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Todd Park, CTO of the US Department of Health and Human Services, joined an enthusiastic audience at SXSW to talk about the power of open data and innovation to improve health. His role is not to run technology for HHS, but he serves an an entrepreneur in resident to start "virtual startups" within... Read more
1 comment Posted 13 Mar 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
The movements behind the Health 2.0 conferences and open government have together helped create or open large amounts of data of many different types. The next step is to connect all of that data so that it's actually meaningful and useful for users. There's a chance now to build things that are... Read more
0 comments Posted 13 Mar 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
On opensource.com, we talk a lot about collaboration without talking about a key ingredient for getting the maximum benefit from it: diversity. Without diversity within a collaborative group, the result is a larger quantity of the same thinking rather than the sort of dynamic interaction that... Read more
2 comments Posted 12 Mar 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
As we've covered in many posts, a lot of new businesses and projects are springing up around sharing in various ways. Car sharing services, Kiva, Kickstarter, coworking--the list goes on. Technology has fueled the opportunity for us to get out of our houses and back into communities with one... Read more
1 comment Posted 12 Mar 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
SXSW has barely even begun, and two themes are clear. One is startups, which is well-covered. (BusinessWeek called it SXSW's fetish.) But the other is sharing.
1 comment Posted 11 Mar 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
When you procure proprietary software, you buy a right-to-use license and then a support agreement. But when you buy open source, you already have the right-to-use from the OSI-approved free license, so you should compare the subscription cost with just the cost of a proprietary support agreement.... Read more
0 comments Posted 10 Mar 2011 by Simon Phipps Feed
Believe it or not, Drupal is turning 10 years old in 2011. Beyond providing a content management platform that powers millions of websites, Drupal has a thriving user community. And it's not just coders. There are web designers who work on themes and deployment, content providers, admins, and... Read more
4 comments Posted 9 Mar 2011 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
It's a busy morning here in New York City. My email inbox is full of pleasant surprises. The first is a patch for one of my open source projects. A second will appear this afternoon. A third should come late at night—or maybe tomorrow–from a new contributor. Alongside my day job, I contribute and... Read more
4 comments Posted 9 Mar 2011 by Daniel Doubrovkine Feed
SXSW Interactive gets started this week, and there are a lot of sessions on the agenda with topics related to the open source way. Music collaboration, open government, Creative Commons... nearly every time slot has at least one session I want to tell opensource.com readers about. Below is my "open... Read more
0 comments Posted 7 Mar 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
In writing my first article about open source games, it became apparent that I had plenty of ground to cover, and not just specific to games. It's a known trend in open source: The majority of started projects never finish. If you think this is a problem that needs solving, I will argue that you... Read more
0 comments Posted 4 Mar 2011 by Erlend Sogge Heggen Feed

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