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Why is openness so difficult?

Open Source - Jue, 06/08/2017 - 09:00

If being open is so great, why isn't everyone embracing it? Answering this requires asking a few more questions:

  • Why is it so hard for leaders and organizations to introduce and maintain policies and processes designed to create open environments?
  • Why are technology firms and millennial-driven startups more likely to see the value in open strategies?

Most leaders in large organizations are more than capable of running successful open systems—so why aren't they doing it?

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Categorías: Open Source

Using Data to Help Communities Recover and Rebuild

Facebook - Mié, 06/07/2017 - 18:00

By Molly Jackman, Public Policy Research Manager

After a flood, fire, earthquake or other natural disaster, response organizations need accurate information, and every minute counts in saving lives. Traditional communication channels are often offline and it can take significant time and resources to understand where help is desperately needed.

Facebook can help response organizations paint a more complete picture of where affected people are located so they can determine where resources — like food, water and medical supplies — are needed and where people are out of harm’s way.

Today, we are introducing disaster maps that use aggregated, de-identified Facebook data to help organizations address the critical gap in information they often face when responding to natural disasters. Many of these organizations worked with us to identify what data would be most helpful and how it could be put to action in the moments following a disaster.

This initiative is the product of close work with UNICEF, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the World Food Programme, and other organizations. It is an example of how technology can help keep people safe, one of our five areas of focus as we help build a global community.

Based on these organizations’ feedback we are providing multiple types of maps during disaster response efforts, which will include aggregated location information people have chosen to share with Facebook.

Location density maps show where people are located before, during and after a disaster. We can compare this information to historical records, like population estimates based on satellite images. Comparing these data sets can help response organizations understand areas impacted by a natural disaster.

Movement maps illustrate patterns of movement between different neighborhoods or cities over a period of several hours. By understanding these patterns, response organizations can better predict where resources will be needed, gain insight into patterns of evacuation, or predict where traffic will be most congested.

Safety Check maps are based on where our community uses Safety Check to notify their friends and family that they are safe during a disaster. We are using this de-identified data in aggregate to show where more or fewer people check in safe, which may help organizations understand where people are most vulnerable and where help is needed.

This type of information can help response organizations understand which neighborhoods suffered the most damage following an earthquake and where people might be in need of help as they evacuate their homes and eventually return.

We are sharing this information with trusted organizations that have capacity to act on the data and respect our privacy standards, starting with UNICEF, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and the World Food Programme. We are working with these organizations to establish formal processes for responsibly sharing the datasets with others.

Over time, we intend to make it possible for additional organizations and governments to participate in this program. All applications will be reviewed carefully by people at Facebook, including those with local expertise.

We believe that our platform is a valuable source of information that can help response organizations serve people more efficiently and effectively. Ultimately, we hope this data helps communities have the information they need to recover and rebuild if disaster strikes.

Categorías: Redes Sociales

5 great KDE apps to help you study

Open Source - Mié, 06/07/2017 - 09:02

There are countless websites that offer educational resources for people of all ages. Many of them are easy to find through your favorite search engine and also free to use. However, there are disadvantages to many of them, such as:

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Open hardware groups spread across the globe

Open Source - Mié, 06/07/2017 - 09:01

After our group of friends founded a small open hardware community in El Salvador a few years ago, we felt alone in the region. The open hardware movement had developed in a creative explosion of projects and (thanks to the popularization of 3D printing and digital technologies such as Arduino) under a common understanding of how to develop new physical products.

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Why you should certify your open hardware

Open Source - Mié, 06/07/2017 - 09:00

The open source hardware movement has been gaining momentum since 2010 with new industries joining the community at a rapid pace. In fact, the maker and 3D printing markets are expected to become a US$ 8.5 billion market by 2020.

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Making Facebook Live More Accessible With Closed Captions

Facebook - Mar, 06/06/2017 - 18:45

By Supratik Lahiri, Product Manager, and Jeffrey Wieland, Director of Accessibility

Making Facebook accessible to everyone is a key part of building global community. Today we’re allowing publishers to include closed captions in Facebook Live, helping people who are deaf or hard of hearing to experience live videos. Now, if your captioning settings are turned on, you’ll automatically see closed captions on Live broadcasts when they’re available.

Over the past year, daily watch time for Facebook Live broadcasts has grown by more than 4x, and 1 in 5 Facebook videos is a Live broadcast. By enabling publishers to include closed captions with their Live broadcasts, we hope more people can now participate in the exciting moments that unfold on Live.

