [http://www.parallax.com Parallax Inc.]
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* David Reyes Samblás Martínez [http://www.tuxbrain.com/ Tuxbrain]
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* David Siren Eisner, [http://www.inmojo.com InMojo]
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* Diego Spinola [http://www.hackeneering.com/ Hackeneering]
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* Dustyn Roberts, [http://www.dustynrobots.com/ dustynrobots]
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* Eric Michaud [http://www.i11industries.com i11 Industries]
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* Federico Lucifredi [http://www.novell.com/linux/ SUSE Linux]
 
* Frédéric Jourdan, [http://shop.snootlab.com Snootlab]
 
* Frédéric Jourdan, [http://shop.snootlab.com Snootlab]
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* Frank Piller, [http://tim.rwth-aachen.de/ rwth-aachen university]
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* Geoffrey L. Barrows, [http://www.centeye.com Centeye, Inc.] and [http://www.embeddedeye.com Embedded Eye]
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* George Hadley, [http://nbitwonder.com NBitWonder]
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* Greg Grossmeier, [http://grossmeier.net Open Evangelist]
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* Hélio Pereira
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* Hans Scharler [http://iobridge.com ioBridge] [http://thingspeak.com ThingSpeak]
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* J. Simmons [http://mach30.org/ Mach 30: Foundation for Space Development]
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* James Grahame, [http://reflexaudio.com Reflex Audio] [http://meeblip.com MeeBlip]
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* Jean-Marc Giacalone, [http://www.emakershop.com eMAKERshop]
 
* Jeff Karney [http://jkdevices.com JK Devices]
 
* Jeff Karney [http://jkdevices.com JK Devices]
 
* Jeff Keyzer [http://mightyohm.com MightyOhm Engineering]
 
* Jeff Keyzer [http://mightyohm.com MightyOhm Engineering]
* Peter Kirn, [http://createdigitalmusic.com Create Digital Music] [http://meeblip.com MeeBlip]
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* Jeff Moe, [http://www.alephobjects.com/ Aleph Objects, Inc.]
* Scot Kornak, [http://www.busboard.us/ BusBoard Prototype Systems Ltd.]
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* Jim Barkley, [http://www.mitre.org/ The MITRE Corporation]
* Michael Krumpus [http://nootropicdesign.com/ nootropic design]
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* Jimmie P. Rodgers [http://jimmieprodgers.com/ JimmiePRodgers.com]
* Anil Kumar Pugalia ([http://profession.sarika-pugs.com Pugs' Passion])
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* Joel Murphy [http://www.rachelselectronics.com/ Rachel's Electronics] [http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/mfa-design-technology/ Parsons D+T]
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* John  Wilbanks, [http://www.creativecommons.org Creative Commons]
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* John Lejeune, [http://hackable-devices.org h:D]
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* John M. De Cristofaro
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* Johnny Russell [http://ultimachine.com/ UltiMachine]
 
* Jon Kuniholm, [http://openprosthetics.ning.com/ The Open Prosthetics Project]
 
* Jon Kuniholm, [http://openprosthetics.ning.com/ The Open Prosthetics Project]
* Ben Leduc-Mills [http://l3d.cs.colorado.edu/~ctg/Craft_Tech.html Craft Technology Lab]
 
* John Lejeune, [http://hackable-devices.org h:D]
 
* Nicholas C Lewis, [http://reprapbreeding.com/ A RapRap Breeding Program]
 
* Marcus A. Link [http://www.manupool.de Manupool - A Product Development Community]
 
* Ben Lipkowitz, [http://gnusha.org/skdb/ SKDB] [http://reprap.org/ reprap]
 
* Federico Lucifredi [http://www.novell.com/linux/ SUSE Linux]
 
* Guy Macon [http://GuyMacon.com/ Geek Whisperers]
 
* Jean-Marc Giacalone, [http://www.emakershop.com eMAKERshop]
 
* Alexandre Marino [http://www.alreves.org/ Al Revés]
 
 
* Jon Masters [http://www.jonmasters.org/ www.jonmasters.org]
 
* Jon Masters [http://www.jonmasters.org/ www.jonmasters.org]
* Adam Mayer, [http://www.makerbot.com/ Makerbot Industries]
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* Jonathan Oxer, [http://www.freetronics.com/ Freetronics]
* Stuart McFarlan, [http://www.oomlout.com .:oomlout:.]
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* Joseph H Althaus
* Sascha Meinrath, [http://oti.newamerica.net/ Open Technology Initiative]
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* Juergen Neumann, [http://www.ohanda.org/ OHANDA - Open Source Hardware and Design Alliance]
* David A. Mellis, [http://arduino.cc Arduino]
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* Julien Rouviere, [http://openscb.org/ OpenSCB]
* Eric Michaud [http://www.i11industries.com i11 Industries]
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* Lenore Edman, [http://evilmadscience.com/ Evil Mad Science]
* Cláudio Miklós, [http://www.miklos.blog.br/ Miklos Blog]
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* Limor Fried, [http://www.adafruit.com/ Adafruit Industries]
* Amon Millner [http://scratch.mit.edu/ Scratch & MIT], [http://www.olin.edu/ Olin College], and [http://modk.it/ Modkit]
 
* Jeff Moe, [http://www.alephobjects.com/ Aleph Objects, Inc.]
 
