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Open source hardware: the history, issues, and impact on digital humanities

  • Author / Creator
    Wong, Garry Chun Yang
  • 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.

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  • Graduation date
    2011-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3605M
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Humanities Computing
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Smallwood, Scott (Music and Humanities Computing)
    • Rockwell, Geoffrey (Philosophy and Humanities Computing)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Gouglas, Sean (History and Humanities Computing)