7 stories that make you feel good about open source in 2015 (so far)

One of the great things about open source is its reach beyond just the software we use. Open source isn’t just about taking principled stands, it's about making things better for the world around us. It helps spread new ideas by letting anyone with an interest modify and replicate those ideas in their own communities.

In this collection, let’s take a look back at some of the best articles we’ve shared this year about the ways that open source is making an impact on communities and improving the lives of people across the world.

21 Canadians to follow on Twitter #CanadaDay

Happy Canada Day to our neighbors to the north! In honor of your special day, we've rounded up a list of Canadians in open source to follow on Twitter.

Special thanks to my Canadian friends Diane Mueller, John Van Ostrand, and Dru Lavigne for helping compile this list. [Note: 21 and counting, thanks to additions in the comments and on Twitter.]

NoSQL and the next generation of big data

This year, OSCON attendees will have the opportunity to hear Henrik Ingo speak on Selling Opensource 101. Ingo is a senior solutions architect at MongoDB. He is active in many open source projects, and is the author of Open Life: The Philosophy of Open Source, a book on open source community ethics and business models. In this interview, he provides insight into MongoDB and explains why it's the platform of choice for big data analytics and for building microservices.

Engineers at Etsy play by their own rules

Senior engineering manager at Etsy John Goulah talks to me about what it means to fail faster at Etsy, and shares some interesting insights into the communication techniques Etsy uses to empower their associates and improve the experience of buyers and sellers on the site. John will be talking more about all this at OSCON this year.

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