Open science hardware across the Andes

taller-hardware1The hands-on methodology of the  Open Scientific Hardware (OScH) workshops, organised by Fernan Federici (Universidad Católica/University of Cambridge) in Chile and Fernando Castro (LabFD, UTN) together with Pablo Cremades (UNCuyo) in Argentina, introduced participants to open source hardware philosophy and prototypes.

The organisers, all members of the Global Open Source Hardware (GOSH) movement, highlighted the importance of being part of the community: ‘We want to promote GOSH ideas locally and connect the interested actors with the communities and infrastructure needed to sustain their work,’ says Federici. After the workshop in Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, the scientists visited rural communities in the area with whom they aim to collaborate in the future.

‘For us, OScH is a crucial need as we always depend on importing expensive equipment to do research with these communities,’ points out Castro, and continues: ‘It’s about democratising knowledge generation, allowing anyone outside academia to do research. We don’t ignore the political aspect of Science, but acknowledge it and take a position.’

Read the full article in the STEPS Centre blog

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