Article: Solv[ED] inspires young people to become global problem-solvers

Innovation, Open Space

Solv[ED] inspires young people to become global problem-solvers

On May 3, during its annual flagship event Solve at MIT, MIT Solve launched a new program called Solv[ED], geared toward young innovators to help them become problem solvers and learn about social entrepreneurship.

Starting in June, Solv[ED] will feature a variety of workshops and learning sessions and provide resources that are designed to support young people aged 24 and under with the skills needed to make an impact on their communities and the world. Solv[ED] will host its first annual Youth Innovation Challenge this September and invite young people to submit and pitch solutions to solve problems worldwide.

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Article: Open-Source Framework Simplifies Machine Learning Processes

Open Health, Open Source, Procedures (Medical)

Open-Source Framework Simplifies Machine Learning Processes

Researchers at MIT’s Data to AI Lab (DAI Lab) have developed a new framework that can streamline machine learning processes to help organizations uncover actionable insights from big data. The system, called Cardea, is open-source and uses generalizable techniques so that hospitals can share machine learning solutions with each other, leading to increased transparency and collaboration.

To develop Cardea, researchers leveraged automated machine learning, or AutoML. The goal of AutoML is to democratize predictive tools, making it easier for people to build, use, and understand machine learning models.

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Article: The MIT Press launches MIT Open Publishing Services

Access, Open Decision-Support, Open Source

The MIT Press launches MIT Open Publishing Services

The MIT Press has announced the launch of MIT Open Publishing Services, a scholar-focused, MIT-branded hosting and publishing services operation. MIT Open Publishing Services (MITops), working with its partner the Knowledge Futures Group, provides a portfolio of services to mission-aligned partners, including peer review support and editorial development; professional copy editing and design; marketing and publicity; and hosting on the PubPub open source platform.

The MIT Press believes that the full potential of institutionally owned and managed infrastructure will be realized by pairing publishing technology innovation with economic incentives that will make it possible for the academy to reclaim the marketplace for scholarly communications.

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Article: Understanding and Complying with Open Source Software Licenses – an Intellectual Property Perspective

Code, Open Software, Open Source

Understanding and Complying with Open Source Software Licenses – an Intellectual Property Perspective

Open source compliance is not just for software companies. More and more business-critical tools take the form of mobile applications, downloadable software and web interfaces – from email and customer-relationship management to data analytics. These products may utilize open source components to varying degrees, even if offered as a proprietary offering.

What is Software?

Software is merely a compilation of instructions directing some sequence or action. These instructions are first written in some human-readable form, usually a programming language, known as source code.

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Article: Why Julia is Turning Heads in 2021

Language, Open Data, Open Source

Why Julia is Turning Heads in 2021

There is plenty to be said for legacy codes—the ones that still do the job even if they lack flexibility and elegance. But with more science and engineering codes in need of a refresh to make AI/ML a possibility.

Starting with a cleaner slate with something that provides the best of C or C++ and the usability of Python, for example, is becoming more attractive, especially when all the differential programming and other tools to make machine learning in engineering are built in specifically for those science and engineering domains.

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Article: Understanding Urbit

Innovation, Open Source, Open Space

Understanding Urbit

We think the internet can’t be saved. The way things are going, MEGACORP will always control our apps and services because we can no longer run them ourselves. The only way out of this mess is with a completely new platform that’s owned and controlled by its users.

Urbit is a new OS and peer-to-peer network that’s simple by design, built to last forever, and 100% owned by its users. Under the hood, Urbit is a clean-slate software stack compact enough that an individual developer can understand and control it completely.

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Article: MIT celebrates 15 years of open courseware – no excuse not to learn science!

Access, Document, Open Decision-Support, Research

MIT celebrates 15 years of open courseware – no excuse not to learn science!

It is my personal belief that education (including higher education) should be free — or at least heavily subsidized. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in many parts of the world, where people pay exorbitant sums for university studies. But no matter where you are, there’s no excuse for not learning science.

With MIT’s Open CourseWare (OCW) or websites like Coursera or EdX (and many others) you can learn everything from programming to biology and from advanced literature to physics – for free. MIT now celebrates 15 years of free and open publishing of courseware. OCW now provides access to the educational materials of more than 2,300 MIT courses.

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