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[News] Openness and Freedom (Like Software Help Haiti

  • Subject: [News] Openness and Freedom (Like Software Help Haiti
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2010 03:34 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Open Source Maps Are Helping the World Bank Save Lives in Haiti 

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| The humanitarian relief effort underway in 
| Haiti is proving the true potential of open 
| source map building. Don't take my word for 
| it, follow the Tweets and blogs of my friend 
| Schuyler Erle. He's on the ground in Port-
| au-Prince along with Tom Buckley, a 
| developer of mapmaking program GeoCommons 
| Maker. The pair are advising the World Bank 
| on the use of crowd-sourced mapping, 
| primarily through the open-source program 
| OpenStreetMap, in the relief and recovery 
| effort in Haiti. They are also dealing with 
| rain, illness, PowerBar meals, World Bank 
| contacts snowbound back in DC, and 
| bureaucratic alphabet soup.


(Video) When Open Source Works In The Offline World

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| The introduction of open source processes 
| continues to re-invent innovation as far as 
| software culture is concerned, but can we 
| see this seeping into the analogue world? 
| Cesar Haradaâs research centers on this 
| process. His most recent project Open 
| Sailing explores developing a sustainable 
| architecture for research and eventually 
| future living conditions in the oceans.


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Open source medical software delivers in Haiti

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| One of the big success stories in the wake
| of the Haiti earthquake is being driven by
| open source. (You can help.)
| Partners in Health has been on the ground in
| Haiti for 20 years. During that time it has
| learned many lessons about delivering IT
| resources in an environment without
| infrastructure. Most of its communications
| are satellite links.

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