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This is your chance to tell us what you think about Opensource.com. And to win a a $100 Amazon gift card! Complete the  Opensouce.com Reader Survey and help us improve our community and publication. » Read more

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Scientific analysis and visualization is better with open source

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Marcus Hanwell is a physicist by training, but his background in science led him down a different path than most reseachers. Today he is a contributer to a number of open source projects aimed at helping the scientific community better analyze and visualize their data. If you've got a question about finding the right open source tool for a scientific application, Marcus can point you in the right direction.

At Opensource.com, Marcus is a member of the Community Moderator program. He writes about everything from specific tools to open access of scientific publications to event recaps. You might also find him in the comments helping drive discussion.

In addition to tools specifically oriented toward scientific research, Marcus frequently uses a number of more general-purpose open source development tools and workflow applications to make his life easier. Learn more about how Marcus uses these tools in his life in this Community Spotlight interview.

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Top 10 posts from Opensource.com in January 2014

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Opensource.com is off to a strong start to the year with a record month in January bringing in 299,171 page views and 192,599 unique visits. We also ran two brand new series: Youth in Open Source Week and Women in Open Source Week. This themed-content attracted new authors to our publication and allowed us to publish a record 60 articles in one month. These stories were gathered from developers, designers, community managers, and more in the open source community who may not have considered sharing their story before, but were encouraged to do so because of our focus on "youth" and "women" in open source. Stay tuned for more themed-content from us throughout the year.

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What's the best thing about being an open source community manager?

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I recently listed five best practices for community managers in 2014. Today, on Community Manager Appreciation Day, we've collected the wisdom of 14 great leaders from a variety of open source communities to find out:

What is the best thing about being a community manager?

 Here's what they said. » Read more

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Opensource.com welcomes new moderators and updates program

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Last year, we announced the Opensource.com Community Moderator program. It's been a huge success. We've learned a lot from our moderators and have recently made updates as we continually improve the program.

The purpose of the Community Moderator program is to identify key Opensource.com contributors and advocates and to provide them with guidelines and a framework for how they can best participate, including advising our team on future decisions regarding the site and community. » Read more

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Women in Open Source Week

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Welcome to Opensource.com's Women in Open Source Week

Opensource.com will highlight the efforts of women in open source from January 27 through February 7. We will be focusing some of our content specifically on women working in free and open source software fields and collaborating on projects ranging from open knowledge to open hardware. » Read more

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Youth in Open Source Week

Youth in Open Source Week

Our first-ever Youth in Open Source Week at Opensource.com was January 13 - 17, 2014!

We were excited to offer you a solid week of content focused on how kids and teens are using open source today. See the full list of articles here.

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Top 10 posts from Opensource.com in December 2013

Top 10 most popular monthly posts

Happy New Year! December was a strong month on Opensource.com considering the holiday season. We had 258,000 page views, 123,000 unique visitors and a successful gift guide contest with 1,200 entrants, 43 prizes, and 700 new registered users. » Read more

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Open source scales from the individual to the enterprise

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Aseem Sharma got his first major exposure to open source in a large scale enterprise setting. Aseem is a great guy to ask about how to use open source software to learn and conduct research, too, as a frequent user of open source for scholarly work.

At Opensource.com, Aseem has recently joined the Community Moderator program. He writes mostly about the impact of open source on teaching and learning, from bridging the digital divide to the open source way in higher education. You'll also frequently find him in the comments section adding to our community discussions.

Outside of work and learning, Aseem uses a variety of open source applications as a part of his everyday productivity. Learn more about how Aseem uses these tools in his life in this Community Spotlight interview.

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Calling all open source gurus

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On Opensource.com in 2011 we launched our points and badge system. Many of our readers log in daily, vote on and rate articles, add their comments, and participate in polls—all while earning points for their activity. Recent feedback from our community moderators and other community members has been that there are a few gaps in the system, which is currently: » Read more

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