Frictions. Collaborative creation of knowledge vs. practices in trade and commerce. The example of Open Hardware

– Workshop

Monday 16 September, 14.00 – 17:00 @ Room 7, Floor 2

Coordinators: Peter Troxler (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences), Javier Serrano (CERN), Dannie Jost (World Trade Institute)

Knowledge creation is today, in the twenty-first century, a collaborative and ubiquitous enterprise.
Today’s technologies are complex and require the collaboration of many to produce machines that include both digital and physical components more commonly designated as software and hardware.
The distinction between digital and physical does not map smoothly into the distinction between software and hardware, and this has consequences for a world of trade and commerce that distinguishes between software, hardware, services, and goods.

Peter Troxler (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences) will elaborate on the shift to lateral, networked structures in various fields (electronics, design, manufacturing, services) and the friction between these structures and traditional ways of protecting intellectual advantage.

Javier Serrano (CERN) will introduce CERN’s open hardware license, the reasons why CERN decided to develop that open hardware license, how it is implemented and used in a day-to-day context and what the the benefit of open hardware is to science and research.

Dannie Jost (World Trade Institute) will discuss one consequence of this conversion and collaborative nature of knowledge creation, the emergence of open source methodologies, in the management of intellectual assets.


The workshop space can accommodate up to 30 people. To sign-up, express your interest in the topic and get in touch with the coordinators please write to [email protected].

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