After almost a year and a half of community discussion, OSHWA unveiled the Open Source Hardware Certification Program at the 2016 Open Hardware Summit. Today, with the help of a major grant from the Sloan Foundation, we are excited to announce that we are taking major steps towards Certification 2.0.
This is really interesting and good for Open-source hardware makers.
There are currently 170 certified hardware projects from 18 countries on 5 continents participating in the program.
For the past year we have been working with the Technology Law and Policy Clinic at the New York University School of Law to create more robust guidance to help creators navigate the licensing, documentation, and other decisions that creators must make when they are working towards certification. We have also been working with the team at Objectively to turn that guidance into an interactive process that draws on examples from the community.
The grant from the Sloan Foundation allows us to take that work and turn the certification into a much more robust and useful resource. We are hoping to have the new site ready to launch by the 2018 Summit. Until then, please let us know if you have thoughts, ideas, or concerns. We are very excited about the next chapter of the Certification Program and hope you will be too.
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