Open source competence center may also solve the challenge of collective action problems within open source communities: Often there exist common needs at a broad range of open source users for improvement of the software. However, since there is no single commercial entity that collects the little but numerous funding of the users, nothing changes. An open source competence center may coordinate development activities of certain user needs by defining the common requirements, pooling the resources, and procuring a vendor solution to the problem
The Problem: Paying for school is hard, when you're finished you haven't learned enough skills to set you apart from your peers, and your resume is unimpressive.<br /><br />This is a scholarship to motivate young adults to become involved in open source communities.<br /><br />Committee members working professionally in the open source market will use their collective 30 years experience to recommend students based on the impact of their contributions.<br /><br />We'll show you what open source is all about: how to negotiate the open source ecosystem, show you where to get started, and walk you through your first contributions.
Where open education is being used<br /><br />Prime Minister David Cameron announced in February 2013 that more UK universities are joining Futurelearn, the UK's first provider of free, open online courses (with the British Library). In both the UK and US, there are hundreds or thousands of free, open online courses being used; increasingly we are seeing other countries, like Brazil and India, start to become heavy users and hotbeds for open source and open educational resources too.<br /><br />Unesco has advocated for the use of open source and open educational resources worldwide. And, in December 2012 a UN trade group said that governments should seize open source opportunities and become less reliant on large-scale software manufacturers.
The rise of Free Software created opportunities for collaboration between individuals and organisations. Millions of individuals were seduced by the Free Software philosophy and the largest corporations made it part of their strategy. But the full potential created by this revolution is yet to be realized: Upstream University offers a training program aimed at helping professional developers contribute successfully and more efficiently to Free Software projects.
The best research and most resilient plans are those that emerge from debate and scrutiny. This, in theory, is how both the scientific process and our democracy and Parliament are supposed to work. Can our government’s perspective, data and assessments be both muzzled and trusted? It does not make for an easy sell<br /><br />This approach feels even more counterproductive given the current U.S. administration’s explicit rejection of similar muzzling tactics by its predecessor. While it may not be fatal blow, the realpolitik of poor transparency has real foreign policy implications, particularly with allies who share our democratic values.<br /><br />If for no other reason than self-interested policy and political survival, our political leaders — across the spectrum but in government in particular — need to think not only about rules that will foster a more open and accountable government, but the type of leadership and culture that will support it.<br /><br />In the absence of that, though, we could paradoxically find ourselves living in a world where technology makes it easier to share information — via the government’s open data portal or its online access to information request system — while our government’s culture makes it harder to talk to the people who can give that information meaning and context. It is a future where trust, both at home and abroad, will be harder to find
How can someone get involved with the project?
The Open-DO initiative is a collaborative effort and the key to its success will be a wide participation from a variety of communities including:
open source and safety critical programmers
certification authorities (and more)
For more information, people can visit the Open-DO website. Those interested in the tools being developed as part of the Initiative can visit the forge.
"The recently announced end-of-life for Google Reader has brought about many articles in the press listing replacements. Unfortunately, many of the replacements suffer from several deficiencies:
Most of them are hosted solutions. This means that they have the same weakness that Google Reader had: your reading is under the control of another entity. This means if the company goes out of business, or decides to change direction, you could find yourself in the same boat as you did with Google Reader.
Most of them are not being made available under a real open source license, such as the GPL or MIT licenses. "
"In the education arena, we will see more curricula as shareware and an increased emphasis on multi-perspective teamwork as the necessary skills for engaging in collaborative projects. Expert/amateur boundaries have already blurred to the point where individuals can acquire graduate-level knowledge through self-directed learning on the internet. (I often joke that I received an informal PH.D. from Joe University for all my advanced knowledge.) The notion of distance learning will become quaint as in-person and virtual learning weave seamlessly together in open collaborative research endeavors. Lifetime learning will be a necessity for adapting to turbulent changes in the workplace. And active pedagogy — learning by doing with real-world applications — will become the standard teaching model, itself an incarnation of open collaborative design."
"This document presents options for open source software for use in the education sector. Some of these may have uses outside of education, but they are presented here in the context of their specific benefits to educational establishments, or their use in the course of teaching and learning.
