Open Know-How

Open Know-How is an open data model for sharing hardware designs and documentation online, to know how something can be made.

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Open Know-How covers everything about how to make things.

Instructions to make anything

Instant instructions to make anything as, when and where needed. Search for open hardware, regardless of where it resides.

Easy to use

Step-by-step, industry-standard and open hardware recipes are easy to use or adapt as required. It saves time for you to make more things and help more people.

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Maximum reach

Write once, circulate everywhere. Faster publishing with maximum reach, speeding up research and reproduction. Documents are publishable in multiple formats.


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Open Know-How

The report presents the research and development on portability of know-how for the use case of peer to peer sharing of designs & documentation, between July and November 2022. 2 app prototypes for file portability were developed, and user testing leads to 5 recommended next steps for further R&D. The work is funded by: NGI-DAPSI and the Sloan Foundation.