* Roy Mohan Shearer, [http://www.openthing.org/ Openthing]
 
 
* Louis Montagne, [http://bearstech.com Bearstech]
 
* Louis Montagne, [http://bearstech.com Bearstech]
* Cécile Montagne, [http://open-devices.com open-devices]
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* Marcus A. Link [http://www.manupool.de Manupool - A Product Development Community]
* William Morris, [http://www.iheartrobotics.com I Heart Robotics]/[http://www.iheartengineering.com I Heart Engineering]
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* Massimo Banzi [http://www.arduino.cc Arduino]
* Catarina Mota, [http://openmaterials.org openMaterials]
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* Matthew Beckler, [http://www.wayneandlayne.com Wayne and Layne]
* Joel Murphy [http://www.rachelselectronics.com/ Rachel's Electronics] [http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/mfa-design-technology/ Parsons D+T]
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* Michael Krumpus [http://nootropicdesign.com/ nootropic design]
* Chris Murray, [http://www.unitedgreenworks.com/ United Greenworks Association]
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* Michael Ossmann, [http://greatscottgadgets.com/ Great Scott Gadgets]
* Raghavan Nagabhirava
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* Mike Provenzano, Progunn Industries
* Juergen Neumann, [http://www.ohanda.org/ OHANDA - Open Source Hardware and Design Alliance]
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* Mitch Altman [http://cornfieldelectronics.com/ Cornfield Electronics]
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* Mitch Patterson(mitpatterson) [http://mitchstechblog.wordpress.com/ Mitch's Tech Blog]
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* Nathan Seidle [http://www.sparkfun.com SparkFun Electronics]
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* Nis Sarup
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* Peter Kirn, [http://createdigitalmusic.com Create Digital Music] [http://meeblip.com MeeBlip]
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* Phillip Torrone, [http://www.makezine.com/ MAKE magazine] [http://www.adafruit.com/ Adafruit Industries]
 
* Pierce Nichols [http://logos-electro.com Logos Electromechanical LLC]
 
* Pierce Nichols [http://logos-electro.com Logos Electromechanical LLC]
* Windell Oskay, [http://evilmadscience.com/ Evil Mad Science]
 
* Michael Ossmann, [http://greatscottgadgets.com/ Great Scott Gadgets]
 
 
* Raúl Oviedo [http://ayudaelectronica.com/ Ingenieria Electronica]
 
* Raúl Oviedo [http://ayudaelectronica.com/ Ingenieria Electronica]
* Jonathan Oxer, [http://www.freetronics.com/ Freetronics]
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* Raghavan Nagabhirava
* Mitch Patterson(mitpatterson) [http://mitchstechblog.wordpress.com/ Mitch's Tech Blog]
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* Robert Fitzsimons [http://partfusion.com/ Part Fusion Electronics]
* Hélio Pereira
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* Ron K. Jeffries, Jeffries Research
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* Roy Mohan Shearer, [http://www.openthing.org/ Openthing]
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* Samuel Sayer, [http://www.mitre.org The MITRE Corporation]
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* Sascha Meinrath, [http://oti.newamerica.net/ Open Technology Initiative]
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* Scot Kornak, [http://www.busboard.us/ BusBoard Prototype Systems Ltd.]
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* Stacy L. Devino, [http://doesitpew.blogspot.com/ Does it Pew?][http://www.stacydevino.com/ aka childofthehorn]
 
* Sterling Pickens, [http://www.linuxsociety.org/ linuxsociety]
 
* Sterling Pickens, [http://www.linuxsociety.org/ linuxsociety]
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* Steve Gifford, [http://www.chipstobits.com Chips To Bits]
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* Steve Hoefer [http://grathio.com/ Grathio Labs]
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* Thomas Gokey, [http://thomasgokey.com/ artist]
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* Tom Igoe, [http://www.arduino.cc Arduino] [http://itp.nyu.edu ITP, NYU]
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* Usman Haque, [http://www.pachube.com/ Pachube]
 
