Help us advance our policy strategy to make open hardware in science ubiquitous by 2025 – a Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH) collaborative exercise

18 January 2022 15:45 (GMT)
18 January 2022 17:15 (GMT)

The Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH), a global and diverse community whose goal is to make open hardware ubiquitous in science by 2025, invites TIP participants to a collaborative exercise around its policy strategy, including a series of policy briefs aimed at different institutional stakeholders. Open Hardware, or the practice of openly sharing designs, instructions, and manufacturing files for objects and devices, is gaining momentum worldwide. In contrast to centralised and proprietary knowledge production models, open hardware collaborative practices and greater accessibility to knowledge facilitate coordination and innovation efforts between multiple and diverse stakeholders. In science, black boxed hardware leads to less reproducibility, increased lock-in to specific vendors and significant delays for customizing or repairing tools, while limiting access to knowledge infrastructures in resource-limited settings. As part of its activities, GOSH is currently producing a series of policy briefs targeting critical institutional stakeholders, framing open science hardware as an enabler of multiple knowledge pathways, democratizing access to the tools necessary to unlock ideas and currently non-pursued research questions. Starting from this recent work, we’d like you to take part in a collaborative exercise to help advance our policy strategy and tools: broadening and deepening our perspectives, identifying key stakeholders, envisaging novel configurations enabled by open hardware for science, and potential transformation scenarios that the GOSH recommendations could unleash.

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Knowledge infrastructures for transformation
Challenge-led: Open hardware for science


Julieta Arancio
Julieta Arancio is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Science, Technology and Society at Drexel University (US). Within the field of Science and Technology Studies, Arancio’s research is concerned with the role that grassroots innovation movements play in the transition towards more democratic science, technology and innovation systems, particularly in the Global South. Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, her current project seeks to understand and produce policy recommendations on how open hardware (OH) can transform knowledge production in academia, by analysing a transnational OH initiative: the OpenFlexure microscope, co-developed between the University of Bath (UK) and Bongo Tech Labs in Tanzania. Julieta is an active member of the Global Open Science Hardware movement; she co-founded the Free/Libre technologies network in Latin America for science and education (reGOSH) and the mentorship program Open Hardware Makers, for newcomers to the field.
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Alexandre Hannud Abdo
Alexandre Hannud Abdo is active in movements and organizations dedicated to cognitive justice, and his research intersects computational social science (CSS), science, technology and society (STS), and participatory action research (PAR). He works as a researcher in the Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences Innovations Sociétés (LISIS) at Université Gustave Eiffel (France) and is a member of Garoa Hacker Clube (Brazil).