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  • Google How Search Works

    As a trainer I like sites like this new one from Google that show you how stuff works. How Search Works goes in to a lot of detail about how search engines work. I thought it might be a useful resource for those of you who teach web ...

  • Open Open Source Options for Education

    OSS Watch has published a list of open source options for education that I think might be helpful to many of you. This document presents options for open source software for use in the education sector. Some of these may have uses outside of education, but they are presented ...

  • Koha Free Koha Intro Webinars

    Join me for one of these free Koha introductory webinars!! Date: Thursday, January 10, 2013 Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/616892390 Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/188146022 Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/783336894 Learn more about Koha on ByWater's What is ...

  • Koha Free Intro to Koha 3.10 Webinars

    It seems like just yesterday we were offering Koha 3.8 demos, but last week Koha 3.10 was released and so it’s time to start showing you what’s new! Join us for one of the following free Koha 3.10 demo webinars. We’ll cover what Koha can do for your library with ...

Bookmarks for July 25, 2013

Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on Delicious. Speaker Deck Speaker Deck is the best way to share presentations online. The KDE Education Project We make free educational software for children and adults, students and teachers. ChooseALicense Choosing an OSS license doesn’t need to be scary Digest powered by RSS Digest

Literacy: The Shift From Reading to Writing

Next was Literacy: The Shift From Reading to Writing presented by Robert Lefkowitz. I missed the very beginning cause I ended up in a talk about JavaScript … not that it wouldn’t have been a good talk … just not for me So let’s start with what I heard on the way in … code is written to be read! So you need to make sure that your code is  [ Read More ]

“Good Enough” is Good Enough!

First session this morning was “Good Enough” is Good Enough! with Alex Martelli. I can’t possibly to Alex justice in my notes below because he was an awesome and charismatic speaker, but I’ll try! Alex started by asking us if we should always strive for perfection and anything less is unacceptable. No one raised their hands. Instead we agreed that we should release early and release often and constantly fix  [ Read More ]

Up last this morning was Leigh Heyman (Executive Office of the President) in a talk titled We The People: Open Source, Open Data. We The People is the White House’s online petition platform. Online petitions are not particularly new, but there hasn’t been much change in the way they’re handled. The goal of We The People is to change that – President Obama said that he wanted to have the  [ Read More ]

Next was Licensing Models and Building an Open Source Community presented by Eileen Evans at HP. Eileen made a broad generalization about open source licenses – there are two types of licenses: Permissive and copyleft. The question is can a permissive license be used to build an open source community. Originally Eileen felt that the answer was “no”. You needed a contractual reason to make people contribute back to open  [ Read More ]

Keynote: Start With Freedom

The next talk by Tom Preston-Werner at GitHub was titled ‘Start With Freedom.’ Tom wanted to talk to us about decision making – a better way to make decisions by starting with your principles and then building off of them. Today we do things the way we think it should be done because others are doing it that way – instead we should start with ourselves and our principles. Next  [ Read More ]

Next up was Tim O’Reilly with a panel entitled Code Is Making Government More Effective with Jared Smith (Bluehost) and Michal Migurski (Code For America). First up was Jared. Last year Jared talked about the case study: Economic impact of open source on small business, this year those they’re talking about using open source code to make government more efficient. First we saw a video of how Code for America  [ Read More ]

Keynote: Diversity in the Innovation Economy

First up this morning was Laura Weidman Powers from Code2040 in a talk entitled Diversity in the Innovation Economy: Why It Matters And What You Can Do About It. Laura started by talking about race (which is “super awkward” according to her). Even though is awkward for her she thinks it’s important for us to talk about. Two things are happening in America that make it important. First the software  [ Read More ]

How To Get More Kids To Code

Next up was How To Get More Kids To Code with Regina ten Bruggencate and Kim Spiritus. I got in late (I was waiting in line to get a free signed copy of ‘The Art of Community‘ by Jono Bacon) so I missed the beginning of this session, but came in as they were demoing Scratch. This is a website where kids can play little games (available in 40 languages)  [ Read More ]

Non-Profit Organizations for FLOSS Projects

We had several speakers talking to us about Non-Profit Organizations for FLOSS Projects: There Is No Place Like Home. First up was Software in the Public Interest (SPI). SPI was founded in 1997 as a “fork” of the Open Source Institute. SPI provides a bank account, the ability to receive charitable donations, ability to sign contracts, and some light legal assistance. They do not have any part in your project  [ Read More ]

Bookmarks for July

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Bookmarks for July

Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on ...

Bookmarks for July

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