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Glyn Moody's look at all levels of the enterprise open source stack. The blog will look at the organisations that are embracing open source, old and new alike (start-ups welcome), and the communities of users and developers that have formed around them (or not, as the case may be).

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OpenStreetMap: the Next Truly Indispensable Open Project

Last year, I described OpenStreetMap (OSM) as the "open source of maps". On the occasion of the project's tenth anniversary, I'd like to explore this important example of open collaboration in a little more detail, and explain why I think...

Tags: android, gnu/linux, google, google maps, linux, navigation, open access, open content, open data, openness, openstreetmap, osm, steve coast, techcrunch, waze


According to the publication "Inside US Trade", which tends to be pretty good when it comes to sourcing its information, the next round of TTIP talks won't take place until the end of September - obviously the negotiators felt they...

Tags: cancer, certification, ceta, chickens, isds, norway, philip morris, smoking, switzerland, tafta, tisa, tpp, ttip, uk, uruguay

The Gentle Art of Muddying the Licensing Waters

I've been writing about free software for nearly 20 years, and about Microsoft for over 30 years. Observing the latter deal with the former has been fascinating. At first, the US software giant simply dismissed free software as unworthy even...

Tags: censorship, creative commons, free software, fud, gnu gpl, licensing, microsoft, open access, open source, shared source, stm association

Data Protection Issues in TISA's First Leak

Last week I wrote about the baby steps that the European Commission is taking to bring more transparency to the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) currently being negotiated. One of the things that the Commission is unlikely to publish -...

Tags: data protection, european commission, services, tisa, transparency, wikileaks

ODF FOI Update: Lost, Found and Lost Again

Last month I provided an update on my Freedom of Information request to the UK Cabinet Office on the subject of ODF formats. I've still not heard anything back, but obviously in the light of the good news about the...

Tags: business innovation and skills, cabinet office, foi, freedom of information, microsoft, ministers, odf

Beyond Open Standards and Open Access

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the huge win for open standards - and thus, by implication open source - in the realm of document formats in the UK. There's an interesting Cabinet Office document from 25 March...

Tags: arts, cabinet office, interoperability, odf, open access, open source, open standards, software patents, sports

Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) and Transparency

Transparency has been one of the key issues for TTIP - and is, of course, a prime concern of this blog. As people who follow me on Twitter may have noticed, I recently had quite a long, er, discussion with...

Tags: acta, data protection, european commission, gats, privacy, switzerland, tafta, tisa, transparency, ttip


The previous update detailed the massive rejection of ISDS in TTIP, even at the highest political levels in Europe. That refusal to allow corporations to be placed above national law has now spread to the other major trade agreement that...

Tags: animal welfare, canada, ceta, clinical trials, copyright, european commission, farming, food standards, isds, open data, patents, pesticides, tafta, ttip, yukos

3 New Kinds of Open Source: DNA, Journalism, Shoes

One of the most powerful proofs of the strength of the ideas underlying open source is the way they are being successfully applied in fields very different from computing. Many of these are familiar enough - open content, open data,...

Tags: 3d printers, collaboration, dna, modularity, open content, open data, open dna, open journalism, open shoes, open source, proteins

Huge Win for ODF in UK: Let's Not Mess it up

Back in January, I alerted people to a hugely-significant consultation being run by the Cabinet Office on the subject of document standards. This was so critical, that I banged on about several times more, urging readers to submit their comments....

Tags: apache, cabinet office, html, interoperability, libreoffice, massachusetts, microsoft, odf, open source, open standards, openoffice, pdf, uk government