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Bringing open source to the masses, one small, local conference at a time

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The folks who planned the RTP180 conference for Open source all the things a few weeks ago in North Carolina did so in an open source manner. Using Triangle Wiki—a local collection of information about the towns of and around Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill that anyone can edit and add to—they posted info, found speakers, and coordinated the agenda. Then, they opened the event by bringing in "contributors" from the crowd to give the introduction.

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Freeing scientific data with CC0 and Dryad repository

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Karen Cranston (@kcranstn) is an evolutionary biologist at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), a nonprofit science center dedicated to cross-disciplinary research in evolution. NESCent promotes the synthesis of information, concepts, and knowledge to address significant, emerging, or novel questions in evolutionary science and its applications. They collect new data under a Creative Commons license (CC0) to free scientific data and make it more widely available. » Read more

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Group remixes a copyrighted song to spread open technology

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David Mason (@dcm) and Heather LaGarde (@heatherlagarde) were interested in expressing open source in other ways and wanted to help spread mobile and open technologies across developing worlds at IntraHealth. They combined these two goals by remixing a song. » Read more

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Self-publishing is an open process

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People want access to content. And creative commons allowed me to give them access to my content.

One man decides to publish his own book—but there's no road map, no previous information to help him navigate how to do it! How will he sell a copy to people he doesn't already know? » Read more

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How is a local Wiki project different than Wikipedia?

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Reid Serozi (@reidserozi), founder of TriangleWiki, explains how the project was created from the structure of LocalWiki, a platform and storage hub for events, people, places, and things in an area. Information like this is put on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook regularly, but only lasts for a few seconds, a few minutes, or if we're lucky, a few days. LocalWikis are created to capture this content for the longterm.

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Creative Commons license liberates knowledge of ESIP community

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Erin Robinson, the Information and Virtual Community Director for the Foundation for Earth Science, the management arm of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (@ESIPFed), says that earth science matters to all of us. For example, when Hurrican Sandy devastated areas of the country, responders needed information on flood zones and what hospitals were available.

ESIP is a cross-cutting community of application developers,
researchers, and big data centers comprised of about 1000 technology practitioners working together on common issues around earth science data and information. In order to support member contributions and collaborative work, ESIP built a non-traditional publishing platform, the ESIP Commons, which organizes member-produced content. Beyond structured input, the ESIP Commons also provides the option to license under Creative Commons and a suggested citation allowing community recognition and easy material reuse. Recently, the Data Citation Guidelines for Data Providers and Archives were picked up and resued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF)—a huge success.

The Drupal installation profile for the ESIP Commons will be available on Github in the coming weeks. And if you are interested in repurposing the Commons for your own group, please contact Erin at erinrobinson@esipfed.org.

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Dancing E startup aimed at knowledge sharing for all

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What do 16th century Incas, 18th century shipyards and 21st century professionals have in common? Phil Verghis describes an issue that has plagued civilizations and industries throughout history: inadequate access to lessons already learned. We all understand the importance of sharing knowledge, so why is it difficult for us to implement it into our daily business practice?

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Moebuis Noodles: a collection of math games for kids

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Dr. Maria Droujkova (@mariadroujkova) and Yelena McManaman authored the book, Moebuis Noodles, to engage kids with early math concepts. Their inspirations are: » Read more

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Tabletop games and the thousand-year game design challenge

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Daniel Solis (@danielsolis), an art director by day and game designer by night, describes what sets ancient games apart from the ones sold in today's market. Beyond big boxes, colorful pieces, and lots of noise, ancient games employ three main criteria: access, elegance, and fun. Access—across language and geographic barriers. Elegance—applying a few rules that are easily understood but take a long time to master. And fun—we all know about that. » Read more

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Top 10 signs your company doesn't "get" open source

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Guy Martin, Managing Principal Architect at Red Hat, gives us the big reasons why companies shy away from using open source —and other misconceptions, like not being able to mix and match open and closed source applications and thinking open source is only about risk management. » Read more

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