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Thursday, 02 August 2007

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An open source car design. “The vehicle's technical drawings and blueprints are freely available online, and everyone is invited to add their own ideas and modifications, provided of course that these are shared again with the community. Environmental sustainability was a key factor in the development of the c,mm,n: the vehicle is therefore a zero-emission, hydrogen-powered 2+2 family car. c,mm,n drivers can also easily share information on traffic conditions, route planning and parking availability.”



Fab@Home is a website dedicated to making and using fabbers - machines that can make almost anything, right on your desktop. This website provides an open source kit that lets you make your own simple fabber, and use it to print three dimensional objects. You can download and print various items, try out new materials, or upload and share your own projects. Advanced users can modify and improve the fabber itself.”

Free Beer

FREE BEER is a beer which is free in the sense of freedom, not in the sense of free beer. The project, originally conceived by Copenhagen-based artist collective Superflex and students at the Copenhagen IT University, applies modern free software / open source methods to a traditional real-world product - namely the alcoholic beverage loved and enjoyed globally, and commonly known as beer.”

Free Model Foundry

The Free Model Foundry (FMF) advances the development and free distribution of open source models of electronic components for system and IC design around the world. Our Open Source Model Warehouse promotes widespread sharing of functional and timing simulation models to help solve one of the biggest problems in chip and system design: finding accurate, usable component models.

The availabilty of these models allows system designers to design and verify new digital electronic products more quickly and at lower cost than the previous methodology of build, test, debug, and build again. The result is faster time to market and more revenue for the systems house. It also means earlier component sales for the IC manufacturers.”


The HPSDR is an open source (GNU type) hardware and software project intended as a "next generation" Software Defined Radio (SDR) for use by Radio Amateurs ("hams") and Short Wave Listeners (SWLs). It is being designed and developed by a group of SDR enthusiasts with representation from interested experimenters worldwide.


A magazine devoted to user-submitted object plan and designs in many activity areas.

Open Architecture Network

A wiki and sharing site for architectural design and knowledge. “The Open Architecture Network is an online, open source community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design.”


OpenCores is a loose collection of people who are interested in developing hardware, with a similar ethos to the free software movement. Currently the emphasis is on digital modules called 'cores', since FPGAs have reduced the incremental cost of a core to approximately zero.


OpenPCD is a free hardware design for Proximity Coupling Devices (PCD) based on 13,56MHz communication. This device is able to screen informations from Proximity Integrated Circuit Cards (PICC) conforming to vendor-independent standards such as ISO 14443, ISO 15693 as well as proprietary protocols such as Mifare Classic. Contactless cards like these are for example used in the new electronic passports.”


The Open Prosthetics Project is producing useful innovations in the field of prosthetics and giving the designs away for free. By substituting public good for profits we believe that we can generate far more societal benefit than if we commercialized and sold our ideas. This project is an open source collaboration between users, designers and funders with the goal of making our creations freely available for anyone to use and build upon.”

Open source cola

OpenCola is a brand of cola unique in that the instructions for making it are freely available and modifiable. Anybody can make the drink, and anyone can modify and improve on the recipe as long as they, too, license their recipe under the GNU General Public License.

Although originally intended as a promotional tool to explain open source software, the drink has taken on a life of its own. The Toronto-based OpenCola company has become better known for the drink than the software it was supposed to promote. “

OpenSparc T1

OpenSPARC T1 is the open source version of the UltraSPARC T1 processor. By making the source for this design available for a larger community to review and learn from, we expect that ideas around the multi-thread concepts can be explored more freely and openly, and that truly beneficial innovations can be achieved.”


It is the goal of the OScar Project to develop a car according to Open Source principles. In our opinion, a car is not a vehicle full of high-tech gadgets. Instead, we are looking for a simple and functional concept to spread mobility. Apart from that, OScar is not just a car. It is about new ways of mobility and the spreading of the Open Source idea in the real (physical) world. On this website, you will find a great community of developers and drivers who want to invent mobility anew and together.”


An open source design for a self-replicating 3D object printer, capable of creating complex objects. Both the design and the software are open source.


The RFID Guardian Project is a collaborative project focused upon providing security and privacy in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems. The goals of our project are to: Investigate the security and privacy threats faced by RFID systems, Design and implement real solutions against these threats,Investigate the associated technological and legal issues.


ThinkCycle is an academic, non-profit initiative engaged in supporting distributed collaboration towards design challenges facing underserved communities and the environment. ThinkCycle seeks to create a culture of open source design innovation, with ongoing collaboration among individuals, communities and organizations around the world. ThinkCycle provides a shared online space for designers, engineers, domain experts and stakeholders to discuss, exchange and construct ideas towards sustainable design solutions in critical problem domains.”


Open source credit union

Created as an idea exchange, Open Source CU is an outlet and resource for credit union leaders toward the goals of opening communications between members and management, using technology that fits the movement’s inherent cooperative nature, and converting marketing sales-speak into legitimate conversation.”


ClamAV virus database

Collaboratively submitted software virus signatures


The Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual (OSSTMM) is a peer-reviewed methodology for performing security tests and metrics.

