The Open Source Hardware Association will be an advocacy group, mostly educating people on what open hardware is, the benefits, and best practices, as well as being a roof for all the various items built by the community so far, including the Open Hardware Summit, the open hardware definition, and our logo.
There are a lot of excellent things done by the community that don’t really have a cohesive web presence to live under. We hope to give the community a bit of structure by organizing information around open source hardware under the Association. The other reason is that currently a lot of our knowledge about open hardware is colloquial… We hope to create a resource to make all these things more transparent and provide a formal entity that can answer questions about how, why, what, and the best practices of open hardware.
The board of the Open Source Hardware Association currently consists of Alicia Gibb (President), Danese Cooper, Catarina Mota, Windell Oskay, Nathan Seidle, and Wendy Seltzer. We are in the process of electing more board members with public nominations, but haven’t worked out the details yet. Please stay tuned!
All donations and membership dues (beyond the cost of providing specific benefits) will be used to support the Open Source Hardware Association’s public-interest purposes. [Dues may be tax deductible as permitted by law if our tax status is granted.] Memberships are valid for one year and priced in USD. Please review the membership levels below. Not ready to become a member? You can also donate to our cause! We are designing a corporate membership for similar levels. Current membership is for individuals only.
Join if you’d like to support the OSHWA. We are excited that a group is going to represent, help and educate regarding OSHW. Most of all, they’re going to represent and celebrate open source companies like Adafruit
Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards
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