open-source

The open-source model is a decentralised development model that encourages open collaboration. A main principle of open-source software development is peer production, with products such as source code, blueprints, and documentation freely available to the public. The open-source movement in software began as a response to the limitations of proprietary code. 

 

How to measure nuclear radiation? Waag hosted a workshop on how to measure radiation with low-cost sensors.

 

The Dutch Privacy Awards were presented during the National Privacy Conference, with an incentive award for PublicSpaces.

 

Ista Boszhard and Cecilia Raspanti of TextileLab Amsterdam are the winners at Future Fashion Pioneers.

 

GammaSense develops a citizens measurement network to measure gamma radiation.

 

DSI talks is a series of events that investigates technologies and their ability to solve sustainable challenges.

 

We turned a page in our history. We shortened our name to just Waag - with the subtitle technology & society. And it comes with a new website, made in our new visual identity.

 

Design blog Dezeen has interviewed Sabine Wildevuur of our Creative Care Lab in their series called 'Good Design for a Bad World'. In the interview, she describes healthcare as "a closed system" in which patients have little power.

 

In a world where science is most often practiced in isolated labs, gaining access to the primary tools is of great importance to many independent researchers.

 

Last month I flew to Chile for the 'Gathering of Open Science Hardware' (GOSH). I went there there with the idea to see a lot of hardware, exchange ideas about equipment and problems you face during equipment development, and of course meet many awesome people. Those cool people I definitely met but I actually did not see that much hardware! Nevertheless, the gathering was no disappointment and left a much bigger impression than I could imagine beforehand.

 

Frank Kresin looks ahead to 2017, that brings new challenges and opportunities and a new job for him at the University of Twente, managing the newly founded DesignLab.

 

The creaky wooden floor in the Theatrum Anatonicum of the Waag was covered in white, the vodka for a DNA extraction experiment was ice cold, and the 3D printer warming up. Waag's Do-It-Yourself Healthcare Clinic was about to open its doors to the public—or, rather, to prospective creators and 'patients'.

 

Can you beat the price of a Raspberry Pi? Recently, the small firm Next Thing Co. (a team of nine artists and engineers) introduced the 'Chip' at Kickstarter. A 'single-board'-computer for the price of... nine US dollars.

 

The Rijksmuseum has added the digital design of the 'Makerchair Hexagon' from the Dutch designer Joris Laarman to its collection.

 

6-11-2014

Mooltipass

After just one day already 15% of the crowdfunding target at Indiegogo had been reached: the Mooltipass, an open-source offline password database.

 

In October 2014 we organized a two-day OpenKnit Machine workshop within the Crisp Smart Textile Services project in collaboration with TU/Eindhoven and Gerard Rubio.

 

Willem Duijvelshoff visited our event Do It Together Bio about Hacking HIV for Motherboard and reports (in Dutch).

 

The omnipresence of smartphones and the fast rise of iBeacons present new opportunities for information services. But what are iBeacons? These are small sensors with a built-in ARM processor. The technology enables a smart phone or other device to perform actions when in close proximity to an iBeacon, like exchanging their position. They can also measure temperature, movement and acceleration.

 

Steve Swiggers and Vincent Muller of the Dutch branch of Wikihouse presented their design at the RAP for an open source garden house. Via hollandwikihouse.nl they invited everyone to co-design specific parts they could find a solution for themselves.

 

Mozilla has, together with a group of providers and hardware makers, established the Open Web Device Compliance Review Board (OWDRCB), a similar board as the Open Handset Alliance for Android. CEO Bas van Abel recently told BuzzT that Mozilla is interested in the possibility to run Firefox OS on the Fairphone, that comes standard with Android.

 

After two years and three printruns of the book 'Open Design Now', a Japanese edition of the book has been published. A beautifully crafted book, like they only make them in Japan: a paperback with a dustjacket - all in the finest papers.

 

Why did Waag develop the CitySDK? Governments are producing lots of information and this data is no mostly open for wider application. From city councils to national governments and the European Union: they all produce an enormous diversity of data. All of them with their own targets and means, from every specific part of the society.

 

The City of Istanbul has installed the CitySDK API and seized the moment to release new datasets.

 

The Dutch book 'De toekomst is open' (The future is open) is about the research and use of open data in Rotterdam, where the municipality has made available datasets (in the Rotterdam Open Data Store) to experiment with.

 

Through his documentary “Year of Open Source” project, the Berlin-based New Zealand filmmaker Sam Muirhead has set himself the challenge of trying to live as open source as possible for a year: abandoning goods protected with traditional copyright, getting rid of his Apple, discovering Creative Commons films and music, producing clothing with circular knitting machines and parametric designs, creating digitally manufactured furniture and learning to master open hardware and 3D printing.

 

On Friday February 15, fellow Patrice Riemens and system administrator Henk Buursen organized a meet up in remembrance of Aaron Schwartz, the famous American Internet and social justice activist who committed suicide on January 11th 2013. Following is a blog about this evening by Patrice Riemens.

 

Since 12 December 2012, the contents of the book 'Open Design Now' is for 100% open under a CC-license online.

 

The winners of the Apps for Amsterdam contest in 2011 were: Energielabel App, OCO Scholenzoeker and 178 x Amsterdam.