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The open source model and Open Access in Maryland

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  • How the open source model will soar above the rest

    Defining a project is more than just discussing the results of the deliverable. For a project manager, this definition is about learning how to balance a series of interrelated elements. When it comes to the process of creation, the project manager has to manage the dependencies and the project's critical chain. The project manager also has to communicate effectively with the various stakeholders' personalities and the dynamic differences between Waterfall and Agile development methods.

  • University System of Maryland gives 21 grants to promote open-source textbook use

    Twenty-one faculty members from 12 state universities and community colleges will receive a series of "mini grants" from the University System of Maryland to help them expand open education resources and mitigate student fees.

Events: The Perl Conference in Amsterdam, Akademy 2017 Proposals

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  • The Perl Conference in Amsterdam

    9 .. 11 August, 2017

    These meetings were formerly known as YAPC::EU, the yearly meeting of Perl Mongers in Europe.

  • Talk proposals Akademy 2017

    Sprintime is here. So start planning for all the summer conferences. The KDE yearly summer conference, Akademy, takes place in the south of Spain from July 22nd to July 27th.

    Akademy is a great opportunity for all community members to tell their fellow KDE-ers about the things they have been working on. It provides a friendly environment where people contribute to the wonderful projects of KDE.

Leftovers: OSS

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  • Google Cloud and Elastic Form Partnership
  • Elastic Brings Search And Analytics To Google Cloud Platform
  • Google Cloud partners with Elastic for advanced search and analytics
  • Google will launch an Elasticsearch cloud service in second half of 2017
  • DeepMind Open Sources Sonnet Library To Make It Easier To Create Complex Neural Networks

    Sonnet is a new open source library announced by Alphabet’s DeepMind. It is built on top of their existing machine learning library TensorFlow along with extra features that fit DeepMind’s research requirements. Sonnet is designed to make it easier to create complex neural networks using TensorFlow.

  • Google DeepMind open sources Sonnet so you can build neural networks in TensorFlow even quicker

    Google’s DeepMind announced today that it was open sourcing Sonnet, its object-oriented neural network library. Sonnet doesn’t replace TensorFlow, it’s simply a higher-level library that meshes well with DeepMind’s internal best-practices for research.

    Specifically, DeepMind says in its blog post that the library is optimized to make it easier to switch between different models when conducting experiments so that engineers don’t have to upend their entire projects. To this avail, the team made changes to TensorFlow to make it easier to consider models as hierarchies. DeepMind also added transparency to variable sharing.

  • Blogging challenge: Share your knowledge about how community works

    Help us collect community knowledge by blogging about the weekly community management theme. This week's theme is Encouraging New Contributors.

    Communities are what make open source software work. No two pieces of open source software are the same and so no two communities are the same but they can often learn from each other. Some have shared their best practices for bringing communities together, growing them, and fostering them. We have several books about communities and several conferences dedicated to them.

  • What is Chef? A primer for DevOps newbies

    Mastering the cloud is a lot easier with the DevOps program Chef in your kitchen.

    Chef is an open source cloud configuration management and deployment application. It's meant to help anyone orchestrate servers in a cloud or just in a departmental data center. Instead of system administrators sweating over management programs that were designed for single, stand-alone servers, Chef allows DevOps to spin off dozens or hundreds of server instances in less time than it takes you to read this article.

  • Meson Build System Prepares For Growth

    Jussi Pakkanen of the Meson Build System has issued a project status report following more projects like X.Org and Mesa exploring Meson.

    Many of the projects exploring Meson are doing so as a possible replacement to their CMake or Autotools build systems. A number of them are commonly turned onto Meson by its superior Windows support, the possibility of condensing two or three build systems down into a single unified build system, and certainly the much faster performance of Meson thanks in part to its Ninja back-end.

  • Tracking the explosive growth of open-source software

    That’s why we decided to create a new, detailed index to track popular open-source software projects, and gain some insights into the new companies powered by these technologies.

  • Fuchsia: a new operating system

    It's always fun to see a new operating system pop up out in the wild and be far along enough in its development to actually be useful. Fuchsia is not there yet, but it appears headed in the right direction. With Google's resources behind the project, the development of Magenta and other Fuchsia components is happening at a brisk pace; all commits are visible to the public. However, there is no public mailing list, and it's a bit of puzzle to figure out where this project is going.

    This is a new take on open-source development where it is out in the open, yet secret. It'll be interesting to keep an eye on Fuchsia's development to see what it eventually grows into.

  • Tech Universities: Adopt a Free Software as your own children

    Some things will never change on Programming classes in universities: There will always be students crying to understand pointers, there will always be people going to stackoverflow hoping that somebody would do their homework, Every semester the students would start thousands of lines for their conclusion project and those lines ould probably go to the trash bin as soon as the semester ends. This shouldn’t be like that, this really shouldn’t be like that.

