Open source is a relatively new field—only gaining notoriety in the public eye for the past ten years. While many articles have been written about open source and its capabilities, most of them are academic articles that can only be accessed through academic databases. Not everyone has access to a commercial database, mostly businesses, college students, and librarians have that privilege. Through our daily web searches, content feeds, and news wrangling we have tracked down a great new Web site: Open Source Strategies.
Though the content is a little dated and it is possible a few of the links are broken (we have not had time to search them all), the majority of the articles point towards good, solid information on open source. The Web site describes the list as:
Open Source Business Models and Strategies: Research, Articles, and White Papers.
The first list contains information about open source in general and it should probably be the first place you go in order to gain a basic understanding of the concepts. The next list is about open source business models, which is probably the most important list if you are researching how to use open source technology for a company. Open source and enterprise is the third list, which was still being explored when these articles were written. It has gained more traction in recent months. There are a few more lists about software, books, and other useful links. It is a great place to start reading and understanding how open source is viewed and used. One curated list that seems to be missing is an open source search list. Perhaps that is why we cover such capable companies as LucidWorks LifeRay and even Microsoft Openness to keep our readers informed of the happenings in open source search.
Whitney Grace, September 6, 2012