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  • Yahoo open-sources Anthelion web crawler for parsing structured data on HTML pages

    Yahoo today announced that it has released the source code for its Anthelion web crawler designed for parsing structured data from HTML pages under an open source license.

    Web crawling is at the very core of Yahoo, even though it has many other applications, including Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Messenger, Flickr, and Tumblr. For Yahoo to share code in an area as competitive as web search is significant.

  • Publisher's picks: 29 open source books for 2015
  • Why working openly works (even when it's hard)

    When I talk about working openly, I mean that doing things "the open source way" is more than using an open source license (although clearly you must have one of those, too). Working openly means being public about your process, from start to finish, including all the messy bits in between.

  • BetConstruct’s Spring to be open source

    Spring offers a single gaming management environment that supports multiple products, with a range of management functions covering player management, accounts, payment systems, back-office users, permissions, currencies, languages, main reports and business performance.

  • OpenStack N and O Looking for a Name

    OpenStack release names are tied by context to the location of the design summit preceding the release. The next design summit is set to be held in Austin, Texas.

  • ​Firewalling the OpenStack cloud

    Securing the cloud is not easy. Now, Mirantis, the pure-play OpenStack business, and Palo Alto Networks, an important network security company, have joined forces to add firewalls via virtual network function (VNF) to Mirantis OpenStack. The partners claim this combination will protect "applications from cyber threats while taking advantage of the agility, cost savings, and innovation of the OpenStack cloud ecosystem."

  • £5,400 worth of PostgreSQL training to be won

    The UK Met Office approved PostgreSQL as its preferred RDBMS, following an evaluation of alternatives. The decision was influenced by 2ndQuadrant training. Data Services Portfolio Technical Lead James Tomkins commented: “With the training we had from 2ndQuadrant we could feel the weight of expertise that came with Gianni [Dr Gianni Ciolli, tutor] and it was obvious he really knew his subject inside-out. It was an enormous confidence-building exercise and has been consistent with all of our interactions with 2ndQuadrant.”

  • The Document Foundation Wants to Overhaul the LibreOffice Interface

    The Document Foundation is looking for developers or a company that will be able to implement usability metrics collection for LibreOffice.

  • What’s the big idea with Swift being Open Source now?

    In this Ask A Dev, iOS architect Thaddeus Ternes explains how Apple's decision to open up Swift differs from its other public offerings — and why you should be excited about it.

  • Open-Source Security Helps SMBs Thwart Black Atlas Threat

    Finally, you can enlist Elastic Search, Logstash, and Kibana—otherwise known as the ELK Stack—to collect and visualize log data produced by Bro logs. This provides real-time cyber-attack detection.

  • LLVM Begins Looking At PKU Memory Protection Keys Support

    This week mainline LLVM received support for the PKU feature flag as prep work towards supporting the new RDPKRU and WRPKRU instructions for Intel's forthcoming memory protection keys capabilities.

  • VCS friendly, patchable, document line wrapping

    If you do enough work in any sort of free software environment, you get used to doing lots of writing of documentation or all sorts of other things in some plaintext system which exports to some non-plaintext system. One way or another you have to decide: are you going to wrap your lines with newlines? And of course the answer should be "yes" because lines that trail all the way off the edge of your terminal is a sin against the plaintext gods, who are deceptively mighty, and whose wrath is to be feared (and blessings to be embraced). So okay, of course one line per paragraph is off the table. So what do you do?

  • TheSetup ChangeLog

    Of course, my setup has changed since 2012. Although the vast majority is still the same, there is a growing list of modifications and additions. To address this, I’ve been keeping a changelog on my wiki where I detail every major change and addition I’ve made to the setup that I described in the original interview.

  • Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: December 18th
  • Sweden wants to get rid of IT vendor-lock in

    Sweden’s public administrations should use open IT standards and software “that frees the state administration from dependence on single technical solutions”, the government writes in its note on ICT, part of its 2016 budget plan. “For eGovernment solutions, IT standards will play an increasing role in the creation of reusable solutions.”

  • UK recommends reuse Italian survey analysis tool

    Statisticians working for the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) recommend a switch to ReGenesees for the calibration of survey estimates. ReGenesees is developed as open source by Italy’s National Institute of Statistics. The survey analysis tool is built on top of R, the open source statistical computing programming environment.

  • GCHQ releases open source analysis tools on Github

    Government spy agency GCHQ has released one of its tools, Gaffer, on Github.

  • GCHQ open sources 'Gaffer' in possible community relations bid
  • British intelligence agency GCHQ's Gaffer goes open source
  • Rory Aronson on Documenting Open Source Projects

    Rory’s mission statement is that “Great documentation is a fun, thorough, and concise dialogue that distributes knowledge”. He’s right of course. Anyone can pick out terrible documentation. It’s either too long, too short, out of date, or just plain wrong. [Rory] strives to keep documentation short and to the point with the Farmbot project. He’s not the only one working on it – that’s the ‘dialogue’ part. Farmbot has a forum and a community driven documentation site which makes the documentation easy to keep up to date.

  • Danone Signs Open Source Cooperation With B Lab

    Danone and B Lab have announced an open source cooperation agreement that aims to accelerate the process for large, publicly listed multinationals to become certified as B Corps. B Lab is a global non-profit organization that sets and raises business standards to inspire and guide corporations to act as a force for good in the world, which could involve minimizing negative externalities, maximizing the positive, and utilizing their entrepreneurial acumen for societal benefits.

  • Greece concludes public consultation on draft public administration law

    On the consultation website, Deputy Minister of the Interior and Administrative Reconstruction Christopher Vernardakis thanked all the participants for their contributions. "The constructive suggestions, comments and ideas submitted will be processed and will be taken into account in order to improve the provisions of the draft law."

  • OECD: Polish OGD agenda ambitious but lacks implementation

    Polish "efforts in open data have largely been sequential and benefitted little from involvement of non-government actors. This has left a vacuum in advancing an OGD agenda whose objectives and potential impacts would be shared and understood by all actors." This is the main conclusion from the 'Open Government Data Review of Poland' recently published by the OECD. "As a result, Poland currently trails the OECD's OURdata Index on open, useful, and re-usable government data."

  • FarmBot is a DIY agriculture robot that promises to usher in the future of farming

    The FarmBot robot kit ships with an Arduino Mega 2560, Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, disassembled hardware packages and access to the open-source software community. FarmBot Genesis runs on custom built tracks and supporting infrastructure, all of which you need to assemble yourself. The online FarmBot community makes it easy to find step-by-step instructions for every single assembly process. There are even forums to troubleshoot installing a FarmBot in your own backyard. The robot relies on a software platform that users access through FarmBot’s web app, all of which looks a whole lot like Farmville, the infamous mobile game.

  • Node.js Version Chaos Management

    I'm just starting out in the world of development, and many of the projects I'm interested in exploring are written in Node.js. If you're an old hand at such things, you already know that which version of Node you use on a particular application is vitally important. (This is actually one of the reasons Docker is so amazingly amazing when it comes to deploying Node apps, but I digress.)

  • NIFO refines interoperability data collection

    The National Interoperability Framework Observatory (NIFO) community is making available on the Joinup platform an updated series of European countries factsheets and analytical models. The updates track interoperability initiatives in 2015, and refine scoring. They also describe more precisely the implementation and monitoring of the National Interoperability Frameworks (NIFs).

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