Article: Open Collective Launches Funds to Help Companies Streamline Donations to Multiple Open Source Projects

Open Infrastructure

Open Collective Launches Funds to Help Companies Streamline Donations to Multiple Open Source Projects

Open Collective has launched Funds, a new funding infrastructure for funneling contributions to open source projects. Any open source project can receive contributions from a Fund, even those that are not listed on Open Collective due to having their own foundation or working with another fiscal host.

The new feature was added to Open Collective’s existing non-profit funding platform that serves more than 2,500 projects.

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Article: Lyft, Spotify, Others Form Open Source Mobile-App Infrastructure Group

API, Hardware, Open Infrastructure, Open Manufacturing, Open Source

Lyft, Spotify, Others Form Open Source Mobile-App Infrastructure Group

The new Mobile Native Foundation is meant to help mobile-first software companies avoid writing infrastructure code that does the same things.

The Linux Foundation these days seems to spawn baby foundations faster than rabbits make baby bunnies. Earlier this month it announced yet another project that will operate under its umbrella: the Mobile Native Foundation.

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Article: Open Source is critical for Aatmanirbhar Bharat: Saurav Pathak, Bagisto

Money, Open Governance, Open Source

Open Source is critical for Aatmanirbhar Bharat: Saurav Pathak, Bagisto

Bagisto is a free opensource platform used to build an e-commerce store. In a time frame of just two years, the platform from India has got over 30k+ downloads, 3k+ Github Stars, built a community of 1500+ members and generated revenue of more than $300k. Saurav Pathak, Vice President, Product and Sales, Bagisto, shares with us, how his firm has succeeded in this market, and why open source development and adoption must be encouraged to reduce trade deficits

For the past 10 years, our parent company, Webkul has been working in an e-commerce sector. It is one of the biggest e-commerce extension providers in the world providing plugins across 22 platforms, 90% of which is open source.

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Article: Open Source’s Strengths During A Global Crisis And How To Fully Leverage Them

Free, Libre, Open Software

Open Source’s Strengths During A Global Crisis And How To Fully Leverage Them

What do Airbnb, Dropbox, Pinterest, Square, Uber and Venmo have in common? First, all these dynamic digital brands got their start during the last global crisis, the Great Recession of the late 2000s. Second, open-source software is at the heart of what they do.

Flashback further to another time of upheaval, the post-9/11 downturn, and that’s when I saw Linux and other open-source software cross the chasm to acceptance as an enterprise-grade technology that would eventually power a countless array of today’s apps, devices and systems.

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Article: Is open source architecture’s digital disruption?

Open Data, Open Source

Is open source architecture’s digital disruption?

We’re now living in the age of digital disruption, with Uber, Airbnb and other platforms rising to prominence. Whether it’s the share economyInternet of Things, or the open-data movement, no industry will be left untouched by emerging technologies – architecture included.

Cristina Ramos Jaime, Associate Lecturer in Computational Design, UNSW Built Environment, says it is merely a matter of when a similar digital disruption will transform architecture. She says open-source tools, in particular, could radically change the operations and services of architecture. But it could also address some of the most significant urban challenges of our time.

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Article: Weighing Open Source’s Worth for the Future of Big Data

Open Data, Open Source

Weighing Open Source’s Worth for the Future of Big Data

The open source software movement began in earnest 20 years ago, when a group of technology leaders in Silicon Valley coined the term as an alternative to the repugnant “free software.” Fast forward to 2018, and the concept has been cemented in our psyches. But does open source have the staying power to drive the next 20 years’ worth of innovation?

There was, of course, open source software before 1998. Linus Torvalds created the first Linux kernel in the open back in 1991, and even IBM engaged in sharing of operating system internals going back into the 1950

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Article: A City Is Not a Computer

Cities, Innovation, Open Space

A City Is Not a Computer

“What should a city optimize for?” Even in the age of peak Silicon Valley, that’s a hard question to take seriously. (Hecklers on Twitter had a few ideas, like “fish tacos” and “pez dispensers.”) 1 Look past the sarcasm, though, and you’ll find an ideology on the rise. The question was posed last summer by Y Combinator — the formidable tech accelerator that has hatched a thousand startups, from AirBnB and Dropbox to robotic greenhouses and wine-by-the-glass delivery — as the entrepreneurs announced a new research agenda: building cities from scratch. Wired’s verdict: “Not Actually Crazy.” 

Which is not to say wise. For every reasonable question Y Combinator asked — “How can cities help more of their residents be happy and reach their potential?” — there was a preposterous one: “How should we measure the effectiveness of a city (what are its KPIs)?”

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Article: Forget the ‘sharing economy’: technology is about to usher in the ‘circular’ economy

Hardware, Materials, Open Manufacturing, Open Source

Forget the ‘sharing economy’: technology is about to usher in the ‘circular’ economy

It now seems clear that decades of effort focused on sustainability and corporate responsibility initiatives have struggled to make a difference. Production has outstripped planetary boundaries and the environment is contending with mass-scale pollution. But why is this? To put it into a succinct argument: ‘Companies can’t be sustainable in an unsustainable society.

The idea of a sharing economy was borne out of a need to rectify this situation. It is a system built around the sharing of human and physical resources and there are hundreds of compelling new businesses tapping into this idea.

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Article: Owning Is the New Sharing

Access, Open Decision-Support, Open Source

Owning Is the New Sharing

One chilly morning last winter, I reconnected with an old friend, Joel Dietz, on a video chat. We hadn’t seen each other for years, and we’d each had several starts and stops in our lives since.

He began telling me about his latest undertaking, Evergreen, a digital currency system that he described as “organic” and “without additives.” I was doing all I could to understand it, and he was struggling to fund it in a way that suited his vision. He needed money, and quickly, but he didn’t want to sabotage his ideals in the process.

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