Today’s milestone represents the next step in our efforts to make content on Facebook accessible to more people. It’s already possible to add captions to non-live videos when uploading them to Facebook Pages, and publishers can use our speech recognition service to automatically generate captions for videos on their Pages.

For more information on adding closed captions to Facebook Live broadcasts, click here. For more information on Facebook’s accessibility features and settings, click here, and follow news and updates from the Facebook Accessibility team here.

Categorías: Redes Sociales

3 off-the-shelf Linux computers compared

Open Source - Mar, 06/06/2017 - 09:02

While the options for Linux computers from commercial vendors are still needles in the proverbial haystack of OEM Windows equipment out there, there are more and more options available to a consumer who wants a good, solid device that's ready-to-use with no messing around.

Still, there are more Linux OEM computers than I could look at for one article—and the options tend to be different in Europe than they are in the United States, with providers like Entroware that don't ship to the latter at all.

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3 alternatives to LibreOffice Writer

Open Source - Mar, 06/06/2017 - 09:01

Even though I write for a living, I rarely use a word processor these days; I do most of my work in a text editor. When I do need to use a word processor, I turn to LibreOffice Writer. It's familiar, it's powerful, and it does everything that I need a word processor to do.

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How to master feedback loops and excel in the workplace

Open Source - Mar, 06/06/2017 - 09:00

In most situations, from getting clothing advice to seeking peer review of the next scientific discovery, we harness the help of people around us in order to discuss and analyze potential next steps. Hardly anyone thinks up a perfect solution right off the bat; it's an iterative process full of trials and errors, adjustments, and new experiments.

And it's a process we can always improve. This chapter offers some advice for doing just that.

What are feedback loops?

Feedback loops are supposed to be great and solve all sorts of problems. So what are they, exactly?

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Facebook Celebrates Pride Month

Facebook - Lun, 06/05/2017 - 15:00

By Alex Schultz, VP & Executive Sponsor of pride@facebook

As Pride celebrations begin around the world, Facebook is proud to support our diverse community, including those that have identified themselves on Facebook as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender or gender non-conforming. In fact, this year, over 12 million people across the globe are part of one of the 76,000 Facebook Groups in support of the LGBTQ community, and more than 1.5 million people plan to participate in one of the more than 7,500 Pride events on Facebook.

This year, we’re excited to unveil more ways than ever before for people to show their pride and support for the LGBTQ community on Facebook:

Update Your Profile Pic with a Rainbow Frame
Throughout the month of June, you might see a message from Facebook in your News Feed wishing you a Happy Pride and inviting you to add a colorful, Pride-themed profile frame. Additionally, you might also see a special animation on top of your News Feed if you happen to react to our message.

React with Pride
You may see a colorful, limited-edition Pride Reaction during Pride Month. When you choose this temporary rainbow reaction, you’ll be expressing your “Pride” to the post.

Brighten Up Your Photos
In Facebook Camera, you can find some new colorful, Pride-themed masks and frames. If you swipe to the left of News Feed, click on the magic wand to bring up camera effects and you’ll be able to find the effects in the mask and frame category.

Support an LGBTQ Cause
In the US, start a Facebook Fundraiser or donate to your favorite LGBTQ cause. On Facebook, you can raise money for a nonprofit or people — for yourself, a friend or someone or something not on Facebook.

Facebook isn’t the only place to celebrate the cause. All across our entire family of apps, you will have the opportunity to show your support:

Join the #KindComments Movement on Instagram
The photo sharing app is committed to fostering a safer and kinder community, and this June will be turning walls in major US cities into colorful beacons of LGBTQ support where you can leave supportive comments on your posts. You can also celebrate Pride and be creative with stickers and a rainbow brush.

Frame Up with Pride on Messenger
During Pride month, you can add some love to your conversations with friends and family with Pride-themed stickers, frames, and effects in the Messenger Camera.

Our Commitment and Participation
Facebook has long been a supporter of LGBTQ rights, through our products, policies and benefits to our employees. Not only will we be a part of Pride activities in more than 20 cities around the world, including in San Francisco, where we first marched in 2011, but we will also celebrate with our employees by hosting events and discussions, as well as by draping the Facebook monument outside the Menlo Park headquarters in the rainbow flag, as the company has done each year since 2012.

Our commitment and support of the LGBTQ community has been unwavering. From our support of marriage equality and bullying prevention, to the many product experiences that we’ve brought to life, we are proud of our attention to the LGBTQ experience on Facebook, often thanks to the many LGBTQ people and allies who work here.

