open source workers

Harold Jarche

Openness enables knowledge-sharing, which fosters innovation through a diversity of ideas. Trust emerges in networks that are open and transparent. This is how open source software is developed. There are lessons to learn for open source work. goes open source

David Weinberger

Plus: Open-source software works because it enables people from around the world to share their contributions with each other.

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Open source search result clustering

David Weinberger

That same type of functionality is now open sourced at Carrot2. Jon Lehto, of, who pointed this out to me, notes that Carrot2 &# builds categories from search results (configurable number), and the user doesn’t need to ‘own’ the search data.&#. Remember Northern Light ? That was the search engine that did an amazing job of dynamically clustering search results into folders based on their topic or area.

owning your data

Harold Jarche

I cannot see why any organization would put all of its data online. It may make sense to have some data in The Cloud to improve flexibility and accessibility, but as we see everyday, these systems break or get hacked. Own your critical data. WordPress is open source (OS).

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Rethinking Personal Data

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2010, the World Economic Forum (WEF), launched a project on Rethinking Personal Data. The project brought together experts from business, government, academia and end user privacy and rights groups to examine the challenges and opportunities involved in properly managing the explosive growth of personal data in the digital world. In January of 2011 they published their first report, - Personal Data: the Emergence of a New Asset Class. .

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it’s all about our data

Harold Jarche

A platform: a centrally controlled application that controls the data on ll interactions and activities. Control of data is the new source of power in the network era. It’s time to empower ourselves and take our data back”, says Chris Middleton.

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[liveblog] Data & Technology in Government

David Weinberger

DJ Patil, the first US Chief Data Science, five days into his tenure. Lynn Overmann – Deputy Chief Data Officer, US Dept. ” The velocity is the support of the President who deeply believes in open data and technology. Data scientists are force multipliers. has huge amounts of data and needs help unlocking it. [ In a previous session, Lynn explained that Commerce offers almost no public-facing servies except gathering and releasing data.

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[eim][semtechbiz] Enterprise Linked Data

David Weinberger

David Wood of is talking about Callimachus , an open source project that is also available through his company. Traditionally we dealt with this type of demand via data warehousing: put it all in one place for easy access. Jeffrey Pollock says we should be talking not about data integration but interoperability because the latter implies a looser coupling. Elsevier uses Linked Data to manage their assets, from acquisition to delivery.

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Open Laszlo: Open Source Webtop Platform

Mark Oehlert

I havent gone very far but I like the sound of this: " OpenLaszlo programs are written in XML and JavaScript and transparently compiled to Flash and, with OpenLaszlo 4, DHTML.The OpenLaszlo APIs provide animation, layout, data binding, servercommunication, and declarative UI.

Where’s your data?

Harold Jarche

I wrote about the importance of owning your data for blogging a while back and last week’s Twitter crash coupled with the demise of an URL shortener only reinforce that in my mind.

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[liveblog][bkc] Paola Villarreal on Public Interest in Data Science

David Weinberger

I’m at a Berkman Klein Center lunch time talk by Paola Villarreal [twitter: paw ], a BKC fellow, on “Public Interest in Data Science.” Data science extracts knowledge and insight from data in various forms, using math, statistics, research, info science and computer science. She is going to talk about the Data for Justice project, which is supported by the Ford Foundation , the ACLU , and the Mozilla Foundation.

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Beta, data and more

Harold Jarche

This reminds me how important it is to own your data , and the following show two open source options to Ning’s Software as a Service (SaaS) platform: @elggdotcom “there is a hosted version of Elgg coming in May&#. Here’s what I learned on Twitter this past week: @literacyadviser “The only truly effective web filter is an educated mind.&# via @ jonhusband. dweinberger “The only way I know to solve big problems anymore is to do it in public.&#.

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[2b2k] Melting points: a model for open data?

David Weinberger

Jean-Claude Bradley at Useful Chemistry has announced (a few weeks ago) that the international chemical company Alfa Aesar has agreed to open source its melting point data. This is important not just because Alfa Aesar is one of the most important sources of that information. The data will be useful to the Open Notebook Science solubility project , and because Alfa has agreed to Open Data access, it can be useful far beyond that.

