Why you should embrace open source

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Innovation Happens Elsewhere: Open Source as Business Strategy by Ron Goldman and Richard Gabriel. The reasons to engage with open source include the following: * Getting high-quality, free software and software design and development help.

Harvard Library adopts LibraryCloud

David Weinberger

To the Harvard community and beyond, LibraryCloud provides open APIs to access tons of metadata gathered by Harvard Library. With the help of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab , which I co-directed until a few months ago, we invited in local libraries and had a great conversation about what could be done if there were an open API to metadata from multiple libraries. It’s open source code [ documentation ].

Where are open source learning applications?

Tony Karrer

Good post by Harold Jarche - Where are open source learning applications? In it he points to the learning space and says that the current status of open-source learning applications is: Innovators - Elgg Learning Landscape and several others Early Adopters - Moodle and a few others Early Majority - nobody Late Majority - forget about it I would tend to agree with him that there are relatively few open-source learning applications, but would add a few thoughts.

My Moodle Test

Xyleme

Home > Learning Technologies , Standards > My Moodle Test My Moodle Test October 9th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment Talk has been heating up lately regarding the use of open source versus proprietary systems for learning. Sophia Peters provides another interesting post entitled Deciding Between Open Source and Proprietary Software? once people get past their initial fears and the stigma, the Open Source learning development community will grow exponentially.”

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Big Basket of Stuff #3.the last for today.and short

Mark Oehlert

which even amnesiacs can remember games.students get connected and wikis get adopted. Main | The World Continues to Get Spikier, not Flatter » March 05, 2008 Big Basket of Stuff #3.the last for today.and short Adobes Kevin Lynch on AIRs Open-Source Road to the Desktop (WIRED):"This week, Adobe released version 1.0 e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Big Basket of Stuff #2.in

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Wikipatterns: A How-To Site on Driving the Adoption of Wikis Within Your Organization

Mark Oehlert

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Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Gladwells Cellular Church

John Hagel

They adopted and refined the technique of organizing in small cells to achieve change. I blogged earlier about distributed creation and production in such diverse domains as music (remix), extreme sports and even illegal drugs, not to mention open source software and electronics devices.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Business, Innovation and Survival

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At IBM, for example, our technical community had been anticipating the rapid advances of CMOS technologies in the late 1980s, which opened the door for new competitors to attack the mainframe with less expensive client-server UNIX and PC-based platforms.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Business, Innovation and Survival

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At IBM, for example, our technical community had been anticipating the rapid advances of CMOS technologies in the late 1980s, which opened the door for new competitors to attack the mainframe with less expensive client-server UNIX and PC-based platforms.

Points and counterpoints

Harold Jarche

A Perfect Storm: Now is the Time for Multibillion Dollar Open Source Companies – via @benwerd. Open source is cutting-edge. Open source is enterprise class. Open source startups now control their destiny.

Is Blockchain Ready to “Cross the Chasm”? Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, IBM conducted the largest study to date on the state of adoption of blockchain. With such technologies, you typically have a relatively small number of early adopters. The Internet’s early adopters arrived in two phases.

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Then in the 1990s, the open Internet protocol, - TCP/IP , - was widely embraced by the general IT marketplace, making it possible to interconnect systems and applications from any vendors. Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned.

From learning to working technologies

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here is a graphic of Moore’s technology adoption curve. Some are considering open source (OS) as an option to their costly systems. The Innovators & Early Adopters have shifted to a work focus.

Exploring the Potential: Innovating Uses of Technology in Teaching and Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Very few faculty have adopted the idea of teaching and learning - they’re rewarded for their research. This is also the place where free and open source software (FOSS) can emerge. But it’s not open source at the moment. Question: security for open source tools. Response: open source more secure than non-open source.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Someone buy me this poster

Mark Oehlert

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GDPR will pop the adtech bubble

Doc Searls

According to a source, one research study on this type of opt-out mechanism led to opt-out rates of more than 70%. One big upside for IAB Europe is that its Framework contains open source code and an SDK.