* Will Pickering, [http://www.FunGizmos.com FunGizmos]
 
* Will Pickering, [http://www.FunGizmos.com FunGizmos]
* Frank Piller, [http://tim.rwth-aachen.de/ rwth-aachen university]
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* William Morris, [http://www.iheartrobotics.com I Heart Robotics]/[http://www.iheartengineering.com I Heart Engineering]
* Andrew Plumb, [http://clothbot.com/wiki/Main_Page ClothBot Designs]
 
* Alok Prasad
 
* Mike Provenzano, Progunn Industries
 
* Matthieu Quadrini, [http://openscb.org/ OpenSCB]
 
* David Reyes Samblás Martínez [http://www.tuxbrain.com/ Tuxbrain]
 
* Dustyn Roberts, [http://www.dustynrobots.com/ dustynrobots]
 
* Jimmie P. Rodgers [http://jimmieprodgers.com/ JimmiePRodgers.com]
 
* Julien Rouviere, [http://openscb.org/ OpenSCB]
 
* Johnny Russell [http://ultimachine.com/ UltiMachine]
 
* Jeff Saltzman, [http://jmsarduino.blogspot.com/ Jeff's Arduino Blog]
 
* Nis Sarup
 
* Samuel Sayer, [http://www.mitre.org The MITRE Corporation]
 
* Hans Scharler [http://iobridge.com ioBridge] [http://thingspeak.com ThingSpeak]
 
* Nathan Seidle [http://www.sparkfun.com SparkFun Electronics]
 
* Bill Shaw [http://inanimatereason.com/ Inanimate Reason]
 
* Christian Siefkes, [http://www.keimform.de/ keimform.de]
 
* J. Simmons [http://mach30.org/ Mach 30: Foundation for Space Development]
 
* David Siren Eisner, [http://www.inmojo.com InMojo]
 
* Andrew Sliwinski [http://www.omnicorpdetroit.com/ OmniCorpDetroit]
 
* Diego Spinola [http://www.hackeneering.com/ Hackeneering]
 
* Brandon Stafford, [http://rascalmicro.com Rascal Micro]
 
* Becky Stern, [http://www.makezine.com/ MAKE magazine]
 
* Andrew Stone, [http://www.toastedcircuits.com Toasted Circuits]
 
* Phillip Torrone, [http://www.makezine.com/ MAKE magazine] [http://www.adafruit.com/ Adafruit Industries]
 
* Wayne Truchsess [http://dsscircuits.com/ DSS Circuits]
 
* Carmen Trudell [http://www.fluxxlab.com Fluxxlab]
 
 
* Wim Vandeputte, [http://kd85.com kd85]
 
* Wim Vandeputte, [http://kd85.com kd85]
* Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan Hechenberger [http://labs.nortd.com/ Nortd Labs]  [http://www.eyebeam.org Eyebeam]  [http://lasersaur.com/ Lasersaur]
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* Windell Oskay, [http://evilmadscience.com/ Evil Mad Science]
* Chris Walker, [http://www.netduino.com Netduino] [http://www.secretlabs.com Secret Labs]
 
* Bernt Weber, [http://www.splashelec.com/ Splashelec]
 
* John  Wilbanks, [http://www.creativecommons.org Creative Commons]
 
* Adam Wolf, [http://www.wayneandlayne.com Wayne and Layne]
 
* Amanda Wozniak, [http://www.ninjas.org/ Ninja Networks]
 
* Charles Yarnold
 

Revision as of 23:57, 16 February 2011

This page hosts the current proposed Open Source Hardware (OSHW) Statement of Principles and Definition v1.0. The statement of principles is a high-level overview of the ideals of open-source hardware. The definition is an attempt to apply those ideals to a standard by which to evaluate licenses for hardware designs.

To endorse the Open Source Hardware Definition 1.0, please add your name (and affiliation) below

Older drafts of the definition are also available.

Compiled community feedback from previous versions of the Definition can be found here

If you would like to propose changes to the statement of principles or definition, please do so on the work-in-progress draft. And, please edit while signed in, not anonymously.


Please join the conversation about the definition here

Open Source Hardware (OSHW) Statement of Principles 1.0

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. The hardware's source, the design from which it is made, is available in the preferred format for making modifications to it. Ideally, open source hardware uses readily-available components and materials, standard processes, open infrastructure, unrestricted content, and open-source design tools to maximize the ability of individuals to make and use hardware. Open source hardware gives people the freedom to control their technology while sharing knowledge and encouraging commerce through the open exchange of designs.