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Unlocking Data for Philanthropy: Notes from Global Philanthropy Forum Session

Beth Kanter

I went to cover one session, “ Building An Information Infrastructure: Unlocking Data for Philanthropy.” ” For further context on mindset and work practice changes in philanthropy to embrace data, here’s some points from Lucy Bernholz.

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People will do more with Big Data than big companies can

Doc Searls

Consider the possibility that all the big companies talking about what they can do with Big Data is just the sound of the old mainframe business saying it can do it all — again — when individuals will end up doing more. And it will happen with personal data as well in the ’10s. We as individuals will be able to do more with our own data than big enterprises can. Some pretty cool startups and open source dev groups will vet their answers at IIW.

Blockchain Killer-Apps

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the years, institutions have automated their original paper-based ledgers with sophisticated IT applications and data bases. Identity Management and Data Sharing. The other major kind of blockchain killer-apps will likely deal with identity management and data security.

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Is the Blockchain Now Reaching a Tipping Point?

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.

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The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Everyone was using the same standards, including open source implementations of key protocols. These collaborations have led to the creation of standards, open source software and governance processes embraced by all participants.

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Are Smart Cities Empty Hype?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We each first stated our respective positions in our opening statements , followed a few days later by our rebuttals , and then finally our closing statements. Enthusiasts think that data services can change cities in this century as much as electricity did in the last one,” he noted.

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The Future of Financial Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Smart mobile devices, broadband wireless networks, cloud-based services and big data are now ushering the next major phase in the evolution of FS. Big data is one such disruptor. As some put it, personal data will be the new oil – a valuable resource of the 21st century.

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The Prosperity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How do you measure the value of the explosive amount of free goods available over the Internet, including Wikipedia articles, Facebook social interactions, Linux open source software and You Tube videos?

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UX I/O: Prototyping Interactive Objects Workshop

Adaptive Path

This two day workshop will give you foundational knowledge of Processing, a programming language for Designers and Artists, as well as Arduino, an open-source electronics prototyping platform. Adaptive Path Experience Designers Scott Sullivan and Evi K.

GDPR will pop the adtech bubble

Doc Searls

Without adtech, the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) would never have happened. Simply put, your site or service is a violator if it extracts or processes personal data without personal permission.

Blockchain Killer-Apps

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In my opinion, there will likely be two major kinds of blockchain killer-apps: those primarily aimed at reducing the friction and overheads in complex transaction involving multiple institutions; and those primarily aimed at strengthening the security and privacy of the Internet through identity management and data sharing. Over the years, institutions have automated their original paper-based ledgers with sophisticated IT applications and data bases.

The Great Trivializer

Doc Searls

A classic in literature, I learned on this Radio Open Source podcast , is a work that “can only be re-read.” Internet movies News personal data Politics privacyLast night I watched The Great Hack a second time. It’s a great documentary, maybe even a classic. (A ” If that’s so, then perhaps a classic movie is one that can only be re-watched.*).

… from little acorns grow

Dave Snowden

A new open source database on climate change from the Cynefin Centre. We will be asking members of the Cynefin Centre network to volunteer to help train campaigning groups and organisations to go deeper into the data and making those names avialable in a month or so’s time.

Hackathon love

David Weinberger

games) or using an open data set (e.g., the DPLA hackathon or the Open Syllabus Project hackathon ). We need browsers and HTTP and the ability to request data through them. We need well-documented, standard ways of requesting that data. We need open sources of data. We need Open Source software to let us build on work done by others. We need libraries so we can do complex things incredibly easily, such as visualizing data.