Lead Social Business Enabler for IBM’s w3 and www Connections – Job Role and Responsibilities

Luis Suarez

Looks like the new job may have triggered a new, fresh interest in Social / Open Business for fellow colleagues, specially, when they are no longer pondering about the Why or the What but diving right into the How. Indeed, an openly Socially Integrated Enterprise.

An opportunity for the AP

Doc Searls

You can read about it in “ Associated Press to build news registry to protect content “, a press release that manages to half-conceal some constructive open source possibilities within a pile of prose that seems mostly to be about locking down content and tracking down violators of AP usage policies. And adopt. It helps to recognize that the Associated Press is exactly what its name denotes: an association of presses. Specifically, newspapers.

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Four Conclusions on OERs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Who are we trying to convince to adopt OER? There are two possible answers: - faculty - faculty, and other people Wiley says, "When I use the words “adopt OER,” I mean a faculty member choosing to replace whatever appeared in the Required Materials section of their syllabus last term with OER this term." Wiley is free to focus exclusively on adoption by faculty. He should perhaps allow the wider community to define what it means to say "adopt OER".

5 ways tech startups can disrupt education

George Siemens

Once an organization has settled into a revenue stream that provides some security, it’s almost impossible for that organization to adopt approaches that harm or cannibalize that revenue stream (Blockbuster and video rentals, Microsoft and Office). Suggestions: it should be free(mium), grassroots, 21st century learning & teaching, use open content, be open source. Or, if learners prefer greater autonomy, more flexible paths can be adopted.

Is Blockchain Ready to “Cross the Chasm”? Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, IBM conducted the largest study to date on the state of adoption of blockchain. With such technologies, you typically have a relatively small number of early adopters. The Internet’s early adopters arrived in two phases.

Well Played, Blackboard

George Siemens

However, open source initiatives like Moodle offer reasonable alternatives. Very little consideration was given to the strategic adoption of technology. Which means that decisions makers are motivated (partly out of fear of appearing ill-informed, partly out of not wanting to take risks) to adopt approaches that integrate fairly seamlessly across the education spectrum. The open source market for synchronous tools is not well developed.

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Cloud Computing and the Supply Chain of Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Early cloud adopters were mostly focused on improving the economics of IT, giving them the ability to launch new offerings or expand their current ones without major investments in additional IT infrastructure while paying for whatever cloud resources they actually used.

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: opportunities and challenges for the L&D profession

Charles Jennings

New Look L&D It is becoming increasingly clear that L&D departments need to adopt new ways of working and new approaches to learning if they are to position themselves to lead rather than follow.

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friday’s neutral finds

Harold Jarche

“It’s time to clearly and directly call for Canada’s big telecoms to be split apart so that our telecom networks can be open to a range of independent providers and community-based solutions, operating in a decentralized market.

The Promise and Current State of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Key here is the all-important role of open standards. In the early 1990s, - frustrated with the complexity of developing network-based applications, - the wider commercial marketplace embraced these open Internet, e-mail and Web standards.

Cloud Computing and Open Architectures

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this month IBM announced that all its cloud services and software will be based on open standards and an open cloud architecture. Unlike the previous two models, cloud computing is totally centered around the Internet and related open architectures.

How 3D printing will transform the retail industry: The opportunities

Ross Dawson

Designs will be a great source of value, but the 3D printer movement has been heavily associated with ‘open source’ already. I have no doubt that open source models will continue to be prominent in 3D printing. We are on the verge of devices coming into early adopter households and the possibilities being visible to a wide spectrum of society.

The Future of Learning Management Systems: Development, Innovation and Change

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We’re in an inflection point, where we have mainstream adoption, different platform designs, and moving beyond digitizing the traditional classroom. First there was the open source movement (Moodle and Sakai).

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Two-Speed IT Architectures

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These older companies have to both leverage the back-end systems, processes and overall capabilities that have served them well over the years, while adopting innovative consumer-facing technologies to enhance their customers’ experiences.

