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[News] Many New Examples of Open Knowledge/Data/Access

  • Subject: [News] Many New Examples of Open Knowledge/Data/Access
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2009 00:40:20 +0000
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Modeling a Paradigm Shift: From Producer Innovation to User and Open Collaborative Innovation 

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| In this paper we assess the economic 
| viability of innovation by producers relative 
| to two increasingly important alternative 
| models: innovations by single user 
| individuals or firms, and open collaborative 
| innovation projects. We analyze the design 
| costs and architectures and communication 
| costs associated with each model. We conclude 
| that innovation by individual users and also 
| open collaborative innovation increasingly 
| compete with - and may displace â producer 
| innovation in many parts of the economy. We 
| argue that a transition from producer 
| innovation to open single user and open 
| collaborative innovation is desirable in 
| terms of social welfare, and so worthy of 
| support by policymakers. 


The Shuttleworth Foundation on CC BY as default and commercial enterprises in education

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| The conversation below is more or less 
| transcribed and edited for clarity. It makes 
| for great holiday or airplane reading, and if 
| youâre pressed for time, you can skip to the 
| topics or projects that interest you. This is 
| CC Learnâs last Inside OER feature of 2009âso 
| enjoy, and happy whatever-it-is-that-you-are-
| doing-in-your-part-of-the-world!


The landscape

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| For textual information, Wikipedia has done a 
| tremendous job of creating a vibrant public 
| commons. The Creative Commons license 
| prevents others from ripping off what 
| Wikipedia has seeded. In the software world, 
| the Free Software Foundation and others have 
| had similar success in creating a public 
| commons for source code through the use of 
| the GPL and similar licenses. What is missing 
| today though is a public commons for data. 


The Definitive Userâs Guide to OCWConsortium.org

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| College is becoming more expensive, and some 
| colleges this year have set records with 
| their lowest admissions percentage rates in 
| history. If you cannot afford college and 
| your SAT scores are average, you can attend a 
| larger college where the cost is lower and 
| admission rates are higher. And, you can 
| supplement your education with free courses 
| offered through colleges that are associated 
| with the OCW (Open Courseware) Consortium.


Open Knowledge Foundation Newsletter No. 13


Margot WallstrÃm on transparency and openness

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| Commissioner WallstrÃm  does not provide an 
| amended Commission proposal for the Cashman 
| report, although the Lisbon treaty makes the 
| older Commission proposal for a EC/1049/2001 
| reform obsolete. She makes some encouraging 
| points on the criticial reform aspects...


UK government considers open source Ordnance Survey data

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| The government has released a 91-page 
| consultation paper on how UK citizens could 
| get more access to Ordnance Survey mapping 
| data from next year.


DIY Projects Galore! MAKE Sends Out 2009 Opensource Hardware Guide

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| The guide includes 3D printing, Arduino 
| projects, clocks and watches, development 
| tools, robotics, transportation and so many 
| more yummy projects for DIYers. Exit the 
| consumer lifestyle and enter the more 
| sustainable - and more fun - hacker/modifier 
| lifestyle and find your next green project 
| from this opensource guide.



White House Wants Input On Public Access Rules For Federally Funded Research

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| The Office of Science & Technology Policy
| remains one of the few White House operations
| that seems to actually have a good grasp on the
| internet and what it means for various other
| aspects of governance. That's why it's good to
| see them asking for input into what the
| administration should do in terms of requiring
| public access for federally funded research
| (thanks to Lee for sending this over). There's
| been a big debate over this for years.


Open-source software opens business doors for web-development companies

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| The City of Vancouver has launched a program in
| which much of its data is accessible to everyone.
| Itâs also replacing many of its applications with
| ones powered by OSS.
| Appnovation initially worked solely with Drupal,
| one of the most widely used OSS platforms â
| particularly among media companies and non-profit
| groups.


Obama Team Challenges Web Developers

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| Having rebuilt Whitehouse.gov on the open
| source Drupal platform, President Obama's
| new media team is calling on the open
| source community for new ideas and
| technology.


Should the White House Contribute to the Open Source Community?

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| While this measure may not be an immediate
| cost-saver (5 different companies are
| involved in re-building and maintaining the
| White House web site), long-term costs
| should fall as government agencies are able
| to borrow from the greater Drupal community
| while incrementally improving on the
| websites code. But the question remains,
| will the Obama White House share some of the
| contributions itâs making to open source?


Whitehouse.gov could be a springboard for Open Source for America

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| Like many of you, I awoke Monday to read
| that whitehouse.gov was now running on open
| source products, including Drupal, Red Hat
| Linux, Apache web server, MySQL, and Apache
| Solr.


White House web site goes open source

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