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on the scene
FOSDEM, held annually in Brussels, Belgium, is a free event for open source communities to meet, share ideas, and collaborate. It offers a mix of focused devrooms and themed main track talks, with no requirement for registration. It has a reputation of being highly developer-focused, this year... Read more
0 comments Posted 6 Feb 2013 by Marcus D. Hanwell Feed
good bad ugly
Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves.—Aaron Swartz I have been a PhD student for less than two years. On the other hand, for six years, I have been a member of the free culture movement, which emphasizes the importance of access to and... Read more
6 comments Posted 5 Feb 2013 by Alex Leavitt Feed
creativity
Scientific software tools have long lived in the conflict zone between open source ideals and proprietary exploitation. The values of science (openness, transparency, and free exchange) are at odds with the desires of individuals and organizations to transition scientific tools to a commercial... Read more
1 comment Posted 13 Dec 2012 by Shane T. Mueller Feed
mMass software code
Over the last months, I became more and more aware of the "open" movement. "Open" as in open access, open source, open data, open science.
4 comments Posted 6 Dec 2012 by Timo Niedermeyer Feed
open source in the stars
Open source as a buzzword has lost much of its buzz. It’s not quite as dead as "SOA," but it’s definitely been supplanted by today’s favorites: the Cloud, Mobile, and Big Data. Open source's demise as a hype label was inevitable—it’s hard to fake giving away your software for free (although there... Read more
3 comments Posted 3 Dec 2012 by Bryan Cheung Feed
Publishing the open source way
As a child I remember being fascinated by science, and developed an overwhelming urge to learn how everything worked. I loved science fiction, seeing authors explore the very edges of possible futures, extrapolating out the possibly feasible to its very limits. As I grew older and began a degree in... Read more
4 comments Posted 29 Nov 2012 by Marcus D. Hanwell Feed
This afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at a White House event about the importance of supporting and retaining women and girls in STEM careers.  “If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone,” said Obama.  “We need all hands on... Read more
0 comments Posted 26 Sep 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
In a house not far from Davis Square in Somerville, MA, just outside of Boston, there's a garage full of equipment, a library full of books, and a group of people full of passion. They're called sprout.
3 comments Posted 11 Feb 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
This is an introduction to open access (OA) for those who are new to the concept. It doesn't cover every nuance or answer every objection, but it should cover enough territory to prevent the misunderstandings that delayed progress in our early days.
0 comments Posted 15 Nov 2010 by Peter Suber Feed
Triple yields of cocoa crops. New lives for 6.5 million poor farmers on small farms in developing nations. More sustainable chocolate for you. Those are the goals of a collaborative team crossing public and private organizations that has been working to improve the cocoa growing process to benefit... Read more
1 comment Posted 17 Sep 2010 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed

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