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Ohio LinuxFest

These are the links and slides from our talk in the Ohio LinuxFest Medical Track on Friday, Sept. 10.

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How the open source culture could impact climate change

Ever wonder what you get when you leverage the power of the open source culture to combat global warming? I didn't. Until I heard about Coalition of the Willing--an animated film about an online war against global warming in a post-Copenhagen world. This is collaboration, participation, and meritocracy coming together to tackle a world-wide issue.

We got a chance to catch up with Timothy Rayner, a writer and philosopher based in Sydney, Australia, and asked him to tell us more about this project. He wrote Collation of the Willing with British film-maker Simon Robson. I exchanged a few emails with Tim, we chatted  on the phone, and I couldn't  wait to share Coalition of the Willing with the opensource.com community. » Read more

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Introduction to "three strikes" copyright infringement rules in Dragon*con EFF track

Clifton Tunnell, a patent attorney registered to practice before the USPTO and associate of Anderson Dailey, LLP in Atlanta, GA and Andrew Norton of the United States Pirate Party and previously Pirate Party International, presented “Three Strikes and You’re Out” in the Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF) track at Dragon*Con 2010. They gave an overview of the graduated response program in the entertainment industry to pursue file sharers and online copyright infringement.

”Graduated response” means each time a copyright holder finds an infringement, they increase their response. The first time they find you infringing, you might get a warning. The next time they may » Read more

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Open health in Guatemala

The FreeMED Software Foundation has been involved with a medical clinic and teaching project in Guatemala for some time. The project, hosted by Pop-Wuj, a non-profit Spanish language school in Xela (Quetzeltenango), Guatemala, hosts a medical clinic for the poor in the city and surrounding pueblos.

The project, through the efforts of Jonathan St George, MD who founded the idea, has been » Read more

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You can make money with open source. Literally.

This is an old story--two years old, to be specific. But it was new to me when I heard it at LinuxCon, and it was new to a lot of others in the room too. And it was a great story, so I wanted to share it further.

In 2008, the Dutch Ministry of Finance held a competition to design a coin that would honor the country's architecture.

To briefly describe the coin, on one side is a portrait of » Read more

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Open Your World recap: Stefan Lindegaard on Open Innovation Revolution

After the success of our Open Your World webcast forum in May, we decided to make it a regular event. We're starting the series with Stefan Lindegaard, author of Open Innovation Revolution. The following are a few of the highlights from his talk. You can download a PDF of the slides from the talk at the end of this post, and we expect to post the audio soon.

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Today: Open Your World webcast with Stefan Lindegaard on the Open Innovation Revolution

It's not too late to sign up. Register to join us at 1 p.m. ET.

If you've already registered, the URL and dial-in information are in the email you got after registering.

During the webcast, you can ask Stefan questions through Twitter or identi.ca by posting with the #oywf hashtag and @opensourceway. You can also send them from within the forum by clicking on the opensourceway user in the list of participants and sending a private message. » Read more

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Designing culture: The other community plumbing

One of our frequent writers in the Business channel, Chris Grams, gave the keynote at DrupalCamp Boone today on "Designing culture: The other community plumbing." This post is based on that talk.

Drupal is great as a content management system. But as much as we like it, a community is not built by Drupal. It's built by people. Getting people to work together is not solved by a Drupal installation alone. You need culture--the other community plumbing.

Can culture be designed? Yes. » Read more

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Illustration: Being a catalyst in communities

Rob Cottingham of the Noise to Signal web cartoon attended Karsten Wade's talk on The Open Source Way Handbook at OSCON. He then posted this great cartoon based on the talk. It's a perfect illustration of the ideas in the handbook. » Read more

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Diaspora arriving September 15

We've waited all summer to find out what will happen when the students who have been working on Diaspora return to school and launch the P2P Facebook killer.

Now September has come, and they've broken their long silence. Diaspora will launch on September 15. » Read more

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