open thread thursday

Could California bill mandate open access to research?

open thread on open access

Champions of open access to publicly funded academic research had something to celebrate last week. Creative Commons is reporting (with just a touch of cautious optimism) the progress of California's Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act (AB 609, for short), which has successfully moved through the State's Assembly Appropriations Committee and is ready for a vote. » Read more


Open Thread Thursday: Google Living Stories

Yesterday The Guardian reported on Living Stories, a Google Labs project tested over the last few months with the help of the New York Times and the Washington Post. Now they're turning it over to the open source community.

We've all heard that the face of journalism is changing. We've seen it with the massive losses of small-town papers and struggles of even larger publications. And so everyone in the industry has their eyes on what's next. » Read more


Open Thread Thursday: Release early, release often?

You may be familiar with the Thomas Edison quote: "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." In the open source way, the principle is sometimes referred to as rapid prototyping, or "release early, release often." The idea is that faster prototypes can lead to faster failures. And faster failures lead to faster solutions.

What do you think? Do you agree with the philosophy? And if so, how can we help organizations see small failures as steps toward big successes?

Share your thoughts below.


Open Thread Thursday | Business: Can the truth really set you free?

There's a lot of talk about openness and transparency in the world of business these days. So we wanted to ask: What does it really mean to be an open company? Where are you seeing companies act in a more open way? And where do you think companies can benefit most from transparency?

We'd love to hear your stories. Share your thoughts below. You can also discuss them with us on the freenode IRC channel » Read more


What if we open sourced genetic engineering?

Open questions ask a question each week.
The topics vary from technology to art to the food on your table.
We ask a question. You leave a response. It's as simple as that.

Open Question #1: What would happen if we open sourced genetic engineering? » Read more


Open Thread Thursday | Business : What's the one thing every company could do today to encourage a culture of collaboration?

Every Thursday we'll pose an open question in one or more channels on Today we start with the business channel. Our first question: What's one thing every company--no matter what size or industry--could do to encourage a culture of collaboration? » Read more