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Open Source Life: How the open movement will change everything

Open Source Life: How the open movement will change everything | Networked Society | Scoop.it

Consider this: in just a few short years, the open-source encyclopedia Wikipedia has made closed-source encyclopedias obsolete — both the hard-bound kind and the CD-ROM or commercial online kind. Goodbye World Book and Brittanica. 

 

The open-source concept was popularized through GNU and the GPL license, and it has spread ever since, in an increasingly rapid manner. The open-source OS, Linux, has been growing in users exponentially over the last few years, and while it still has a ways to go before it can challenge Microsoft or Apple, it has become a viable and even desirable alternative for many. 


Open-source alternatives have been growing in number and breadth: from office software to financial software to web and desktop utilities to games, just about any software you can think of has an open-source alternative. And in many cases, the open-source version is better. 

 

Now consider this: the open-source concept doesn’t have to just apply to software.

 

It can apply to anything in life, any area where information is currently in the hands of few instead of many, any area where a few people control the production and distribution and improvement of a product or service or entity...

Sepp Hasslberger's insight:

Sharing information instead of hiding it ... that is the big change that will obsolete many of today's centralised services and bring big change in physical production.

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Why Open Access Is Critical for the Future of Scientific Papers

Robin Good: Few people today are aware of how much scientific knowledge is being restricted and not made accessible to everyone, thanks to existing business model and the exorbitant subscription prices that scientific journals and magazines charge to their subscribers.

 

Since such journals are the key medium through which scientists can get their work published and distributed widely, the least accessible are these journals, the greater the amount of people who will not be able to read what such research documents contain.

 

Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen provide an in-depth explanation of why "open access" in the case of scientific papers is so critical for our future.

 

Full video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5rVH1KGBCY 

 

(Thanks to Ana Cristina Pratas for unearthing this one)


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Dennis T OConnor, juandoming, Robin Good
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