More info and detailed schedule at http://openhardware.science
Organising Committee Institutions:
• University of Cambridge
• Michigan State University
• University of Geneva
• Princeton University
• Public Lab
Lead Coordinator: Jenny Molloy, University of Cambridge
Local Coordinator: Francois Grey, University of Geneva
Hardware is a vital part of experiments process and advances in instrumentation have been central to scientific revolutions by expanding observations beyond standard human senses. Although scientists are frequently natural tinkerers, the current supply chain for science hardware limits access and impedes creativity and customisation. Open Science Hardware addresses part of this problem through sharing open designs, which often take advantage of modern digital fabrication techniques. Expanding the reach of this approach within academic research, citizen science and education has potential to increase access to experimental tools and ease their customisation and reuse while lowering costs. A growing number of people around the world are developing and using Open Science Hardware, but a coherent, self-organising community has yet to emerge that could raise its profile and drive the social change within institutions that will increase uptake.
GOSH! 2016 will bring together 50 of the most active developers, users and thinkers in the Open Science Hardware space complemented by expertise from diverse, related backgrounds to seed just such a community. We aim to learn and build together, scoping the potential of the field and planning our way to implement change. This is intended as the first of a series of meetings that we hope to grow alongside the developing community.
3rd March 2016