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Ideas For Innovators

Richard Pizzi | Healthcare IT News | March 3, 2013

Alex Fair, founder and CEO of MedStartr.com, says you must listen and ask the right questions. Read More »

International Meeting Of Crowdsource Mapping Successfully Concluded

Press Release | UN-SPIDER, United Nations (UN) | December 6, 2012

On 5 December 2012, UN-SPIDER concluded a three-day international expert meeting on the topic of Crowdsource Mapping for Disaster Risk Management and Emergency Response. Read More »

Jeremy Rifkin Unveils a Return to the Local in an Interconnected Future

Jeremy Rifkin is always predicting an avalanche of change: substitutes for human labor in The End of Work, pervasive genetic engineering in Algeny, and so on. Several interlocking themes run through his latest book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society. Behind everything lies the renewed importance of local resources: local energy production, local manufacturing, local governance. And the Internet that ties us all together (evolving into the Internet of Things) will, ironically, bolster local power.
To explain this apparently contradictory evolution, let me summarize the main trends Rifkin covers in this book.

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Joyent Partners With Canonical On Customized Ubuntu As A Cloud Service

Sam Dean | GigaOM | February 20, 2014

Joyent, well-known on the cloud computing scene and a growing player in Big Data analytics, announced a partnership with Canonical today to provide customers with optimized and supported Ubuntu server images in the Joyent Cloud. Effectively, users will be able to leverage a Canonical-customized Ubuntu in the cloud. [...] Read More »

Kickstarter Doesn't Do Healthcare, MedStartr Seizes Opportunity

Jen Wike | opensource.com | September 19, 2012

MedStartr is a new way to fund healthcare initiatives—think Kickstarter for doctors, patients, and what ails them. It's headed up by Mike Pence and Alex Fair, two guys of different backgrounds and expertise who've come together to share the same dream and passion for helping those in physical need. Read More »

Lessons Learned for Building an Open Company with Transparent Collaboration

In the first part of this two-part series, Building a business on a solid open source model, I described how an open source business needs to provide a solid ground for all stakeholders, users, contributors, employees, customers, and of course investors. Foundations, licenses, and trademarks can be helpful in building an open ecosystem. Open source communities need supporting organizations to work transparently, otherwise there are barriers to contribution. Code might be public, but code dumps (like Google tends to do with Android) don't always facilitate collaboration. To encourage collaboration, you must go one step further and be proactive...

Leveraging Appification To Spur R&D Innovation

Alex Clark | Pistoia Alliance | August 31, 2012

In my last entry, I posited that technology should be a barrier to “appifying” R&D workflows. So why haven’t apps taken off so far in R&D? I’d argue that it comes down to the paradigm shift that mobile technology has created in computing. Read More »

Medicine 2.0 Day One

Susannah Fox | e-patients.net | September 16, 2012

My schedule only allowed me to attend Day One of the fantastically rich Medicine 2.0 Congress being held this weekend in Boston. I thought I’d share my impressions and notes in case they spark inspiration for other people, as each presenter and hallway conversation did for me. Read More »

Mobile Location Sharing Web Startup “Oh Hey World” Goes Open Source To Enable Anyone To Bring Location Sharing To Their Community

Press Release | Oh Hey World, Inc. | February 26, 2014

An open source solution for community builders to help their respective community members connect in person. Read More »

MOOCs And The Future Of Russian History In America

Joshua Sanborn | Russian History Blog | January 7, 2013

At the most recent Slavic Studies convention, I was talking with an old friend about the advent of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). [...] It is already clear that at big-time universities folks are beginning to be concerned that a failure to develop MOOCs could bring real harm to their profile and reputation at home and abroad. Read More »

Moving To The Open Health-Care Graph

Fred Trotter | O'Reilly Strata | June 4, 2013

To achieve the the triple aim in healthcare (better, cheaper, and safer), we are going to need intensive monitoring and measurement of specific doctors, hospitals, labs and countless other clinical professionals and clinical organizations. We need specific data and specific doctors. Read More »

New Open Source Program Director Supports Students' Passions at the Rochester Institute of Technology

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is well-known for its work in open source software through [email protected] In April 2014, RIT started to offer a minor in free and open source software. Students work on several different open source projects in their GitHub organization. One of the courses in the minor, Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software Development, has students work with the One Laptop per Child XO laptops. Students create games that help teach New York and Massachusetts fourth grade math curriculum. Dan Schneiderman is the new head of the [email protected] program at RIT...

News Participation Starts At ‘Home’

Trevor Knoblich | FrontlineSMS | November 16, 2012

Seemingly every major news event worldwide is heightening participation in news. People are eager to share updates and photos of an unfolding news event, ask questions of media outlets, and share important information. But there are two important aspects to this type of participation [...]. In other words, people write about their immediate world using their ‘home’ or go-to platform. Read More »

On Monographs, Libraries And Blogging: A Conversation With Duke University Press, Part One

Adeline Koh | Chronicle of Higher Education | April 9, 2013

This is part 1 of the ninth interview in a series, Digital Challenges to Academic Publishing, by Adeline Koh. Each article in this series features an interview with an academic publisher, press or journal editor on how their organization is changing in response to the digital world. Read More »

Open Hardware Summit

Chris Gerty | Open.nasa.gov | October 24, 2012

NASA’s Open Innovation Program recently participated in the Open Hardware Summit, sponsored by the newly formed Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA).  What we witnessed was a community in its early stages, developing in front of our eyes, tackling technical/legal/cultural challenges with an openness that we have grown to respect and see as an essential part of the way NASA will do business in the future. Read More »