Open Source Hardware (OSHW) Definition 1.0

OSHW Draft Definition 1.0 is based on the Open Source Definition for Open Source Software and draft OSHW definition 0.5. The definition is derived from the Open Source Definition, which was created by Bruce Perens and the Debian developers as the Debian Free Software Guidelines. Videos and Documentation of the Opening Hardware workshop which kicked off the below definition are available here. Please join the conversation about the definition here

Introduction

Open Source Hardware (OSHW) is a term for tangible artifacts -- machines, devices, or other physical things -- whose design has been released to the public in such a way that anyone can make, modify, distribute, and use those things. This definition is intended to help provide guidelines for the development and evaluation of licenses for Open Source Hardware.

It is important to note that hardware is different from software in that physical resources must always be committed for the creation of physical goods. Accordingly, persons or companies producing items ("products") under an OSHW license have an obligation not to imply that such products are manufactured, sold, warrantied, or otherwise sanctioned by the original designer and also not to make use of any trademarks owned by the original designer.

The distribution terms of Open Source Hardware must comply with the following criteria:

1. Documentation

The hardware must be released with documentation including design files, and must allow modification and distribution of the design files. Where documentation is not furnished with the physical product, there must be a well-publicized means of obtaining this documentation for no more than a reasonable reproduction cost, preferably downloading via the Internet without charge. The documentation must include design files in the preferred format for making changes, for example the native file format of a CAD program. Deliberately obfuscated design files are not allowed. Intermediate forms analogous to compiled computer code -- such as printer-ready copper artwork from a CAD program -- are not allowed as substitutes. The license may require that the design files are provided in fully-documented, open format(s).

2. Scope

The documentation for the hardware must clearly specify what portion of the design, if not all, is being released under the license.

3. Necessary Software

If the licensed design requires software, embedded or otherwise, to operate properly and fulfill its essential functions, then the license may require that one of the following conditions are met:

a) The interfaces are sufficiently documented such that it could reasonably be considered straightforward to write open source software that allows the device to operate properly and fulfill its essential functions. For example, this may include the use of detailed signal timing diagrams or pseudocode to clearly illustrate the interface in operation.

b) The necessary software is released under an OSI-approved open source license.

4. Derived Works

The license shall allow modifications and derived works, and shall allow them to be distributed under the same terms as the license of the original work. The license shall allow for the manufacture, sale, distribution, and use of products created from the design files, the design files themselves, and derivatives therof.

5. Free redistribution

The license shall not restrict any party from selling or giving away the project documentation. The license shall not require a royalty or other fee for such sale. The license shall not require any royalty or fee related to the sale of derived works.

6. Attribution

The license may require derived documents, and copyright notices associated with devices, to provide attribution to the licensors when distributing design files, manufactured products, and/or derivatives thereof. The license may require that this information be accessible to the end-user using the device normally, but shall not specify a specific format of display. The license may require derived works to carry a different name or version number from the original design.

7. No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups

The license must not discriminate against any person or group of persons.

8. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor

The license must not restrict anyone from making use of the work (including manufactured hardware) in a specific field of endeavor. For example, it must not restrict the hardware from being used in a business, or from being used in nuclear research.

9. Distribution of License

The rights granted by the license must apply to all to whom the work is redistributed without the need for execution of an additional license by those parties.

10. License Must Not Be Specific to a Product

The rights granted by the license must not depend on the licensed work being part of a particular product. If a portion is extracted from a work and used or distributed within the terms of the license, all parties to whom that work is redistributed should have the same rights as those that are granted for the original work.

11. License Must Not Restrict Other Hardware or Software

The license must not place restrictions on other items that are aggregated with the licensed work but not derivative of it. For example, the license must not insist that all other hardware sold with the licensed item be open source, nor that only open source software be used external to the device.

12. License Must Be Technology-Neutral

No provision of the license may be predicated on any individual technology, specific part or component, material, or style of interface or use thereof.


Afterword

The signatories of this Open Source Hardware definition recognize that the open source movement represents only one way of sharing information. We encourage and support all forms of openness and collaboration, whether or not they fit this definition.

Licenses and Hardware

In promoting Open Hardware, it is important not to unintentionally deceive designers regarding the extent to which their licenses actually can control their designs. Under U.S. law, and law in many other places, copyright does not apply to electronic designs. Patents do. The result is that an Open Hardware license can in general be used to restrict the plans but probably not the manufactured devices or even restatements of the same design that are not textual copies of the original. The applicable section of copyright law is 17.102(b), which says:

In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.

Endorsements

OSHW Draft Definition 1.0 has been endorsed by the following persons and/or organization as of 2011/02/16.

Please feel free to add (your own names) to this section. Listing your affiliation is optional for personal endorsements, and endorsements are presumed to be personal unless the organization name is listed separately.

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