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Welcome to the Open Source Policy Center | OSPC
"Policymakers increasingly rely on computational models to predict the budgetary and broader economic impacts of current and proposed policies, especially those involving taxes and entitlements. Estimates from these models often determine a bill’s success or failure in the legislative process and public sphere. The Open Source Policy Center's first focus is supporting community-driven projects that analyze the budgetary and broader economic impact of taxes. These models are completely transparent and freely available to researchers across the country. OSPC also provides an easy-to-use online interface that allows students, policymakers, journalists, and informed citizens to interact with the models and learn for themselves about the effects of policies."
policy  simulation  open-source  think-tank 
november 2017 by tsuomela
Coding Freedom: a review | Armed and Dangerous
Eric Raymond reviews Coding Freedom by Gabriella Coleman
book  review  anthropology  open-source 
november 2017 by tsuomela
"Substance provides building blocks for realizing custom text editors and web-based publishing systems. "
open-source  tools  software  publishing  scholarly-communication 
march 2017 by tsuomela
ckan - The open source data portal software
"CKAN is a powerful data management system that makes data accessible – by providing tools to streamline publishing, sharing, finding and using data. CKAN is aimed at data publishers (national and regional governments, companies and organizations) wanting to make their data open and available."
data-curation  data-publication  data  management  research-data  open-source  server  catalog  metadata  cataloging 
february 2017 by tsuomela
JASP | A Fresh Way to Do Statistics
"JASP, a low fat alternative to SPSS, a delicious alternative to R. Bayesian statistics made accessible."
software  statistics  open-source 
december 2016 by tsuomela
Modelica and the Modelica Association — Modelica Association
"Modelica® is a non-proprietary, object-oriented, equation based language to conveniently model complex physical systems containing, e.g., mechanical, electrical, electronic, hydraulic, thermal, control, electric power or process-oriented subcomponents."
modeling  programming  open-source  language 
november 2016 by tsuomela
Benkler, Sharing Nicely
"The paper offers a framework to explain large scale effective practices of sharing private, excludable goods. It starts with case studies of distributed computing and carpooling as motivating problems. It then suggests a definition for “shareable goods” as goods that are lumpy and mid-grained in size, and explains why goods with these characteristics will have systematic overcapacity relative to the requirements of their owners. The paper then uses comparative transaction costs analysis, focused on information characteristics in particular, combined with an analysis of diversity of motivations, to suggest when social sharing will be better than secondary markets to reallocate this overcapacity to non-owners who require the functionality. The paper concludes with broader observations about the role of sharing as a modality of economic production as compared to markets and hierarchies (whether states or firms), with a particular emphasis on sharing practices among individuals who are strangers or weakly related, its relationship to technological change, and some implications for contemporary policy choices regarding wireless regulation, intellectual property, and communications network design."
sharing-economy  sharing  economics  open-source 
august 2016 by tsuomela
wq: an open source framework for citizen science, VGI, and crowdsourcing
"wq is a modular, open source framework for building custom offline-capable mobile-friendly web apps for citizen science, crowdsourcing, and volunteered geographic information. wq has a permissive license and extends a number of existing open source web frameworks, including Django, jQuery Mobile, and RequireJS."
programming  citizen-science  mobile  software  open-source  gis 
may 2016 by tsuomela
"PRISONER is a framework for running ethical and reproducible social network experiments. PRISONER is actively under development, and has been released to help steer its design, and to improve the consideration of these concerns in the community."
social-media  methods  ethics  research  framework  open-source 
september 2015 by tsuomela
