Laying The Foundation For Innovation Open Source Access

Staff Writer | PSFK | September 15, 2014

For innovation to really explode, we may have to rethink traditional ways of protecting proprietary information. Is it time to leverage the latent opportunities hidden in open datasets?

In today’s hyper-connected world, access to information fuels innovation and the progression of ideas. And, as information omnivores, we expect access to an open web. Google’s mission statement “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” becomes more important than ever. With the Internet of Things – the idea of that objects can be interconnected through sensors and other embedded devices – moving from a mere blip on our radars to an idea spoken about with some familiarity, it’s becoming clear that our expectations around Internet openness should be no different.

Open source access to data can play a big part in giving developers the tools they need to build unique applications and services. Aiming for the seamless interoperability and fluid transmission of data will allow new systems and protocols to be built that will challenge traditional notions of ownership and privacy.  To learn more about this trend of open source access, PSFK met up with John Sherry, director of User Experience Design at Intel Corporation, and Brandon Barnett, director of Business Innovation at Intel Labs, and asked them a few questions...