Open Source /ˈoʊpən soʊrs/ – An approach to design, development, and distribution offering practical accessibility to a product’s source (goods, services, and knowledge).

What is it?

The fundamental concept unlerlying open source is the free, accessible, universal, dissemination of goods, services or information.  It was first coined as a phrase in 1998 with the release of Mozilla Firefox as a software whose code was completely open to the public, enabling programmers anywhere in the world to alter the code and make their own tools.

In a broader context, it applies to politics, economics, business, social organization, academics and virtually any other field.  In short, open source is the democratization of…well, everything.  The idea that anything can become as open and accessible as the internet.  A similar term, which is usually much broader is crowdsourcing.  Since I abuse the definitions of both terms for my own ends, it really doesn’t matter which you use, so long as the appropriate context is defined.  As for myself, open sourcing is a way of removing red tape from any process so that it can be openly and freely “hacked”.

The Blog

This blog will feature input by myself, Rick Smith, and Jonathon Howard as a “guest columnist” (his blog here).  Of course, anyone and everyone is free to leave a comment.  If you’d like, you may submit a letter to me and I will publish it here.

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