Thursday, December 4, 2008

Upcoming December Issue

The theme for the December issue is "Enabling Innovation" and it should be ready to publish some time this weekend. Here's a sneak peak at the authors and their articles:

Leslie Hawthorn from Google's Open Source Programs Office examines the origins of Google's Summer of Code program, how students benefit by participating, and how Google views this investment in the F/LOSS community and its potential to improve the overall progression of Computer Science as a discipline.

Tom Scheinfeldt from George Mason University introduces Omeka, an open source next generation web publishing platform for academic work which is based upon a set of commonly recognized web and metadata standards.

David Wiley from Brigham Young University describes how Flat World Knowledge is leveraging principles of openness to bring textbooks back into reach of all students, creating significant social value in a manner that will sustain itself over the long-term.

Steven Muegge from Carleton University and Chukwuemeka Afigbo from SW Global present a for-profit private sector company that creates high-impact value at universities and governments in developing countries through an innovative business model anchored around service subscriptions, open source software, and open content.

Fred Dixon from Blindside Networks and Jill Woodley from Volunteer Ottawa share the experiences of a unique community/university partnership to bring accessible technology to a non-profit community.

John Weigelt from Microsoft Canada discusses the role service oriented architecture and interoperability can play in keeping an organization innovative and competitive. He also discusses Microsoft's interoperability principles, its commitment to its open source community, and the benefits of embracing openness as part of an organization's business strategy.

Michael Grove from CollabWorks introduces the Open Innovation 2.0 model and its ability to transform companies even during down times.

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