Article: What is open source?

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What is open source?

It’s difficult to overstate the role that open source plays in today’s technology-centric world, given that it intersects with just about every piece of software. Data from Synopsys, the company behind open source security management platform Black Duck, indicates that 98% of codebases contain at least some open source code.

But open source software is not only eating the world, as the popular expression goes, it’s also devouring the solar system — recent GitHub data showed that almost 12,000 GitHub developers contributed to the code that made the very first Martian helicopter flight possible on April 19, 2021. Chances are, though, most weren’t even aware that their contributions were used in the historic NASA mission.

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Article: Digital Twin Consortium pursues open source collaboration

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Digital Twin Consortium pursues open source collaboration

Digital twins promise to bring digital transformation across various industries by harmonizing data flows between applications and users. However, this interest has also driven growth in various trade groups, standards bodies, and consortiums to ensure interoperability. The concern is that the rise of so many standards could slow down meaningful adoption.

Such concerns form the backdrop to the Digital Twin Consortium (DTC) announcement last month of a significant open source effort to facilitate digital twin collaboration across different groups on open source projects, open source code, and open source collateral to address this Tower of Babel

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Article: Microsoft Build and the Hidden Benefits of Open Source

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Microsoft Build and the Hidden Benefits of Open Source

At Microsoft Build 2021, I was struck by how different the company was from when I first started covering it in 1994 during the ramp up to Windows 95.  Back then, Microsoft, just like Apple and IBM, was particularly proprietary and fiercely competitive.

But in the early 2000s, Microsoft started to change its external behavior. Instead of challenging interoperability, they embraced it. Instead of challenging open source and Linux, they became one of the biggest advocates. And last week at Microsoft Build, it was clear that this has also had a positive impact on the company.  Microsoft is a company folks want to work in tech.

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Article: CDISC Teams Up with Microsoft to Develop Open-Source Software for the Clinical Research Community

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CDISC Teams Up with Microsoft to Develop Open-Source Software for the Clinical Research Community

CDISC is teaming up with Microsoft to develop the CDISC Open Rules Engine (CORE), open-source software that executes machine-readable CDISC Conformance Rules. The global clinical research community will be able to leverage the CORE software to test study data for conformance to CDISC standards as well as regulatory and sponsor-specific conformance rule sets.

CDISC Conformance Rules as well as regulatory agency rules provide a critical quality check in ensuring study data conform to CDISC standards. An emerging industry best practice is to use Conformance Rules on an ongoing basis, throughout the study, to keep the data as close to submission ready as possible and to ensure quality in all data exchange scenarios.

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Article: Microsoft: This open-source technology points the way to the collaborative future of work

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Microsoft: This open-source technology points the way to the collaborative future of work

The future of hybrid work that Microsoft sees as people start to return to offices and workplaces — at least some of the time — still includes remote collaboration, some of it asynchronous and some of it real time.

“During the pandemic, what’s really come to the fore is team productivity: enabling a group of people to work together,” Microsoft executive vice president for experiences and devices Rhajesh Jha said at the recent Build conference. “We think this is the era of collaborative apps where collaboration is at this centre, whether it be synchronous in the context of a video meeting, whether it be asynchronous with documents and chat.” “Collaboration is going to have to be the core of new applications,” Jha added. The technology Microsoft is pinning its hopes on to deliver this new group productivity is open-source framework Fluid.

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Article: Have I Been Pwned: Collaborating with FBI and Open Source Publishing

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Have I Been Pwned: Collaborating with FBI and Open Source Publishing

The free project for checking leaked access data Have I Been Pwned is now receiving considerable support from the US secret service FBI: The agency will provide the project with leaked data from its own inventory. In addition, the source code of the HIBP service is to be made accessible as open source software. The project operator Troy Hunt writes on his blog.

FBI wants to incorporate data from its own findings. Hunt had spoken to the FBI about ways of further cooperation, he writes in his blog post. It had been agreed that the authority would allow leaked passwords from its own investigations to flow into the HIBP project. As recently as April, when the Emotet Trojan was broken up, the FBI sent Hunt over 4 million e-mail addresses, which were then incorporated into HIBP.

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Article: The State Of Open-Source Ecosystem In India

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The State Of Open-Source Ecosystem In India

India has a vibrant and growing open-source community. In March, Microsoft’s GitHub, which has 5.8 million Indian contributors, announced a grant of Rs.1 crore to support India-based open-source maintainers and contributors who build world-class software using open-source tools. As per GitHub COO Erica Brescia, India is the fastest-growing country in terms of new developers contributing to open-source projects.

Open-source software development has a lot of potential in India and could become the best in the world under the right circumstances. The government of India can play a major role here. Introducing policy-level changes to open-source development could encourage a mutually beneficial relationship for both the government and the developers and give ‘Digital India’ a much needed push.

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Article: Building the Edge with Community-powered Innovation

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Building the Edge with Community-powered Innovation

There was a time when large technology vendors and enterprises wouldn’t touch open source software with a 10-foot pole. But now most embrace it avidly. What’s more, it’s almost certain that open source will be at the forefront of edge computing’s evolution.

“When the concept of open source just appeared, it started a battle royale between the advocates of proprietary software and open source software…. technically which has still never ended,” writes Scott Douglas Clary in a history of open source for Hackernoon. “Large market players such as Oracle and Microsoft considered open source as a threat to their proprietary IP and, in the bigger picture, their business model. Today many companies release proprietary software as well as open source projects, which has definitely increased in its popularity in the late 90’s and early 00’s.”

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Article: The energy ecosystem should move to make the ‘energy internet’ a reality

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The energy ecosystem should move to make the ‘energy internet’ a reality

As vice president of Innovation at National Grid Partners, I’m responsible for developing initiatives that not only benefit National Grid’s current business but also have the potential to become stand-alone businesses. So I obviously have strong views about the future of the energy industry.

But I don’t have a crystal ball; no one does. To be a good steward of our innovation portfolio, my job isn’t to guess what the right “basket” is for our “eggs.” It’s to optimally allocate our finite eggs across multiple baskets with the greatest collective upside.

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Article: Many hands make light work: The secret of open source’s success

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Many hands make light work: The secret of open source’s success

Open source software is now the de facto choice for most businesses, but it’s been a long time coming. We asked Marc Linster, CTO at EDB, a company that provides software and services based on the database PostgreSQL (Postgres) – one of the very earliest open source projects – for his take on the current state of enterprise open source.

For many years, open source software was the domain of academics and hobbyists. What was the tipping point that convinced businesses and public sector organizations to take it seriously? It’s not so much a tipping point but rather a confluence of events, said Linster, addressing Postgres as an example.

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