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Mozilla and FreiesWissen fellow Andre Chagas on Increasing Access to Scientific Equipment (5 minute survey)

last modified Jan 30, 2019 02:09 PM
My name is Andre M Chagas I am a Mozilla and FreiesWissen fellow working on issues around open science. I'm working with Mozilla on a project to map the needs researchers have in terms of equipment.

To help with the project, please consider filling out the 5 minute anonymous survey about the state of research equipment in your lab. All results will be made freely available online once the project is completed.

Project landing page:

In short, I'm interested in pushing open science by building low-cost but high-performance scientific equipment using an Open Hardware paradigm (if interested, e.g. see here and here). As part of this effort I am being hosted at Prof. Baden's laboratory at the University of Sussex, UK, where we have been building open science equipment  and teaching others to do the same together with Trend in Africa. We are now trying to build a global understanding of current research-tool needs that are not yet being met by competitive open hardware alternatives. The survey sets out to address this. Basically, it asks which research tools scientists would particularly use if there were ultra-low-cost DIY solutions out there. Once we know what these are, we would then aim to build them.

Please share widely!  


GOSH (Gathering for Open Science Hardware)


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