Open Enterprise

Glyn Moody's look at all levels of the enterprise open source stack. The blog looks at the organisations that are embracing open source, old and new alike (start-ups welcome), and the communities of users and developers that have formed around them (or not, as the case may be).

  • Goodbye and Thanks

    After over seven years of publishing, this is the last column on the Open Enterprise blog.

  • spy

    Earlier this year, there was an extremely important ruling made about GCHQ's surveillance activities.

  • EU's New Digital Single Market...Isn't

    It is one of life's little ironies that the market where geography plays a diminished role – the online sector – is also one where national boundaries are still a huge problem, particularly when it comes to material under copyright, which is often "unavailable in your country" – a ridiculous situation. That's also the case for the European Union, one of whose core features is the single marketplace. That may be true for analogue goods, but it certainly isn't for digital ones.

  • sharing

    Recently, I wrote about the Open Humans Network, which aims to make it easier for people to share various forms of biological data. That's become a hugely important area; the hope is that by applying big data analytical techniques to the increasingly large stores of genetic data now being produced by low-cost sequencing techniques, it will be possible to come up with personalised medicines designed for a specific genetic make-up, rather than average ones as now.

  • trade secrets open

    Back in January, I wrote about moves within the European Commission to strengthen the protection for trade secrets. That's potentially a worrying development for the world of open source, based as it is on the frictionless exchange of knowledge. Since then, more people have become aware of the threat, and some have started mobilising against it.

  • OpenSeaMap

    As I've noted a number of times before, one of the most exciting aspects of the world of openness is the way in which ideas are not only shared within a given domain - amongst free software hackers, for example - but across completely different domains too. Thus the GNU project inspired first Nupedia, and then Wikipedia. Wikipedia, in its turn, inspired OpenStreetMap. And now OpenStreetMap has given rise to OpenSeaMap.

  • update li

    It's been a couple of months since my last TTIP update. That hiatus reflects the talks themselves, which feel strangely suspended. That's not to say nothing is happening: indeed, there's an air of desperate busy-ness beginning to creep into the proceedings as even the most fervid supporter of the agreement realises that TTIP is not going to be finished by the end of 2015, and people rush around vainly trying to do something about it. That's pretty astonishing when you remember that the original plan was to finish it by the end of 2014.

  • UPC

    Although I haven't written about the Unitary Patent for a while now, it hasn't gone away - alas. Instead, it is still grinding through the ratification process that is necessary before it comes into force. There are many questions about how it will work in practice, and whether it will offer any real benefits to European companies. So it's strange that the European Commission recently come out with a total puff-piece on the subject, which tries to convince people that it's all going to be great.

  • liability

    As you may have noticed, a lot of software has a lot of bugs. Even open source code has them, but the main damage tends to come from certain well-known, widely-used proprietary programs - not forgetting well-known, widely-used open source programs with proprietary layers like Android. In fact, some estimates put the annual damage caused by serious software flaws in the hundreds of billions of pounds range, which probably means that many trillions of pounds' value has been destroyed thanks to buggy, flawed software over the years.

  • open source body

    As you may have noticed, this column is pretty keen on opening things up - whether that's open source, open access or open government. But what about open-sourcing your body - releasing as open data the most intimate aspects of your physical existence? That's what the Open Humans Network is asking people to do.

  • free speech

    A few weeks ago, I spoke at this year's WordCamp London. My theme was free software and free speech. The first part of my talk was a quick run-through free software's amazing achievements - something I've spoken about several times before. But the second part concentrated on what I called open publishing.

  • odf advance

    Back in July last year, I wrote about an incredible opportunity for the open source world. After years of disappointments, and despite the usual lobbying/threats by a certain large US software company against the move, the Cabinet Office announced that it was officially adopting the Open Document Format (ODF) for sharing or collaborating on government documents.

  • india oss

    I've written about the potential for open source in China several times, and the same can be said about India. Here's some big news on that front, just announced by the Government of India's Department Of Electronics & Information Technology.

  • embedded

    As I noted at the beginning of this year, open source has won, even if it's not finished. That's easy to show at for big systems, since Linux currently runs 485 of the top 500 supercomputers in the world. But at the other end of the spectrum, data has been harder to come by. That makes a new post on reporting on the embedded sector particularly welcome.

  • memory

    The world of free software seems constantly fresh and exciting, so it always comes as a shock - to me, at least - to remember that it has been around for more than 30 years now. Richard Stallman announced the GNU project back in 1983, but this month, there's another important anniversary: the publication of the GNU Manifesto.

  • greece

    Greece has been much in the news recently as the Syriza government tries to deal with the country's massive economic problems. We hear plenty about its high-level negotiations with the EU; what we don't hear about is the Greek government's innovative use of openness to tackle key issues in everyday life.

  • open access foundation

    A remarkable report has just been presented to the United Nations by the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed. It's called "Copyright policy and the right to science and culture".

  • mailpile

    Last week I wrote about the importance of Thunderbird as a platform for encrypted communications. That produced some comments from Gervase Markham, who works for Mozilla. Here's one particularly interesting suggestion he made:

  • GPL compliance

    Last week, we had some rare and important news on the licensing front.

  • thunderbird

    As you may have noticed, the Mobile World Congress is taking place in Barcelona. Although I generally try to ignore what happens at this depressing orgy of high-tech digital consumerism, Mozilla has made some interesting announcements there.

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