SNORT signatures

Snort (an open source intrusion detection system) rules developed in a collaborative way by security researachers.



OpenCyc is the open source version of the Cyc technology, the world's largest and most complete general knowledge base and commonsense reasoning engine. OpenCyc contains the full set of (non-proprietary) Cyc terms as well as millions of assertions about them. Cycorp offers this ontology at no cost and encourages you to make use of it as you see fit. “


A swarm of angels

A collaboratively funded and scripted feature film.


Open Source sewing patterns


A collaboratively funded and scripted feature film.


The Freesound Project aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus License. The Freesound Project provides new and interesting ways of accessing these samples, allowing users to browse the sounds in new ways using keywords, a "sounds-like" type of browsing and more; up and download sounds to and from the database, under the same creative commons license and interact with fellow sound-artists. We also aim to create an open database of sounds that can also be used for scientific research. Many audio research institutions have trouble finding correctly licensed audio to test their algorithms. Many have voiced this problem, but so far there hasn't been a solution. “

Kits for Fun and Profit

A wiki site hosting many user-submitted, open source electronic hardware designs

Libertine Font

We work on a TrueType font family. It is designed to give you an alternative for fonts like T*mes New Roman. We're creating free software and publish our fonts under terms of the General Public License, GPL.”


Nissan Retools

A set of open source objects for the Second Life virtual world environment.


This project aims to create an archive of clip art that can be used for free for any use.

Open Font Library

The Open Font Library is a sister project of the Open Clip Art Library. The goal of this project is to collect public domain fonts so that they may be used freely.”


We are developing GPL-compatible content - including models, maps, sounds and textures - which are required for a fully GPL game using the GPL Quake source. We are also developing GPL tools to support Quake engine content developers.”

Open Source Web Designs

Open Source Web Design is a site to download free web design templates and share yours with others.”


OSMOSA is an acronym for Open Source Museum of Open Source Art. By "open source," we mean that the museum is entirely in the public domain. Anyone can add, modify, or remove art from OSMOSA. Likewise, anyone can add, modify, or remove elements of the OSMOSA building. Our goal is to reimagine definitions of art, artist, curator, museum, culture, and open source. This project is underway in a virtual reality called Second Life.”


A companion site of a t-shirt sewing company, the site hosts user submitted designs and encourage idea replication and improvement.



New Assignment.Net is a non-profit site that tries to spark innovation in journalism by showing that open collaboration over the Internet among reporters, editors and large groups of users can produce high-quality work that serves the public interest, holds up under scrutiny, and builds trust. A second aim is to figure out how to fund this work through a combination of online donations, micro-payments, traditional fundraising, syndication rights, sponsorships, advertising and any other method that does not compromise the site’s independence or reputation.”


Politicopia gives people a solid handle on the Utah Legislature. Users create summaries of bills, pro and con arguments, comments, links, and more.”

Books/documentation/reference and training material


Amapedia is a community for sharing information about the products you like the most.


The Citizendium (sit-ih-ZEN-dee-um), a "citizens' compendium of everything," is an experimental new wiki project. The project, started by a founder of Wikipedia, aims to improve on that model by adding "gentle expert oversight" and requiring contributors


Guitarweek is a organization dedicated to teaching guitar online, We have been building a large archive of free online guitar lessons since the year 2000


A wiki-based user-generated directory of software reviews and commentary

Marvel Database Project

A wiki with more than 22000 articles on Marvel Comics series.

Open directory project

The Open Directory Project is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors.”


Our mission is to create a web base tool, which will help speed up the distribution of available knowledge and connect efforts that aim to create a sustainable environment.”


The Open Shakespeare project has two main objectives: Provides the complete works of shakespeare, along with textual apparatus (introduction, notes) and tools (concordance, search etc) all in an open form; and delivers this material as a knowledge package that allows for easy deployment, redistribution and reuse. Specifically we provide a full open set of shakespeare’s works along with ancillary material, a variety of tools and a python API. In addition to the works themselves (often in multiple versions) there is an introduction, a chronology, explanatory notes, a concordance and search facilities. All material is open source/open knowledge so that anyone can use, redistribute and reuse these materials freely. “


This is a group project to create a guide to working with a new category of ICT industry analyst -- those using an "open source" business model. While these analysts may cover any one or more segments within the overall ICT industry -- including but not limited to hardware, software, services, semiconductor, telecommunications, media, industry-specific -- they share several common elements in their business model and in their output (the content they produce). Some defining characteristics would be:

  • IP licensing: publish at least some of their intellectual property under a creative commons or other re-use license.

  • Size: operate as small businesses with one to perhaps a half dozen employees and contractors total.

  • Collaborates openly with other analyst firms, leading to joint and/or derivative deliverables

  • Is both a consumer and producer of content that is shared (i.e. genuinely participates in a two way manner), and has a culture of clear attribution.

  • Makes a substantial contribution of insight and/or intelligence to the vendor and end-user communities on a free of charge basis.