Last year, for the first time ever, we began publicly sharing self-reported data around our LGBTQ community at Facebook. In a recent, voluntary survey of our employees in the US about sexual orientation and gender identity, to which 67% responded, 7% self-identified as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender or asexual. We are proud to support the LGBTQ community, and while more work still remains, we are eager to be active partners going forward.

Happy Pride!

Categorías: Redes Sociales

A quick guide to using FFmpeg to convert media files

Open Source - Lun, 06/05/2017 - 09:02

There are many open source tools out there for editing, tweaking, and converting multimedia into exactly what you need. Tools like Audacity or Handbrake are fantastic, but sometimes you just want to change a file from one format into another quickly. Enter FFmpeg.

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Categorías: Open Source

10 ways the GIMP image editor changed my life

Open Source - Lun, 06/05/2017 - 09:01

Happy 19th anniversary of the 1.0 release of GIMP! Let me legally buy you a drink (well, in Canada that is). There are certainly many things to celebrate. Hoorah!

Like other young professionals, I have worked many odd jobs over the years, slowly spinning my strange and broad range of experience into a neatly packaged service. Dabbling in open source editing and design software was once a hobby. Now, I use GIMP every day.

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Documentation based on user stories

Open Source - Lun, 06/05/2017 - 09:00

There are numerous approaches to writing documentation, but one of the fundamental distinctions a doc writer must make is whether the resulting doc's goal is to:

  • Describe "features" of a product, software, solution, etc., and how to use these features, or
  • Explain what actions to take in order to perform a task to achieve a specific goal

Both approaches have valid uses, but there are areas or use cases where one is better than the other. It can also depend on who is writing the documentation and who is the intended audience.

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Top 5: Machine learning with Python, Arduino upgrades for your car, and more

Open Source - Vie, 06/02/2017 - 16:20

In this week's Top 5, we highlight machines, machine learning, and learning. Plus there's a look at two of the most popular Linux desktop environments. Be sure to vote for your favorite in our poll.

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A list of open source tools for college

Open Source - Vie, 06/02/2017 - 09:01

This quote mirrors my own personal experience with FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software).

"When I first got into technology I didn't really understand what open source was. Once I started writing software, I realized how important this would be."

—Matt Mullenweg. (n.d.). Retrieved March 15, 2017, from

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Your guide to a better IT culture

Open Source - Vie, 06/02/2017 - 09:00

The open organization community at is pleased to announce the immediate release of its newest book, The Open Organization Guide to IT Culture Change.

Consisting of more than 25 chapters from writers, practitioners, industry leaders, and notable technologists, the book explains how open principles are reshaping IT organizations today. It also offers practical advice for leaders seeking to catalyze powerful and lasting cultural changes in their IT organizations.

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Why working openly is hard when you just want to get stuff done

Open Source - Vie, 06/02/2017 - 08:59

Three letters guide the way I work: GSD—get stuff done. Over the years, I'm managed to blend concepts like feedback loops (from lean methodologies) and iterative improvement (from Agile) into my everyday work habits so I can better GSD (if I can use that as a verb). This means being extremely efficient with my time: outlining clear, discrete goals; checking completed items off a master list; and advancing projects forward iteratively and constantly. But can someone still GSD while defaulting to open? Or is this when getting stuff done comes to a grinding halt?

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A guide to bootstrapping your open source project with GitHub

Open Source - Jue, 06/01/2017 - 09:03

There's much more to managing a project with git beyond just committing code and working with branches. GitHub-Driven Development is a process that will help you organize and manage the progression of a project on GitHub, although much of this could be applied to other systems, such as GitLab, as well. This concept isn't only for developers; it can be used for project managers or anyone involved in the development of a project—it could even be applied to non-code projects.

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Your team's differentiator isn't its tech

Open Source - Jue, 06/01/2017 - 09:02

In 2016, I launched Open Innovation Labs, a place where people seeking to leverage the principles of openness can work with a seasoned team to build innovative software that solves their most pressing business problems. It has been an exciting and daunting undertaking. Today, Open Innovation Labs imparts knowledge and best practices that emerge from the world's most successful open source projects, and we provide a residency-style experience that immerses teams in those practices.

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One entertaining series, two special anniversaries, and more in June

Open Source - Jue, 06/01/2017 - 09:01

Ah, June. A month of springing flowers and gardens over here in the United States, and possibly also for you wherever you are. If not, I'll send you some right now.

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Categorías: Open Source


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