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Lessons learned from my time at the CFPB

By Matthew Burton
January 10, 2014

In December 2010, I joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) as an early member of its technology team. I spent the second half of my three years at the CFPB as the Deputy CIO and Acting CIO. Our team …

Survey on the Future of Open Source, and Lessons from the Past

By Andy Oram
May 15, 2013

I recently talked to two managers of Black Duck, the first company formed to help organizations deal with the licensing issues involved in adopting open source software. With Tim Yeaton, President and CEO, and Peter Vescuso, Executive Vice President of …

Visualizing book production

By Adam Hyde
February 4, 2013

Data visualization is one of the hot topics of the last year or two. So what does this offer publishing and book production? Open data activists in particular have been lobbying governments for access to databases which they use to …

Changing the culture of production

By Adam Hyde
December 11, 2012

Collaboration on a book is the ultimate unnatural act. —Tom Clancy The emergence of online book production tools is of course bringing writers online. Authoring books online seems to bring two apparently opposing dynamics into play – the social web …

The MOOC movement is not an indicator of educational evolution

By Andy Oram
December 3, 2012

Somehow, recently, a lot of people have taken an interest in the broadcast of canned educational materials, and this practice — under a term that proponents and detractors have settled on, massive open online course (MOOC) — is getting a …

Open source software as a model for health care

By Andy Oram
October 9, 2012

(The following article sprang from a collaboration between Andy Oram and Brigitte Piniewski to cover open source concepts in an upcoming book on health care. This book, titled “Wireless Health: Remaking of Medicine by Pervasive Technologies,” is edited by Professor …

Tutorial as a Startup

By Kevin Shockey
June 14, 2012

I'm a persistent and often lucky explorer. I benefit from having seen a long line of technology over a long time. While everyone might be caught up in the Internet as the new development platform. I merely see a another...

Recombinant Research: Breaking open rewards and incentives

By Andy Oram
May 2, 2012

To move from a hothouse environment of experimentation to the mainstream of one of the world's most lucrative and tradition-bound industries, Sage Bionetworks must aim for its nucleus: rewards and incentives. Comparisons to open source software and a summary of tasks for Sage Congress.

Recombinant Research: Breaking open rewards and incentives

By Andy Oram
May 2, 2012

To move from a hothouse environment of experimentation to the mainstream of one of the world's most lucrative and tradition-bound industries, Sage Bionetworks must aim for its nucleus: rewards and incentives. Comparisons to open source software and a summary of tasks for Sage Congress.

Recombinant Research: Sage Congress plans for patient engagement

By Andy Oram
May 1, 2012

The Vioxx problem is just one instance of the wider malaise afflicting the drug industry. Managers from major pharma companies expressed confidence that they could expand public or "pre-competitive" research in the direction Sage Congress proposed. The sector left to engage is the one that's central to all this work--the public.

Recombinant Research: Sage Congress plans for patient engagement

By Andy Oram
May 1, 2012

The Vioxx problem is just one instance of the wider malaise afflicting the drug industry. Managers from major pharma companies expressed confidence that they could expand public or "pre-competitive" research in the direction Sage Congress proposed. The sector left to engage is the one that's central to all this work--the public.

Recombinant Research: Sage Congress promotes data sharing in genetics

By Andy Oram
April 30, 2012

Through two days of demos, keynotes, panels, and breakout sessions, Sage Congress brought its vision to a high-level cohort of 230 attendees from universities, pharmaceutical companies, government health agencies, and others who can make change in the field.

Recombinant Research: Sage Congress promotes data sharing in genetics

By Andy Oram
April 30, 2012

Through two days of demos, keynotes, panels, and breakout sessions, Sage Congress brought its vision to a high-level cohort of 230 attendees from universities, pharmaceutical companies, government health agencies, and others who can make change in the field.

Steep climb for National Cancer Institute toward open source collaboration

By Andy Oram
April 5, 2012

Although a lot of government agencies produce open source software, hardly any develop relationships with a community of outside programmers, testers, and other contributors. NCI sees the advantages of a give-and-take.

Metadata is everyone's responsibility

By Jenn Webb
April 3, 2012

Firebrand Technologies communication chief Laura Dawson says publishers are starting to come around to the importance of metadata, but they still don't quite get it.

Metadata is everyone's responsibility

Metadata is everyone's responsibility
By Jenn Webb
April 3, 2012

Firebrand Technologies communication chief Laura Dawson says publishers are starting to come around to the importance of metadata, but they still don't quite get it.

