“Our goal is to be destructive but in the cause of making the world a better place.” -Founder of Skype.
According to Wikipedia, Open Source is “a philosophy, or pragmatic methodology that promotes free redistribution and access to an end product’s design and implementation details.” Open sourcing is an idea that has been around for centuries. Artists and sculptors have always been proud to show off their work and allow public access to their works. It’s kind of a “Look what I did!” type mentality. I can even feel it when I edit together an amazing video. But open sourcing is also quite pragmatic and almost philanthropic to humanity. Take a look at information and the internet. Before we had the internet, our research would had to have been done in a local library or through publications such as encyclopaedias and periodicals. An entire set of Encyclopedia Britannica would set you back hundreds of dollars. Jacques Fresco once said, “You don’t fight for a ‘new system’ if you want change, you need to offer something that makes the old system obsolete.” This is what the founder of Wikipedia decided to do. Information was seen to be something that all humans deserve to have access to. Not just the wealthy who could afford the encyclopaedias. In fact, during the SOPA/PIPA fight in the US Congress, Wikipedia took it on their own to block their website for a day and placed it with a graphic which said, “IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT FREE KNOWLEDGE – For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage this site and your ability to access information online. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.”
This leads me to talk about Creative Commons. Creative Commons licensing is “when an author wants to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work that they have created.” Essentially, it’s work of art and writings that is available for free for others to use and share without the risk of copyright infringement. There are different levels to Creative Commons. They are:
|Attribution (by) Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform the work and make derivative works based on it only if they give the author or licensor the credits in the manner specified by these.|
|Noncommercial (nc) Licensees may copy, distribute, display, and perform the work and make derivative works based on it only for noncommercial purposes.|
|No Derivative Works (nd) Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform only verbatim copies of the work, not derivative works based on it.|
|Share-alike (sa) Licensees may distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs the original work. Also known as “Copyleft“.|
Creative Commons encourages others to share and distribute knowledge and essentially give others material to advocate their own ideas.
Open sourcing has even taken off in the software industry. Linux is an operating system that was created in 1991 by a student, Torvalds, in Finland. He was frustrated with the licensing issues with the existing operating systems that he decided to create his own and distribute it for free and open the coding to the public as well. This led to a free software movement.
The piece of free software that has got me excited personally is the 3D animation program Blender. It’s a very user friendly program with loads of online tutorials and free project files so you can develop your own animations. This is what the web series will be using to create the animations. If there are any New Years resolutions for HuskyCityRBE, it is to get the web series launched. So hopefully we’ll have it soon!
So go out and make an impact and promote open source material.
Here are a few links to some open source products:
|Blender – 3D Animation|
|Ubuntu coming to smartphones|