  • Army Research Laboratory releases Open Source policy to share software

    Army Research Laboratory officials developed an Open Source policy for the sharing ARL-developed software. The goal is to increase collaboration and incentivize innovative ideas among federal and nonfederal research organizations.

    The Federal Source Code Policy ensures new custom-developed federal source code be made broadly available for reuse across the federal government. ARL's policy is a concrete implementation of the goals of the Federal Source Code Policy, officials say.

    ARL's Open Source policy allows external researchers to analyze and verify software generated by the lab.

  • dmd Backend converted to Boost License
  • Review of BeansBooks, Released Under ‘Open Code’ License

    Before using BeansBooks, be sure to take a look at its “open code” license, which is a free software license but incompatible with the GPL and all GPL compatible licenses, whether “copyleft” or “permissive.”

    Open software often reduces the barrier to entry for small businesses. FOSS fans might well have heard of personal and small-business accounting software GnuCash, which is taught in the Penn Manor School District in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and described in Charlie Reisinger’s book The Open Schoolhouse. Less well known is BeanBooks, an “open code” SaaS accounting program created by the well-known folks at System76, which came onto my radar just recently. This screencast review of the software does a good job showing you its features.

  • With Eye on Precision Medicine, tranSMART, i2b2 Foundations Merge
  • Open Source Foundations TranSmart, i2b2 to Merge
  • The review gap

    The free-software community is quite good at creating code. We are not always as good at reviewing code, despite the widely held belief that all code should be reviewed before being committed. Any project that actually cares about code review has long found that actually getting that review done is a constant challenge. This is a problem that is unlikely to ever go completely away, but perhaps it is time to think a bit about how we as a community approach code review.

    If a development project has any sort of outreach effort at all, it almost certainly has a page somewhere telling potential developers how to contribute to the project. The process for submitting patches will be described, the coding style rules laid down, design documents may actually exist, and so on; there is also often a list of relatively easy tasks for developers who are just getting started. More advanced projects also encourage contributions in other areas, such as artwork, bug triage, documentation, testing, or beer shipped directly to developers. But it is a rare project indeed that encourages patch review.

Leftovers: OSS

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  • A beginner’s guide to Mastodon, the hot new open-source Twitter clone

    Mastodon is a fast-growing Twitter-like social network that seeks to re-create the service’s best parts while eliminating its whale-sized problems. The distributed, open-source platform offers better tools for privacy and fighting harassment than Twitter does, but it also comes with a learning curve. Mastodon’s federated nature means there’s no single website to use, and learning how to wade through its timeline of tweets (which it calls toots) takes some time to adjust to.

    But for anyone who misses “the old Twitter” — the days of purely chronological timelines, no ads, and an inescapable flood of harassment — Mastodon can feel like a haven. So before you evacuate the blue bird hellmouth, here’s everything you need to know.

  • Google Cloud to host open source Elasticsearch

    The Elastic stack—Elasticsearch, Kibana, and Logstash—has become a powerful open source alternative for doing real-time searches on generated data like logs. Now Google is turning one of them into a cloud commodity.

    Google has partnered with Elasticsearch BV, the group that commercially supports the Elasticsearch stack’s cloud—called Elastic Cloud, appropriately enough—and is preparing to offer managed editions of Elastic Cloud on Google Cloud Platform.

  • Open source Elastic analytics snaps into Google's Cloud Platform

    Open-source search analytics are coming to Google's Cloud Platform courtesty of Elastic.

    GCP will host Elastic's open-source search and analytics platform under a partnership deal, as managed Elastic Cloud. The managed service is due later this year.

    The Elastic stack – including Elasticsearch, Kibana, Beats and Logstash – offers search, log analysis and visualisation tools for search, logging, security, metrics and analytics, all of which will now be available on GCP.

  • French CIOs share recipe for success of big IT projects

    Government IT systems can be unusually complex, SGMAP writes in its announcement, published on 3 April. Combined with government’s multi-faceted decision making process, this creates all sorts of risks for new IT projects. So DINSIC, which drives government modernisation and simplification, is sharing the common principles as a way to control these risks.


    Share and reuse; and

    Exploit open data.

  • Portugal pilots new use for healthcare data exchange

    The PNB is based on reusable, publicly available software components. The system handles over 300,000 messages per day.

  • Difference Between Different Types Of Open Sources Licenses

    While open sourcing a project, one needs a license so that the terms distribution, linking, modification, private use, etc., can be automatically taken care of. There are many open source licenses to choose from, some of them being MIT, GNU GPL, Apache 2.0, Creative Commons, BSD licenses. Each has its own terms of the above characteristics that even decide the ownership and credibility of the project.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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  • Chiosi: Open Source Necessary, Not Sufficient

    Margaret Chiosi has long been an open source advocate, but the former AT&T, now Huawei, executive acknowledged here today that open source by itself is not enough -- and the gap between what it provides and what carrier-class products require is an industry challenge.

