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2016/05/11 “Apache Open Tech is fueling tomorrow’s game changing innovations” | Todd Moore | ApacheCon North American 2016 (web video)

History of open source at IBM from 1998 @tmmoore_1 @ApacheCon NA 2016, and current IBM Open Cloud Architecture. Todd Moore, VP of Open Technology at IBM will share a retrospective of IBMs deep roots ASF and then follow with some

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Monty Widenius, Brian Aker “Open source cultures, the Sun/MySQL acquisition” (MP3 audio), Open Source Conference from O’Reilly Media, IT Conversations, 2008/07/23

The open source movement can be mixed up with commercial interests. Six months after Sun purchased MySQL, Tim O’Reilly interviews Monty Widenius and Brian Aker, the founder and Director of Technology, respectively, of MySQL. In this conversation from the 2008

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Mark Shuttleworth, “Free Software and Wealth Creation” (MP3 audio), O’Reilly Media Open Source Conference, 2008/07/22

As Ubuntu matures, it becomes a more and more credible option for operating systems. There is an interaction between changes that happen in technology, changes in economics, and changes in society. The software industry is at the heart of these

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Tony Bailetti, “Open Source Maturity Curve and Ecosystems Interactions: Lessons Learned” (MP3 audio), Eclipse Summit Europe, 2009/10/27

The adoption of open source by companies doesn’t occur overnight. In this podcast, Ian Skerrett from the Eclipse Foundation talks to Tony about the stages of the open source maturity curve and why organizations benefit from tapping into ecosystems. Tony

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Eric Raymond, “Hacking, Open Source, and the Cathedral and the Bazaar” (MP3 audio), Econtalk, 2009/01/19

Eric Raymond was at the founding the open source movement, and is the most cited author with his writing placing a historical context.  This interview reflects on the complementary foundations in economics. Eric Raymond, author of The Cathedral and the

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Ted Leung, “Open Source in the Corporate World” (MP3 audio), Herding Code, 2008/10/03

It’s interesting to hear first-hand accounts of histories of successes and failures in Silicon Valley. Ted Leung … works on dynamic languages and tools at Sun Microsystems and is a member of the Apache Software Foundation. We discussed a variety

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Drew Endy vs. Jim Thomas, “Synthetic Biology Debate” (MP3 audio), Longnow Foundation, 2008/11/17

Can biology be componentized in the way that information technologies have been? “I want to develop tools that make biology easy to engineer,” Drew Endy began. The first purpose is better understanding fundamental biological mechanisms through “learning by building.” The

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Evan Prodromou, “Identi.ca” (MP3 audio), Technometria with Phil Windley, 2008/08/18

I microblog on Twitter, but have wondered about alternatives.  Not only is there an open source alternative in Identi.ca, but it’s also architected in a decentralized way. Identi.ca is an open microblogging service. Users can post short messages about themselves

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Philip Rosedale, “Open Source Second Life”, O’Reilly Media Open Source Conference, 2007/07/27

Changing the virtual world software to open source is a significant turning point in strategy. Second Life is not a game – it is a social, interactive, 3D version of the Internet. It has so far been developed and hosted

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Tim O’Reilly, interview by Dan Bricklin, Software Garden, 2005/08/01

There’s more to open source than “free”. An interview with Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media. O’Reilly Media is a major publisher of computer books. It also hosts conferences on computer languages, Open Source, and Emerging Technologies. Tim

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Joel Spolsky, Software Garden, 2005/05/19

In the earlier days of open source, developers had to figure out how to navigate the variety of licenses. Interview with Joel Spolsky, software developer, author, blogger, and software entrepreneur. Discussions about developers keeping track of where their code comes

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Marten Mickos, interview by Dan Bricklin, Software Garden, 2005/07/13

MySQL was unique in having a open source and commercial dual license structure. An interview with Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB. MySQL is a very popular database that is released under a “dual license” approach that includes the GPL

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Lawrence Rosen, “Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom and Intellectual Property Law”, Software Garden, 2005/05/23

Licensing isn’t all there is to open source, but it does provide a context in which software development occurs. Larry has served as the general counsel and secretary of the Open Source Initiative, authored the book “Open Source Licensing: Software

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Linda Hamel, Software Garden, 2005/05/19

Open source licensing can be complicated. In the public sector, a lot of issues have been considered and worked out. Dan Bricklin interviews Linda Hamel. … an interview with Commonwealth of Massachusetts Information Technology Division General Counsel Linda Hamel. For

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Michael Cote and Steve O’Grady, “Apple’s Open Source”, Redmonk Radio, 2006/08/21

In parallel with OS/X, Apple has an open source version in Darwin, although the Open Darwin project shut down with the move to Intel x86 architecture In this episode Steve O’Grady and Coté talk about Apple’s recent open source efforts,

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Gary Lang, “Opening the Possibilities: APIs and Open Source Code”, OSCON 2006, 2006/07/27

Gary Lang talks about the adoption of open source at Autodesk.

