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Open source highlights July

Opensource.com monthly highlights

July seemed like it was a long time ago, but it's time to take a look back at the best month opensource.com has had to date. We start with a list of the top five articles, then move on to other hot topics, like OSCON, licensing, text editors, OpenStack, and other open source news. Aloha! » Read more

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New phase of DocHive, open source tool for data extraction

open source tool for data extraction

In February of this year, I reported that the Raleigh Public Record—a local, online news publication in Raleigh, NC—was in the process of creating an open source solution to extract data from PDFs. The problem many news journalists have is easily and quickly (which is very important given the nature of their job) converting data and images into a usable format from documents they use for their reports (see an example here).

The project, DocHive, is now phasing into the next cycle of development under the leadership of Edward Duncan. He tells us what he has planned for his team over the next six months. But first, I asked: » Read more

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Open source highlights: Best of June 2013

A recap of open source from June 2013

It's time to take a look back at June and see how open source is changing the world. We'll take a look at what articles where hot, a few that you may have missed, and what the chatter was all about last month.

We published 42 articles in June—that includes several posts from our community moderators and many from our open source community of contributors. Find out how you can contribute your ideas. » Read more

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By the numbers: Open source highlights from May

open source news and highlights

Here's what was hot, what you may have missed, and what the chatter was all about last month.

We published 47 articles, several from our awesome community moderators and many from the rest of our wonderful open source community of contributors. » Read more

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Open source text analysis tool exposes repurposed news

text analysis technology

Churnalism US is a new web tool and browser extension that allows anyone to compare the news you read against existing content to uncover possible instances of plagiarism. It is a joint project with the Media Standards Trust.

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Journalist creates open source solution to extract data from PDFs

open up book

A group of journalists are announcing the launch of their breakthrough open source solution for the problem many writers and journalists have of how to take data in PDFs or images and easily convert it to a spreadsheet or other usable format. » Read more

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Is the word "community" losing its meaning?

Poor words. As they get more popular, as we give them more love, we also keep trying to shove in new meaning to see if they can take it.

In the technology industry, this happens over and over. Take "cloud computing," which used to mean something pretty specific and now means essentially "on the Internet" as far as I can tell. Outside the technology industry, take "news," which also used to mean something, and now is a muddy mess of news/editorial/advertising. » Read more

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