I hope that you had all enjoyed GOSH and Santiago. I was supposed to join you in Santiago and while all the organizers of GOSH especially Shannon, Jenny, Fernan did their best to make sure that I can attend never the less I was faced by a last minute visa problem that didn’t allow me to join you.
I was hoping to attend GOSH and hopefully meet you all and introduce what I am trying to do here in Sudan. The vast majority of open labware projects are mostly focused in developing instruments and experimental setups that are most useful in a research lab. Definitely these type of instruments are very useful for the broad science communities in both the first and developing worlds.
Being from a developing country, Sudan I also feel that in addition to research oriented instruments there is also a strong need for experimental setup and lab equipment that are more focused to education and that can be used in undergraduate laboratories.
Usually good quality educational setups are expensive and usually are not affordable to many educational institutes in developing countries.
To overcome this hardship I have initiated efforts to specifically build laboratory setups that are suited for use in the undergraduate physics laboratories. I am having as an ultimate goal that I can reproduce as many setups as are available from the following two leading brands https://www.ld-didactic.de/en.html and http://www.phywe-systeme.com/ .
I am putting this endeavor for the wide Open Labware community hoping that people can also start building some instruments that are more education oriented (hopefully in physics).
I think one way of doing this is if you guys can approach physics departments and ask them about useful home brewed setups they are using in their undergraduate laboratories and encourage them to make it open.
Recently I have submitted a manuscript to The Physics Teacher also the above line. Initially out of three reviewers two were positive and appreciated the idea of Open Labware. The third referee was less understanding to the message of open labware and focused more on the impact of the manuscript on physics. Fortunately the editor was very open minded and quite understanding to essence of the manuscript and finally accepted for publication. The archive copy is here http://lanl.arxiv.org/abs/1610.00492 .