    "You have all these open source pieces -- they are great initial pieces, but you can't just clean it up and run it, because it's not complete," Chiosi said, in an interview following her keynote presentation here. "The challenge for the industry is how do we get from here to production -- there are a lot of gaps."

    Chiosi's comments echo those made earlier in the week by another staunch open source proponent, Guru Parulkar, a founder of ONS and current executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. Parulkar noted the resources gap between what open source can deliver -- code, proofs-of-concept and lab trials -- and the commercialization and hardening processes needed to take products to market. (See Open Source Boom Not Without Challenges.)

  • Telecoms copying cloud providers make beeline for open source, say analysts
  • Open Networking Takes Next Steps Up the Stack
  • AT&T's Rice: ONAP will help the industry take advantage of ECOMP and Open-O
  • How ONAP Will Merge Millions of Lines of Code from ECOMP and Open-O
  • ONS 2017 Tracks Progress of Open Source Networking Projects
  • Open Source, Cybersecurity, Fintech Relationships: A Look Back at the North American Trading Architecture Summit

    This year’s North American Trading Architecture Summit was packed full of great insight from industry leaders in financial technology.

    Another Waters conference has come and gone, and yet again I’m left with plenty to chew on. The North American Trading Architecture Summit (NATAS) is particularly special for me, as it’s geared more toward the sell side.

  • HackerOne CEO: The tech industry has some 'catching up to do' on software security

    Remember the open source adage that "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow?" Well, open source hasn't quite worked out that way. Heartbleed, Shellshock, and a host of other security holes have made open source, for all its virtues, look somewhat ordinary when it comes to bugginess and security.

    At least, that's one way to read the data.

    According to open source business luminary and HackerOne CEO Marten Mickos, however, open source absolutely has delivered better security than its proprietary peers. Perhaps even more important, however, is how open source enables bug bounty programs launched by HackerOne and others to be dramatically more successful than they could be in a closed-source context.

  • Speak at The Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summit North America in L.A.

    Four events, one name: LinuxCon, ContainerCon, CloudOpen and the all-new Community Leadership Conference have combined to form one big event: Open Source Summit North America. The rebranded event, to be held Sept. 11-13 in Los Angeles, will feature a broader range of open source topics, and be more inclusive than ever.

    Each of the four conference areas bring a different part of the open source community to the table, providing a holistic overview of the industry for attendees of the new Open Source Summit.

  • It’s Time for Open Citations

    Today, Mozilla is announcing support for the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC), an effort to make citation data from scholarly publications open and freely accessible.

    We’re proud to stand alongside the Wikimedia Foundation, the Public Library of Science and a network of other like-minded institutions, publishers and researchers who believe knowledge should be free from restrictions. We want to create a global, public web of citation data — one that empowers teaching, learning, innovation and progress.

    Currently, much of the citation data in scholarly publications is not easily accessible. From geology and chemistry journals to papers on psychology, the citations within are often subject to restrictive and confusing licenses which limit discovery and dissemination of published research. Further, citation data is often not machine readable — meaning we can’t use computer programs to parse the data.

    Mozilla understands that in some cases, scholarly publications themselves must be protected or closed in order to respect proprietary ecosystems and business models. But citations are snippets of knowledge that allow everyone to engage with, evaluate and build upon ideas. When citations are inaccessible, the flow of knowledge stalls. Innovation is chilled. The results are damaging.

  • Uber’s open source data visualization tool now goes beyond maps

    You may not be aware, but Uber offers an open source version of the data visualization framework it uses internally, called The tool was made available to anyone via open source license last November, and now it’s getting some key updates that should help make it more useful to external teams and individuals looking for interesting ways to take their data and turn it into compelling visual representations.

  • Mastodon is launched; Now everyone 'Toots' instead of tweeting
  • Meet Mastodon: The 'new' Twitter
  • Mastodon is here; will you stop tweeting and start tooting?
  • What living off the grid taught me about openness

    A sip of maple water, drawn straight from a steel bucket in the forest is electric; it's icy crisp, not too sweet, and tastes like trees and sky distilled into light. Perched on snowshoes, sweetly freezing your butt in the sugarbush, it's like a trickle of forest energy down your throat.

  • New Large-Scale Initiative Aims To Increase Open Access To Scholarly Research

    The Wikimedia Foundation, Public Library of Science (PLoS), and other publishers and research organisations have announced an initiative aimed at increase the amount of scholarly citation data freely available online, called the Initiative for Open Citations.

