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[News] Openness/Transparency Doctrines Catching On: Latest Examples

  • Subject: [News] Openness/Transparency Doctrines Catching On: Latest Examples
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 05 Jun 2010 18:17:04 +0100
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GnuBio launches as open-source genome sequencing startup

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| GnuBio is a new Harvard University spinout 
| that is poised to become an "eBay of 
| Biomarkers," according to founder John 
| Boyce. Boyce, who spent several years at 
| Cambridge-based genome sequencer Helicos 
| Biosciences Corp., has joined with Harvard 
| professor of physics and engineering Dave 
| Weitz and Jessica Tonani, former associate 
| director of product marketing for Santa 
| Clara, Calif.-based gene sequencing 
| company Affymetrix Inc., to create a 
| company that is part genome sequencing, 
| part database management, part social 
| network. It promises to join together 
| millions of biologicial samples that are 
| currently siloed at institutes around the 
| world, and to do it using an open source 
| platform.


On The Scene: On the map and in the future

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| Open Source Bridge is a completely 
| volunteer-run conference dedicated to the 
| concept of âopen source citizenship:â in 
| which developers learn from one another 
| and connect across projects.


Open Sourcing Politics

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| âLinux is subversiveâ: so begins âThe 
| Cathedral and the Bazaar,â Eric Raymond's 
| analysis of the open source way. The 
| subversion there was mainly applied to the 
| world of software, but how much more 
| subversive are the ideas that lie behind 
| open source when applied to politics.
| That is precisely what the increasingly-
| important open government movement aims to 
| do, an area I've been covering in this 
| blog partly because of its close kinship 
| with open source, but also because of the 
| major implications it has for the use of 
| open source â not least because open 
| government tends to promote its 
| deployment. But what exactly is open 
| government, and how does it flow from open 
| source? 


Why "Naked Transparency" Has No Clothes 

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| First of all, I think we already have a 
| data point on such radical transparency. 
| Open source is conducted totally in the 
| open, with all decisions being subject to 
| challenge and justification. That 
| manifestly works, for all its "naked 
| transparency".
| Now, politics is plainly different in 
| certain key respects, not least because 
| hackers are different from politicians, 
| and there has been a culture of *anti*-
| openness among the latter.


WIPO To Open Its Doors To Public For First Time Ever

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| The World Intellectual Property 
| Organization is opening its doors to the 
| public on Saturday for a glimpse at the 
| organisationâs activities, during its 
| first-ever âopen day.â
| Visitors will be given the opportunity to 
| ask WIPO staff, including the director 
| general, questions during the day. The 
| event is part of a larger Geneva weekend 
| event to coincide with World Environment 
| Day on 5 June. The UN Environment 
| Programme is organising events on the 
| Place des Nations, and the gardens of the 
| Palais des Nations will also be open to 
| the public on 5 June, and on 6 June the 
| International Peace Bureau will have 
| events along the Geneva lakeside. 

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