Openness: Why learners should know about, and influence, how decisions are made about their learning

George Siemens

Earlier this week, I delivered a presentation to TEDxEdmonton on why openness and learning analytics are critical for rethinking the future of education. The theme of the event was on open source culture and whether the promises of open source have been oversold.

the reality of missing out

Harold Jarche

When Tim Berners-Lee invented the Worldwide Web he made it free and open source, so others could build upon it. In the early days it was quite open with individuals sharing knowledge through blogging and collectively building knowledge with wikis, the largest being Wikipedia.

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.

leadership through cooperation

Harold Jarche

An open source approach to sharing research seems to be the optimal model for rapid knowledge transfer. Reinforce the power of scientific collaboration and the open-sourcing of global threats. Machine learning is enabling the analysis of enormous data sets.

Twitter research tool

David Weinberger

It enables complete data pulls for a set of users or terms on Twitter, with searches running continuously. The ability to download those data pulls in raw form to use for whatever you please. The ability to stand on the shoulders of giants by mixing and matching existing data pulls to generate entirely new combinations of data and analysis. And the ability to instantaneously generate basic visualizations around the data (term use, inequality of participation, etc).

Points and counterpoints

Harold Jarche

@AndrewJacobsLD – “Phrase of the day: Klout is nothing more than a data selfie.” 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.

Post-Pandemic, Is the World Likely to Become Significantly Less Flat?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Many of the companies and technologies that were part of every day conversations in 2011, - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, smartphones, cloud computing, big data, broadband wireless Internet, - weren’t mentioned in his book because they had not yet been born or were still in their infancy.

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Cloud Computing and the Changing Role of the CIO

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Big data and cloud were the most prominent transformative technologies discussed at the Symposium. My remarks last week were focused on big data. Who is ultimately responsible for the security of the data in question?

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Does anyone else see "Student Records" in "Data Portability"?

Mark Oehlert

» May 13, 2008 Does anyone else see "Student Records" in "Data Portability"? Players in this arena (although not exactly all in the same role or capacity) include Facebook Connect , the Data Portability Project (of which MySpace is a member ), and Googles Open Social. These also intersect in ways with projects like OAuth ("An open protocol to allow secure API authentication in a simple and standard method from desktop and web applications.")

Reflections on Linux and Mainframes

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Seamless support of open source tools and software, including Apache Spark , Node.js , MongoDB , MariaDB , PostgreSQL , Chef and Docker. Especially, I would add, for those transactions that require the highest degrees of security, availability and data privacy.

What’s wrong with bots is they’re not ours

Doc Searls

So at this point Mark seemed to be talking about a new communication channel that could relieve the typical pains of being a customer while also opening the floodgates of demand notifying supply when it’s ready to buy. It’s tabula rasa : wide open.

More on Zoom and privacy

Doc Searls

Also, right in the middle of this, as a separate matter (with a separate thread on Hacker News), Zoom got busted for leaking personal data to Facebook, and promptly plugged i t. Cookies and Site Data. See all Cookies and Site Data.

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Harvard Library adopts LibraryCloud

David Weinberger

Internal to Harvard Library, it’s a metadata hub that lets lots of different data inputs be normalized, enriched, and distributed. As those inputs change, you can change LibraryCloud’s workflow process once, and all the apps and services that depend upon those data can continue to work without making any changes. That’s because LibraryCloud makes the data that’s been input available through an API which provides a stable interface to that data. (I

Cavalcade of Tabs

Doc Searls

Inside the Islamic State | Open Source with Christopher Lydon. Fraternitas mercatorum. Wetmachine » Tales of the Sausage Factory » The Sustainable Economics of Open Source and Open Spectrum. Pixel And Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In The Gig Economy | Fast Company | Business + Innovation. Playing with One-Tab , which works on Chrome and Firefox.

Strata Conference: a few reflections on Day 1

George Siemens

Yesterday, after fortunately meeting up with David Wiley , I spent the day in a “ data bootcamp “ Slides, code, and data sources are available on github. Hilary Mason and Drew Conway provided a great overview of how to extract and visualize email data (slides and code included in the github link). In particular, the discussion of “how to build a data science team&# was missing. I’m at the Strata Conference this week.

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. Few institutions will let their critical data out of their premises.