Take a break and "PressPausePlay"

By Jim Stogdill
March 16, 2012

Watch this wonderful film on the digital upending of cultural production. Then open up Garage Band and write a song about it ...

Take a break and "PressPausePlay"

Take a break and
By Jim Stogdill
March 16, 2012

Watch this wonderful film on the digital upending of cultural production. Then open up Garage Band and write a song about it ...

Documentation strategy for a small software project: launching VoIP Drupal introductions

By Andy Oram
February 17, 2012

VoIP Drupal is a window onto the promises and challenges faced by a new open source project, including its documentation. A meeting at at MIT this week worked out some long-term plans for firming up VoIP Drupal's documentation and other training materials.

Documentation strategy for a small software project: launching VoIP Drupal introductions

By Andy Oram
February 17, 2012

VoIP Drupal is a window onto the promises and challenges faced by a new open source project, including its documentation. A meeting at at MIT this week worked out some long-term plans for firming up VoIP Drupal's documentation and other training materials.

How agile methodologies can help publishers

By Jenn Webb
January 10, 2012

Bookigee founder Kristen McLean explains how lightweight development, flexible teams and other agile methods can help publishers with content development and workflows.

How agile methodologies can help publishers

How agile methodologies can help publishers
By Jenn Webb
January 10, 2012

Bookigee founder Kristen McLean explains how lightweight development, flexible teams and other agile methods can help publishers with content development and workflows.

Top Stories: November 28-December 2, 2011

Top Stories: November 28-December 2, 2011
By Mac Slocum
December 2, 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Author Clay Johnson explained why information consumption, not overload, is what needs to be managed. Also, Alistair Croll looked at the relationship between business intelligence and big data, and Todd Sattersten made a case for the paperless book.

Web-first workflows let publishers focus on the stuff that really matters

Web-first workflows let publishers focus on the stuff that really matters
By Jenn Webb
November 30, 2011

In a recent keynote, PressBooks founder Hugh McGuire said web-first workflows streamline book production so publishers can focus on more important matters, such as writing, finding, and editing great books.

Web-first workflows let publishers focus on the stuff that really matters

By Jenn Webb
November 30, 2011

In a recent keynote, PressBooks founder Hugh McGuire said web-first workflows streamline book production so publishers can focus on more important matters, such as writing, finding, and editing great books.

Intellectual Property Strategy: a book, a panel, and a movement

By Andy Oram
November 23, 2011

The speakers, who included household names of the free culture movement such as Lawrence Lessig and Eric von Hippel, emphasized the culture shift that is breaking the seemingly iron grip of current policies that favor wealthy companies with portfolios of patents and copyrights. But I think even these speakers failed to convey how huge a sea change in underway.

Intellectual Property Strategy: a book, a panel, and a movement

By Andy Oram
November 23, 2011

The speakers, who included household names of the free culture movement such as Lawrence Lessig and Eric von Hippel, emphasized the culture shift that is breaking the seemingly iron grip of current policies that favor wealthy companies with portfolios of patents and copyrights. But I think even these speakers failed to convey how huge a sea change in underway.

Wrap-up from FLOSS Manuals book sprint at Google

By Andy Oram
October 21, 2011

Mixtures of grassroots content generation and unique expertise have existed, and more models will be found. Understanding the points of commonality between the systems will help us develop such models.

Wrap-up from FLOSS Manuals book sprint at Google

By Andy Oram
October 21, 2011

Mixtures of grassroots content generation and unique expertise have existed, and more models will be found. Understanding the points of commonality between the systems will help us develop such models.

FLOSS Manuals books published after three-day sprint

By Andy Oram
October 21, 2011

Joining the pilgrimage that all institutions are making toward wider data use, FLOSS Manuals is exposing more and more of the writing process.

FLOSS Manuals books published after three-day sprint

By Andy Oram
October 21, 2011

Joining the pilgrimage that all institutions are making toward wider data use, FLOSS Manuals is exposing more and more of the writing process.

Day two of FLOSS Manuals book sprint at Google Summer of Code summit

By Andy Oram
October 20, 2011

As a relatively conventional book, the KDE manual was probably a little easier to write (but also probably less fun) than the more high-level approaches taken by some other teams that were trying to demonstrate to potential customers that their projects were worth adopting.

