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

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SECTION 1: INTRO

Q1. How did you first get involved with open-source hardware?

2013_Q1
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SECTION 2: USE – PRODUCTS

Q2. Have you ever used open-source hardware products?

2013_Q2
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Q3. How do you use open-source hardware products? (check all that apply)

2013_Q3
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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)

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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)

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SECTION 3: USE – DESIGNS

Q6. Have you ever used others’ open-source hardware designs to…? (check all that apply)

2013_Q6
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SECTION 4: DEVELOPMENT

Q7. Have you ever worked on or contributed to an open-source hardware project or design?

2013_Q7
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Q8. What year did you first begin working on or contributing to open-source hardware projects or designs?

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2013_Q8
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Q9. On average, how many hours per week do you spend working on or contributing to open-source hardware projects or designs?

2013_Q9
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Q10. Why do you work on or contribute to hardware projects and/or designs? (check all that apply)

2013_Q10
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Q11. For hardware projects or designs which you decided to open-source, how important were each of the following criteria in the decision?

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Q12. Have you ever…?

2013_Q12
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Q13. Tell us more about how you publish and document your open source hardware. Have you…? (check all that apply)

2013_Q13
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SECTION 5: LICENSES & DEFINITION

Q14. What licenses have you used to release hardware files? (check all that apply)

2013_Q14

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Q15. Do you use the Open Source Hardware (blue gear) logo on your hardware?

2013_Q15
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SECTION 6: INCOME

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)?

2013_Q16
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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)

2013_Q17
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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)

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Q19. Does your open-source hardware related income come from…

2013_Q19
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SECTION 7: COMMENTS

Q20. Do you have any comments, thoughts or stories about open source hardware you’d like to share?

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SECTION 8: OPEN HARDWARE SUMMIT

Q21. Did you attend the Open Hardware Summit in 2012?

2013_Q21
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Q22. Did you attend the Open Hardware Summit in 2011?

2013_Q22
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Q23. Did you attend the Open Hardware Summit in 2010?

2013_Q23
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SECTION 9: DEMOGRAPHICS

Q24. Regarding your work with hardware, do you consider yourself a… (check all that apply)

2013_Q24
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Q25. Are you a member of a hackerspace/makerspace? (check all that apply)

2013_Q25
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Q26. How old are you?

2013_Q26
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Q27. What country do you live in?

2013_Q27
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Q28. What city do you live in?

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Q29. What’s your gender?

2013_Q29
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Q30. What’s you marital status?

2013_Q30
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Q31. Do you have children?

2013_Q31
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Q32. What is the highest level of school you have completed or the highest degree you have received?

2013_Q32
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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)

2013_Q33
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Q34. What’s your profession?

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Q35. Do you consider yourself to be of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?

2013_Q35
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Q36. What race do you identify with?

2013_Q36
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SECTION 10: FEEDBACK

Q37. Do you have any feedback or comments about the survey?

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