Serious AI Challenges that Require Our Attention

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite wide adoption, predictive policing is still in its infancy, open to bias and hard to evaluate…”. The natural tendency to rush to adopt new technologies should be resisted until a true understanding is reached as to their short and long term effects.

[eim][semtechbiz] Enterprise Linked Data

David Weinberger

David Wood of 3RoundStones.com is talking about Callimachus , an open source project that is also available through his company. So, they decided to grab data from the linked open data data cloud and assemble the pages automatically. Then two negative examples: David says that Microsoft adopted RDF in the late 90s. NOTE : Liveblogging. All bets on accuracy are off.]. We’re moving from PCs to mobile, he says. This is rapidly changing the Internet.

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Once more, across that chasm

Harold Jarche

Geoffrey Moore’s analogy of “ crossing the chasm ” is that any new technology is quickly adopted by innovators and early adopters, but there is a chasm to cross in order to get the more pragmatic majority to adopt the new technology. Open Source. …

On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a suit

Harold Jarche

The collaborative, networked enterprise saw its birth in open source software projects. You see, on the Internet, nobody knows you’re a suit … and that’s a major barrier to adoption. Tweet What is so different about working online?

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A twisty path to Chrome in the enterprise

David Weinberger

Despite the title of Andrew Conry-Murray’s article in InformationWeek — “Why Business IT Shouldn’t Shrug Off Chrome OS&# — it’s on balance quite negative about the prospects for enterprises adopting Google’s upcoming operating system. A couple of days I heard a speech by Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra at the Open Government Innovations conference (#ogi to your Twitter buffs).

a new business ideology

Harold Jarche

Businesses that are open, transparent, and cooperative are more resilient because they rely on people, not processes. A socially networked business that enables open conversations around work can make better and faster decisions. Very few organizations are truly open.

Open Innovation Re-visited

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Both studies strongly recommended that IBM embrace Linux across its product lines, that IBM should work closely with the open Linux community as a partner in its development, and that we should establish an organization to coordinate Linux activities across the company. days, the community concept behind open source was mystifying to many. They were baffled as to why people would work on open source projects while not getting paid for their efforts.

[berkman] Karim Lakhani on disclosure policies and innovation

David Weinberger

Karim Lakhani of Harvard Business School (and a Berkman associate, and a member of the Harvard Institute for Quantititative Social Science ) is giving a talk called “How disclosure policies impact search in open innovation, atopic he has researched with Kevin Boudreau of the London Business School. E.g., open source software. E.g., Open Science tends to publish when near done, while Open Source tends to be more iterative.

Why Wikis Are Conquering the Enterprise

Tony Karrer

Couple of thoughts from the article: adoption is coming mainly from project managers and department-level executives not senior management (and, of course, corporate learning was not mentioned) "In almost every big corporation, some group is already using a wiki," said Andrew McAfee, associate professor of technology and operations management at the Harvard Business School.

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On the Governance of Blockchain: Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Then in the 1990s, the open Internet protocol, - TCP/IP , - was widely embraced by the general IT marketplace, making it possible to interconnect systems and applications from any vendors.

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Business or Pleasure? - why not both: The product-to-service.

Martijn Linssen

In big IT companies, there isnt much enthusiasm to be found for selling Open Source products. Even if you are implementing an Open Source the cost is very high because the projects have the same kind of problems. Business or Pleasure? -

Cloud Computing and the Supply Chain of Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Early cloud adopters were mostly focused on improving the economics of IT, giving them the ability to launch new offerings or expand their current ones without major investments in additional IT infrastructure while paying for whatever cloud resources they actually used. Some companies will choose to become service providers themselves, by selling their business services, - which they previously used only internally, - to the general market, thus developing new revenue sources.

Is Blockchain the Major Next Step in the Evolution of the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The WEF report compared the blockchain to the Internet, noting that “Like the Internet, the blockchain is an open, global infrastructure upon which other technologies and applications can be built.