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Manifesto of Software Craftsmanship

As aspiring Software Craftsmen we are raising the bar of professional software development by practicing it and helping others learn the craft. Through this work we have come to value:

Not only working software,  but also well-crafted software
Not only responding to change,  but also steadily adding value
Not only individuals and interactions,  but also a community of professionals
Not only customer collaboration,  but also productive partnerships

That is, in pursuit of the items on the left we have found the items on the right to be indispensable.

Big Data Right Now: Five Trendy open Source Technologies

Did you know that there are over 250K viable open source technologies on the market today? Innovation is all around us. The increasing complexity of systems, in fact, looks something like this:

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Learn Open Practices at the School of Open

The School of Open is coordinated by P2PU and Creative Commons, a globally focused nonprofit dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. Volunteers, individual creators and organizational representatives, can design courses for peer learning in study groups or for facilitation by a subject expert.

Sound Waves Make Liquids Levitate, Develop Better Drugs

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have designed a device, fittingly called acoustic levitator, that uses two speakers that generate sound waves in order to make small droplets of liquids float. The high-power sounds waves, which are imperceptible to the human ear, interfere with each other and create what’s called a “standing wave,” a place where liquids effectively get trapped and stand still.

Watch the video at: http://mashable.com/2012/09/18/liquids-levitate-drugs/

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The Power of Crowd Curation: We Investigate Wikipedia 1

How many times have you utilized Wikipedia as a source to learn a topic? If you’re like me, quite extensively. It’s hard to pass up since Wikipedia is almost always at the top of the list in search results. So why does this matter for the Lilly COI team? In our quest to stimulate an Open Clinical Intelligence Network (OCIN), we found that Wikipedia demonstrates a unique ability to engage the crowd to curate content, aligning well with our 4C model.

The free online encyclopedia has demonstrated the unique ability to attract crowd participation while maintaining sustainability in its open platform.

Research demonstrates its awesomeness as well. A recent study shows that Wikipedia ranks highest in customer satisfaction of online properties, ranking above Facebook and even Twitter.

A robust content library

It’s astonishing that Wikipedia now has 23 million articles with 4 million in the English language alone. As one can see, Wikipedia is a wide-ranging and rich content library, maintained by a passionate community of over 80,000 users who make five or more edits on the site in a month. That’s a lot of folks maintaining a lot of content.

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