Radar Theme: Open Beyond Source

[This is part of a series of posts that briefly describe the trends that we’re currently tracking here at O’Reilly]

The lessons and techniques of open source are applicable beyond source code. Open standards, open hardware, open data, open government are all borrowing from the legal, cultural, and technical toolbox of open source.

Watchlist: Sunlight Foundation, Limor Fried, Change Congress, Wesabe Data Bill of Rights, Creative Commons.

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  • To add to the list… Studio Wikitecture is trying to harness the open source paradigm and apply it to architecture and urban planning.

    The following post outlines how they used a 3d-wiki to help facilitate open collaboration around a winning entry for the Open Architecture Network Competition.


  • Hi Nat,

    We have been working on the Tropical Disease Initiative for about 4 years now. In fact, we have been invited twice to the SciFoo (2006-2007) camp to present our advances. The Tropical Disease Initiative will soon release its first “Kernel” for drug discovery (keep one eye on our site for developments in very near time frame).

    You can read more on our project for Open Source Drug Discovery at http://www.tropicaldisease.org. In particular this article is what started everything (http://www.tropicaldisease.org/documents/MauRaiSal_PLOS2004.pdf).

    Best regards,

  • Max

    Hi Nat,

    perhaps you could add the Participatory Culture Foundation, the makers of Miro, a Free Software and Free Platform, which I think is a boost for the advancement of open, DRM-free, accessible and collaborative publishing on the Internet.

    What do you think?


  • In the same vein, Cquestrate (which I’m working on) is a project using open source methods to develop a solution to climate change.

    With the basic idea established, the wider scientific community (and others) are invited to help in driving the project onwards.