Open Science Hardware Roadmap drafting at CERN

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The Gathering for Open Science Hardware 2017 organising committee and a talented set of people with skills and experience in areas of policy, IP, business, maker networks and other areas complementary to GOSH are meeting at CERN 2-4 March 2017 to draft a roadmap for open science hardware that will be shared for comment with the broader GOSH community in advance of GOSH 2017. Read on for more information and look out for further updates via the website!

Roadmap purpose: Before GOSH 2016 and increasingly during the meeting it was clear that attendees are attempting to advocate for Open Science Hardware approaches within their institutions and at higher levels. They require and have started gathering material which lays out the impact of Open Science Hardware, emphasizing the aspects that are important to research administrators and policy makers, such as improved knowledge transfer, international exchange, accelerated innovation. The roadmap will include this and also detail the actions those stakeholders can take alongside the community of Open Science Hardware developers and users to move the field forward and overcome barriers to implementation and uptake.

Roadmap goals: One primary goal is to have an impact on major science organizations – both funders and labs – by outlining clearly the many benefits of OSH for conventional science institutions, while detailing the remaining challenges facing its wider uptake and being complementary to the GOSH Manifesto, which is focused on building and articulating the values of the GOSH community. However, we also want the roadmap to be flexible and inclusive, and accommodate that there are rural, no-power, non-scaled uses of OSH, as well as commercial and industrial uses, as well as uses in art. We believe that encouraging policies that are inclusive of OSH can achieve both of these goals.

Anticipated outcomes (reflecting funder metrics):

  1. Online roadmap to be updated as a living document with an anticipated 1000 views in the first three months post-publication
  2. Significant coverage in scientific news outlets
  3. Printed roadmap for distribution at events and to key audiences.
  4. Publications in relevant scientific journals
  5. Presentations at major scientific and related meeting with an anticipated 15 conference presentations

Other desired outcomes

  • Distribution in Hacker/Makerspace communities and broad visibility in relevant online geek/tech media
  • Engage the traditional press to build up pressure on policy-makers and funders
  • Presentation at international meetings on society, culture and art
  • Promote open science hardware in higher and school education
  • The rest saves the west: promote it in emerging countries of the majority world

Recommended pre-workshop reading:

The following paper and documents were recommended by the participants as pre-reading

Example roadmaps


Thursday, March 2
Time Activity Location
8:30 Breakfast IdeaSquare
9:00 Group introductions [Francois] IdeaSquare
9:30-11:30 Introduction to GOSH and aims of roadmap [Francois]

Where the idea for the roadmap came from

Process so far and planned methods of working through the roadmap drafting process
Full group meeting, initial discussion and identification of working groups [Jenny]

What does the roadmap look like– are there suggested next steps (ex. Creating x for high school teachers)? What are the clearest ways to lay out steps towards action?

Anticipated and desired outcomes

What’s been brainstormed (roadmap document)

Does the agenda look like we can achieve this? If not, how should it look?

11:30-13:30 Working groups I  – based on earlier discussion on agenda
Example:  i. Legal, ii. Policy, iii. Technology

Groups focus on identifying big challenges and a major opportunities for open science hardware in each of these areas. How to approach them through concrete recommendations for action.

13:30 Lunch IdeaSquare
14:30-16:00 Working groups II (suggested i. Business models/funding, ii. Science, iii. Social/community) IdeaSquare
16:00-17:00 Return to full group and feedback on discussions

Develop impact effort matrix

17:00 Leave for Geneva Campus Biotech Train/GCB
19:00 Fondue with LIFT Bain des Paquis
Friday, March 3
8:30 Breakfast IdeaSquare
9:00-12:00 Full day with whole group focused on drawing out concrete actions and identifying knowledge gaps and who might fill them IdeaSquare
13:00 Lunch IdeaSquare
14:00-16:00 Full day with whole group focused on drawing out concrete actions and identifying knowledge gaps and who might fill them IdeaSquare
17:00-19:00 CERN Atlas visit
20:00 CERN Restaurant 1 dinner
Saturday, March 4
8:30 Breakfast IdeaSquare
9:00-12:00 Morning wrap-up and roadmap drafting session IdeaSquare
12:00 Workshop ends



  1. Shannon Dosemagen, Public Lab
  2. Jenny Molloy, University of Cambridge
  3. Anna Lowe, MakerNet
  4. Luis Felipe R. Murillo, 
  5. Greg Austic, PhotoSynQ
  6. Urs Gaudenz, Gaudi Labs and Hackteria
  7. Tom Igoe, NYU-ITP 
  8. Francois Grey, University of Geneva
  9. Javier Serrano, CERN
  10. Pietari Kauttu, CERN
  11. Sebastian Fievet (Drop In), CERN
  12. Sharada Mohanty (Drop In), EPFL
  13. Thomas Maillart (Drop In), University of Geneva
  14. Myriam Ayass (Drop In), CERN
  15. Tiago Sergio Santos Rodrigues De Araujo (Drop In)

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