ownCloud uses its own server-to-server sharing capability to bypass all the Web interfaces that trip up seamless file sharing across silos.
Anybody who says there's nothing new under the sun--or clouds--ought to read this story.
Cloud storage and collaboration service provider ownCloud (yes, with a lower-case "o") has found a way to sync up files from all over the place--from the cloud, to enterprise silos, to personal connected storage devices, to other disparate places--and make them easily available and sharable using its own cloud (hence, ownCloud) common file access layer.
Open source software developer Sourcefabric has signed Australian Associated Press to help develop an end-to-end news creation, production, curation, distribution and publishing platform.
The two parties are inviting other news publishers to participate in the project, called Superdesk.
AAP editor-in-chief Tony Gillies said, "Over the past 10 years, our existing editorial platform has proven increasingly inflexible."
"The time is right for some true innovation in this area and we believe that Sourcefabric will set us on the right path."
Sava Tatić, Sourcefabric managing director, said he was thrilled to be partnering with Australia’s national news agency.
The open source community in Indonesia is still small and this has discouraged the Indonesian tax agency from moving some big systems to open source, its Transformation and ICT Director told FutureGov.
Open source is usually used by universities in Indonesia, he said, and the source code is not published so “it’s in a small group”, said Harry Gumelar.
“Our difficulty right now is that we don’t know who to contact if we have a problem,” he added. The tax agency has asked for help in the past, but not received any response from the community.
The government has been involved with open source software since before the Internet -- but it is only recently that government use of open source really has come into vogue, observed GitHub's Ben Balter. "A big reason for this is that open source used to be inaccessible to outsiders and didn't have the quality and support large organizations like government have come to expect."
“If I were starting something new today that was software as a business, I would make it either open source or SaaS or freemium,” he said. “I would definitely not make it closed source if I’m starting from day one, ’cause I don’t think it works anymore. I think you’re going to have competition. There’s going to be stuff out there. It’s going to be tough. If you’re starting today, it’s sort of what are people doing five years from now would be the question.”
I took that to mean that as important as open source is now in the business world, it’ll only be more important in the future.
“It felt very clear to us that it needed to be open source, what we were doing,” Merriman continued. “We also like open source, so that was a factor too, almost a non business reason. A business reason, though, is part of the idea of strategy. We really wanted to be ubiquitous; we wanted to be everywhere. If people are using this database they need to know it and they need to understand it. There needs to be a community. There needs to be a critical mass of knowledgeable people, workers, who can code to it, who can administer it, who can operate it. It’ll be much easier to do that if it’s open source because it’ll be much wider used.”
Open-source computers have so far lacked good graphics, but Gizmosphere’s new Gizmo 2 is an exception.
The Gizmo 2 is an uncased single-board computer that will sell for $199. The computer can be used to build robots, electronics with large screens, or interactive computer systems that can recognize gestures or images.
Talend 5.6, the latest version of the open source big data platform, introduces new support for Apache Spark and Storm, as well as better Internet of Things integration.
Talend 5.6, the latest iteration of the flagship product from the open source big data vendor with the same name, is now available, bringing with it features that the company says will speed Hadoop adoption in the enterprise, as well as promote Internet of Things (IoT) integration.
From this week, it has promised to publish PDFs and Word documents in PDF/A and ODS formats respectively.
However, on Excel, which are most commonly published as “live” data tables, it said: “Content producers should convert to ODS format before submitting to digital content teams.
“However the statisticians have identified problems with certain spreadsheets – where drop-down filters fail to work when converted – more work needs to be done on finding a solution to this problem and DCLG will to commit to the spreadsheets where possible will be published from 1 November 2014 being in an ODS format.”
DCLG said that it is committed to opening up government and providing a level playing field for open source systems, providing the citizen with free access to government information.