Islandora Website
"Islandora is an open-source software framework designed to help institutions and organizations and their audiences collaboratively manage, and discover digital assets using a best-practices framework.  Islandora was originally developed by the University of Prince Edward Island's Robertson Library, but is now implemented and contributed to by an ever-growing international community."
open-source  software  preservation  digital  assets  management 
october 2014 by tsuomela Web Archives Workbench - Project Web Hosting - Open Source Software
"The WAW tools provide a more automated approach to web harvesting, based on archival principles, automated process and human decision-making. The model seeks to use archival principles to preserve documents on the web."
web-archive  software  open-source  archives 
august 2014 by tsuomela
Alliance for Networking Visual Culture
"Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that's designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required. More fundamentally, Scalar is a semantic web authoring tool that brings a considered balance between standardization and structural flexibility to all kinds of material. It includes a built-in reading interface as well as an API that enables Scalar content to be used to drive custom-designed applications. If you're dealing with small to moderate amounts of structured content and need a lightweight platform that encourages improvisation with your data model, Scalar may be the right solution for you."
online  publishing  software  open-source  authoring  web-development 
august 2014 by tsuomela
HUBzero - Home
"HUBzero ® is a powerful, open source software platform for creating dynamic web sites that support scientific research and educational activities"
data-curation  data  science  service  research  support  open-source  software 
july 2014 by tsuomela
US Fab Lab Network
"Our Mission: The USFLN is a connected network of Fab Labs who exchange knowledge, ideas, and resources to collectively empower people of all ages and backgrounds to experiment and invent new products to solve real world problems at local, national, and global levels."
fabrication  lab  diy  open-source 
may 2014 by tsuomela
"Secure messaging for everyone, coming soon With the rise of widespread government monitoring programs, Tox is an easy to use application that allows you to connect with friends and loved ones without anyone else listening in."
im  software  security  privacy  open-source 
january 2014 by tsuomela
"Datavyu accommodates your needs. You decide how you want to code your video, audio, physiology, motion, or eye tracking data. Power users can write scripts in the Ruby programming language and use the power of the R statistical programming environment to extend Datavyu's functionality."
software  java  open-source  video  research  coding  behavior  psychology  development 
july 2013 by tsuomela
Netflix, Facebook — and the NSA: They’re all in it together -
"They’re all in it together. The spooks and the social media titans and the online commerce goliaths are collaborating to improve data-crunching software tools that enable the tracking of our behavior in fantastically intimate ways that simply weren’t possible as recently as four or five years ago. It’s a new military industrial open source Big Data complex. The gift economy has delivered us the surveillance state."
internet  privacy  surveillance  business  open-source  military-industrial-complex  spying 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Troubling Trends in Scientific Software Use
"Software pervades every domain of science (1–3), perhaps nowhere more decisively than in modeling. In key scientific areas of great societal importance, models and the software that implement them define both how science is done and what science is done (4, 5). Across all science, this dependence has led to concerns around the need for open access to software (6, 7), centered on the reproducibility of research (1, 8–10). From fields such as high-performance computing, we learn key insights and best practices for how to develop, standardize, and implement software (11). Open and systematic approaches to the development of software are essential for all sciences. But for many scientists this is not sufficient. We describe problems with the adoption and use of scientific software."
science  repetition  reproduction  software  open-source  sharing 
may 2013 by tsuomela
