This Week in Sharing: Guides to Open Source (Almost) Everything

Open education – from “Nearly every week, if not every day, there are more and more open source and open educational resources available and accessible to us. It’s impossible to ignore. It also seems impossible to keep pace with the sheer volume. Despite this, I will attempt here to give a comprehensive listing of many helpful, accessible, amazing open education resources. (There will inevitably be some left out, but here goes!)”

Open source software – from “Our mission is to provide easy access to high quality open source alternatives to well-known commercial products. And remember that open source software is also a freeware alternative.”

Top 10 Open Source Software

1. Dia
2. OpenOffice Draw
3. StarUML
4. Quanta Plus
5. Avidemux
6. Clonezilla
7. Gimpshop
8. ArgoUML
9. Cinelerra
10. FreeCAD

Open source mapping – from ” MapGuide Open Source is a web-based platform that enables users to develop and deploy web-mapping applications and geospatial web services. … MapGuide can be deployed on Linux or Windows, supports Apache and IIS web servers, and offers extensive PHP, .NET, Java, and JavaScript APIs for application development. MapGuide Open Source is licensed under the LGPL.”

From the Collective Action Toolkit. Photo credit: Frog Design. Used under Creative Commons license.

Open source design thinking – from “The Collective Action Toolkit (CAT) is a package of resources and activities that enable groups of people anywhere to organize, build trust, and collaboratively create solutions for problems impacting their community. The toolkit provides a dynamic framework that integrates knowledge and action to solve challenges. Designed to harness the benefits of group action and the power of open sharing, the activities draw on each participant’s strengths and perspectives as the group works to accomplish a common goal.”

Open source and 3D printers – from “3D printers run on simple microcontrollers – many of them based on the open Arduino hacker platform — and are controlled by desktop PCs like any other printer. Almost all the open source printers — and almost none of the proprietary designs – support Linux desktops, in addition to Windows and Mac. … Ten of the 15 desktop models on Make’s 3D printer review page are open source.”

Open source travel – from“WikiSherpa is a mash-up of Wikivoyage, Wikipedia, and OpenStreetMap, the open-source world map. Use it to search for the latest destination guides, save them to your phone, download maps, and plot the guide’s sights, hotels, etc. on them — even while offline — for free!”

And… the zombie apocalypse – from “The modern zeitgeist is obsessed with zombies. In the past decade, 439 zombie-themed films were made, as compared to only 65 in the previous decade. … Could this fascination be the harbinger of impending zombie apocalypse? After all, even the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a zombie preparedness guide. What do they know about a possible zombie virus that we don’t?”

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