[OHANDA] CERN's open hardware license

Alison Powell alison at alisonpowell.ca
Thu Jul 7 19:44:24 CEST 2011

This is very interesting and comes right out of software dev and 
industry research culture - shall we think about an OHANDA community 
governance process that applies to many types of hardware, can interact 
with this license project?


On 07/07/11 6:03 PM, Bryan Bishop wrote:
> http://press.web.cern.ch/press/PressReleases/Releases2011/PR08.11E.html
> """
>     CERN launches Open Hardware initiative
> Geneva, 7 July 2011. Four months after launching the alpha version, 
> CERN^1 
> <http://press.web.cern.ch/press/PressReleases/Releases2011/PR08.11E.html#footnote1> 
>  has today issued version 1.1 of the Open Hardware Licence (OHL), a 
> legal framework to facilitate knowledge exchange across the electronic 
> design community.
> In the spirit of knowledge and technology dissemination, the CERN OHL 
> was created to govern the use, copying, modification and distribution 
> of hardware design documentation, and the manufacture and distribution 
> of products. Hardware design documentation includes schematic 
> diagrams, designs, circuit or circuit-board layouts, mechanical 
> drawings, flow charts and descriptive texts, as well as other 
> explanatory material.
> Version 1.0 of the CERN OHL was published in March 2011 on the Open 
> Hardware Repository (OHR), the creation of electronic designers 
> working in experimental-physics laboratories who felt the need to 
> enable knowledge-exchange across a wide community and in line with the 
> ideals of "open science" being fostered by organizations such as CERN.
> "For us, the drive towards open hardware was largely motivated by 
> well-intentioned envy of our colleagues who develop Linux 
> device-drivers," said Javier Serrano, an engineer at CERN's Beams 
> Department and the founder of the OHR. "They are part of a very large 
> community of designers who share their knowledge and time in order to 
> come up with the best possible operating system. We felt that there 
> was no intrinsic reason why hardware development should be any different."
> The CERN OHL provides a framework for knowledge exchange that 
> reconciles open design principles with traceability with a clear 
> policy for the management of intellectual property.
> "The concept of 'open-source hardware' or 'open hardware' is not yet 
> as well known or widespread as the free software or open-source 
> software concept," said Myriam Ayass, Legal Advisor for CERN's 
> Knowledge Transfer Group. "However, it shares the same principles: 
> anyone should be able to see the source (the design documentation in 
> case of hardware), study it, modify it and share it."
> "The CERN OHL is an exciting achievement, with the potential of being 
> the lead licence for new hardware projects, like the GNU GPL has been 
> for free software," said Alessandro Rubini, Free Software developer 
> and co-author of "Linux Device Drivers".
> "Version 1.1 integrates feedback received from the community in order 
> to follow generally accepted principles of the free and open source 
> movements," said Ayass, "and purports to make the CERN OHL even more 
> easily usable by entities other than CERN".
> "By sharing designs openly," said Serrano, "CERN expects to improve 
> the quality of designs through peer review and to guarantee their 
> users - including commercial companies - the freedom to study, modify 
> and manufacture them, leading to better hardware and less duplication 
> of efforts."
> "CERN efforts to build an ecosystem for Open Hardware certainly bode 
> well for more Freedom in the digital space," said Carlo Piana, Digital 
> liberties advocate and General Counsel of the Free Software Foundation 
> Europe (FSFE).
> A workshop on Open hardware is scheduled to be held in Grenoble on the 
> 9th October 2011, during the 13th International Conference on 
> Accelerator and Large Experimental Physics Control Systems.
>       Further information
>     * CERN Courier: /Hardware joins the open movement/
>       <http://cerncourier.com/cws/article/cern/46054>
>     * Open Hardware Repository: http://www.ohwr.org <http://www.ohwr.org/>
>     * Open Hardware Licence: http://www.ohwr.org/cernohl
>     * Open Hardware workshop:
>       http://www.ohwr.org/projects/ohr-meta/wiki/OHWorkshop
>       Contact
> CERN Press Office, press.office at cern.ch <mailto:press.office at cern.ch>
> +41 22 767 34 32
> +41 22 767 21 41
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> 1. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the 
> world's leading laboratory for particle physics. It has its 
> headquarters in Geneva. At present, its Member States are Austria, 
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> """
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> - Bryan
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