    The I4OC initiative is accessible here. At present, there are 66 participating organisations, including 29 publishers and 33 stakeholders, including the Wellcome Trust, Mozilla, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

  • European Commission May Join Gates Foundation And Wellcome Trust In Becoming An Open Access Publisher

    Open access isn't a new idea -- the term was first defined back in 2002, and arguably the first examples go back even further to the founding of in 1991 (pdf). And yet progress towards making all academic knowledge freely available has been frustratingly slow, largely because hugely-profitable publishers have been fighting it every inch of the way. In response to that intransigence, academics have come up with a variety of approaches, including boycotts, mass cancellation of subscriptions, new kinds of overlay journals and simply making everything available with or without permission.

  • Solving the cross-platform emoji problem

    However, as nice as they look on some platforms, not everyone is able to see emoji in the same way. Even though Unicode declares a standard to ensure that characters are strictly defined and are compatible across any system that uses Unicode, they aren't responsible for the design of emoji.

  • Windows ransomware variant targets healthcare sector [iophk: "Microsoft"]

    Philadelphia is believed to be a new version of the ransomware known as Stampado.

A beginner's guide to microblogging on Mastodon

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GNU Social is a social communication software for both public and private communications. It's a microblogging platform in which any person or group of people can run their own nodes of communication, and also connect these nodes to one another for intercommunication. It solves the ownership problem in both the literal and emotional sense: the code, being open source (AGPL), is owned by everyone, and the nodes themselves are so numerous that users can shop around to find a community that best suits them, or start a personal node.

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OSS Leftovers

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  • Open Collective is a GoFundMe-like service for open source projects

    Open source technology permeates throughout our society, playing an important role in much of the technological advancements in the world, such as the WordPress blogging platform. Developers recognize the value of these projects, but there is some grumbling about how there should be ways for project contributors to be remunerated for their contributions.

    Currently, developers have the option to solicit funds to support their efforts using PayPal or some other payment mechanism, but supporters may be skeptical about their donations going towards the open source project instead of lining the pockets of a single individual. Additionally, some contributors may be wary about being the person tasked with collecting these funds. This is something that Open Collective wants to solve. It is already using its service to help developers quickly set up virtual legal entities on-demand to collect contributions in a transparent manner.

  • San Francisco is in a race to have hack-proof voting booths before the 2020 election

    Most of these machines are made by just three companies—Dominion Voting Systems, Hart InterCivic, and Election System and Software. Together, these companies comprise a powerful oligopoly in the market, and keep their software secret from the public. So, if we want to validate their security and accuracy, beyond the arguably insufficient certification process, we just have to take the corporations’ word for it.


    Proponents of open-source elections seek to bust the trust of proprietary equipment. Successfully doing so would mean that municipalities across the country, armed with software that is open to public inspection and license, would no longer be forced to conduct balloting using systems that are controlled by a single vendor from end to end. Instead, they could use the open-source software of their choice, and run it on the hardware of their choice, provided the technologies are certified.

  • From The PediaTrician: Open Source Is Still Pretty Cool

    This week, I had the opportunity to create several new listings in Virtuapedia's Industry Organizations, which is one of the most unique and useful parts of the Pedia. In it, there are more than 400 organizations and standards bodies that all directly relate to the communications industry, including descriptions of what they do, vendor members and industry professional members.

  • SocGen sings the praises of open source

    SocGen is burnishing its open source credentials by sponsoring an initiative by Inria, the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics, to create a global library of source code.


    For the 5000 staff working at Les Dunes, Societe Generale’s technology hub in eastern Paris, the potential of open source software is evaluated for each and every project under review, says Xavier Lofficial, group head of transformation, processes and information systems at Societe Generale

  • Mozilla Thunderbird 52.0 Debuts with PulseAudio Support on Linux, New Features

    Mozilla officially launched the final release of the Thunderbird 52.0 open-source email, chat, calendar and news client for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Microsoft Windows platforms.

  • Open-source firm MongoDB denies it has ties to CIA

    The company that produces the open source cross-platform document-oriented database MongoDB has denied that it has any direct ties to the CIA, despite the fact that the spy agency's venture capital arm is listed as one of its investors.

    Jack Costley, MongoDB Inc's senior communications manager, told iTWire in response to queries that In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital arm, was a small investor in MongoDB.

  • Bullhorn Announces Developer Partner Program and Open Source Portal, Creating Open Ecosystem for Partners to Create Incredible Customer Experiences

ONAP Project moves on code release; names new members, directors

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    Have you been looking for a GNOME wallpaper slideshow extension? If so, you can stop. In the comments to our recent post on the way GNOME handles wallpapers a number of readers asked whether GNOME had an image slideshow feature built in, without the need for third-party apps and the like. The answer is yes, GNOME does. Sort of.
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