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Links 1 through 10 of 36 by Joe Germuska tagged opensource

'Well, along with a lot of open source people, I got interested in the Obama campaign and in helping President Obama get elected. And part of why he was so compelling was that the vision of how Washington needed to change is pretty close to the way that we think about working collaboratively in open source. The night that he was elected, there was a great little clip on CNET of a Republican commentator actually explaining open source as exactly what I just said. It was a really brilliant little two-minute clip. He pointed at The Cathedral and the Bazaar, that canonical document about how open source works. And he said, "Microsoft is the cathedral. It's their way or the highway. And the bazaar is a bunch of people working together grassroots to collaboratively build the things that they need. And so Obama's basically asking for the government to become open source, and the problem is Washington isn't really like that right now."'

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"Lest you think this move to open source is inspired by a cloud of cannabis smoke, the report also mentions significant improvements in interoperability (31 percent), cost reduction (8 percent), and quality improvements in the municipal governments (22 percent)."

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"The OpenRedistricting Project has two separate, but interdependent, components. The development of user-friendly, free redistricting software is a necessary step for bringing ordinary citizens into the process. Once that is completed, a social networking site dedicated to monitoring the 2010 redistricting cycle should be created. With these new platforms, the netroots will have a seat at the redistricting table."

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"Chu still believes coal, even with carbon capture and sequestration, is not an attractive energy source. But he is adamant that great efficiency, particularly in buildings, will significantly reduce the number of power plants built. To really take effect, he says, global co-operation on technology to improve efficiency is vital. And that co-operation, he says, could be best facilitated by open source software to avoid the wrangling over intellectual property that is sometimes a source of tension between developed and developing countries in climate change talks."

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"In November of 2008 the City of Toronto hosted an internal Web 2.0 conference and invited Mark Surman - executive director of the Mozilla Foundation and long time participant in the Toronto social tech space - to deliver the keynote entitled “A City that Thinks like the Web“.

"This marked a turning point in the history of the city. It was the moment when the Mayor, Council, City Staff and an increasing number of citizens collectively understood the power and potential of architecting a city to be open and participatory.

"This site is dedicated to propagating that idea. To provide resources to help enable citizens of cities around the world to get their local governments to open up and to track what data sets cities have opened up so citizens can use them.

"Below is the talk Mark gave. Encourage others to watch it. And then edit it. Create “a city that thinks like the web” presentation for your town, city, metropolis, or mega-region."

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"THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City of Vancouver endorses the principles of:

Open and Accessible Data - the City of Vancouver will freely share with citizens, businesses and other jurisdictions the greatest amount of data possible while respecting privacy and security concerns;
Open Standards - the City of Vancouver will move as quickly as possible to adopt prevailing open standards for data, documents, maps, and other formats of media;
Open Source Software - the City of Vancouver, when replacing existing software or considering new applications, will place open source software on an equal footing with commercial systems during procurement cycles…"

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"So what can nonprofits & social change organizations learn from the world of open source development that could help them engage their members on a deeper level and create a bigger impact? Some lessons may be found in the inspiring open-source project, OpenMRS. OpenMRS is a community-developed, open-source application for managing health information in developing countries."

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"The goal of the Metagovernment project is to make the governance of any community as accessible as a free software project. No one is required to participate, but everyone is allowed to participate, just as software developers can contribute to open source projects and editors can contribute to Wikipedia.
"This form of democracy, called open source governance, does not entail traditional voting or majority rule. Instead, people may help govern any community as much or as little as they wish by creating, discussing, and supporting proposals. User input is weighed by other users through a scoring system and brought to the attention of other participants interested in that input.
"The Metagovernment project governs and develops Metascore, the software to aid and manage community-based open source governance systems. It is a global project in the startup phase, and we encourage you to participate."

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"We are happy to announce that Project Hosting on Google Code now supports the Mercurial version control system in addition to Subversion. This is being initially rolled out as a preview release to a few invited users on a per-project basis, so that we can iron out the kinks before making this available to the general public."

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"Reverend is a general purpose Bayesian classifier, named after Rev. Thomas Bayes. Use the Reverend to quickly add Bayesian smarts to your app. To use it in your own application, you either subclass Bayes or pass it a tokenizing function. Bayesian fun has never been so quick and easy."

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