The Meme Hustler | Evgeny Morozov | The Baffler
"The enduring emptiness of our technology debates has one main cause, and his name is Tim O’Reilly. The founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, a seemingly omnipotent publisher of technology books and a tireless organizer of trendy conferences, O’Reilly is one of the most influential thinkers in Silicon Valley. Entire fields of thought—from computing to management theory to public administration—have already surrendered to his buzzwordophilia, but O’Reilly keeps pressing on. Over the past fifteen years, he has given us such gems of analytical precision as “open source,” “Web 2.0,” “government as a platform,” and “architecture of participation.” O’Reilly doesn’t coin all of his favorite expressions, but he promotes them with religious zeal and enviable perseverance. While Washington prides itself on Frank Luntz, the Republican strategist who rebranded “global warming” as “climate change” and turned “estate tax” into “death tax,” Silicon Valley has found its own Frank Luntz in Tim O’Reilly. "
silicon-valley  personality  influence  memes  technology  criticism  critique  open-source 
april 2013 by tsuomela
The Locker Project
"A Locker is a container for personal data, which gives the owner the ability to control how it's protected and shared. It retrieves and consolidates data from multiple sources, to create a single collection of the things you see and do online: the photos you take, the places you visit, the links you share, contact details for the people you communicate with, and much more. It also provides flexible APIs for developers to build rich applications with access to all of this information"
open-source  software  network  digital  storage  social-media  privacy 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Apple After Steve Jobs: Does a Closed Software Company Need a Genius? : The New Yorker
"So what’s a technology firm to do? Each faces the open/closed question, and here is how to answer it. First and foremost, there will always be a complex tradeoff between closed and open designs, so there is no use being too religious in either direction. It is easy to underestimate open designs (no one thought Wikipedia would work), but even open systems need some points of control. In the end, the better your vision and design skills, the more closed you can try to be. If you think your product designers can duplicate the nearly error-free performance of Jobs over the past twelve years, go for it. But if mere mortals run your firm, or if you’re facing an extremely unpredictable future, the economics of error suggest an open system is safer. Maybe rely on this test: wake up, look in the mirror, and ask yourself, Am I Steve Jobs?"
business  management  open  closed  business-model  innovation  technology  open-source 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Why Do Some Software Commons Succeed and Others Fail? | David Bollier
"The tech world frequently talks about open source software as a collaborative endeavor, but it is less apt to use the word “commons,” let alone engage in rigorous empirical analysis for understanding how software commons actually work. The arrival of Internet Success: A Study of Open-Source Software Commons (MIT Press) is therefore a welcome event. This book is the first large-scale empirical study to look at the social, technical and institutional aspects of free, libre and open source software (often known as “FLOSS”). It uses extensive firsthand survey research, statistical analysis and commons frameworks for studying this under-theorized realm."
book  review  open-source  intellectual-property  success  commons 
july 2012 by tsuomela
PyBossa is a free, open-source, platform for creating and running crowd-sourcing applications that utilise online assistance in performing tasks that require human cognition, knowledge or intelligence such as image classification, transcription, geocoding and more!
crowdsourcing  python  open-source  platform  programming  library 
july 2012 by tsuomela
ThinkUp: Social Media Insights Platform
With ThinkUp, your social activity is stored in a database that you control, making it easy to search, sort, analyze, publish and display activity from your network. All you need is a web server that can run a PHP application.
social-media  archive  twitter  facebook  software  open-source 
february 2012 by tsuomela
OCCUPY WALL STREET (the theory) - Global Guerrillas
"OCCUPY WALL STREET (the theory)