  • Has clear mechanisms for gathering/inviting feedback from those that matter, i.e. IT and business professionals in buying community (e.g. via blogs and/or primary research)

  • Transparency of funding


A collaboratively constructed open directory

SourceCamps replication materials

This wiki is an online resource for anyone interested in the organisation of free/open source software training workshops aligned with the Source Camp methodology that was developed by Tactical Technology Collective.


A travel suggestion and trip advice site create by fellow travellers



A humorous version of wikipedia.


The central premise of We Are Smarter Than Me is that large groups of people ("We") can, and should, take responsibility for traditional business functions that are currently performed by companies, industries and experts ("Me"). Since the beginning of publishing, books have been written by individuals or by small groups of people (experts). This has even applied to recent books that describe the power of community intelligence. We Are Smarter Than Me will test this paradox, and determine whether a community of authors can write a compelling book better than individual experts. To write this "network book," we are using wiki technology. This allows all registered members of the community to edit, add and delete content at will*, and allows the book to benefit from the collective wisdom of the community.”


A collection of wikis on many different arguments


A collaborative answers site


Welcome to Wikibooks, a Wikimedia project that was started on July 10, 2003 with the mission to create a free collection of open-content textbooks that anyone can edit. Since our founding, volunteers have written about 25,639 modules in a multitude of textbooks.


WikiMapia is a Web 2.0 project to describe the whole planet Earth. It was created by Alexandre Koriakine and Evgeniy Saveliev, inspired by Google maps and Wikipedia.


Companion collaborative writing project of the book “Wikinomics”


Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free content encyclopedia project. Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers; its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the Internet. Wikipedia's name is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a type of collaborative website) and encyclopedia.”



wikitravel is a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable world-wide travel guide. It is built in collaboration by Wikitravellers from around the globe. Wikitravel is built with the spirit of sharing knowledge that makes travel so enjoyable. Whenever travellers meet each other on the road, they swap info about the places they came from and ask questions about places they're going. We want to make it easy to share that knowledge and let others share it; our copyleft license means that the facts you know can spread far and wide. “



A collaborative wiki devoted to the computer game World of Warcraft, with more than 33000 articles.



The Worldwide Lexicon is an experimental project to make translating websites, blogs and real-time IM conversations easy and accurate, using a combination of human and machine translation. The service monitors a website for new documents. When it sees new documents, WWL translates them to several languages, and creates a wiki page for each translation. (A wiki is a page that anyone can edit). The website’s readers can edit and improve these translations, or start new translations to any other language. A document can be translated to many languages. WWL re-publishes the translations in the popular RSS (syndication) and HTML (web) formats.”

Scientific research

Collaborative Communities

The Synaptic Leap communities are generally disease specific. Our goal is to connect scientists with various research skills working on a particular disease so that they may collaborate together and offer fresh perspectives on the issues at hand. During our pilot phase, we are focusing on tropical diseases. For example, we have a community for malaria and a community for schisto. There is also a general community for open source biomedical research  It’s the only non-disease oriented community and is intended to be a community for general open and collaborative biomedical research tools, discussions and site postings. Each community acts as a mini portal assembling recent research articles, and web-based research tools to study the research community's disease of focus. Users participating in multiple research communities will quickly become familiar with this common infrastructure. The various community tools will each be discussed separately.”

Collaborative Drug Discovery

Currently, infectious diseases of the developing world (e.g., malaria, tuberculosis) represent a global health challenge of the 21st century and require new approaches that would allow scientists to do research more effectively. As a result of the development of web-database technologies, recently a community- ased approach to research on infectious diseases of the developing world and global health has emerged. The major components of effective scientific community include: (1) unifying goal, or focus on common therapeutic areas/diseases; (2) multiple research areas/expertise; (3) uniform database platform that allows effective data accumulation and management; (4) easy access and sharing of information; (5) potential for unlimited growth. The Collaborative Drug Discovery (CDD) database built by utilizing community-based web technologies currently provides a platform that allows scientists to archive, mine, and share research data with a focus on infectious diseases of the developing world. This new collaborative technology allows researchers to build up networks of technical experts around therapeutic or target areas thus facilitating discovery of new drug candidates. It allows scientists to speed up the research by sharing unpublished data providing new hope in the race to overcome drug resistance. “


a free, open access resource for the electronic publication of primary field research from archaeology and related disciplines. Open Context provides an integrated framework for users to search, explore, analyze, compare and tag items from diverse field projects and collections.

OpenMedSpel medical spelling word list

OpenMedSpel is a open source medical spelling word list that is released under a GPL license. “



Pleiades will provide on-line access to all information about Greek and Roman geography assembled by the Classical Atlas Project for the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (R. Talbert, , Princeton, 2000. Pleiades will also enable large-scale collaboration in order to maintain and diversify this dataset. Combining open-content approaches (like those used by Wikipedia) with academic-style editorial review, Pleiades will enable anyone — from university professors to casual students of antiquity — to suggest updates to geographic names, descriptive essays, bibliographic references and geographic coordinates. Once vetted for accuracy and pertinence, these suggestions will become a permanent, author-attributed part of future publications and data services.”



OpenStreetMap is a project aimed squarely at creating and providing free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive or unexpected ways.


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