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[News] Open Content Movement Makes Many New Gains

  • Subject: [News] Open Content Movement Makes Many New Gains
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2009 13:38:46 +0100
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Flickr adds support for OpenStreetMap machine tags

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| The Flickr developers have announced that they have 
| added support for OpenStreetMap (OSM) machine tags to 
| their photo sharing site. Each object, like a building, 
| that OSM finds on its maps is assigned a number known 
| as an Element. These elements are; nodes â single 
| geospatial points, ways â ordered interconnections of 
| at least two nodes and relations which group nodes, 
| ways and even other relations together.


Wikimedia CTO Departs for Open-Source Microblogging Startup

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| Brion Vibber, CTO of Wikimedia and lead developer for 
| Wikipedia and MediaWiki, announced today that he's 
| leaving the company to work for StatusNet (formerly 
| Laconica) as their chief architect.


Sen. Durbin Proposes $15 Million in Grants for Open Textbook Creators

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| Grant-eligible teaching materials must be both "free as 
| in freedom" and "free as in beer." S. 1714 provides 
| that the "full and complete digital content of each 
| open textbook" must be "made available free of charge 
| to, and may be downloaded, redistributed, changed, 
| revised, or otherwise altered by, any member of the 
| general public."


What is the Right to Read Campaign?

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| To solve this problem the law in question i.e. the 
| Indian Copyright Act, 1957 should be amended to permit 
| persons with print impairment to convert materials into 
| accessible formats.



Desktop Flickr Organizer for GNOME users

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| If youâre wondering how to organize your Flickr sets offline as well as your
| tags and comments, there is a way! Download and install Desktop Flickr
| Organizer. It helps you do the following:
|     * Upload images - you could already edit its attributes: description,
|       title, tags, privacy, sets, etc.
|     * Manage your sets. You could even add new ones. This is one thing I
|       canât seem to do with Postr. With just a few drag and drop choices and
|       synchronization you could easily update your sets. Sounds great doesnât
|       it?
|     * Edit tags, titles, descriptions, privacy settings and licenses. If you
|       uploaded everything already and forgot the stories behind the pictures,
|       you could add them later.


Flickr Uploaders for Linux: Secretive, But Not Endangered Beasts

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| Flickr is almost like Xerox, or Kleenex, in that its name is in some ways
| inextricably linked to the service it delivers. There are many other photo
| sharing sites, of course, with similar (or perhaps even superior) features
| and options. Maybe it's because it is one of the first services that's
| managed to grow, add features, and consistently stand out from the others, it
| is often the first service people try, and the one many ultimately choose to
| continue with.



Google adds Android app for Flickr photos

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| Google released on Thursday a new sample application called Photostream that
| will let phones running its Android phone operating system view photos stored
| at Yahoo's Flickr photo-sharing site.


Flickr taps into open source for better maps. Yahoo Maps to follow?

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| Flickr is now utilizing maps from the wiki-based Open Street Map project to
| improve the detail level on cities where Yahoo's maps fall short.
| [...]
| The Open Street Map was launched in 2004 as an open project, allowing anyone
| with proper GPS data or local knowledge of a city to contribute to the map of
| the world.


FlickrFS for Linux

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| Flickrfs is a virtual filesystem which mounts on your linux machine like any
| other partition. Once mounted, it retrieves information about your photos
| hosted on your flickr account, and shows them as files. You can now easily
| copy photos from your local machine to this mount, and it will automatically
| upload them to your flickr account. Similary, you can copy the files from
| your mount to your local machine, and it will download your images from
| flickr.


Flickr Introduces Code.Flickr, Delivers APIs and Source Code

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| The announcement is part of an effort from Flickr in which it has been
| opening up over 10,000 lines of open source code in its public subversion
| repository, issued over 2,000 new API keys, and more.  


Flickr upload tool turns 3.0, goes open-source

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| Open-source software may be freely modified, copied, and shared; opening
| source code could let programmers modify the Uploadr tool so it works on
| Linux or uploads to other photo-sharing sites, for example.  


The Linux way to Flickr

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| Flickr contains more than 15,000 pictures tagged with "Linux." Flickr
| can help introduce Free Software to non-geeks in a fun andn
| on-intimidating way ("See Mom? We're just like everybody else!").
| Many Flickr users have already done just that, showing off their
| FOSS-related talents in many fields.


One of the coolest Flickr applications to date

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| For Linux users, there's an answer in the form of Flickrfs, a virtual
| filesystem which mounts on your Linux machine like any other partition.
| Developed by Manish Rai Jain, Flickrfs is based upon the FUSE kernel module
| and allows you to upload, download and organise your Flickr images as if they
| were local files.    

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