Open Standards & Protocols

These initiatives are part of open infrastructures that Internet of Production is working on. We aim to make local manufacturing capable to produce the same quantities as mass production overseas.

Open Know-How

Data model for sharing hardware designs and documentation online, to “Know How” something can be made.


Open Know-Where

Open Know-Where is a data model that can be used for mapping of manufacturing capabilities worldwide, to “Know Where” something can be made.


Electronic Components

New standard for open electronics design-data focusing on design information and documentation of electronics components, assemblies and sub-assemblies.


Research projects and other activities

We have engaged in a number of research and community building activities.

Research project

Global Governance

This research project investigated governance systems in the context of distributed manufacturing. The work was done by Isabella Kaplan, a Social Impact MBA student at Brandeis University, who interviewed a range of world-leading figures in distributed manufacturing, conducted research into governance theory and took inspiration from a range of other complex systems.

Internet of Manufacturing Summit

In July 2019, fourteen people who had separately been working on different aspects of what could become an open ‘Internet of Production’ came together in Warsaw, Poland, for three days of conversation and exchange. From this summit sponsored by the Shuttleworth Foundation and facilitated by uncompromise came the current form of the Internet of Production Alliance.

Connecting and Networking for Critical Human Needs Project

Building on the MakerNet pilot, this project looked at how design files can be shared and how quality can be ensured in a humanitarian context. The project summary can be viewed, along with detailed surveys and analysis done on design sharing platforms and knowledge sharing platforms.

Research project

MakerNet Pilot Project

The ideas behind the Internet of Production Alliance were first explored in this collaborative project done in Kenya in 2016-17, which evaluated the feasibility and desirability of using a decentralised manufacturing approach to provide certain medical devices and spare parts to hospitals and equipment in Kenya. The project’s final report is available or key findings from the project were presented.

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