GOSH 2021-2022 Writing Workshops

2021 Policy Briefs

Throughout 2021, members of the GOSH community have been hosting a series of writing workshops, in the form of community writing sprints, to develop guidance on Open Science Hardware (OScH) aimed at research funders, academic institutions (particularly technology transfer offices), and science policymakers: stakeholders who we view as key in enabling ubiquitous adoption of OScH. During these workshops, policy briefs were created in situ to be distributed to target audiences via specialist press outlets, specific events, and the GOSH community network.

These workshops were convened by GOSH community members, funded by Alfred P Sloan Foundation and coordinated by Gathering for Open Science Hardware Inc, a US-based nonprofit.


On March 8th and April 14th of 2021, the Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH) convened two virtual writing workshops with open hardware practitioners and technology transfer officers to discuss the potential of open hardware for Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) (you can read more about these workshops in a blog post here). This policy brief is the culmination of these discussions, highlighting how open hardware provides opportunities for TTOs outside of the current patent-and-license model and characterizing what is needed in order to support the adoption of open hardware by TTOs.

Key Messages
  1. Open hardware provides an opportunity for Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs) at universities to exploit the potential of existing academic outputs that do not fit in the current patent-and-licence technology transfer paradigm.
  2. It is possible for TTOs to adopt open hardware as part of their technology transfer toolbox today.
  3. As seen with the response to the COVID-19 crisis, open hardware accelerates innovation, opening up the possibility of new multi-scale partnerships with stakeholders in industry, civil society and government.
  4. The open hardware community can work with TTOs on strategies to facilitate this transition, including the development of dedicated training materials and activities, fostering connections between TTOs, and identifying community champions at universities that can serve as focal points.

Future Workshops

We will also be opening up submissions for proposals from the GOSH community for smaller writing workshops or visiting collaborations to scope research topics, conduct literature reviews and develop further policy advice aimed at specific audiences that take into account the broader context of OScH and open science.

We will continue to share updates on the 2021-2022 writing sprints via the GOSH website and community forum!