Open Hardware for the Environment ~ PhD Thesis

Cesar Harada is currently candidate for a PhD, writing on  “Open Hardware for the Environment” at Goldsmiths University of London, Design & Environment department, under the supervision of Prof Jennifer Gabrys.
Protei, the International_Ocean_Station and Openet.org are the 3 main components of this research.

<Cesar> This page will host the abstract, table of content and link to the subpages of the thesis.
Research notes (+“PhD” tag), paragraphs, chapters, papers will be published on this website as blogposts and eventually compiled in a traditional academic format for journal publication and peer reviewing. I will often publish drafts posts, interact with comments and come back to edit/improve my posts. I intend to use a markup language I have developed in previous pieces of writing, I called AcademiXML (inspired from LaTeX and XML).</Cesar>

 


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Abstract


Open Hardware for the Environment

Table of content / Outline

Introduction
Open Hardware for the Environment
Environmental Monitoring system
Protei
Open-H2O
International Ocean Station
Perspective
Appendix


Abstract

Open Hardware for the environment
Practice based investigation
Oceans as field
Approach : hands-on iterative, fast cycle innovation, bio-mimicry, Design & Artificial Selection.

Administration

Legal : Intellectual Property combination
Financial
Social
Psychological
Communication
Technology
Art : vision
Design : conditions
Engineering : means
Science : findings
Environmental Applications

Introduction

A practice-based part-time PhD.
Context
Cultural background.
Scope
What is at stakes : why we need Open Hardware to address Environmental issues today?
History of the mouvement  : the maker and the Environmentalist movement convergence.
Places & Cultures  : Northern America, South America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Oceania.
Communities & Focuses : Social Networks, Energy, Water, Food, Sanitation, Transport…
Entrepreneurship & Non Profit Development : Sustainable business Development & Community Management strategies : networks, blocks, herds, nodes, wet networks…
Open Hardware Heros : Figures of the movement.
Open Hardware development strategies.
A research built around my personal investigation.

Personal Story and motivation

Father : Shinto, hands-on approach
Mother : Story telling, and social networks
Brother : Politics and ethics

Investigation Method : Hands on iterative method.

Art and Science : A thin line
Professional and amateur. 2 cults to the same god.
The tools of collaboration :
Internet x workshop
Social Media, influence, character building
Buzz words, branding and network of influence.
Environment monitoring and cleaning system
Protei + The International Ocean Station + Open-H2O Chapters

Experiences commented

== MIT ==
The urge to update a
method of investigation (hands-on iterative, thinking by prototyping and testing)
intellectual property (open Source)
financial (crow-funded)
technology thinking (shinto)
Revenue Model (profit + Non-profit)

== Gulf of Mexico ==
Experience
genesis of the project

== Japan ==
Goal
Method
Itinerary
Journey
Science
Sociology
COnclusion

== San Francisco, Summer 2012 ==

== Unreasonable at Sea ==


Experiences

Protei

Shape Shifting Sailing Robot to sense and clean the Ocean.
Motivation
Technology
Applications

International_Ocean_Station

Manned floating laboratory for Ocean Exploration.

Ocean Data Infrastructure & Open-H2O Community.

Ethics & Practical implications of running an Open Hardware project for the Environment

Process Notes

Going from a volunteer informal R&D group to a funded international non-profit community (Open-H2O) and a small manufacturing business (Protei.inc)
Savannah Ocean Exchange
2008 : Open-Sailing up
2009 : Open-Sailing Down after Ars Electronica
2010 : Open-Sailing up
2011 : Protei within Open-Sailing
2012 : Open-Sailing becomes Open-H2O
Open-H20 and Protei separates
Motivation to separate the community in a non-profit and for profit entity.

Topics

Intellectual property
Retail cost
Speed of development & Decision
Revenue model
Public Vs Private information and timing
License
On a thin line
Budgeting and prioritizing
Area of expertise
Network
Organisation structure
Ownership and Decision making process
Valuation and shares, capital
Value of the community
Growing social networks and the importance of social media for crowd sourcing
Crowd sourcing R&D and minimizing structural expense
Ethics, Accountancy and the Meritocratic model.
Ethics : 1. Environment, 2. People, 3. Technology, 4. Profit
Transparent accountancy
Meritocratic model
Lean Structure
Work items
Value allocation
Rating system

Towards a Consortium

Private (individual)
Corporates (companies)
Academic (universities)
Governmental (countries)
Intergovernmental (Agreements and international funds)

Conclusion : the need of open hardware technology

Future of Open Hardware for the Environment

Epilogue

Robodiversity
Social Architecture
Social Network and crowd funding
Controlling complex network with a minimum number of nodes
Research and Influence, qualitative and quantitative.

Bibliography

Author / Sources
Annexes / Downloads


 

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  1. This is great! Best wishes for your project.

  2. cesarharada

    Thanks ! This is just the start of it, I’m very excited to do my PhD in a community I am an active member of! It is a really appropriate excuse to meet fascinating people and write about it.

  3. Hello Cesar, My name is Joe Filep and feel so inspired by your idea, project and website. I have an idea that would suite a similar layout to yours, in sharing, creating and making a working prototype with public funding. I would like to know more on how to set up and protect the idea then share? I’m contactable on 07967 639086 or joe.filep@virginmedia.com I am based in Nottingham, England.
    I hope your sea voyage has been successful ?
    Best wishes Joe Filep

  4. Hey Joe,
    Thanks for your kind words.
    I am going to be in the UK -London- May 30 – June 2 : London UK, how far are you from London?

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