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Optimal Flow: Building Open Organizations Where Leaders Can Emerge

Previously in this series on open organizations and talent management, I've discussed the importance of cultivating an organization's open leaders by getting out of their way and letting them flourish. As someone invested in developing your organization's next generation of leaders, know that your goal here isn't to be entirely "hands off"; instead, your goal is to spend time building the systems and processes that help new leaders find their footing and unleash their passion. The truth is that leadership talent rarely develops on its own. Building these systems and processes is critical during your open organization's hybrid phase. In this article, I'll discuss what that means and why it's so important. I'll also offer a few crucial questions you should be asking yourself as you nurture talent during this phase of your organization's transformation.

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Pandemic Stress Test: The Open Source Cloud Is Up To The Challenge

We all know that modern business has become a rapid-response environment. Never before have we had the number of IT resources at the tips of our fingers as we have today, and most of them are enabled by the cloud. When we refer to "the cloud", we may be talking about several computing concepts, but typically the cloud consists of a set of remotely-hosted resources and services, from web pages to mobile apps or even traditional desktop applications. The cloud continuously transforms our connectivity on a global scale. It can be found everywhere, from our vehicles to our phones and even to our watches. From what we are witnessing right now, the cloud may ultimately safely carry numerous organizations through a global crisis.

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Product Vs. Project In Open Source

The main reason that open source is good for security is that you can see what's going on when there's a problem, and you have a chance to fix it. Or, more realistically, unless you're a security professional with particular expertise in the open source project in which the problem arises, somebody else has a chance to fix it. We hope that there are sufficient security folks with the required expertise to fix security problems and vulnerabilities in software projects about which we care.It's a little more complex than that, however. As an organisation, there are two main ways to consume open source:

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Red Hat Announces 2018 Women in Open Source Award Winners

Press Release | Red Hat | May 8, 2018

Red Hat, Inc...today announced Dana Lewis, founder of the Open Artificial Pancreas System (OpenAPS) movement, and Zui Dighe, a Duke University student, as the 2018 Women in Open Source Award winners. Both will be recognized today at Red Hat Summit, which is taking place in San Francisco this week. In its fourth year, the Women in Open Source Awards were created and sponsored by Red Hat to honor women who make important contributions to open source projects and communities, or those making innovative use of open source methodology.

Scientists Manage Research with Open Source Zotero

Citation management tools are an easy way to organize electronic citations and PDFs into a single interface. They also allow you to export citations as a formatted bibliography. Many of them will also interact with a word processor for in-text citations. The two biggest cost-free, client-based tools are Mendeley and Zotero. I’m going to focus on Zotero, which is free and open source. It’s also the tool I like most for handling my own citations...

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Setting A Standard For Digital Public Goods

In June 2020, the Secretary-General of the United Nations published a "Roadmap for Digtal Cooperation." In this report, he expanded on recommendations made a year before, calling on all actors, including the Member States, the United Nations system, the private sector, and others, to promote digital public goods. He says to realize the benefits of increased internet connectivity, open source projects in the form of digital public goods must be at the center. While the term "digital public good" appears as early as April 2017, this report offers the first broadly accepted definition of digital public goods...The Digital Public Goods Alliance (DGPA) translated that definition into a nine-indicator open standard that we hope will serve as a comprehensive, shared definition to promote the discovery, development, use of, and investment in digital public goods for a more equitable world.

The Impact of Open Source in the Healthcare Industry in 2014

Luis Ibáñez | Opensource.com | December 26, 2014

Healthcare is one of the most urgent socioeconomic issues of our time. This year, Opensource.com saw a variety of news and feature stories about applying the open source way and open source software (including tools) to alleviating the many problems faced by the healthcare industry. Here are this year's best of the best from Opensource.com in open health.

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The Impact of the Linux Philosophy

All operating systems have a philosophy. And, the philosophy of an operating system matters. What is the Linux philosophy and how does it affect the community? How has it changed software development for the ages?

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The rise of the citizen CIO

Jason Hibbets | OpenSource.Com | August 6, 2013

Are citizen CIOs a threat to local governments or a blessing in disguise? Read More »

The Road to a Career in Open Source and Science

My journey from bench scientist to open science software developer and how I develop better tools for open, reproducible scientific research. Read More »

The Software Patent Solution Has Been Right Here All Along

Simon Phipps | InfoWorld | September 14, 2012

New paper from a legal researcher [presented at the 8th International Conference on Open Source Systems] suggests a fix for the software patent mess has been lurking in the statute all this time.
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The State of Accessibility in Linux and Open Source Software

Spencer Hunley is an autistic professional, former Vice Chair of the Kansas City Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities, and current board member of the Autism Society of the Heartland & ASAN's Kansas City chapter. In August, Spencer will be giving a talk, Universal Tux: Accessibility For Our Future Selves, at LinuxCon in Chicago. He also gave a talk, Maximizing Accessibility: Engaging People with Disabilities In The Linux Community, at LinuxCon North America 2013. In this interview, Spencer provides an update on the state of accessibility in Linux and open source software... Read More »

To Be An Open Leader, Listen To Your Heart

Allowing talented leadership to excel in a more open organizational structure can determine a young company's success. But in order to transform into a more open organization, you'll need to provide that space for talented leaders to grow. This doesn't always come easy to leaders. Ultimately, however, the only way to do it is to begin with yourself-and to address the issue not only your head but also your heart, your feelings. You might do this in a number of areas, but in this article, I'll focus on how you currently make decisions in your organization.

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To Nurture Open Leaders, Managers Must Learn To Let Go

In my previous article on talent development in open organizations, I explained how senior and upper-level managers can help young leadership talent develop without taking an entirely "hands off" approach. The truth is that leadership talent rarely develops on its own, and if organizations wishing to become more open want to see open leaders thrive, upper management has a specific job to do. It must create balance-not only between the organization's conventional management principles and more open ones, but also (as I've explained before) between reason and feeling, head and heart. In other words, this involves creating a balance between individual ego and collective needs. These are the primary conditions for getting the entire organization moving in an open direction.

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Top 10 Open Source In Business Stories Of 2014

Nitish Tiwari | Opensource.com | December 23, 2014

Business is one of the prime areas of focus on Opensource.com, so naturally we've accumulated a lot of great information over the year about tools for doing business, like project management, customer management, and content management...For the best of the best articles on open source in business from Opensource.com, check out this list...

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