“Open source describes practices in production and development that promote access to the end products source materials.” 1 A much easier example and explanation of open source is many people working together to improve and expand on a product or concept. An example would be cooking recipes which have been shared, improved on, altered and shared again. Today open source mainly refers to computer software and technology.

The term open source software is software whose code is published and made available to the public, allowing anyone to copy, modify and redistribute the source code without paying royalties or fees. This is a community effort which in the long run benefits everyone. You are taking a product and improving on that product. Many different people work to make this product better such as individual programmers, large companies or members of the public.

Open source, even though mainly associated with computer software, is in many other areas. Some examples are in electronics. Openmoko is a family of open source mobile phones. Beverages Vores O beer is a beer created by students at IT University who invite the general population of vote on every aspect of its beer. Digital Content is a perfect example of Wikipedia. These are examples of open source in other areas in which society helps society.
Teaching has also benefited in a big way by the use of open source. Teachers share lesson plans and learning activities with each other. They talk about classroom management and what works and what does not work. There are many shared websites with ideas, lesson plans and on-line activities.

Open source seems to benefit everyone by taking something and making it better. Another benefit is many people who would not normally be working on something work together with different experience, view points and background. How much better does it get than that.

1 Wikipedia
URL: www.//enwikipedia.org/wiki/open.source

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