Open, Closed, and Information Access

April 29, 2010

I continue to hear comments about the importance of open source software. Two or three years ago, knowledge of open source search technologies was confined to some specialist groups. Today open source is generally understood and open source search implementations can be found in large and small organizations. The article “The Tradeoff between Open and Closed” raises some useful points. One passage I noted was:

I tend to think what is good for the tech industry is generally good for society.  But others certainly have different views.  Advocates of openness are often accused of being socialist hippies.  Maybe some are.  I am not.  I care about the tech industry.  I think it’s reasonable to question whether moves by large industry players are good or bad for the industry.  Unfortunately most of the debate I’ve seen so far seems driven by ideology and name calling.

Yep, data are good.

Stephen E Arnold, April 29, 2010

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