Posts By: Commons Strategies Group

Commons Strategies Group

Patterns of Commoning: OpenCourseWare and Open Education

By on September 4, 2017

Mary Lou Forward: While the world has become increasingly digital, most formal educational systems have not taken full advantage of what the new technologies can provide. – books, articles, databases, videos and other curricular materials. By using open networks and open content, Open Education also lets students and teachers separated by great distances interact with... Continue reading

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Patterns of Commoning: OpenCourseWare and Open Education

By on September 4, 2017

Mary Lou Forward: While the world has become increasingly digital, most formal educational systems have not taken full advantage of what the new technologies can provide. – books, articles, databases, videos and other curricular materials. By using open networks and open content, Open Education also lets students and teachers separated by great distances interact with... Continue reading

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Patterns of Commoning: Converting Proprietary Software into a Commons: The LibreOffice Story

By on August 29, 2017

Mike Linksvayer: Since the early 1990s Microsoft has held a lucrative near-monopoly in “office suite” software for word processing, spreadsheets, slide presentations and databases. In 2013 alone, Microsoft’s business division made US$16 billion profit on sales revenues of US$24 billion – an astounding upward transfer of wealth from software users to Microsoft made possible by... Continue reading

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Patterns of Commoning: Open Access Pioneer: The Public Library of Science

By on August 21, 2017

Cameron Neylon: In the 1990s, Nobel Laureate Harold Varmus, a genetic researcher, and California scientists Patrick Brown and Michael Eisen were increasingly frustrated by the many constraints on sharing scientific research. Even though academic researchers were the ones performing difficult, costly scientific research and peer reviews of it – much of it financed by taxpayers –... Continue reading

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Patterns of Commoning: OpenSPIM, A High-Tech Commons for Research and Education

By on August 11, 2017

Jacques Paysan:  Scientific and medical research critically depends on being able to observe very small structures that are invisible to the naked eye. Neuroscientists seeking to find cures for injury-induced paralysis, for example, may want to be able to observe the axons of regenerating neurons on coated nanowires. This kind of experiment often requires extremely... Continue reading

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