In 2013 OSHWA conducted a survey of the international open source hardware community, which received 1007 responses. These are the aggregate results.
Section 1: Intro
Section 2: Use – Products
Section 3: Use – Designs
Section 4: Development
Section 5: Licenses & Definition
Section 6: Income
Section 7: Comments
Section 8: Open Hardware Summit
Section 9: Demographics
Section 10: Feedback
Q1. How did you first get involved with open-source hardware?
Q2. Have you ever used open-source hardware products?
Q3. How do you use open-source hardware products? (check all that apply)
Q4. For the open-source hardware products that you use, how important were each of the following criteria in your decision to use an open-source hardware product instead of a proprietary one? (please rate the importance to you of each of the following)
Q5. For situations in which you’d like to use an open-source hardware product but currently use a proprietary one instead, how important are each of the following factors in preventing you from using an open-source product? (please rate the importance to you of each of the following)
Q6. Have you ever used others’ open-source hardware designs to…? (check all that apply)
Q7. Have you ever worked on or contributed to an open-source hardware project or design?
Q8. What year did you first begin working on or contributing to open-source hardware projects or designs?
Q9. On average, how many hours per week do you spend working on or contributing to open-source hardware projects or designs?
Q10. Why do you work on or contribute to hardware projects and/or designs? (check all that apply)
Q11. For hardware projects or designs which you decided to open-source, how important were each of the following criteria in the decision?
Q12. Have you ever…?
Q13. Tell us more about how you publish and document your open source hardware. Have you…? (check all that apply)
Q14. What licenses have you used to release hardware files? (check all that apply)
Q15. Do you use the Open Source Hardware (blue gear) logo on your hardware?
Q16. Does any of your income come from open-source hardware (e.g. developing it, distributing it, working or consulting for an open-source hardware company, etc)?
Q17. 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)
Q18. In 2012 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)
Q19. Does your open-source hardware related income come from…
Q20. Do you have any comments, thoughts or stories about open source hardware you’d like to share?
Q21. Did you attend the Open Hardware Summit in 2012?
Q22. Did you attend the Open Hardware Summit in 2011?
Q23. Did you attend the Open Hardware Summit in 2010?
Q24. Regarding your work with hardware, do you consider yourself a… (check all that apply)
Q25. Are you a member of a hackerspace/makerspace? (check all that apply)
Q26. How old are you?
Q27. What country do you live in?
Q28. What city do you live in?
Q29. What’s your gender?
Q30. What’s you marital status?
Q31. Do you have children?
Q32. What is the highest level of school you have completed or the highest degree you have received?
Q33. 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)
Q34. What’s your profession?
Q35. Do you consider yourself to be of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
Q36. What race do you identify with?
Q37. Do you have any feedback or comments about the survey?
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