1. Research

We are conducting interviews, surveys and observatory studies to understand the current practices and the community needs.

  1. Hardware publication platform

We will gather a community of interest to co-create an ecosystem for hardware publication, including a peer review system, that will provide recognition for the hardware makers. The platform will be tested with use cases from the participating labs.

  1. Impact maximisation

We will produce open books to guide makers and PIs in their path to open and FAIR hardware production as well as work with the community to drive further acceptance of the developed workflows.


Researchers from three Berlin universities are collaborating to make this project fly.

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OpenMake II application: published and funded

on November 25, 2023

OpenMake II It is a pleasure to announce that the Open.Make project has been funded for another 2.5 years. The work will become more practical and local. We are one of three projects that received a second round of funding by the BUA. While you can download the full application on zenodo: doi: 10.5281/zenodo.8220972, here is a very short summary of our plans. During the next nearly three years, we will work, on the one hand, on hardware publication.

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Interview: VentMon

on September 28, 2023

Interview: VentMon By the Open make team and Robert Read. Copyright to the authors, distributed under a CC-BY 4.0 licence. Sections: The project The hardware The research outputs The participants Banner image: VentMon logo, distributed under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 Interviewee: Robert Read Interviewers: Robert Mies (TU Berlin) & Moritz Maxeiner (FU Berlin) Transcription and editing: Diana Paola Americano Guerrero, Robert Mies, Fabio Reeh, Moritz Maxeiner & Julien Colomb

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Three months in Delft, two open hardware projects

on July 28, 2023

Hardware in research My name is Mik Schutte. During my master thesis (2022), I was tasked with the rebuilding of a setup: the microstimulation setup. I got acquainted with the hardware surrounding experimental research. All hardware components together make the setup which, if functioning correctly allows for an experimental protocol to be carried out. However, as many experimenters can confirm, the road to a functional, personalized and ideal setup has many obstacles.

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Workshop at the open science conference

on May 11, 2023

28 June 2023 We will run a workshop at the coming Open Science Conference, which will be held online: register to the conference, mark your calendar and join us! Conference: 2023-06-27 to 2023-06-29 Workshop: 2023-06-28 14:30 (to 16:30) Creating a research hardware publication ecosystem: Technical and cultural roadmap In this workshop, we will present the requirements of researchers/makers/engineers that we collected from our 15 interviews, discuss requirements of other participating communities, and draw a roadmap for the creation of the cultural and technological ecosystem which will eventually allow for the recognition of FAIR hardware as a research output.

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