Open source as a philosophy promotes a universal access via free license to a product’s design or blueprint, and universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone.
That, as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously. -Benjamin Franklin
The modern notion of open source originated in the software world, but its roots extend far beyond the history of computers. Human beings thrive from sharing knowledge among one-another from cooking recipes, to life tips, to personal expertise, and beyond. Few people don’t enjoy sharing their abilities and knowledge with others; this enjoyment has empowered our species to improve our methods throughout our existence. Today, open source has gained new vigor through the Internet and the vastly improved accessibility of information it provides. Never before has it been easier for human beings to share their ideas and knowledge, making it more possible than ever for people from around the globe to collaborate towards a common goal. This has crafted nearly a perfect environment for open source to flourish and has helped humanity create more meaningful inventions and progress as we move through the Information Renaissance.
Open Source Today has the following goals:
- To spread information about the open source society so that our readers can connect to the people and organizations that are contributing to its success.
- To offer original insight related to innovation and progress being made in open source.
- To have a positive impact on our readers and the subject matter that is covered.
Ultimately, Open Source Today will provide a wealth of relevant, important, and thought-provoking information.
Ben has a bachelor’s degree in Music Technology and a Master’s degree in Information and Communication Sciences. He has spent the last 5 years working in various aspects of IT and has an affinity for the development of new technology. He is a professor of IT and works in the Open Source Group at Samsung Research America. The open source community appeals to Ben because he has a strong belief that information is most effective if it is shared as widely as possible. His free time is spent playing music, fixing and hacking electronics, gaming, and learning new skills.