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Open Source Space Academy Opens in Nairobi

Nairobi's Tunapanda Institute has been using open source tools to provide technology, design, and business training in East Africa since its inception in 2013. Next year the school will launch a "space academy" to inspire young people to think about some of the most critical challenges facing humanity on this planet and beyond. Tunapanda's founders believe that everyone should have the opportunity to help shape the future, and in order for that to happen there must be learning materials and tools that are open, shareable, and unrestricted so that anyone, no matter their financial or educational background, can learn and be inspired.

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Open Source Tech Is Driving Big Changes In Government

Joseph Marks and Mark Micheli | Nextgov | April 26, 2013

Open source technology is now visible everywhere in government from the basic operating systems that federal computers run on to the blogs, websites and social media tools they use to communicate with the public. Red Hat, which helps companies manage, maintain and secure open source tools [...] has been at the forefront of much of this adoption. Read More »

Open Source Tools For Management And Archiving Of Digital Microscopy Data To Allow Integration With Patient Pathology And Treatment Information

Matloob Khushi, Georgina Edwards, Diego Alonso de Marcos, Jane E Carpenter, J Dinny Graham, Christine L Clarke | 7th Space Interactive | February 12, 2013

Virtual microscopy includes digitisation of histology slides and the use of computer technologies for complex investigation of diseases such as cancer. However, automated image analysis, or website publishing of such digital images, is hampered by their large file sizes.  Results: We have developed two Java based open source tools: Snapshot Creator and NDPI-Splitter. Read More »

Open Source Tools Provide An Economic Advantage For Science

Free and open source software (FOSS) and the distributed digital manufacturing of free and open source hardware (FOSH) have shown great promise for developing custom scientific tools. For some time now, FOSH has provided scientists a high return on investment. In fact, my previous research in the Open Source Labreported substantial economic savings from using these technologies. However, the open source design paradigm has since grown by orders of magnitude; now, there are examples of open source technology for science in the vast majority of disciplines, and several resources, including the Journal of Open Hardware, are dedicated to publishing them.

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Open-Source Benefits To Govt Outweigh Misconceptions, Report Says

Miranda Neubauer | techPresident | November 27, 2013

Security challenges, lack of education, interoperability concerns and licensing and legal concerns are some of the top obstacles government officials see for adopting open-source software in agencies, according to a survey in a recent report from GovLoop. Read More »

OpenClinica And TraIT: A Dutch National Research Infrastructure

Jan-Willem Boiten | OpenClinica | August 5, 2013

Is it possible to set up an IT infrastructure for translational research for an entire country? The Dutch Translational Research IT (TraIT) project (http://www.ctmm-trait.nl/) believes it is. Admittedly, The Netherlands is not exactly the same size as China or the US, but nevertheless already 26 partners from industry and academia to collaborate in this consortium to organize, deploy, and manage a nationwide IT infrastructure for data and workflow management targeted specifically at the needs of translational research.

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Promoting Shared Hardware Design

Tal Nawy | Nature | June 27, 2013

Now is the time to move open-source hardware development into basic research labs. Read More »

Red Hat Announces 2018 Women in Open Source Award Winners

Press Release | Red Hat | May 8, 2018

Red Hat, Inc...today announced Dana Lewis, founder of the Open Artificial Pancreas System (OpenAPS) movement, and Zui Dighe, a Duke University student, as the 2018 Women in Open Source Award winners. Both will be recognized today at Red Hat Summit, which is taking place in San Francisco this week. In its fourth year, the Women in Open Source Awards were created and sponsored by Red Hat to honor women who make important contributions to open source projects and communities, or those making innovative use of open source methodology.

Smart Notebooks For Linking Virtual Teams Across The Net

Andy Oram | O'Reilly Radar | August 13, 2012

Kickstarter project promotes open-source, standards-based collaboration tool Read More »

Tech Giants Back White House Open Source Health IT Initiative

Six major technology companies have thrown their support behind the White House's initiative to use an open source, collaborative, approach to accelerate the progress of health data standards and interoperability and to give patients access and control of their medical records. The companies; Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Salesforce signed a pledge that was presented at the White House's Blue Button 2.0 developer conference. The conference took place last Monday. Dean Garfield, president and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) told the press that “As transformative technologies like cloud computing and artificial intelligence continue to advance, it is important that we work towards creating partnerships that embrace open standards and interoperability.

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Tech Industry Pledges to Improve Healthcare Through Open Source Health IT

Press Release | Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) | August 13, 2018

Today, ITI President and CEO Dean Garfield and several ITI member companies participated in the Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference at the White House where they announced their commitment to removing barriers for the adoption of technologies for healthcare interoperability, particularly those that are enabled through the cloud and AI...“Today’s announcement will be a catalyst to creating better health outcomes for patients at a lower cost,” said ITI president and CEO Dean Garfield. “As transformative technologies like cloud computing and artificial intelligence continue to advance, it is important that we work towards creating partnerships that embrace open standards and interoperability.

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Testing 1-2-3: Open-Source Tools To Ensure Quality Applications

Neil A. Chaudhuri | GCN | December 10, 2013

When the HealthCare.gov rollout did not quite go according to plan, much was made about the absence of “testing.” There have been myriad newspaper columns, cable talk show segments, even exchanges at congressional hearings dedicated to the topic. Though the attention is gratifying to a software guy like me, implicit in the discussion is the premise that testing is a monolithic activity to be performed once development is complete. Read More »

The New Learning Center, Free eBooks, And More

Jen Wike | OpenSource.com | April 25, 2014

Opensource.com focused on stories about open source tools and systems for libraries and other open educational content from April 14 - 18. And before you curl up with your favorite book, we've got new eBooks for you to download and some discoveries from our Open Library Week that you'll want to bookmark—or 3D print.

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The rise And Rise Of JavaScript

Rohan Pearce | TechWorld | January 29, 2014

There is no end in sight to the rise of JavaScript according to the latest edition of ThoughtWorks’ Technology Radar. The January 2014 edition notes that “the ecosystem around JavaScript as a serious application platform continues to evolve”. Read More »

Universal Language: The Pistoia Alliance Takes on Indescribable Biology

Best Practices WinnerThe Pistoia Alliance has previously sponsored new methods for querying databases and the scientific literature, and a more effective algorithm for compressing and sharing genetic sequencing data. Over the past year, another Pistoia project, HELM, has entered the public domain after gradual development by an assortment of Alliance members. An open source language and set of editing tools for working with large biomolecules, HELM has already become a foundational part of research in at least three large pharmaceutical companies. Read More »