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Open Source Outbreak Investigation

The Germany-based Escherichia coli outbreak that killed at least 50 people and hospitalized thousands  in May and June of 2011 has been declared officially over. Researchers credit advances in DNA-sequencing technologies and the ability to freely share data and collaborate with groups of researchers around the globe for the rapid...

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Bob Young on Lulu and Collaborative Innovation, Part 2

In part 1 of this post, Bob Young talked about his history as a typewriter salesman, Red Hat's beginnings, and how we are all collaborative by nature. In the second part, below, he talks about his current company, Lulu, publishing, and more about collaborative innovation. Read more... read more...

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Here Comes the Neighborland: Creating Communities by Crowdsourcing

Neighborland is a new ideation crowdsourcing startup that gives citizens a “fun and easy way for residents to suggest new businesses and services that they want in their neighborhood.”

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Voices of POSSE, Part 1: From Theory to Practice

This post is the first in the "Voices of POSSE series," a collection of interviews conducted at this year's Professor's Open Source Summer Experience, held in Raleigh, NC, July 23-24. Read more... read more...

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Eight Weeks of #noemail (And the Results Are In)

Professor Jones seems to have struck a chord with his attempt to abandon email. Since we published our look at his #noemail attempt and sat down for a chat, he’s been interviewed, referenced, and talked about all over the Internet--and even on the (local) nightly news. Other people have followed...

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Bilski's Growing Up, and Smacking Down Some Bad Software Patents

When the Supreme Court declined to speak to software patenting in the Bilski case, there was wailing and gnashing of teeth in the open source software world. The new Bilski test for patentable subject matter looked at first like the status quo for software patentability. But, being the sort of...

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