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Spreading Digital Freedom with The Whuffie Factor

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| Tara Hunt’s book, The Whuffie Factor, gives the Free Open Source Software 
| world a tool for thinking about how to reach out beyond the echo chamber of 
| technologists, who already “get” how important FOSS is, to the much larger 
| world of technophobes who, with their dollars and keyboards, will decide 
| whether FOSS will succeed on the desktop or not. We in the FOSS world are 
| really good at writing game-changing code, but we need to get better at 
| getting people to use the code in mainstream applications, and we need to get 
| better at forging alliances.       


REMIX now ccFree

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| The Bloomsbury Academic Press version of REMIX is now Creative Commons 
| licensed. You can download the book on the Bloomsbury Academic page. 




Book Review: Pragmatic Version Control Using Git

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| Given the ubiquity of Git as a version control system throughout the free 
| software community, one would expect there to be more books about it. So far, 
| that is not the case—though there are indications that is changing—so Travis 
| Swicegood's Pragmatic Version Control Using Git is welcome for those trying 
| to come up to speed on Git. Overall, the book provides a nice starting point, 
| though there are some rough spots.      


Introducing Sci-Mate

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| Because publication is so important to researchers, the Sci-Mate contains 
| software that makes it relatively easy for scientists to collaboratively 
| assemble high impact publications. Open access wiki software allows 
| individual researchers to place highly specialised knowledge into a 
| pre-existing context in such a way so as to increase the value of both their 
| contribution and the value of the pre-existing information. With academics in 
| mind, the “Wiki-Mate” records authorship, assigns copyright, defines 
| licenses, manages editing, and includes custom software for an interactive 
| peer-review process.         


The Master List of Free Online College Courses

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| This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of free online 
| college classes available to the general public. We’ll be updating this list 
| frequently, so please bookmark it for future reference and let us know about 
| any broken links or free online courses we’ve missed.   


IBM's DeveloperWorks goes social

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| IBM Corp. is ushering into the era of social networking its ten-year old Web 
| site that supplies technical information on open source software. My 
| DeveloperWorks aims to help IT developers collaborate on topics including 
| Java, Linux and XML.    


Sustainable Open Source Solutions for Africa – Myth or Reality?

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| Open Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are gaining popularity as an apt 
| eLearning framework for African universities. At eLA 2009, Open Educational 
| Resource advocates Felix Olakulehin, Romaric Sagbo, and Nicholas MacGowan von 
| Holstein will discuss its benefits vis-à-vis its practicability and 
| sustainability.    



Information Liberation

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| Other than in the realm of life-saving medicine, why should any of this
| matter to nonacademics? Well, for one thing, barriers to the spread of
| information are bad for capitalism. The dissemination of knowledge is almost
| as crucial as the production of it for the creation of wealth, and knowledge
| (like people) can't reproduce in isolation. It's easy to scoff at the rise of
| Madonna studies and other risible academic excrescences, but a flood of truly
| important research pours from campuses every day. The infrastructure that
| produces this work is surely one of America's greatest competitive
| advantages.        
| In fact, open access might help to moderate some of the worst forms of
| academic hokum, if only by holding them up to the light of day -- and perhaps
| by making taxpayers, parents and college donors more careful about where they
| send their money. Entering the realm of delirium for a moment, one can even
| imagine public exposure encouraging professors in the humanities and social
| sciences to write in plain English.    
| Keeping knowledge bottled up is also bad for the world's poor; indeed,
| opening up the research produced on America's campuses via the Internet is
| probably among the most cost-effective ways of helping underdeveloped
| countries rise from poverty. Closer to home, open access to scholarly work
| via the Internet would help counteract the plague of plagiarism that the
| Internet itself has abetted. Anyone suspecting a scholar of such chicanery
| could search for a phrase or two in Google and see if somebody else's work
| turns up with the same unusual text string.      


1.8 million rulings online -- and free

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| Sebastopol man posts half-century's worth of court decisions which could
| shake up $5 billion legal publishing industry


Berkman Center and CALI Partner to Create New Legal Education Resource

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| “We are looking forward to renewing a fruitful relationship with Harvard Law
| School through the Legal Education Commons project, which will provide
| innovative tools and access to open-licensed course materials to our more
| than 200 member law schools” said CALI Executive Director John Mayer.  


Harvard Research to Be Free Online

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| Harvard University will soon begin posting research and articles produced by
| its faculty on the Internet free of charge.


A Quest to Get More Court Rulings Online, and Free

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| The domination of two legal research services over the publication of federal
| and state court decisions is being challenged by an Internet gadfly who has
| embarked on an ambitious project to make more than 10 million pages of case
| law available free online.  


Announcing the Open Library

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| Early this year, when I left my job at Wired Digital, I thought I could look
| forward to months of lounging around San Francisco, reading books on the
| beach and drinking fine champagne and eating foie gras. Then I got a phone
| call. Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive was thinking of pursuing a
| project that I'd been trying to do literally for years.    
| [...]
| So today I'm extraordinarily proud to announce the Open Library project. Our
| goal is to build the world's greatest library,


Wikipedia Founder Joins EC Open Access Campaign

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| Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said he signed a petition calling
| on the European Commission to give the public open access to
| taxpayer-funded scientific research because it was "simple and
| obvious" that the public should have access to research they
| had funded. "Public money should result in public benefit,"
| he added.

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