Really simple:

Occupy Wall Street is an open source protest.

This type of protest has been very effective over the last year in toppling regimes in north Africa. It's proving relatively successful in the US too.

Open source protest is an organizational technique. Probably the only organizational technique that can assemble a massive crowd in today's multiplexed environment. "
protests  activism  wall-street  capitalism  social-media  social-movement  media  technology  open-source 
october 2011 by tsuomela
OCCUPY WALL STREET (the theory) - Global Guerrillas
"Occupy Wall Street is an open source protest.

This type of protest has been very effective over the last year in toppling regimes in north Africa. It's proving relatively successful in the US too.

Open source protest is an organizational technique. Probably the only organizational technique that can assemble a massive crowd in today's multiplexed environment."
protests  activism  wall-street  capitalism  social-media  social-movement  media  technology  open-source 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Open Source Ecology
"The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts."
open-source  ecology  environment  civilization  manufacturing  makers  making  technology  crisis 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Smoke Signals | the human network
When all four of these design principles are embodied in a work, another design principle emerges: resilience. Something that is distributed, transport independent, secure and open is very, very difficult to subvert, shut down, or block. It will survive all sorts of disasters. Including warfare.
design  computer  technology  freedom  open-source  privacy  transparency  social-media  graphs  social-networks  manifesto  internet  future  social  facebook  commerce 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Habari Project
Habari is next-generation blogging.
software  tools  cms  weblog-tool  open-source  php 
december 2010 by tsuomela
StatusNet | Your Network
StatusNet is the open source microblogging platform that helps you share and connect in real-time within your own domain.
microblogging  open-source  status  web2.0  service  twitter 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Observations: Open-source personal robotics seeks a community to make it affordable [video]
Until someone develops a common platform for building robots (think of the combination of Windows and Intel that has made PCs so accessible), the technology will remain elusive to the general public. At least that's the contention of Willow Garage, Inc., a Menlo Park, Calif. company that Wednesday made its PR2 personal robot available to the public.
open-source  robotics  technology  science  community  development 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Can free software drive the fourth paradigm?
The essential argument of the book, expressed through various branches of science, is that what is universally made available via an internet-based e-repository is shared and what is shared is free, what is free must be open and what is open accelerates the progress of human knowledge (shades of Vernon Vinge’s Singularity?) and makes for better and efficient management of knowledge and data. Although the book never explicitly says so it ensures that the peer review process should not be corrupted or hijacked and never used to bully or exclude, or to intimidate dissenters by appeals to consensus or (arbitrary) authority.
book  review  data-intensive  science  technology  microsoft  e-science  e-scholarship  open-source  democracy 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Are Cameras the New Guns?
In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity. In at least three states, it is now illegal to record any on-duty police officer.
law  police  photography  rights  video  legal  technology  privacy  censorship  power  open-source 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Go fly a kite: Mapping the oil spill the open source way |
Last month, as the mainstream press reported on the worsening environmental and economic crisis that is the British Petroleum spill in the Gulf Coast, I and a small group of DIY mappers flew down to New Orleans to coordinate a grassroots, citizen effort to map the spill. Instead of helicopters and satellites, we deployed a new generation of low-cost tools, including weather balloons and kites with cameras attached.
open-source  mapping  gis  energy  oil 
june 2010 by tsuomela | Where Open Source Multiplies
We want to shine a light on the places where the open source way is multiplying ideas and effort, even beyond technology. We believe that will be a gathering place for many of the open source stories we'd like to share--through articles, audio, web presentations, video, or open discussion.
open-source  community  software  business  collaboration  inspiration  news  redhat  linux 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Sage: Open Source Mathematics Software
Sage is a free open-source mathematics software system licensed under the GPL. It combines the power of many existing open-source packages into a common Python-based interface.
mathematics  programming  computer  software  python  tools  science  open-source 
march 2010 by tsuomela
GNU Octave is a high-level language, primarily intended for numerical computations. It provides a convenient command line interface for solving linear and nonlinear problems numerically, and for performing other numerical experiments using a language that is mostly compatible with Matlab. It may also be used as a batch-oriented language.
mathematics  software  open-source  programming  computing  science  linear-algebra  statistics  tools 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Findings - Jaron Lanier Is Rethinking the Open Nature of the Internet -
He blames the Web’s tradition of “drive-by anonymity” for fostering vicious pack behavior on blogs, forums and social networks. He acknowledges the examples of generous collaboration, like Wikipedia, but argues that the mantras of “open culture” and “information wants to be free” have produced a destructive new social contract.

“The basic idea of this contract,” he writes, “is that authors, journalists, musicians and artists are encouraged to treat the fruits of their intellects and imaginations as fragments to be given without pay to the hive mind. Reciprocity takes the form of self-promotion. Culture is to become precisely nothing but advertising.
book  review  internet  culture  information  economics  art  advertising  open-source 
january 2010 by tsuomela
Open-source software for Operations Research and Industrial Engineering
This page contains links to some of the most useful free software and open-source software for operations research and industrial engineering.
open-source  software  operationsResearch  mathematics  linear-algebra  modeling 
november 2009 by tsuomela
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