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Games for life: Girl Scouts, games, and the open source way

Two weeks ago, 16 Girl Scouts and their troops' leaders went to RIT for a Scratch-fueled, day-long workshop in game design and development in pursuit of their "Games for Life" interest project. The workshop was the fifth sponsored by RIT's School of Interactive Games and Media, Rochester Women in Computing, and Digital Rochester. » Read more

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Liquid data and the health information economy: Is 2011 finally the year?

What a difference three years makes. It seems quaint now that in the 2008 NEJM there were concerns raised about the flow of health information onto the web. Back then there was but a faint trickle of what could be entered, mostly by hand, and accessed on the web. Before HITECH and health care reform, exchanging health data online seemed blasphemous to many hospitals, patients, and physicians alike.

Fast forward to today and where we are now: » Read more

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A counter-response: Education in 2030

Let's be up front about things: I'm angry about the rhetoric I hear of late surrounding education. Teachers (and their unions) are being vilified, legislators and parents are demanding "accountability," and at the same time, the financial support necessary to educate a society is being slashed drastically. Regarding education, everyone has an opinion---and they feel their opinion is "informed" in some way simply because they went to school. » Read more

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Open standards and a smart energy grid: Interview with Green Energy Corp

Green Energy Corp creates software and services for communications and energy companies. They're working towards an open source smart grid solution that will help both new and old companies in the industry for more efficient, greener energy. » Read more

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Open health and medical gag orders

Last week a friend of mine posted on Facebook, “I need a new lawnmower. Any opinions on what I should get?”

She received several responses. One person suggested a goat. Another posted a picture of an attractive shirtless man with bulging muscles gleaming with sweat as he worked in the yard. But others identified the pros and cons of various lawnmower brands for her. Based on those comments and reviews, she went with a Fiskar's momentum reel mower because it "won't need to be repaired."
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Is the future of health patient-driven?

People often share more about their health and medical experiences on Facebook than they do with their own doctors. They talk about their experiences with illness, their symptoms, the medications they're taking, the side effects, what works, what doesn't, even various treatment options.

It turns out this online health chatter can be a lifesaver.
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Mitsubishi's gift to the community of people affected by the Japan earthquake

When corporations engage with communities, many make the mistake of focusing first on what the community can do for them. I encourage companies not to start with the benefit they get from the community (buy my stuff! design my products! give me feedback!), but instead with the benefits they give to the community.

What can corporations bring to the table that helps communities? Some examples: » Read more

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Free vs. paid business models: Why and how to build an open source business

Join us on May 19 for the latest in our Open Your World webcast series, an interview with two business veterans, Toni Schneider and Nicolas Pujol on "Why and How to Build an Open Source Business." This seminar for executives, managers, and scholars interested in further exploring open source business will take viewers from philosophical concepts to a hands-on discussion by practitioners for practitioners on designing and running a winning business. » Read more

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Do's and don'ts for your work's social platforms

Emergent social software platforms — the enabling technologies of the 2.0 Era — are being deployed by enterprises at a rapid rate. Companies as varied as Microsoft, Spigit, Salesforce, Jive, Socialtext, and IBM now all offer enterprise social offerings for customers.

This brings up an important question: what are Enterprise 2.0 best practices for individuals? Should an employee use her company's social networking software just like she uses her Facebook account? Should she microblog the same way she uses Twitter?

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The open source why

Some of my collegues at Red Hat have been working for some time now on a book/wiki titled The Open Source Way.  It is aimed at answering the very important questions of "How?" for a given set of Whats, and its a very important resource for those who are ready to roll up their sleeves and to start putting open source principles to work.  But, why would anybody want to do that?

Why indeed... » Read more

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