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Talking open source software and Arduino-powered jackets at Mozilla Festival. London, UK. Photo by Sammy James Dodds. (CC BY 2.0) 1

The daily mission to spread open data at Open Knowledge

Beatrice Martini is the Event Manager at Open Knowledge. With a successful event behind her, the Open Knowledge Conference in Geneva (2013), she is now organizing the Open Knowledge Festival in Berlin that will take place July 15 – 17. In this interview, she shares with me what a regular day at Open Knowledge looks like, highlights from the Open Knowledge Conference, and what she envisions for the upcoming Open Knowledge Festival.

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Rediscovering old skills

I am taking part in the Community Moderator Program at Opensource.com. A few weeks back, we ran Open Hardware Week. This meant two weeks of dedicated content about Open Hardware, including some interesting articles about Arduino and Raspberry PI. This got me thinking about what I played with as a kid, and what skills I acquired by doing so. Inspired by all of the examples and project for Arduino and Raspberry PI, I took a trip into history and visited my attic to dig up some old toys, and skills.

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Get started in open source online and offline

What skills do you need and which projects should you participate in as beginner in open source? These are common questions for beginners to open source software, hardware, communities, and methodologies. New folks to open source can start their discovery online and offline. Events and projects of many different kinds will help beginners find what they are good at and allow them to get to know their own skills.

Interview Lune van Ewijk, Youth in Open Source 0

The Digital Girl of the Year dreams of dancing with robots

Lune van Ewijk is ten years old and already a role model for kids and adults alike. Last year, she won the Digital Girl of the Year 2013 award from the European Commission. Lune is part of CoderDojo Belgium, where she has learned and practiced a variety of open source digital skills like programming in Scratch. In this interview find out more about CoderDojos, the work she’s done, the award she’s won, and what she sees in her future.

On Europe's first Code Week with Irish Ambassador Julie Cullen 1

On Europe’s first Code Week with Irish Ambassador Julie Cullen

The first Europe Code Week was held two months ago at schools and CoderDojos in 26 countries around Europe—Ireland and Croatia being the most active. The event was launched to help increase the knowledge shared with school-age children about coding, computer science, and technology by The Young Advisors (a group of young people dedicated to advancing a digital society working closely with the Vice President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes).

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Top 5 open source project management tools in 2014

Last year, Opensource.com covered some popular open source project management tools (ProjectLibre, ]project-open[, and OpenProject.) We found these articles to be valuable to our readers, so here we take a look forward at what we think 2014 holds for these open source project management tools.

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The European Commission’s Neelie Kroes believes in open

Neelie Kroes, VP of the European Commission (EC), has a website called Comment Neelie to initiate and maintain a two-way conversation between herself, as a politician, and the public, as citizens. Kroes says that it’s “a channel to communicate, not just broadcast.” Read more on open government in Europe in this in-depth interview with Neelie Kroes, VP of the European Commission (EC).

Interview Jason Weathersby Firefox evangalist 0

Mozilla evangelist talks favorite Firefox OS phone apps

Jason Weathersby is an experienced coder and co-author of Integrating and Extending BIRT. His earlier work with HTML and Javascript recently led him to join Mozilla as one of their many Technical Evangelists. I caught up with Jason to get his insight on the Firefox OS Geeksphone, as well as, learn more about what got him to where he is now, tips and tricks of the trade, plus a peak into his presentation for the upcoming All Things Open conference. Read on in this interview.