Day two of FLOSS Manuals book sprint at Google Summer of Code summit

By Andy Oram
October 20, 2011

As a relatively conventional book, the KDE manual was probably a little easier to write (but also probably less fun) than the more high-level approaches taken by some other teams that were trying to demonstrate to potential customers that their projects were worth adopting.

Day one of FLOSS Manuals book sprint at Google Summer of Code summit

By Andy Oram
October 19, 2011

Four teams at Google launched into endeavors that will lead, less than 72 hours from now, to complete books on four open source projects.

Day one of FLOSS Manuals book sprint at Google Summer of Code summit

By Andy Oram
October 19, 2011

Four teams at Google launched into endeavors that will lead, less than 72 hours from now, to complete books on four open source projects.

FLOSS Manuals sprint starts at Google Summer of Code summit

By Andy Oram
October 18, 2011

Four free software projects have each sent three to five volunteers to write books about the projects this week. Along the way we'll all learn about the group writing process and the particular use of book sprints to make documentation for free software.

FLOSS Manuals sprint starts at Google Summer of Code summit

By Andy Oram
October 18, 2011

Four free software projects have each sent three to five volunteers to write books about the projects this week. Along the way we'll all learn about the group writing process and the particular use of book sprints to make documentation for free software.

Edits as a storytelling device

By Peter Meyers
June 10, 2011

The omissions and alterations behind books are often telling, and with a little technical know-how that information could be woven into ebooks.

Edits as a storytelling device

Edits as a storytelling device
By Peter Meyers
June 10, 2011

The omissions and alterations behind books are often telling, and with a little technical know-how that information could be woven into ebooks.

Pride and prejudice and book trailers

Pride and prejudice and book trailers
By Jenn Webb
April 7, 2011

The literati may despise them, but book trailers can be effective marketing tools when done right. Brett Cohen, vice president of Quirk Books, discusses the production and tracking efforts behind his company's trailers.

Pride and prejudice and book trailers

By Jenn Webb
April 7, 2011

The literati may despise them, but book trailers can be effective marketing tools when done right. Brett Cohen, vice president of Quirk Books, discusses the production and tracking efforts behind his company's trailers.

Software patents, prior art, and revelations of the Peer to Patent review

By Andy Oram
March 2, 2011

Besides the greater openness that Peer to Patent promotes in evaluating individual patent applications, it is creating a new transparency and understanding of the functioning of the patent system as a whole. Problems with prior art disproportionately affect software.

Media old and new are mobilized for effective causes

By Andy Oram
March 2, 2011

Sasha Costanza-Chock explains why both conventional media and social networks are critical resources, and why social causes have just as much trouble as corporations using the latter effectively.

An era in which to curate skills: report from Tools of Change conference

By Andy Oram
February 18, 2011

Three days of intensive discussion about the current state of publishing wrapped up last night in New York City. Research and sales, authoring and curation, are all still important skills.

An era in which to curate skills: report from Tools of Change conference

By Andy Oram
February 18, 2011

Three days of intensive discussion about the current state of publishing wrapped up last night in New York City. Research and sales, authoring and curation, are all still important skills.

An era in which to curate skills: report from Tools of Change conference

By Andy Oram
February 18, 2011

Three days of intensive discussion about the current state of publishing wrapped up last night in New York City. Research and sales, authoring and curation, are all still important skills.

An era in which to curate skills: report from Tools of Change conference

By Andy Oram
February 18, 2011

Three days of intensive discussion about the current state of publishing wrapped up last night in New York City. Research and sales, authoring and curation, are all still important skills.

Shoot Video Tutorials Like A Pro

By Jesse Freeman
January 17, 2011

In this post I will highlight a my setup and what you should consider buying to make professional looking video tutorials.

Offshore book production is a relationship, not a transaction

By Jenn Webb
January 3, 2011

You can't just hire an offshore book production vendor and walk away. Rebecca Goldthwaite and Jack Mitchell, speakers at the upcoming Tools of Change for Publishing conference, explain how planning, clear guidelines, and ongoing relationships are keys to successful offshore partnerships.

Offshore book production is a relationship, not a transaction

By Jenn Webb
January 3, 2011

You can't just hire an offshore book production vendor and walk away. Rebecca Goldthwaite and Jack Mitchell, speakers at the upcoming Tools of Change for Publishing conference, explain how planning, clear guidelines, and ongoing relationships are keys to successful offshore partnerships.


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