Open source forms the backbone of the most significant projects
Organizations large and small are changing their approach to open source software (OSS). Increasingly, OSS is being viewed as more than just a development tool, but as a strategic asset. And the implications of this change are becoming clear.
OpenStreetMap's 10th birthday
On Saturday 9th August 2014, OpenStreetMap celebrated its 10th Birthday! TechCrunch took this opportunity to interview the founder of OpenStreetMap, Steve Coast. Read about how the project started, its infrastructure and financing, and how it evolved with the ubiquity of mobile devices. OpenStreetMap also celebrated their birthday with events in a number of countries.
Why isn't all government software open source?
The federal government (USA) is the single largest purchaser of code in the world. So why is this code—taxpayer-funded and integral to the day-to-day working of our democracy—so often hidden from public view? There are two sides to answering that question: Why does the government so often build on closed platforms, and once built, why isn't the code released to the public?
Professors embed students directly into open source communities
Doing computer science coursework the open source way does expose a class to the kind of unpredictability and flexibility that's part and parcel of open source development. And yet Professors' Open Source Summer Experience attendees agreed: teachers and students alike benefit from engaging with open source communities. Some lessons just can't be outlined in a syllabus.
Everyday I help libraries make the switch to open source
Kyle M Hall: At ByWater I've been able to help hundreds of libraries make the switch to Koha, and have been able to add dozens of major features to Koha that these libraries need. I've had the opportunity to work with libraries as far away as China, and as close as my own home town! In addition, my employer gives me the time to work as a community volunteer in various positions, such as quality assurance and release maintenance.
The Centre for Open Software Innovation (COSI) was established in 2009, as the University of Waikato's leading research centre on computer science theory and practice. It is the purpose of COSI to:
- Inspire and extend open development practice in computer science;
- Innovate (open) systems, theories and tools to improve processes and products;
- Excel at core computer science theory and practice as the foundation for innovation;
- Be community leaders at the local, national and international levels through effective communication and openness.