The document is intended to complement the UK Cabinet Office’s Open Source Options document, which is presented as part of its Open Source Procurement Toolkit in recognition that open source software is underused across the public sector. As such, the aims and context of this document are the same as those stated in the original document."
"Typically, when you see or hear the words "open-source," what's the first thing that comes to mind? For many, "open-source" is synonymous with "free software," but in reality, it's so much more than that: it's a movement; a chance to improve lives; a chance for success; a total lifestyle change. In this article, I hope to shed some light on what open-source really is -- and more importantly -- why everyone should care about it, or at least be aware of it."
"Frustrated by the lack of co-operation from manufacturers, some academics now want to reinvent the medical-device industry from the ground up, using open-source techniques. In open-source systems, the source code is freely shared and can be viewed and modified by anyone who wants to see how it works or build an improved version of it. Exposing a design to many hands and eyes, the theory goes, results in safer products. This seems to be the case for desktop software, where bugs and security flaws in open-source applications are typically fixed much more quickly than those in commercial programs."
"It is time to work together to design and build better and affordable medical instruments to help medical research. Research labs create medical devices but often incomplete that remains within a small group. Sometimes, same ideas are reinvented again in a different lab. Moreover, some labs have ideas but have no means to bring them forward. To address such issues, an open-source medical devices (OSMD) concept was initiated by the Morgridge Institute for Research (MIR) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a goal to collaborate among research groups and companies to develop medical technologies that are affordable and available to research groups around the world. It is a forum for free sharing and development of ideas and existing resources in medical devices in an open-source platform. Interested groups contribute to the projects, and the technology is free to use for everybody. The open-source platform is not only for software but also for hardware and necessary management systems. The first OSMD project is to design an open-source integrated micro-CT/PET/RT system for small animals. A small animal platform is not only important for preclinical research but it provides synergies between basic and clinical sciences. In addition, the system is scalable, versatile and cheaper. It has fewer regulatory obstacles. The ultimate goal is to translate and apply the small animal imaging and therapy system design for human use."
With the recent attention on the term of copyright in Canada, Meera Nair reminds readers about recent Supreme Court of Canada comments on the importance of the public domain:
In 2002, Justice Binne, writing for the majority in Théberge v. Galerie d’Art du Petit Champlain inc., stated: “Excessive control by holders of copyrights and other forms of intellectual property may unduly limit the ability of the public domain to incorporate and embellish creative innovation in the long-term interests of society as a whole (para.32).” Two years later, in CCH Canadian Ltd. v. Law Society of Upper Canada, Chief Justice McLachlin spoke of the importance that there be “room for the public domain to flourish as others are able to produce new works by building on the ideas and information contained in the works of others (para. 23).”
Which means that the only way to keep activists, dissidents, and those who struggle against brutal oppression safe is to somehow convince the people who make the world's most popular social tools to harden them from the get-go.
This is an uphill task to begin with, but it is only made harder by the demands of "liberal" governments in Europe, Canada, the US and other "free" countries who want to be sure that they can spy on their own populations with social media.
Add to that legislative insanity like the pending US Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which requires services to spy on their users and delete links to infringing content, and the problem becomes three times as hard.
It's not a pretty picture. And yet, at least, it gives us a road map.
First, we have to convince our own governments that when they mandate snoopy back-doors and kill-switches in social media, they give that capacity to dictators, too.
Secondly, we have to make the connection between copyright enforcement surveillance and global justice struggles, by explaining as often as necessary that you can't make a system that prevents spying by secret police and allows spying by media giants.
This is why you should support Android (not Google, but Android), even if you prefer the iPhone. This is why you should support Linux, even if you use Windows. This is why you should support Apache, even if you run IIS. There's going to be a point where being Free/open is no longer a fun perk, but a necessity.
ResourceSpace is a web-based, open source digital asset management system which has been designed to give your content creators easy and fast access to print and web ready assets.
Genetically modified seed giant Monsanto is notorious for suing farmers [PDF] in defense of its patent claims. But now, a group of dozens of organic farmers and food activists have, with the help of the not-for-profit law center The Public Patent Foundation, sued Monsanto in a case that could forever alter the way genetically modified crops are grown in this country. But before you can understand why, it's worth reviewing an important, but underreported aspect of the fight over GMOs.
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