Dive into the open (source) waters.

We’re always gathering interesting projects, tools and publications on how to work with open source production. Browse these sections if you’re ready for some long-reading and hands-on work.

Related projects (A-Z)


Creating a sustainable economy through the commons
> cosmolocalism.eu

Distributed Design Market Platform
> distributeddesign.eu

Social manufacturing platform for open innovation and co-creation
> iproduce-project.eu

Open Know-How community
Setting of new standards for open source innovation
> openknowhow.org

Open-source based capability building in latecomer firms
> unepdtu.org

Circular economy business models
> reflowproject.eu

The Open Hardware Observatory (OHO)
Search engine and assessment platform for sustainable open hardware
> oho.wiki

The Open Source Imaging Initiative (OSI2)
Community-based development of medical imaging devices
> opensourceimaging.org


Open source hardware in healthcare
> careables.org

> iit.tu-berlin.de

Making Sense
Open source approach for local communities
> making-sense.eu

Platforms for maker communities
> make-it.io

Methods and tools for community-based product development
> opensourcedesign.cc

Toolkit to create open source business models
> remodel.dk

Popular press publications

Jochem, R. (2020) The future of product creation is open and community-based. Research Outreach (113). DOI: https://doi.org/10.32907/RO-113-69

Bonvoisin, J. (2020) DIN SPEC 3105 Explained. Online publishing platform Medium, Medium Corporation, 27 August 2020. URL: https://medium.com/@journalopenhw/din-spec-3105-explained-2cce6134c207

Gogineni, S., Häuer, M., & Stark, R. (2020) OPENNEXT – IKT-Infrastrukturentwicklung für Open-Source-Hardware. Newsletter Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Produktentwicklung WiGeP, Ausgabe 1, April 2020. ULR: http://www.wigep.de/fileadmin/download/wigep/WiGeP-News_1_2020.pdf

Project deliverables

Peters, I., Hofer, M., Voigt, C., Gloß, T.M. (2020) OPENNEXT – Deliverable 5.2: First release of prototyping improvement logic (PIL). Deposit Once, Technische Universität Berlin. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-11548

Hassan, M., Gloß, T.M. (2020) OPENNEXT: Deliverable D1.3: Open Source Development (OSD) Framework. Deposit Once, Technische Universität Berlin. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-10934

Villum, C.L., Østergaard, O.S., Lincoln, S.R., Hassan, M. (2020) OPENNEXT: First Release of the Co-creation Demonstrator Framework. Zenodo, Geneva. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3923535

Voigt, C., Hofer, M., Gloss, T. M. (2020): OPENNEXT – Deliverable 5.1: Open source sociotechnical design components. Deposit Once, Technische Universität Berlin. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-11558

Gogineni, S. (2020) Deliverable 3.1 – User stories of collaborative engineering needs. Deposit Once, Technische Universität Berlin. DOI: https://doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-9852

Mies, R. (2020). OPEN_NEXT – Deliverable 1.2: Quality Assurance Framework. Deposit Once, Technische Universität Berlin. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-9774​

Scientific publications

Dai, J., Boujut, J., Pourroy, F., & Marin, P. (2020). Issues and challenges of knowledge management in online open source hardware communities. Design Science, 6, E24. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/dsj.2020.18​

Bonvoisin, J., Molloy, J., Häuer, M. & Wenzel, T. (2020). Standardisation of Practices in Open Source Hardware. Journal of Open Hardware, 4(1): 2, pp. 1–11. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/joh.22

Mies, R., Bonvoisin, J., & Stark, R. (2020). Development of Open Source Hardware in Online Communities: Investigating Requirements for Groupware. Proceedings of the Design Society: DESIGN Conference, 1, 997-1006. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/dsd.2020.38

Boujut, J., Pourroy, F., Marin, P., Dai, J., & Richardot, G. (2019). Open Source Hardware Communities: Investigating Participation in Design Activities. Proceedings of the Design Society: International Conference on Engineering Design, 1(1), 2307-2316. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/dsi.2019.237

Dai, X., Boujut, J.-F., Pourroy, F., & Marin, F. (2019). Correlation between process openness and collaboration tool usage in open source hardware design: an empirical study. International Journal for Interactive Design and Manufacturing (IJIDeM), pp 1–9. DOI:

Mies, R., Bonvoisin, J., & Jochem, R. (2019). Harnessing the Synergy Potential of Open Source Hardware Communities. In: Redlich T., Moritz M., & Wulfsberg J. (Eds.). Co-Creation. Management for Professionals, pp. 129-145. Springer, Cham. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-97788-1_11

Bonvoisin, J., & Mies, R. (2018). Measuring Openness in Open Source Hardware with the Open-o-Meter. Procedia CIRP, Volume 78, pp. 388-393. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2018.08.306

Bonvoisin, J., Buchert, T., Preidel, M., & Stark, R. (2018). How participative is open source hardware? Insights from online repository mining, Design Science, Vol. 4. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/dsj.2018.15

Bonvoisin J., Mies R., Stark R., & Jochem R. (2018). Vielfalt und Stand der Open-Source-Hardware. In: Redlich T., Moritz M., Wulfsberg J. (Eds). Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven zur Zukunft der Wertschöpfung. Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden

Bonvoisin, J., Mies, R., Stark, R., & Boujut, J.-F. (2017). What is the source of open source hardware? Journal of Open Hardware, 1(1), 5. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/joh.7

Bonvoisin, J., Thomas, L., Mies, R., Gros, C., Stark, R., Samuel, K., Jochem, R., & Boujut, J.-F. (2017). Current state of practices in open source product development. In: Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED17), Vol. 2: Design Processes, Design Organisation and Management, Vancouver, Canada, 21.-25.08.2017.

Bonvoisin, J., & Boujut, J.F. (2015). Open design platforms for open source product development: current state and requirements. In: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 15), 8—Innovation and Creativity. Milan, Italy, pp. 11–22.