In February of 2012 OSHWA conducted a survey of the international open source hardware community, which received 2091 responses from 70 countries. These are the aggregate results.
Bryan Bishop has kindly provided a master file with all the survey results. You can download it here.
SECTION 1: INTRO
Q1. Do you consider yourself a….
Q2. Are you a member of a hackerspace/makerspace?
Q3. How did you first find out about open-source hardware?
Q4. I have…
SECTION 2: USE
Q5. What do you use open-source hardware for?
Q6. Why do you use open-source hardware?
Q7. Tell us more about your use of open-source hardware: which hardware you use, what you use it for, and how you take advantage of the fact that it’s open-source.
SECTION 3: DEVELOPMENT
Q8. Do you develop (design or redesign) open-source hardware?
Q9. What year did you first begin developing open-source hardware?
Q10. Why do you develop hardware?
Q11. Why do you develop open-source hardware?
Q12. Which of the following have you done?
Q13. On average, how many hours per week do you spend developing open-source hardware?
Q14. Tell us more about your relationship with other open-source hardware projects. Do you draw on their designs? Do they draw on yours? Do you suggest improvements and changes to each other? How would you explain the nature of the relationship between your work and that of others?
Q15. Tell us more about your process for developing open-source hardware: who you work with, how you collaborate, your role, what tools you use, etc.
Q16. What open-source hardware projects do you work on? (we won’t associate your other answers with the name of the projects you work on, but we would like to publish a list of the projects from which we got survey responses)
SECTION 4: LICENSES & LOGO
Q17. What licenses have you used to release open-source hardware files? (check all that apply)
Q18. Do you use the Open Source Hardware logo on your hardware?
SECTION 5: BUSINESS
Q19. Does any of your income come from working on open-source hardware? Or do you develop open-source hardware for/at a company (as a founder, partner, owner, employee, contractor, freelancer, etc.)? Or do you make and distribute open-source hardware?
Q20. How much of your income does your work on open-source hardware represent? (if you develop open-source hardware for/at a company, please include that income)
Q21. In the past year what was your total personal income resulting from work on open-source hardware? (if you develop open-source hardware for/at a company, please include that income)
Q22. Do you or your company… (check all that apply)
Q23. If you work on open-source hardware within a company, what’s your role in the company? (check all that apply)
Q24. If you work on open-source hardware as a business, would you be willing to tell us the name of your company? (we won’t associate your other answers with the name of the company you work for, but we would like to publish a list of the companies from which we got survey responses)
SECTION 6: OPEN HARDWARE SUMMIT
Q25. Did you attend the Open-Hardware Summit in 2011?
Q26. Did you attend the Open-Hardware Summit in 2010?
SECTION 7: COMMENTS
Q27. Do you have any comments, thoughts or stories about open source hardware you’d like to share?
SECTION 8: DEMOGRAPHICS
Q28. How old are you?
Q29. Where do you live?
Q30. What’s your gender?
Q31. What’s your marital status?
Q32. Do you have children?
Q33. What’s the highest level of school completed or the highest degree you have received?
Q34. The Open Hardware community is made up of many creative individuals coming from diverse backgrounds. Which fields would you consider your areas of experience? (check all that apply)
Q35. What’s your profession?
SECTION 9: FEEDBACK
Q36. Do you have any feedback or comments about the survey?
A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to answer these questions!
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