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Introducing students to the world of open source: Day 1

From Blake Ross to Linus Torvalds, students are credited with major achievements in the open source community. But that's not the picture Yuvi Masory painted as he sat across the table from me at an OpenHatch meetup in Philadelphia.

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Getting hooked on open source prosthetics

A few months ago, I wondered: Can open source create better prosthetics? I've been meaning to revisit the topic and see what kind of progress the project is making.

While writing that first article, I learned that the leaders of the project were struggling with collaborative tools and multiple projects dispersed around the web. What have they done over the last few months to come together and direct energy and passion in the right direction? Let's find out. » Read more

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The Zimmer Twins: Crowdsourced animation for kids

The Zimmer Twins is a Canadian project that combines crowdsourcing with children and animation. And makes money doing it.

The site has been around for five years and accomplished quite a bit, but if like me, you're not Canadian and don't have pre-teen kid, you may never have heard of it. » Read more

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Poll: Your open source guru-ness

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The opensouce.com community is growing fast, and we're trying to figure out who we are and what we care about. The more we know about ourselves, the more relevant our content and discussions will be.

These polls aren't scientific, but they will give us a useful snapshot of of our growing community, so we can plan better for the future.

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Save the world: Answer the FEMA challenge

Yesterday, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate took the stage at the 2010 TEDMED Conference in San Diego, CA, to announce a new public challenge to come up with creative ideas on how we can prepare communities before disaster strikes.  » Read more

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From information overload to Dark Ages 2.0?

Professionally and personally, we are an increasingly digital culture. The physical distribution channels for information, data, news, stories, and conversation we learned from as young minds are waning in popularity. Books, TV, tapes, CDs, radio, newspapers, and magazines are in decline as the music, entertainment, business information, personal conversations, and current events we demand get delivered to us in an inbox, feed, app, or social network.
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Recap: Open Your World webcast with Joseph Reagle, author of Good Faith Collaboration

What differentiates Wikipedia from other reference books where you have no idea of the process that went into them is that the Wikipedia encyclopedia is an artifact of an active community. A large one, in fact, with about 41,000 contributors editing five or more times a month and 1,000 active administrators. The "Wiki" part has its origins with Ward Cunningham, who saw it on the "Wiki Wiki Shuttle Bus" at the Honolulu airport. » Read more

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Micki Krimmel: NeighborGoods, community building, and open source dating

Open source dating you say? We'll get there. First things first, what an impressive resume. I discovered Micki Krimmel on Twitter (@Mickipedia) and was immediately impressed by her breadth of experience in community building.

Micki Krimmel Founder & CEO, NeighborGoods.net

Krimmel is the founder and CEO of NeighborGoods.net, a community where you can save and earn money by sharing stuff with your neighbors. She has almost a decade of experience in building online communities. It started at Participant Media, where she helped build an online community for Al Gore’s "An Inconvenient Truth."

What I realized as I started to learn more about Micki's work was that she's been doing things the open source way for about as long as I have--she just doesn't call it that. Krimmel is talking about participation and humility in a different context, but it means the same thing. Let's find out more. » Read more

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How Wikipedia works: Webcast with author Joseph Reagle, Thurs. Oct. 21

On Thursday, Oct 21, opensource.com will host a webcast with Joseph Reagle, a leading scholar and expert on Wikipedia's collaborative culture. He is also the author of the new book on the subject, “Good Faith Collaboration.” » Read more

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Joan Siefert Rose on the insanity of entrepreneurship

Joan Siefert Rose is the president of CED, a 25-year-old organization with 5,500 active members who promote and work to accelerate the entrepreneurial culture in North Carolina and the Research Triangle area in particular. She gave a talk at today's TEDx Raleigh event outlining the six symptoms of what she called the "Insanity of Entrepreneurship." » Read more

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