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Building Open Source Hardware: DIY Manufacturing for Hackers and Makers by Alicia Gibb

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4. Standardization of Open Source Hardware

Ed Baafi

“Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards—the things we live by and teach our children—are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings.”

—Walt Disney

This chapter defines further standards from which open source hardware can benefit, beyond the Open Source Hardware Definition and Best Practices. This ironic quote from Walt Disney, given how the copyright world has locked down cultural exchange on behalf of Disney movies, is actually quite valid when it comes to open exchange within the open source community. This chapter focuses the goals of making open even more open through standardization and walks through several instances of module design principles as a ...

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