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

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14. Taxonomy of Hardware Documentation

Addie Wagenknecht

“The future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed yet.”

—William Gibson

This chapter explains how to properly document your open source hardware product and projects. It discusses setting up your documentation, structuring the community, starting the project, and avoiding some common pitfalls of open source hardware documentation.

Successful open hardware projects depend on successful documentation. Without easy-to-understand documentation, a project cannot be reproduced. Without reproduction, a project cannot grow or easily be forked. The Open Source Hardware Definition requires open documentation so that anyone may reproduce your hardware. In this chapter, we discuss important aspects ...

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