Openwords mines massive, preexisting public data resources (like Wiktionary or Apertium) to rapidly provide language learning mobile software for the world's population, particularly for under-served languages.
Beatrice Martini shared the work she does alongside a talented group working to bring openness to the world for Open Knowledge with me earlier this year.
I'm in love with open source, but I've been dating open content for many years. You would think these two would jump at the chance to cross-promote, but too often that doesn't happen. Open source claims it has a headache. Open content says it's too busy. Really, a headache? Really, too busy?
The arrival of the ten-year anniversary of Creative Commons is an opportunity to express gratitude to an organization that has done so much to promote the sharing of cultural works and to challenge traditional assumptions about the appropriate use of copyright.
I first learned of the idea of OERu from a webinar coordinated by Steve Hargadon at FutureofEducation.com's lecture series.
Co-author: Bascha Harris What if you woke up one day, and every file on your computer in a particular format—say all your word processing documents, or all your photographs—no longer worked? Not that big of a deal, right? Just a few photos or files. But what if you're a photographer and it's your... Read more
A few months ago, opensource.com ran a story on a textbook for college students learning programming (Can Professors Teach Open Source?, Greg DeKoenigsberg, Apr 6 2010). The textbook, "Practical Open Source Software Exploration," was created the open source way on the Teaching Open Source wiki. (... Read more
We spoke recently with Paolo Mangiafico, the Director of Digital Information Strategy in the Office of the Provost at Duke University, about Duke's open access initiatives. Recently, Duke announced that it would join MIT, Harvard and Stanford in adopting an open access policy, in which the... Read more
There's one major advantage to openness in business. Like the Billy Joel song says, it's just a matter of trust. Harvard Business Review's Peter Merholz recently highlighted several successful businesses modeled on trust—and, though he doesn't note it, openness.
While researching for my article Open Music: Is It Viable, I ran across several worthwhile sites that were great resources, but not quite what I needed for talking about an open music model. However, they certainly deserve attention for the good they are doing in the music/entertainment community.... Read more