What is Open Manufacturing?

February 27, 2017 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn

CNC Torch from Global Village Construction Set, one of the pioneers of "open manufacturing"

CNC Torch from Global Village Construction Set, one of the pioneers of “open manufacturing” / Copyright: Cantinarivolta, licensed under CC attribution share alike

What is “open manufacturing”? When I tried to look up the term in Wikipedia some months ago, I was surprised to find no entry on “open manufacturing”.  Nice opportunity to learn more about the term by writing the first stub with a group of people discussing the issue of “open manufacturing”…

Now its your turn: Help wikipedia explain the term! The current version of the article surely needs more editing, more examples, better references, more links etc. Here is the article:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_manufacturing . You may also read the current version of the article as an embedded text below:

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The School of open just opened: Learn open practices, discuss Open Educational Resources, Open Access and more

March 18, 2013 in Freedom to learn

News on an open course on openness by our friends from p2pu. Reproduced below:

Why “open”? Universal access to and participation in research, education, and culture is made possible by openness, but not enough people know what it means or how to take advantage of it. We hear about Open Source Software, Open Educational Resources, and Open Access… But what are these movements, who are their communities, and how do they work? Most importantly—how can they help me? A collaboration with the public. Courses are powered by mentors and learners like you. Whether you are an individual volunteer or organizational representative, we invite you to create or improve a course! 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. Learning about “open”. The School of Open offers courses on the meaning, application, and impact of “openness” in the digital age and its benefit to creative endeavors, education, research, and beyond. We offer two types of courses: •Stand-alone courses that can be worked through at your own pace at any time, with or without others •Facilitated courses that run for a set period of weeks with an organizer that provides feedback and facilitates discussion Get involved. •Sign up for announcements. We just launched our first set of courses. Sign up to be notified of future launches. •Join the discussion. Help us build the School! Conceive, create, and test courses with your peers. •Learn more. Give feedback on core documents, attend an upcoming workshop, participate in our monthly working calls, and more.


Facilitated courses Sign up for these facilitated courses through Sunday, March 17. These courses will start the week of March 18. To sign up, simply click the “Start Course” button under the course’s menu navigation on the left. 1.Copyright 4 Educators (US) 2.Copyright 4 Educators (AUS) 3.Creative Commons for K-12 Educators 4.Writing Wikipedia Articles: The Basics and Beyond

Link to news on p2pu.org

Two Wikipedians in Residence for Africa – call for application

November 12, 2012 in Freedom to learn

WikiAfrica has put out a call for two Wikipedians in Residence (WiR) for the African Continent. The first will facilitate the WikiAfrica Cameroon Project at doual’art in Cameroon. The other will be based with WikiAfrica at the Africa Centre in Cape Town, and will concentrate on assisting, training and supporting the content partners that are part of WikiAfrica’s Share Your Knowledge project. Wikipedian in Residence is an experienced Wikipedian who works with organisations and activates communities in order to share and open up cultural, arts and heritage content to the world through Wikipedia and related Wikimedia projects.

I find this a very interesting initiative and approach, and I believe that Wikipedians in Residence is a cool tool, which has already moved quite some things in North America and Europe. For more info on the call for application, check the website http://www.wikiafrica.net/two-wikipedians-in-residence-for-africa/ . Please do not contact me, Balthas, as I do not have any extra info. Cheers.

Building a global knowledge commons – one wikipedia entry by one

January 1, 2005 in Freedom to learn

copyright: wikipedia, licensed under a creative commons share alike license, see www.wikipedia.org

copyright: wikipedia, licensed under a creative commons share alike license, see www.wikipedia.org

The Internet is a knowledge agora or a knowledge commons – that has been a vision since the early days of  the web. But now, we see that some of the tools are getting mature, which are truely built by all for all for free. I am now getting more and more into wikipedia editing, such as the entry of UNESCO. Check the Entry on UNESCO – in Englisch  (see my first edit in 2004, check all my historic edits in the English Wikipedia here)  and in French or the entry on Waldbronn at the Open Directory Project.