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[News] Social Documentation Takes Lesson from Free Software

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Social Documentation

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| The new MAA Documentation System combines open-source technologies with deep 
| social computing principles to create a truly innovative approach to museum 
| documentation. The new MAA Documentation System shifts the age-old 
| documentation principles of standardized description and information 
| accumulation to multi-vocal and multi-source accounts and distributed 
| documentation.     
| For the past few years, the MAA has been developing an open-source 
| Documentation System. With over 20 years experience of developing its own 
| Documentation Systems and Collections Management Systems, the MAA is just 
| about to finish one of the most ambitious upgrades of its history. In fact, 
| this system is the result of a complete re-think of its documentation 
| practices. Thought the new system takes account of documentation standards, 
| such as SPECTRUM, and newer developments such as CollectionSpace, it differs 
| from the traditional approaches is several key respects.       


"IP" is dying through obsolescence. GPL, Creative Commons etc. just render it
unwanted, out of date.


Open Source Drug Discovery | a.k.a OSDD

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| The success of Open Source models in Information Technology (For e.g., Web
| Technology, The Linux Operating System) and Biotechnology (For e.g., Human
| Genome Sequencing) sectors highlights the urgent need to initiate a similar
| model in healthcare, i.e., an Open Source model for Drug Discovery.


CSIR launches open source drug discovery news

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| The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched an
| innovative 'open source drug discovery' (OSDD) programme to combat infectious
| diseases that afflict the developing world. OSDD is a CSIR-led consortium
| with global partnerships to provide affordable healthcare especially to the
| weaker sections of global populations.

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