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Open Source Government: Code-Sharing Site Hires Federal Liaison

Joseph Marks | Nextgov | March 6, 2013

The computer code sharing site GitHub's first government liaison says he hopes to be a bridge between the government and open source communities on legislation and regulations, not just code. Read More »

4 Big Ways Companies Benefit from Having Open Source Program Offices

In the first article in my series on open source program offices, I took a deep dive into what an open source program office is and why your company might need one. Next I looked at how Google created a new kind of open source program office. In this article, I'll explain a few benefits of having an open source program office. At first glance, one big reason why a company not in the business of software development might more enthusiastically embrace an open source program office is because they have less to lose. After all, they're not gambling with software products that are directly tied to revenue...

7 Notable Legal Developments in Open Source in 2016

In 2012 the jury in the first Oracle v. Google trial found that Google's inclusion of Java core library APIs in Android infringed Oracle's copyright. The district court overturned the verdict, holding that the APIs as such were not copyrightable (either as individual method declarations or their "structure, sequence and organization" [SSO]). The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, applying 9th Circuit law, reversed, holding that the "declaring code and the [SSO] of the 37 Java API packages are entitled to copyright protection." The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case, and in 2016 a closely watched second trial was held on Google's defense of fair use. In May 2016 the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Google...

Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, VMware And The Linux Foundation Form New Initiative To Support Critical Open Source Projects

Press Release | The Linux Foundation, Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, VMware | April 24, 2014

The Linux Foundation today announced it has formed a new project to fund and support critical elements of the global information infrastructure. The Core Infrastructure Initiative enables technology companies to collaboratively identify and fund open source projects that are in need of assistance, while allowing the developers to continue their work under the community norms that have made open source so successful.

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At Microsoft’s Build Conference, Some See New Openness To Open Source And Cross Platform

Janet I. Tu | The Seattle Times | April 4, 2014

An atmosphere of openness and cooperation seemed to run through presentations at the annual Microsoft developers conference, something observers attributed to the company’s new CEO.

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Black Duck Announces Integration of Hub Solution with HPE Security Fortify Software Security Center

Press Release | Black Duck | July 13, 2016

Black Duck, a global leader in automated solutions for securing and managing open source software, today announced the integration of its flagship Hub solution into HPE Security Fortify Software Security Center (SSC), which helps organizations measure and control their application security posture and provides visibility into software risk across the enterprise. Organizations developing applications today use a mix of custom and open source code, significantly increasing security risk, management complexity, and challenges...

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Black Duck Announces Ohloh Enhancements Providing New Visibility Into Open Source Activities Affiliated With Organizations, Expanded Code Search Capabilities

Press Release | Black Duck | October 25, 2012

Black Duck Software today announced enhancements to Ohloh, the world's most comprehensive developer resource for evaluating and tracking open source projects, contributors and code. Read More »

Broad Institute to Release Genome Analysis Toolkit 4 (GATK4) as Open Source Resource to Accelerate Research

Press Release | Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard | May 24, 2017

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard will release version 4 of the industry-leading Genome Analysis Toolkit under an open source software license. The software package, designated GATK4, contains new tools and rebuilt architecture. It is available currently as an alpha preview on the Broad Institute's GATK website, with a beta release expected in mid-June. Broad engineers announced the upgrade, as well as the decision to release the tool as an open source product, at Bio-IT World today...

Challenges to Expect When Open Sourcing your SaaS Business

In my previous article, I walked through scenarios to help you determine whether to open source your SaaS solution, and discussed the cost-benefit analysis that goes along with this decision. From an open source point of view, there's no point in just chucking code over the wall, slapping on an open source license, and calling it a day. You want to create an inviting community where people want to collaborate and spend time-even socialize!-with you. Chucking code over the wall accomplishes nothing, besides giving others insight into how you do things. Although that may be interesting and beneficial for them, you don't get much benefit unless you create the pathways of collaboration and communication that unlock a thriving community. Thus, you have an inherent interest in doing this The Right Way™.

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Coding Sub-Zero

Lis Evenstad | eHealth Insider | January 29, 2013

Despite a lack of heating and a rather unreliable internet connection, spirits were high at NHS Hack Day, Oxford. Lis Evenstad reports. Read More »

Data.gov Goes Global

Steven VanRoekel and Aneesh Chopra | Open Government Initiative | December 5, 2011

Last week, President Obama’s unprecedented efforts to advance open and transparent Government reached an important milestone. As part of a joint effort by the United States and India to build an open government platform, the U.S. team has deposited open source code– an important benchmark in developing the Open Government Platform that will enable governments around the world to stand up their own open government data sites.

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DataStax And Databricks Stack Bricks Of Data

Adrian Bridgwater | Open Source Insider | May 8, 2014

Apache Cassandra company DataStax is snuggling up with Databricks.  The partnership is designed to deliver open source code back to the Apache Spark and Apache Cassandra communities to ensure that developers always have the best tools...

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Even Cities Are Jumping On The Open Source Bandwagon

Alyssa Hertig | Motherboard | August 7, 2014

When most people think “open source” they think of software Github projects and hackers determined to code for the Greater Good. But it’s also a wholesale philosophy that can be applied to many aspects of society—like running a city...

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FDA Launches Open Source Tool to Help Capture Data from Patients

Press Release | Food and Drug Administration | November 6, 2018

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is announcing the MyStudies app, a new mobile technology to foster the collection of real world evidence via patients' mobile devices. Real world data can be collected from a variety of sources, such as electronic health records, claims and billing activities, and product and disease registries, as well as from patient-generated data including in home-use settings, or from data gathered from other sources, such as mobile devices. As part of the agency's work to foster greater opportunities around real world evidence, the FDA partnered with Kaiser Permanente on a pilot study to measure the functionality and engagement of the MyStudies app.

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Four Key Trends Changing Digital Journalism And Society

Alex Howard | O'Reilly Radar | September 28, 2012

It’s not just a focus on data that connects the most recent class of Knight News Challenge winners. They all are part of a distributed civic media community that works on open source code, collects and improves data, and collaborates across media organizations. Read More »