The first half of CityCamp Kansas City was productive, collaborative, and eye-opening. The morning was overflowing with open source knowledge, the sharing of ideas, and expert talks. The event started with 14 lighting talks–a ton of information crammed into a five-minute talk. More than 150... Read more
[The following is the speech text for the keynote I gave at the SwitchPoint Conference April 20, 2012] It is sometimes said that computer scientists worry about only three numbers: 0, 1, and N, where N tends to get very large. Sometimes such oversimplifications can lead to astonishing insights,... Read more
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced one of the most progressive open source policies in the US government. They reiterated the current OMB and DOD guidance by making open source commercial software, but they also went one step further: code they write is open by... Read more
One of the great things about being a potter is the way that experience, tools, and tips are shared by those who love the craft. At my first lesson at the potter's wheel, I was blown away by the way my peers (who were strangers at the time) invested in sharing knowledge with the newbies. The more... Read more
Last month, we posted a survey asking, "If you could open one of the following data sets tomorrow, which one would you open and why?" We got a great response–279 people voted and there were several comments. One commenter remarked that we should have made it multiple choice, avoiding an all-or-... Read more
OpenROV is a project that provides plans and software for a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Currently, it's a series of prototypes, with the goal of a fully-realized design of an underwater exploration device. It was originally created to explore Hall City Cave in northern California. The cave has... Read more
For the past three years, I've attended the Open Video Conference in New York City, and in that short time the conference has not only grown in attendance, but the conversations being had there have changed quite a bit as well. What began as many small conversations about codecs, file types, and... Read more
Where does open source come from?
When it comes to treating, curing, and preventing cancer, modern medicine has largely failed. You could argue that cancer is far too complicated to unravel in the few millenia we have been documenting it. Or that the billions we spend annually on research is far too little. Established incentives... Read more
Monica Potts has an interesting piece at The American Prospect about selling openness and the idea of sharing.