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[News] Geodata.gov and Open.gov Move in the Right Direction

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Carbon Project Releases Open Source Dashboard for Geodata.gov

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| The Carbon Project announces the availability of an open source dashboard for 
| Geodata.gov, the federal government's information service for maps and data.  
| The free application enables "at-a-glance" visualization of geospatial assets 
| and monitoring of Geospatial One-Stop search functions from desktop PCs.  


Open.gov: The Meme Spreads

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| It's really striking how the idea of open government has gone from nowhere a 
| few months ago to hot meme of the moment. Here's the latest convert - 
| Sweden...  


Europeans collaborate on an open-source robot, the iCub

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| The iCub may have been designed to look and act like a child, but thatâs 
| where the comparison to Vicki the Robot, from the â80s television show "Small 
| Wonder," ends. It's not a schoolgirl who sleeps in the bedroom cabinet. Itâs 
| the size of a 3-1/2-year-old, with the ability to crawl, sit up and play 
| drums, thanks to dexterous hands. It has visual, vestibular, auditory and 
| haptic sensory capabilities.     



Transparency against malpractic

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| As a result of my new enthusiasm to 'get out more' I found myself listening
| to a detailed and balanced 'non-advocacy' presentation from a respected OSS
| Watch staffer.
| He explained patiently how open source licencing worked and how it differed
| from proprietary licences. But what he did say whilst looking for an everyday
| resonance to make his points accessible to a non-geek audience, and which
| really sharpened every-one's attention, was that proprietary software was
| built on secret code whereas open source software had transparent code.
| Proprietary software IS composed of secret code. You can't read it, you don't
| know what it does (other than what you can see it do), you don't know how it
| does it and you can't change it.


Tories call for health computer systems cuts

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| Mr O'Brien insisted that "open source" systems could be more secure. We guess
| he means open source database software run by government offices, not
| inviting all the world's under-employed programmers to rewrite the UK's NHS
| software systems.

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