Lauren Egts is high school student who participates in FIRST program (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) called FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition). FRC challenges teams to build a robot in six weeks that can compete in a competition. Lauren tells us about this year's... Read more
Charlie Reisinger from the Penn Manor School District talked to us next about open source at his school. This talk was an expanded version of his lightning talk from the previous night.
The R programming language is used for data visualization and expermiental analysis for the likes of Facebook and has a rapidly growing user base of more than two million. What began in 1995 as an open source academic research tool has evolved for use among commercial and industrial businesses... Read more
Fedora Scientific is a Linux distribution specifically designed for enabling open science. It is a Fedora spin targeted at users whose work involves scientific and numerical computing. Perhaps like other Fedora spins, it was conceived out of a simple need: the need to avoid constantly installing... Read more
The Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA) project is an index of linked open data citations and ontological connections that cross-tabulate the following:
Why don't academics discuss research before starting the work? In a recent blog post, Jack Kelly asked this simple question, and it is a striking one for those of us who are familiar with collaborating at high levels as part of an open source community. One of the pillars of the open source way is... Read more
I gave a talk at this year's TEDx Albany event, "Saving Science - Open Up or Perish," where I talked about something that I am very passionate about. For me, TEDx was an opportunity to try out a very different format from my usual technical talks and dig deep down to tell a very general audience... Read more
A celebration of the open access movement, Open Access week hosts events that are aimed at highlighting how open access has transformed the landscape of society due to increased access to scientific research.
A recent study funded by the European Commission and undertaken by analysts at Science-Metrix, a Montreal-based company that assesses science and technology organizations, has concluded that half of all published academic papers become freely available in no more than two years. According to the... Read more
A new Linux Foundation Collaborative Project has the potential to advance science through the use of open source software. The Linux Foundation announced this week that it is joining forces with the life sciences information framework OpenBEL, an open source software project that captures,... Read more