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From open source mapping to improving your car's GPS: The future of 3D navigation

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Having a built-in navigation system in your new car is pretty commonplace now (that is, if you want to pay for it). These days many new car owners can just type in the address of where they want to go in to their in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system and a 2D map will pop up with some simple graphics showing them how to get there, or possibly a 3D map if you have a luxury vehicle that offers it.

But how is that 3D mapping data collected and updated? And who can access it? Marek Strassenburg-Kleciak is one of the key people behind collected 3D mapping data for OpenStreetMap (OSM), which has been billed as the Wikipedia of maps. As the senior manager for new business development at Elektrobit Automotive, one of the things he loves most about his work is putting technology visions into practice. » Read more

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Three free eBooks: open always wins, video editing, and open source thought leaders

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Opensource.com free eBooks are one of the many ways we strive to share open source knowledge and passion for implementing it beyond technology (but there too)—in business, education, government, law, health, and other areas of our lives. 

Open source in the the cloud, open source hardware and the Maker movement, open source software showing up in government and other unlikely places... we could go on...

But, we'll hand it over to you in an eBook instead. Read one of our new eBooks, downloadable from our site in .odt and .epub formats. » Read more

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Weekly wrap-up: Stallman says surveillance is "social pollution," good week for civic geeks, and more

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Open source news this week:

October 14 - October 18, 2013


What other open source-related news stories did you read about this week? Share them with us in the comments section. Follow us on Twitter where we share these stories in real time.

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How Opensource.com Project Manager Jason Hibbets takes open source beyond technology

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Jason Hibbets wears many hats. One is red—he's a project manager for the open source leader, Red Hat. And, the rest are for newly defined roles in open source—including local government open source advocate and contributor. But, one of the biggest ways that Jason takes open source beyond technology is by highlighting the ways using open source software, hardware, and methodologies is changing business, education, government, law, and many more areas of our lives on Opensource.com. » Read more

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Top 5 things Angie Byron loves about Drupal

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Angie Byron is an advocate for Drupal. Commonly known online as webchick, she is a Drupal core co-maintainer. She has her finger on the pulse of the community, helping to manage over 1,600 contributors from all over the world.

In this interview, Angie shares the top five things she loves about the Drupal community, how she got started in open source, her passion for getting more newbies and women involved in open source, as well as her best tips for community management.

Plus, she's speaking at the upcoming All Things Open conference in Raleigh, NC and gives us a sneak preview to her keynote and session talk. » Read more

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How the Linux Foundation is helping the auto industry shift to open source infotainment systems

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If you’re a Linux fan and a car enthusiast, then you might be a little jealous of Rudolf Streif’s job. As the director of embedded solutions for The Linux Foundation, Streif is in charge of helping to foster the adoption of Linux and open source in the automotive industry. » Read more

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When open source invests in diversity, everyone wins

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Jessica McKellar is an entrepreneur, software engineer, and open source developer. She helps organize the Boston Python user group and plays a big role in diversity outreach by introducing and welcoming more beginners and women. Participation has increased from 0-2% to 15% and the user group has sustained this over the past two years.

It's results like this that convince Jessica that when open source communities invest in diversity outreach, everyone benefits. Since implementing a beginner series, intermediate workshops, and open source sprints, the Boston Python user group has over quintupled in size, from 700 members to 4000+. They are now the largest Python user group in the world. That type of growth is something all open source communities should aspire to.

Read more about Jessica McKellar in this interview. » Read more

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Enter for a chance to win a free ticket to the All Things Open conference

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Regular readers of Opensource.com have probably noticed our recent interviews with some of the speakers of the upcoming All Things Open conference later this month in Raleigh, NC. We've had a ball interviewing some of the top developers, technologists, and decision makers in the open source space, and now we want you to have some fun too.

We're inviting you to enter our Twitter drawing for your chance to win a conference pass to All Things Open in Raleigh, NC, on October 23 and 24.

Here's how to enter: » Read more

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Kickstarting open source music and doubling the number of scores for the blind

 Open Well-Tempered Clavier Bach to Bach

Serendipity was once described to me as looking for a needle in the haystack and finding the farmer's daughter. In the case of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier, it was rather trying to make an open source version of Bach's music and finding out that blind musicians face a critical shortage in the number of braille scores they have available to study. And, unlike every other time someone has come to this realization in the past 200 years, there is now actually something that can be done about it, using open source software. » Read more

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Weekly wrap-up: "Tessel" may become a household geek-word, open source calls shotgun, and more

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Open source news this week:

October 7 - October 11, 2013


What other open source-related news stories did you read about this week? Share them with us in the comments section. Follow us on Twitter where we share these stories in real time.

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