GOSH 2021 policy briefs

Hi everyone!

Throughout 2021, members of the GOSH community have been hosting a series of writing workshops to develop guidance on OScH aimed at research funders, technology transfer offices (TTOs), and science policymakers. 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. You can find out more about these writing workshops here.

TTO Workshops & Policy Brief #1

The first two workshops of this series, held on March 8th and April 14th of 2021, convened open hardware practitioners and technology transfer officers to discuss the potential of open hardware for TTOs. You can read more about these two workshops in this blog post written by @jarancio.

I am excited to share the resulting policy brief, “OPEN HARDWARE IS READY TO HELP TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER OFFICES MAXIMISE THE IMPACT OF ACADEMIC RESEARCH,” which you can access here. Please do share widely within your networks :slight_smile:

I will be using this thread to announce future briefs as well, which I look forward to sharing soon!

-Bri :smiley:


This is exactly the type of document I need to explain what open source hardware licensing is about when I talk to admin people here. It is excellent to all this info compiled in one good-looking document!
I am sending this one right now to the R&D office here…



International Policy Workshop & Policy Brief #2

On June 1st 2021, GOSH community members convened a virtual writing workshop for promoting OScH at the international policy level. You can read more about this workshop in a blog post written by @jarancio here.

You can read the resulting brief, “OPEN HARDWARE: A KEY FOR ACCELERATING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY TOWARDS THE U.N. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs)here. Please share widely within your networks, it would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much,
-Bri :slight_smile:

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I just found all those workshops and documents now! Good Job.
One of the links for the STD doesnt work anymore…

I somehow missed out on all those writing workshops. How to get involved?
Is there something planned that investigates more into the OScH projects themselves? Good practices, key examples, advise on longer term development and implementatins of the HARDWARE, (instead of mostly talking about funding)?

Hi Marc

Yes! There is a lot planned. The Community Council will be putting out a call for research scoping and policy workshop proposals, as well as collaborative development projects for hardware. There’s more info in the post below on the activities the Council have support for and also an explanation of why these first three workshops were moved forward before the Council was set up, namely that they were specifically detailed in the grant proposal because they were recommendations taken from the GOSH Roadmap and with everything else on hold, it made sense to make a start on delivering them.

The rest of the workshop funding was intended for distribution by and to the community, which required a community process to be set up first.

Sorry you missed the forum messages from Bri about getting involved in the earlier workshops. The TTO and policy workshop had open invitations to the community to participate and/or organise (albeit spaces were limited to simplify facilitation). The funder salons were not open invite because they were designed as a “safe space” for funder discussions so needed to be majority funders in attendance.

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