Open Hardware Glossary


#1

OSHWA is working on compiling a glossary of terms used in the open source hardware community. What terms do you think should be included?


#2

What’s the scope? Seems like it would be anything hardware related? Would these be terms unique to OSHWA? Or would it include industry terms commonly used in our hardware? I ask because I can contribute to the latter but not the former.


#3

Open to suggestions, but we probably want to avoid getting too far into hardware-specific terms. For example, I think RepRap would fit as a general segment of the community, but it would probably be too much to define extruder, vitamin, hotend, etc. Here’s some examples and the categories that seem to be forming:

Organizations
OSHWA
GOSH
OSI
CC
OKH

Licensing & Legal
Viral license
Prior art
First to File
Copyleft
Open-washing
Permissive
No-derivatives
Non-commercial

Tech-specific communities
RISC-V
RepRap


#4

Sounds great! I’m pretty new to the group so looks like this glossary is going to be benefitting more than I am able to contribute :slight_smile:

Thanks!