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[News] Openness Examples Ranging From Access to Data and Books

  • Subject: [News] Openness Examples Ranging From Access to Data and Books
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2010 23:26:58 +0100
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World's tiniest open source violin


Go fly a kite: Mapping the oil spill the open source way

,----[ Quote ]
| Since arriving, we've managed to mobilize 
| small teams of Gulf Coast residents, 
| working with local nonprofit Louisiana 
| Bucket Brigade. Thanks to the fishermen 
| and charter boat captains whose livelihood 
| is at stake, we've been able to get teams 
| out on boats almost every day. Taken from 
| balloons at as high as 1500 feet, our 
| photography is of higher resolution and 
| greater coverage than much of what the 
| press has, and we're now coordinating a 
| nationwide effort to stitch the imagery 
| into map overlays, which will be viewable 
| in Google Earth as well as more 
| traditional GIS tools. Most importantly, 
| the data we are collecting is released 
| into the public domain and is available 
| for free here.


Open Data:

Where's my bus? Open data enables real-time route info for Boston riders

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| Traditionally, transit agencies are the 
| sole source of bus information for 
| consumers. Agencies build their own 
| countdown signs, launch their own 
| websites, and build their own smartphone 
| applications to get information to 
| customers. Following in the footsteps of 
| the NWS, MassDOT and the Massachusetts Bay 
| Transit Authority (MBTA) decided to open 
| data for software developers for the first 
| time in September 2009. Within two months, 
| six trip planning applications had been 
| built by developers including websites, a 
| desktop widget, and smartphone apps. In 
| Robinâs words, âThese were as good or 
| better than anything we would have built 
| on our own.â


Government spending details published

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| The government has published millions of 
| public spending data  as part of what 
| David Cameron says are efforts to lift its 
| "cloak of secrecy". 


Open pharmaceutical innovation

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| When it comes to infectious diseases, 
| sharing is generally discouraged. But 
| recently, pharmaceutical giant 
| GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) opened up the 
| designs behind 13,500 chemical compounds, 
| which the company narrowed down from over 
| two million, that may be capable of 
| fighting malaria.
| The process of determing which compounds 
| could yield a malaria drug is time 
| consuming and complex, but GSK hopes to 
| inspire other researchers to pool their 
| intellectual property and work together to 
| develop new and better medicines to fight 
| the diseases that are rampant in the 
| worldâs poorest countries.



What is data science?


"Hackers" at 25

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| It's been 25 years since "Hackers" was 
| published. Author Steven Levy reflects on 
| the book and the movement.

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