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  • Beyond the Tavistock and S-cubed legacy
    While it’s important to appreciate the systems thinking foundations laid down by the Tavistock Institute and U. Pennsylvania Social Systems Science (S3, called S-cubed) program, practically all of the original researchers are no longer with us.  Luminaries who have passed include Eric L. Trist (-1993), Fred E. Emery (-1997), and Russell L. Ackoff (-2009).  T […]
  • Socio-Technical Systems, Service Systems Science
    In order to move forward, the Systems Changes Learning Circle has taken a step backwards to appreciate the scholarly work that has come before us.  This has included the Socio-Psychological Systems, Socio-Technical Systems and Socio-Ecological Systems perspective, from the postwar Tavistock Institute for Human Relations.  The deep dive on “Causal texture, co […]
  • Causal Texture of the Environment
    For those who haven’t read the 1965 Emery and Trist article, its seems as though my colleague Doug McDavid was foresighted enough to blog a summary in 2016!  His words have always welcomed here, as Doug was a cofounder of this web site.  At the time of writing, the target audience for this piece was primarily Enterprise Architecture practitioners.   [DI] Pub […]
  • Causal texture, contextualism, contextural
    In the famous 1965 Emery and Trist article, the terms “causal texture” and “contextual environment” haven’t been entirely clear to me.  With specific meanings in the systems thinking literature, looking up definitions in the dictionary generally isn’t helpful.  Diving into the history of the uses of the words provides some insight. 1. Causal texture 2. Conte […]
  • Trist in Canada, Organizational Change, Action Learning
    Towards appreciating “action learning”, the history of open systems thinking and pioneering work in organization science, the influence of Action Learning Group — in the Faculty of Environment Studies founded in 1968 at York University (Toronto) — deserves to be resurfaced. 1. Trist in Canada 2. Environmental studies, and contextualism in organizational-chan […]
  • Remembering Doug McDavid
    The news that Doug McDavid — my friend, colleague, and one of the original cofounders of the Coevolving Innovations web site in 2006 — had passed, first came through mutual IBM contacts.  More details subsequently showed up on LinkedIn from Mike McClintock. Doug left us on May 9, while working at his desk, likely in the very earliest hours of the morning. Hi […]
  • 2020/09 Moments September 2020
    Discovering more of the neighbourhood, bicycling mostly in the mornings.
  • 2020/08 Moments August 2020
    Moderate summer temperatures in a city normally overheated with activity, residents gradually emerging as public venues opened cautiously.
  • 2020/07 Moments July 2020
    Daytimes full of new work assignment and training, evenings and weekends bicycling around downtown Toronto as it slowly reopens from pandemic.
  • 2020/06 Moments June 2020
    Most of month in Covid-19 shutdown Phase 1, so every photograph is an exterior shot. Bicycling around downtown Toronto, often exercising after sunset.
  • 2020/05 Moments May 2020
    Life at home is much the same with the pandemic sheltering-in-place directives, touring city streets on bicycle, avoiding the parks on weekends.
  • 2020/04 Moments April 2020
    Living in social isolation in our house with 5 family members, finishing off teaching courses and taking courses.
  • 1969, 1981 Emery, System Thinking: Selected Readings
    Social Systems Science graduate students in 1970s-1980s with #RussellAckoff, #EricTrist + #HasanOzbehkhan at U. Pennsylvania Wharton School were assigned the Penguin paperback #SystemsThinking reader edited by #FredEEmery, with updated editions evolving contents.
  • 1968 Buckley, “Modern Systems Research for the Behavioral Scientist: A Sourcebook”
    Resurfacing 1968 Buckley, “Modern Systems Research for the Behavioral Scientist: A Sourcebook” for interests in #SystemsThinking #SocioCybernetics #GeneralSystemsTheory #OrganizationScience . Republication in 2017 hardcopy may be more complete.
  • Wholism, reductionism (Francois, 2004)
    Proponents of #SystemsThinking often espouse holism to counter over-emphasis on reductionism. Reading some definitions from an encyclopedia positions one in the context of the other (François 2004).
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    Saying “it doesn’t matter” or “it matters” is a common expression in everyday English. For scholarly work, I want to “keep using that word“, while ensuring it means what I want it to mean. The Oxford English Dictionary (third edition, March 2001) has three entries for “matter”. The first two entries for a noun. The […]
  • Systemic Change, Systematic Change, Systems Change (Reynolds, 2011)
    It's been challenging to find sources that specifically define two-word phrases -- i.e. "systemic change", "systematic change", "systems change" -- as opposed to loosely inferring reductively from one-word definitions in recombination. MartinReynolds @OpenUniversity clarifies uses of the phrases, with a critical eye into mo […]
  • Environmental c.f. ecological (Francois, 2004; Allen, Giampietro Little 2003)
    The term "environmental" can be mixed up with "ecological", when the meanings are different. We can look at the encyclopedia definitions (François 2004), and then compare the two in terms of applied science (i.e. engineering with (#TimothyFHAllen @MarioGiampietro and #AmandaMLittle, 2003).
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