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Open Foo: sharing practice, social movement and technology

In the discussion under my recent post on incompatibilities between open source and open data Bill Anderson pointed out frequent confusion between “open source” and “free software”. He cited Richard Stallman’s essay which argues that open source is a software development methodology, while free software is a social movement. Building on that, Bill wrote that […]

Open data and open source. Incompatible?

Open data movement seemingly doesn’t differ much from other “open” movements – its goal is to have  free access to data (you can substitute data for articles/source code/creative content) without certain restrictions and mechanisms of control. Quite recently a group of usuall suspects (Cameron Neylon, John Wilbanks, Peter Murray-Rust and Rufus Pollock) put together a […]