I work for the Mozilla Foundation where I'm
Lead Developer, Open Source Engagement
I live and work in Toronto, Canada
Lead Developer, Mozilla Science Lab,
Lead Developer, WormBase,
Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Bioinformatic Research Specialist, Michigan State University
Our mission is to ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all.
Making research collaborative, accessible, and usable.
“Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society”
Established by the Royal Society of London in 1665
“We must be very careful as well of regist’ring the person and time of any new matter, as the matter itselfe”
24 November 1664
“…all ingenious men will thereby be incouraged to impact their knowledge and discoverys ”
3 December 1664
“ … being first revised by some of the members.”
Royal Society of London, Council Minutes, 1 March 1665
Science embraced a culture of working together and sharing discoveries to further human knowledge.
The academic principles of sharing knowledge inspires
the rise of free software in the 80s and 90s.
“Linus Torvalds’s style of development—release early and often, delegate everything you can, be open to the point of promiscuity—came as a surprise. No quiet, reverent cathedral-building here—rather, the Linux community seemed to resemble a great babbling bazaar of differing agendas and approaches... out of which a coherent and stable system could seemingly emerge…”
In 1998, the Netscape Corporation released the Netscape browser suite as free software.
This became the basis of the Mozilla Project and inspired the term open source.
Version control software: more granular attribution & documentation
Free software movement & the web: software and data is available immediately and globally
Open source: radical participation where outsiders can become insiders
Public and participatory. This requires structuring efforts so that "outsiders" can meaningfully participate and become "insiders" as appropriate.Working Open, Mozilla Wiki
Best practices Working Open
Support applying Working Open to your project or group
Two-day sprint around the globe to hack on open science and open data projects
Make sure your code is available
Mozilla Science Lab recommends MIT or BSD
Minimum: an issue tracker with tasks broken down in issues.
Can be: Comprehensive wiki outlining future of the project.
"MozFest is designed to be like the web: a place where you can make things that matter." -Sam
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