Open source news roundup for June 26-July 2, 2016

GitHub project analysis, 3D printed prosthetics, and more open source news

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In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at GitHub project analysis, 3D printed prosthetics, a microbiome forecasting algorithm, and more!

Open source news roundup for June 26-July 2, 2016

GitHub releases data on 2.8 million open source repositories through Google BigQuery

Studying open source software trends on GitHub just got a lot easier. The curious can now analyze code repository data using Google BigQuery. Millions of unique commits, file paths, and files will be searchable with regular expressions. Data will be updated each week.

The future of 3D printed prosthetics

Prosthetics are evolving in the era of affordable 3D printing. Traditional prosthetics are typically priced from $5,000-$50,000. Among the groups working on more affordable solutions is The Enable Community Foundation. The foundation is democratizing the production of 3D printed prosthetic limbs using open source technology. Prosthetic limbs can be customized based on patient needs at a fraction of the typical solution.

A new tool for forecasting the behavior of the microbiome

The Microbial Dynamical Systems INference Engine (MDSINE) is an open source software package that uses advance machine learning to predict how microbial communities in the gut will grow and interact over time. Developed by a team at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the University of Massachusetts, the algorithm was designed to help determine the growth path of an individual's bacterial ecosystem (we each have our own). Results from recent use of the software have already produced important insights into new bacteriotherapies for C. difficile infections and inflammatory bowel disease.

Italy's military is starting its march to open source

Italian military forces are migrating from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice, citing cost savings. The transition is expected to save the ministry between $29M and $32M (€26M and €29M) annually. This migration to open source software is said to be the country's largest to date.

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Michelle Greenlee - Michelle is a freelance technology writer. She has created technical content for a range of brands and publications, including IBM Security, GE Digital, HP Enterprise, SAP, TechTarget, UBMTech, and more. She covers enterprise software, cybersecurity, big data analytics, digital marketing and website development.