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[News] Open Source Hardware and Open Access Receive a Boost

  • Subject: [News] Open Source Hardware and Open Access Receive a Boost
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 11 May 2010 07:17:50 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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The open source hardware culture

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| Open source hardware, aka open hardware, is 
| an extension of the open source culture. 
| Hardware that is designed for free, in the 
| same way as open source software, is known 
| as open source hardware or open hardware. 
| The research and development information, 
| like schematics, bill of materials (BOM) 
| and PCB layout of an open source hardware 
| design is open to all.


Universities, Congress push Open Access Research law

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| For the last several years, the US' 
| National Institutes of Health has 
| implemented a Congressionally mandated open 
| access policy. Within a year of the 
| publication of any work that's derived from 
| NIH funding, the papers have to be sent to 
| the NIH in digital form so that they can be 
| made available online for anyone to 
| examine. Although there have been sporadic 
| attempts to reverse the policy, it has been 
| considered so successful that the US Office 
| of Science and Technology Policy requested 
| public input on an extension of the rules 
| to all federally funded research. Now, a 
| consortium of US research institutions is 
| putting its weight behind an effort to turn 
| the potential OSTP policy into law.



Two Million Free Texts Now Available

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| The Internet Archive is pleased to
| announce an important manuscript,
| Homiliary on Gospels from Easter to first
| Sunday of Advent, as the 2,000,000th free
| digital text. Internet Archive has been
| scanning books and making them available
| for researchers, historians, scholars,
| people with disabilities, and the general
| public for free on archive.org since 2005.


OpenStreetMap to reach 250,000 contributors today

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| The OpenStreetMap (OSM) Project has
| announced that it will reach more than
| 250,000 registered users today.
| OpenStreetMap is an open source project
| that is building free online maps, not
| based on any copyright or licensed map
| data. It was founded by Steve Coast in
| August of 2004 and is run by the
| OpenStreetMap Foundation.

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