Hill, AP, Davies, A, Prince, P, Snaddon, JL, Doncaster, CP, Rogers, A. Leveraging conservation action with open‐source hardware. Conservation Letters. 2019;e12661. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12661
New paper from the #AudioMoth team, outlining the framework for developing, funding, and sustaining open-source hardware for conservation.
Data collection by conservation biologists is undergoing radical change, with researchers collaborating across disciplines to create bespoke, low‐cost monitoring equipment from open‐source hardware (OSH). Compared to commercial hardware, OSH dramatically reduces participation costs. Four barriers currently hold back its wide adoption: (1) user inexperience inhibits initial uptake; (2) complex and costly manufacturing/distribution procedures impede global dissemination; (3) lack of creator support results in lapsed projects; and (4) lack of user support degrades continued utility in the field. Here, we propose a framework to address these barriers, illustrating how OSH offers a route to rapid expansion of community‐driven conservation action.