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Hello, I lead The Opman Company (opman = operations management) and have just returned to the private sector after working the past dozen years as the founding Coordinator of Intellectual Resources Canada in the Canadian Government. Informally, during that time I've also been the founding Co-Coordinator of GOSLING That 10-year trajectory is traced here:

I'm an economist (HonBA McGill '83; M.Phil Cambridge '86), and besides free/libre/open business models for software I also work professionally on applied and theoretical integration of finance and economics with ecosystem science and resources engineering.

My thoughts on software are summed up in this co-authored paper: A structure for comparing various free/libre/open source software licenses appears in Chapter 4 of this 2012 book: (This chapter is also available here: and a colour version of the visual framework appears on page 16 of this file: )

I'm starting a "friendly fork" of the OSHW Definition here because, currently engaged in writing a free/libre/open hardware project proposal to a set of potential clients who are not at all familiar with the whole genre of free/libre/open approaches, I feel the current OSHW Definition is not concise enough to just reproduce as an excerpt. I also feel the current OSHW Definition risks the same division between "open source" methods and "free" ethics that have complicated relations for years within the free/libre/open source software community. Back in 2004 while preparing a presentation deck for my Director General in government, I needed to cram the OSI definition into a single screen: In the end I felt the short version I had adapted was more useful as a definition than the original, in the same sense that dictionaries also hold to very concise phrases. Over the years too, I came to see the importance of including both the methods and ethics elements into projects. So what appears here as a "fork" to facilitate discussion is the current draft text that appears in my own free/libre/open hardware document. /Free-Libre-Open Hardware Definition

Meanwhile, let me add that I've long been a fan of the Right to Repair and until spring 2012 I held onto my 1980 Volvo 240 precisely because it was de facto open hardware, complete with an active hacker community and several excellent parts caches, like and!about-us. But in the past couple years it's become too hard to find specific parts for this particular transportation device in a timely way, so I gave it as a parts cache to my favourite 240 Volvo hacker. And my next car's a train: