Celebrates First Anniversary with Increased Participation Across Business, Education, Law, Government and Life Channels


United States, January 25, 2011

Expands Number of Contributors and Readers, Continues Robust Webinar Schedule and Announces Inaugural Awards Program, 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, 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, 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: 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. has hosted many other leading thinkers in the open source way for subsequent webinars, including:

To celebrate its first anniversary, 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 site moderators.

"I've enjoyed working with, 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

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