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Opensource.com Celebrates First Anniversary with Increased Participation Across Business, Education, Law, Government and Life Channels
RaleighUnited States, January 25, 2011
Expands Number of Contributors and Readers, Continues Robust Webinar Schedule and Announces Inaugural Awards Program
Opensource.com, a Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) community service that explores how open source is applied to, and impacts the world outside of software development, today celebrates its first anniversary. The site was created to engage communities in conversation to learn and explore how the lessons of participation and open source are applied throughout five channels: business, education, law, government and life. During its inaugural year, opensource.com has featured nearly 600 stories by more than 50 different authors and has more than 2,600 registered users as of Jan. 24, 2011.
During its first year, opensource.com saw contributed articles covering a number of topics from the democratization of comics, open source textbooks, and the rise of IP trolls in the fashion industry to open source prosthesis and crowdsourcing. The three most-viewed articles across all channels for the year were:
- Total Victory for Open Source Software in a Patent Lawsuit
- Five Open Source Alternatives to the iPad
- Is IP Another Bubble About to Burst? A View From Another Civilization
Opensource.com also introduced "Open Your World," a series of forums and webinars hosted by the site, featuring visionary figures across a number of industries. The first "Open Your World" forum, held in May 2010, featured ten presentations including talks from the Free Software Foundation Europe, Google, musicians and artists, and several others such as Dr. David Upton, Chair of Operations Management at Oxford University, and Dr. John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. Opensource.com has hosted many other leading thinkers in the open source way for subsequent webinars, including:
- Stefan Lindegaard: Open Innovation Revolution
- Joseph Reagle: Good Faith Collaboration
- Gary Hamel and Henry Chesbrough: Open Services Innovation
- Bob Sutton and Polly LaBarre: Building a Better Boss
To celebrate its first anniversary, opensource.com has launched an inaugural awards program to recognize two contributors to the site. Matt Jadud, assistant professor of computer science at Allegheny College and regular contributor to the site's Education channel, is the winner of the "Moderator's Choice" award, given to an individual selected by the opensource.com site moderators.
"I've enjoyed working with opensource.com, as it provides an intellectual space in which many, diverse voices can come together to discuss and debate the importance of open source in the world today," said Jadud. "Participating in the Education channel has helped shape my own thinking about how I can bring open source software into my own teaching, both within my discipline and more generally."
The "People's Choice" award will be decided by a voting process open to all individuals. Votes will be accepted through Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, and the winner will be announced on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. To cast a vote for the "People's Choice" award, please visit http://opensource.com/life/11/1/vote-2010-peoples-choice-award.
To participate and submit an article to opensource.com, please visit http://opensource.com/participate.
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