[OHANDA] CERN's open hardware license
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:
> CERN launches Open Hardware initiative
> Geneva, 7 July 2011. Four months after launching the alpha version,
> 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/
> * Open Hardware Repository: http://www.ohwr.org <http://www.ohwr.org/>
> * Open Hardware Licence: http://www.ohwr.org/cernohl
> * Open Hardware workshop:
> 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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> - Bryan
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