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Need a collaboration tool? Try email

collaboration tools

Collaboration is one of the key principles of the open source way and a major topic here on opensource.com. One of our goals to highlight great collaboration stories, and when we discuss collaboration, the need for the perfect collaboration tool frequently comes up. One article, Avoid the tool trap when building communities, provides some great insights (hint: people create community, not tools).

Email is still undoubedly one of the most preferred tools out there for collaboration. In fact, collaboration on the the Linux kernel started with the famous email Linus Torvalds sent to a mailing list back in 1991.

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Like a good student, edX finishes open source project ahead of schedule

Open source the university

Good university students finish projects by their assigned deadlines. The best ones submit their finished work in advance. » Read more

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A lesson from 2012: Open education brings power of knowledge to the masses

open education resources

The end of 2012 is here and over time I think it will be considered a revolutionary moment for open education and open source. A tipping point. A seismic shift. The world has not seen this type of revolution since the early 1400s and the arrival of the printing press. » Read more

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Harvard goes PaaS with SELinux Sandbox

open education

Running students' submitted programs is a security challenge for any university Computer Science department. When Harvard University contacted me about some work they are doing with the "sandbox" tool on Fedora 17, we decided it would be a great opportunity to see how they could get more out of it and share our findings with the community. 

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MIT and Harvard launch joint education venture

MIT and Harvard launch joint education venture

Harvard and MIT recently announced a joint venture they are calling edX. Beginning in the fall of 2012, edX will offer free online classes to anyone who can access the Internet. Both institutions are claiming edX is "not a Harvard or MIT lite," but it will be hosting content from actual classes at both universities. The vision behind edX is to extend both institutions’ commitment to improving education for everyone–including those on campus and around the world. » Read more

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Government and library open data using Creative Commons tools

Government and library open data using Creative Commons tools

The last few months has seen a growth in open data, particularly from governments and libraries. Among the more recent open data adopters are the Austrian government, Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, Italian Chamber of Deputies, and Harvard Library. » Read more

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Open source cancer research

logical radical

When it comes to treating, curing, and preventing cancer, modern medicine has largely failed. You could argue that cancer is far too complicated to unravel in the few millenia we have been documenting it. Or that the billions we spend annually on research is far too little. Established incentives and policies that perpetuate research silos certainly seem to slow success.

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Uncovering open access

To the general public, “doing science” is all about discovery. But in truth, that’s only half the picture. Consider the experience of an obscure nineteenth-century Augustinian monk...

From 1856 to 1863, Gregor Mendel cultivated and observed 29,000 pea plants and managed to unlock some of the secrets of heredity, including the concepts of dominant and recessive traits. » Read more

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