Open Source: Technology and Policy

Overview

The open source movement is a worldwide effort to promote an open style of software development more aligned with the accepted intellectual style of science than the proprietary modes of invention that have been characteristic of modern business. The idea is to keep the scientific advances created by software development openly available for everyone to use, understand, and improve. The very process of open source creation is highly transparent. This book addresses prominent projects in the open source movement, ...

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Overview

The open source movement is a worldwide effort to promote an open style of software development more aligned with the accepted intellectual style of science than the proprietary modes of invention that have been characteristic of modern business. The idea is to keep the scientific advances created by software development openly available for everyone to use, understand, and improve. The very process of open source creation is highly transparent. This book addresses prominent projects in the open source movement, along with its enabling technologies, social characteristics, legal issues, business venues, and public and educational roles.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Provide[s] a well laid out review of the open source movement, including its technologies, policies, and impact and implications.... Overall, this book ties together the many interlocking pieces within the development and history of the open source movement."
A. Hollister, State University of Cortland, CHOICE

"The authors lay out the issues around a variety of open source topice in a clear, accessible prose."
Michele Tepper, Resources

"... A thorough effort... One of the most rigorous treatments of the social, legal and economic aspects of open source I have come across. I found the language used in the book accessible and inviting to readers from a range of backgrounds, both technical and non-technical. I recommend this book for anyone interested in open source and ideal for readers new to it."
The British Computer Society

"This book, is a recommended as a comprehensive introduction to the free software/open source ecosystem."
Andrew Katz, Magazine of the Society for Computers and Law

"This book should be useful to anyone using open source software technology or defining policies for it."
StickyMinds.com Books Guide

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521707411
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2007
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Fadi P. Deek received his Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). He is Dean of the College of Science and Liberal Arts and Professor of Information Systems, Information Technology, and Mathematical Sciences at NJIT, where he began his academic career as a Teaching Assistant in 1985. He is also a member of the Graduate Faculty - Rutgers University Ph.D. Program in Management.

James A. M. McHugh received his Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. During the course of his career, he has been a member of technical staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories (Wave Propagation Laboratory), Director of the Ph.D. program in computer science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Acting Chair of Computer and Information Science Department at NJIT, and Director of the Program in Information Technology. He is currently a tenured Full Professor in the Computer Science Department at NJIT.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Part I. Open Source - Internet Infrastructure, Platforms, and Technologies: 2. Open source Internet application projects; 3. The open source platform; 4. Technologies underlying open source development; Part II. Social, Psychological, Legal, and Economic Aspects of Open Source: 5. Demographics, sociology, and pyschology of open source development; 6. Legal issues in open source; 7. The economics of open source; Part III. Free Software: The Movement, the Public Sector, and the Future: 8. The GNU project and the free software foundation; 9. Open source in the public sector; 10. The future of the open source movement.

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