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[News] Harvard University Releases Free Software, Other New Releases Announced

  • Subject: [News] Harvard University Releases Free Software, Other New Releases Announced
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:35:56 +0000
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Harvard University releases Profiles Research Networking Software as open source

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| Harvard University has released Profiles 
| Research Networking Software, a form of 
| social networking and expertise mining 
| technology, to the open source community. 
| Developed with the support of Harvard 
| Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and 
| Translational Science Center, the software 
| is now broadly available to institutions 
| seeking a web-based means of facilitating 
| collaboration among their academic 
| researchers.


opentaps Releases Version 1.4 of the World's Most Advanced Open Source ERP + CRM System

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| To date, opentaps has had over 500,000 
| downloads from SourceForge.net and has been 
| used by companies ranging from Fortune 500 
| to midsize manufacturers, retailers, and 
| online retailers to small startups.


Terracotta Upgrades Ehcache

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| Terracotta is offering its first major 
| update to Ehcache in its 2.0 version since 
| the firm acquired the open source product 
| last fall.



FAS IT Testing Out New Windows 7

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| He added that he would not recommend that
| Harvard switch its computers over
| immediately because it uses so many clients.
| Uchiyama also mentioned that Ubuntu, a
| competing operating system, is due to
| release a new version today, which gives FAS
| IT another option. Harvard currently uses
| Ubuntu on several Science Center computers.


Harvard using Drupal

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| I recently learned about the fact that the Berkman Center for Internet and
| Society is using Drupal.


Harvard Law faculty votes for 'open access' to scholarly articles

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| In a move that will disseminate faculty research and scholarship as broadly
| as possible, the Harvard Law School faculty unanimously voted last week to
| make each faculty memberâs scholarly articles available online for free,
| making HLS the first law school to commit to open access.


Mini Review: Open Source in Harvard Business Review

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| As the CEO's quest continues, she begins to worry that in many people's eyes
| her company is seen as the overly powerful corporate enemy with an iron grip
| on its IP. Then she worries about how her developers will react. She fears
| that they desert her if she opens up all of their code to the community. At
| the same time, these same developers are ragged from trying to get out the
| next release. But then again, she wonders if perhaps the open-source model
| would make their lives easier? One fault in the article is that she never has
| a conversation with her developers to ask their opinion. The discussions are
| always among the executives. (How typical is that!). The story closes with
| KMS' executives finding a YouTube video of a bunch of people playing a tune
| on competing devices much more sophisticated and cooler than those from KMS.
| The article suggests that they are open-source competitors that have not only
| copied the idea of the original KMS devices but have improved them in ways
| the firm never even contemplated, leaving the executives a bit stunned.



Harvard to collect, disseminate scholarly articles for faculty

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| In a move to disseminate faculty research and scholarship more broadly, the
| Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) voted Tuesday (Feb. 12) to give the
| University a worldwide license to make each faculty memberâs scholarly
| articles available and to exercise the copyright in the articles, provided
| that the articles are not sold for a profit.


Harvard Research to Be Free Online

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| Harvard University will soon begin posting research and articles produced by
| its faculty on the Internet free of charge.


Protect Harvard from the RIAA

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| One can easily understand why the RIAA wants help from
| universities in facilitating its enforcement actions against
| students who download copyrighted music without paying for it.
| It is easier to litigate against change than to change with it.
| If the RIAA saw a better way to protect its existing business,
| it would not be threatening our students, forcing our librarians
| and administrators to be copyright police, and flooding our
| courts with lawsuits against relatively defenseless families
| without lawyers or ready means to pay. We can even understand
| the attraction of using lawsuits to shore up an aging business
| model rather than engaging with disruptive technologies and the
| risks that new business models entail.


Harvard's Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences Implements
Largest IBM Blue Gene Supercomputer in U.S. Academia

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| The system would currently rank among the top 50 fastest
| supercomputers in the world, according to the latest
| statistics gathered from the TOP500 Supercomputer Sites list.


Harvard starts teaching open source

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| As with all Harvard case studies, there is no resolution to the dilemma -
| just the open question (pun intended): To open source or not to open source?
| Not open sourcing, as the case study implies, is a losing game. There is
| simply too much interest in open communities created to develop software in
| the image of those communities, and not in any single vendor's image.

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