Steven Abadie and I started OSHdata with the 2020 State of Open Hardware report before the 10th Annual Open Hardware Summit. We spent hours digging into data for unprecedented insight into open hardware. We shared our scraping script and saw the community—including OSHWA!—use it for projects.
Our research paid for itself through consulting projects and made an impact. Hundreds of new products were certified. We spoke with Adafruit and SparkFun. We helped students publish papers. We discussed open hardware in Machine Design. We supported OpenForum Europe‘s work for the European Commission.
But we wanted OSHdata to stand on its own two feet. We wanted to see if there was a way to offer subscription market research, rapid updates, additional data, or something else. Despite kind words from the community, we were unable to find ways to make it financially self-sufficient beyond consulting.
At the end of 2020, Steven stepped away from OSHdata. I relaunched the site, refreshed the brand, and kept wanting to try new ways that this might work. Meanwhile, I have been working on another project—Intro CRM—which I’m excited to say is gaining traction and demands my attention.
OSHWA has since released an API for the certification program. Now everyone can more easily interact with the data, and I’m excited to see how the community uses it. It seems OSHdata was not the right project for right now. With increasing pressure on my time, it’s time to end OSHdata.
Thank you for all your support,