Over the last couple years, many of us involved with open source in government have had discussions about what it means for citizen coders to become involved in state, local and federal efforts. There are all kinds of legal, ethical, and logistics questions that haven't been answered. Everyone... Read more
Is there such a thing as the open source community? A related question was covered here before, about whether the word community means anything anymore. But, I still see the term “the open source community” regularly lobbed.
Over the last week, a handful of folks have reached out and asked me what I think about the events surrounding the launch, then crowdsourcing, then full repeal of the new Gap logo (if you haven't already heard the story, catch up here).
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
This is the second part of a two-part series examining an open source publishing project--an art book--as a fund-raising effort. If you missed it, you might want to catch the first half in our archives. Publishing Print-on-demand self-publishing companies abound. The trouble with most of them--if... Read more
During breakout sessions at Berlin's Free Culture Research Conference, Giorgos Cheliotis from the National University of Singapore led a discussion stemming from a recent conversation with Lawrence Lessig. The intention was a thought experiment comparing “free”--freedom and free culture—in the... Read more
For those of us born after 1965 it's hard to believe, but Americans once viewed Japanese cars much like they do today's products with a “made in China” label: cheap, low-quality, possibly dangerous, and likely a knockoff of a better product.
In part 2 of this series on open education course tool NIXTY, Glen Moriarty, the organization's CEO, talks about the open source community and addressing NIXTY's challenges. Read part 1.
Well, it seems that Google Wave isn't quite dead yet after all. Turns out, they're open sourcing a bit more of the project and asking for collaboration. (Ok, someone to take over.) I can't be the only geek who immediately thought of Monty Python and the Holy Grail upon reading the announcement.
During this afternoon's final keynotes at the Open World Forum, five panelists met to discuss a few of the challenges of geographical and physical barriers open communities face. The panel was moderated by Cedric Thomas, CEO, OW2 Consortium, who was joined by: