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Oxford University opens up for National Library Week, EFF organizes college activists, and more

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Open source news for your reading pleasure.

April 12-18, 2014

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we look at Oxford University's (temporarily) open resources, an open source graffiti-spraying drone, and more.

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The maker movement helps transform our public libraries

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The small town of Bethlehem, New York purchased a 3D printer and started teaching classes at its public library recently—jumpstarting the community's knowledge of advanced manufacturing and building upon a new way of doing things in a world where physical bookstores are dissappearing.

It's true. Public libraries are reinventing themselves. Today they are becoming less of a place that hosts physical books and more of a center where people collaborate, commune, and learn new things. » Read more

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Winners of the Opensource.com 2014 Community Awards

Opensource.com 2014 Community Award winners

Every year Opensource.com awards members of our community who have excelled in contributing and sharing stories about how open source is changing the world.

This year we present the 2014 Opensource.com Community Awards to these outstanding community members in the following categories.

The winners are...

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Unsurpassed open filmmaking on feature length movie Gooseberry

Open source movie

For animators working with free and open source software, nothing compares to Blender. A fully-featured 3D animation suite, it offers a huge array of tools that individuals and small studios need: modeling, rendering, motion tracking, and more.

Volunteers power Blender. Artists, visual effects artists, and hobbyists alike contribute to the tool, facilitated by the Dutch Blender Foundation. Now, that same group of volunteers is planning to create a feature length 3D animated film called Gooseberry, and they're seeking help via crowdfunding. » Read more

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Win books and participate in Open Library Week

Open Library Week

This week Opensource.com will be featuring articles on open source tools for libraries and sharing stories about experiences using open source in the library setting.

Our authors come from an array of backgrounds, but they have one thing in common: they know firsthand and want to help more libraries to understand the power of open source. Serving the community, managing the library system, and providing quality care are all aspects of what makes open source a better choice for libraries.

We are also running a contest! Enter for a chance to win a book of your choice from O'Reilly Media plus five books for your favorite public or academic library of choice. Wow!

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Open source achievements based on merit, not age

Learners and teachers

Lauren Egts is a student who loves technology. She teaches children and adults alike about computer programming, presenting about Raspberry Pi and Scratch at local area Mini Maker Faires and at the Akron Linux User Group. She's enrolled in the Hathaway Brown School's Science, Research, and Engineering program, and is a member of her school's robotics team, The Fighting Unicorns. She also won a 2014 Ohio Affiliate Award for Aspirations in Computing from the National Center for Women in Technology.

Learn more about Lauren and her ties to the open source way in this Community Spotlight interview.

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Open source embroidery creates a niche stitch with the EmbroiderModder

Open source embroidery

There is exactly one Windows machine left in my house. I feel like I barely even know how to use it anymore, with the exception of its dedicated purpose: it runs my embroidery machine. And you only think whatever the latest video game you tried to crack was proprietary, locked-up madness. It takes two USB dongles in the computer that runs the embroidery machine—one for the software that drives the machine and one for the design software. You know that means it costs a small fortune. Thus, I've regularly looked for the latter (I'm not holding out any hope for the former), but had no luck until Embroidermodder 2 launched its Kickstarter campaign. » Read more

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NASA releases code, National Robotics Week, and more

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Open source news for your reading pleasure.

April 5-11, 2014, 2014

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we look at the new OpenDaylight internship, National Robotics Week, and more.

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2014 Reader's Choice Award: Cast your vote

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In 2013, Opensource.com racked up more than 2,100,000 page views and 1,000,000 unique visits. Those numbers are due to a fantastic community of readers and contributors. So, help us celebrate our Article of the Year award by voting! » Read more

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Top 10 posts from Opensource.com in March 2014

Top 10 posts

Opensource.com was firing on all cylinders in March bringing in 400,487 page views and 224,116 unique visits. And, we published more than 60 articles in a month. During our Open Hardware Week (March 17-28), we 18 featured articles, added three new contributors to the community, and landed an interview with Jeff Moe, CEO of Aleph Objects (LulzBot 3D printers). » Read more

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