16. Building Open Source Hardware in Academia

Joshua M. Pearce

“It’s mine but you can have someWith you I’d like to share it‘Cause if I share it with youYou’ll have some too”

—Raffi, “The Sharing Song”1

1. Excerpt from “The Sharing Song” written and performed by Raffi, courtesy of Homeland Publishing.

Open source hardware (OSHW) is a powerful tool for academics to improve their performance in research, teaching, and service. This chapter discusses the world of academia for the non-academic and then details methods for professors to improve their performance with the use of open source hardware. First, examples and preliminary studies on the use of open source hardware in research show the benefits of (1) substantial pre-peer review in the development ...

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