Open Source Hardware for Community Science

Short Form


Closed-source scientific instrumentation doesn't work for community science. It's too expensive, too precise and delicate, and can't be repaired or rebuilt easily. Open-source hardware allows for a means of creating massive deployments of sensing systems, and pulling their data outputs together. This is the wave of the future.


This talk will describe a three-phase iterative approach to creating open source hardware for science. Specific attention will be paid to community involvement, cost reduction, and calibration for reliable output data.


open source hardware, science, instrumentation, community science, citizen science

Speaking experience

I've never given this talk before. I have presented at numerous conferences and conventions, along with teaching in an academic environment, and have given an <a href="">Ignite talk</a>.


  • Peter marchetto

    Pete Marchetto

    Cornell University


    Peter Marchetto was born in New Jersey, USA in 1984. He received his B.S. degree in Physics from Ramapo College of New Jersey, then went on to work in the metrology industry before returning to academia, first at the Pennsylvania State University, then at Cornell University. He is pursuing his PhD in bioinstrumentation in the Biological and Environmental Engineering department at Cornell, while also acting as metrologist and test and design engineer for the Bioacoustics Research Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. His research interests include mass-deployable instrumentation, bioinstrumentation, and instrumentation for community science. He is a member of IEEE, the American Physical Society, the Audio Engineering Society, the Acoustical Society of America, and Sigma Xi.