Posted by: commonsresource | March 4, 2010

That’s one small step for baby, one giant leap for commons sourcing – kind

On March 3, 2010, Computerworld Hardware published a very interesting and informative article by Howard Wen entitled “Open-source hardware takes baby steps toward the gadget mainstream“.   His article begins by highlighting the success of open source software and poses the question whether “the same philosophy — the free and public dissemination of underlying code and specs, with multiple developers from disparate sources contributing to the design — [could] work for tech gadgets as well?”

While I find the article to be an interesting snapshot of open source hardware in the consumer product space, I am most interested in the article as yet another example of the commons sourcing trend.  Since it certainly can be argued from a design perspective that hardware is often software waiting its turn to become tangible,  perhaps the migration of commons sourcing principles from the software world to the hardware world could be seem as just “one small step for baby”.   But as we will be exploring over the next several days,  we can see the ripples from such a migration in many disparate areas of human endeavour.   I am confident that you will agree at the end of this journey that this migration truly is “one giant leap for commons sourcing-kind”!


  1. […] A picture is worth a thousand words…. In keeping with the title, today’s blog post will be short.  I would encourage you to check out the Computerworld Hardware Image Gallery: open source hardware gadgets which accompanies the story commented on in my earlier blog post. […]

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