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Open Source Hardware in industry – meet DIN SPEC 3105

Martin Häuer

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.