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Subject/Keyword
fabrication
hardware
digital
open
source
humanities
computing
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Wong, Garry Chun Yang
Supervisor and department
Rockwell, Geoffrey (Philosophy and Humanities Computing)
Smallwood, Scott (Music and Humanities Computing)
Examining committee member and department
Gouglas, Sean (History and Humanities Computing)
Department
Humanities Computing
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-09-27T20:52:42Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The history of free and open source software (FOSS) spans the better part of 20 years. We are now seeing the principles of FOSS spread to different media - including, notably, to hardware and its distribution models. Recently, the term open source hardware (OSHW) was defined at the 2011 open hardware summit. OSHW has the potential to redefine the way that goods are designed, transported, and consumed. Accordingly, researchers in the humanities and digital humanities in particular should pay attention and take advantage of this potential area of research. This thesis first provides a basic understanding of open source software including its history, definition, and business models. Next, it explores how open source ideas are applied to hardware as well as the history, critical issues, and future of OSHW. Finally, it presents a research project undertaken as a case study for how the digital humanities may use OSHW in research.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3605M
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License granted by Garry Wong (garryw@ualberta.ca) on 2011-09-27T02:49:40Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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