The OSHWA open source hardware certification was developed by OSHWA and the community over a multi-year process. This page links to important documents and discussions that document that process.
One June 2, 2015 OSHWA posted the first announcement about the planned certification, asking the community for input.
That same day, a longer road map with a timeline, overview, and questions for the community appeared. The road map ended with ten questions about various aspects of the certification and a request for the community to discuss them in the OSHWA forums.
After a summer of discussion, on September 19, 2015 OSHWA announced the first version of the certification. This document explained how the certification would work and how the community had resolved the various questions discussed over the summer.
The announcement kicked off a new round of discussion within the open source hardware community. On September 24, 2015 OSWHA posted a second post explaining what it was – and was not – trying to accomplish with the certification.
With the certification specification completed, work then turned to converting the specification into a binding legal agreement and functional system. OSHWA worked closely with the Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic at Stanford Law School on the formal legal agreements that would give structure to the certification.
On March 17, 2016 OSHWA requested comment on the certification logo itself. Various marks were proposed and discussed in the comments.
On May 6, 2016 OSHWA sent a survey to OSHWA members requesting their comment on a narrowed down set of possible certification marks.
On October 7, 2016 at the 2016 Open Hardware Summit, the certification officially went live.