Guides and tutorials from
This year at, we challenged our contributors to give us the best and most useful guides, how-tos, and tutorials they could produce from their experiences and work in various open source industries and sectors. In this Best of, our top guides and tutorials this year... Read more
0 comments Posted 18 Dec 2013 by (Red Hat) Feed
writing and publishing a book the open source way
If you shut people in a room for a week with seven other people with the same interests, they have a ball and write a book. —Adam Hyde, founder of FLOSS Manuals That’s what happened at the 2013 edition of the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) Doc Camp. A group of 20 open source enthusiasts gathered... Read more
7 comments Posted 21 Nov 2013 by Scott Nesbitt Feed
publishing the open source way
I spent the past year writing The Librarian’s Guide to Academic Research in the Cloud, a book which focuses on using and thinking about cloud services in an academic research context. I’m fortunate enough to belong to a union that negotiated research leave for new faculty, and that leave made the... Read more
20 comments Posted 5 Nov 2013 by Steven Ovadia Feed
Astute readers will have noticed that we’ve begun publishing our "Open Voices" eBooks in the ePub format. Now, some of our best essays and interviews are available as lightweight and portable files, and can be read on any electronic reading device that supports this open standard. And who better to... Read more
43 comments Posted 6 Aug 2013 by Bryan Behrenshausen (Red Hat) Feed
Last month, this site featured an article about the startup I work for, Briefly, we think more books should be available to the world under Creative Commons licenses, and we think authors and publishers should be paid for their work. We're doing this through a crowdfunding model: raise... Read more
0 comments Posted 24 Jul 2012 by Andromeda Yelton Feed
How would you reboot American government?
In 2008, representatives of the Personal Democracy Forum sent dozens of writers, pundits, politicians, entrepreneurs, researchers, and think-tankers the following prompt:
1 comment Posted 3 Jul 2012 by Bryan Behrenshausen (Red Hat) Feed
New Media Commons white paper examines future of transparency in peer review
The always-insightful Alex Reid has penned an essay "on the question of open peer review," which examines a draft white paper posted to Media Commons last week.
0 comments Posted 28 Jun 2012 by Bryan Behrenshausen (Red Hat) Feed
books of different color
Think of a book you absolutely love. Now imagine being able to share a copy of that book with anyone, anywhere, as quickly and easily as you can send an email. Normally, this just wouldn't be possible. Chances are, your favorite book hasn't even been digitized. And if it has, copyright... Read more
8 comments Posted 14 Jun 2012 by Bryan Behrenshausen (Red Hat) Feed
protests demand open access to academic research
Last week, Winston Hide committed what he called "a toxic career move." Hide, an associate professor of bioinformatics and computational biology at the Harvard School of Public Health, publicly resigned from the editorial board of Genomics, an influential journal in his field.
4 comments Posted 24 May 2012 by Bryan Behrenshausen (Red Hat) Feed
Incredible work comes out of open source communities. But communities far removed from the world of software development often thrive following the same principles.   Openness. Sharing. Collaboration. Transparency. Meritocracy. A common purpose. Following are nine stories from nine very different... Read more
2 comments Posted 17 Jan 2011 by Rebecca Fernandez (Red Hat) Feed