Topics on open source for college classes

I’ve been asked several times for some ideas about topics on open source that would be suitable for one or more classes at universities. While I know there are curricula out there, here are some specific discussion areas that could be covered in computer science or business classes: Open source…

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Daily Links for Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Politics / Government Public Access Policies for Science and Technology Funding Agencies Across the Federal Government With this notice, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) within the Executive Office of the President, requests input from the community regarding enhancing public access to archived publications resulting from research funded…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, October 13, 2009 – Lunchtime Edition

Environment Farms as skyscrapers Boing Boing / David Pescovitz It’s been a decade since Columbia University professor Dickson Despommier launched his “Vertical Farm” project, devoted to the design of skyscrapers that house farms, instead of people or offices. It’s an engagement science fiction-esque idea — no surprise that we’ve followed…

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Creating a book catalog with Drupal and the CCK, Views, and Amazon modules

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. Some of the links below may not work. I set up a little project for myself this weekend: how could I use Drupal to put together a catalog of my science fiction and fantasy books…

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Daily Links for Saturday, September 5, 2009

Open Source IBM is its own open-source lab for social software CNet / Matt Asay Most vendors must guess what customers want to buy, and how they’ll use it. For IBM, however, with about 400,000 employees, it has the potential to be its own best laboratory, one that becomes even…

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Life with Linux: On the Road

Since my last entry on this topic two weeks ago, I’ve had the chance to bring my work Lenovo Thinkpad T400 running Ubuntu Linux 9.04 on a few business trips. I’ve also done a few tweaks, added a few apps, subtracted a few apps, and generally lived with this environment…

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IBM’s patent announcement today

Today IBM announced that for the 16th year in a row, it received more US patents than any other company, The number for 2008 was also a record, 4186, for any company. Here are a couple of links to the story: New York Times: “Patent King I.B.M. Will Give Away…

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Daily Links 08/14/2008 (a.m.)

Metamorphosis – Poland: Ministry of Education recommends Open Source “The Polish Ministry of National Education is advising schools and universities to use Open Source software. The recommendation comes at the end of a volunteer campaign to help schools switch to Open Source. The Ministry recommended in a statement that schools…

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Daily Links 07/28/2008 (p.m.)

Three Chinese Ministries Promote UOF Office Software – ChinaTechNews.com – The Technology Source for the Latest Chinese News, Information, and Commentary on Internet, Computers, Digital, Science, Electronics, Law, Security, Software, Telecom, and Wireless “The International Department of the Central Committee of CPC, the Ministry of Commerce of China, and the…

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Daily Links 07/10/2008 (a.m.)

A ‘Second’ chance to study abroad | News – Digital Media – CNET News.com “According to an article in The Christian Science Monitor, several universities and even the U.S. Department of State are using Second Life to spread culture and experience to people who can’t afford pricey semesters overseas. This…

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Daily Links 06/14/2008 (p.m.)

Document standards row heats up – 13 Jun 2008 – Computing “Standards body the Open Document Format (ODF) Alliance closed ranks with the European Commission (EC) against Microsoft today, issuing a statement applauding the commission’s vociferous endorsement of the ODF standard in an effort to avoid vendor lock-in on document…

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Looking for course plans about free and open source

I’m looking for some publicly available course plans that concern free and open source. I don’t mean freely available course content for something like organic chemistry, I mean general, economics, computer science, business or law school curricula that teach how to develop software, build communities, analyze, or build businesses with…

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#2. If I were to build a virtual world … building up the basic model

This is the second part of my series where I’m brainstorming about some considerations regarding building a virtual world. The idea is that I discuss what I would like to see in the world (or “worlds,” as I’ll talk about today), and give you the chance to tell me why…

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Ten challenges and priorities for free and open source in 2008

Last week I started a series of blog entries about my personal view of challenges and priorities for this year. That first entry was about open standards and today I’m going to look at free and open source (FOSS). Incidentally, the first item on this list was on the previous…

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links for 2008-01-08

Media and Entertainment News Netflix Partners With LG to Bring Movies Straight to TV – New York Times “Netflix, the DVD-by-mail company with more than seven million customers, has a new strategy that may one day make those red envelopes obsolete.” (tags: netflix film video) Sony BMG to Drop Copy…

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Microsoft deprecating big portions of OOXML?

There were some stories in the blogosphere over the holidays saying that Microsoft was telling some national standards bodies that it was willing to deprecate portions of OOXML in order to satisfy some of the thousands of technical criticisms of OOXML in the JTC1 standards process. Does anyone have any…

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links for 2007-12-09

Critics rap Microsoft safety study of IE, Firefox | CNET News.com “Internet Explorer is more secure than Firefox, according to a senior Microsoft executive, who compared how many vulnerabilities were found in the two browsers–but critics say his study is flawed.” (tags: firefox ie microsoft) Groklaw – About maintenance of…

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