'Open' History & Research Tools

This Collaboration, Open Source, and Innovation (COSI) web site for Historical Research, Education, Military History, and Information Technology provides selected links to innovative 'open source' software tools and 'open access' Internet sites containing historical information and knowledge that may be of interest to the larger community of historians, history enthusiasts, researchers, and students.

Collaborative development efforts to create innovative, open source software tools and applications for research and education are well underway around the world. These innovative 'open' solutions are being released under one or more open source license arrangements that allow public and private institutions to acquire and use these tools at little or no cost. This has tremendous potential benefits for individuals and organizations that face funding challenges.

The 'Open Way'

The 'Open Source Way' is more than a software development model; it defines the characteristics of a culture. The open source way thrives on broad collaboration and shared effort.
  • The 'open way' is about possibility. Open source presents a new way to solve old problems. To share ideas and effort.
  • The 'open way' way opens doors. Open source offers a new perspective. Open, not closed. Collaboration, not isolation.
  • The 'open way' way multiplies: Knowledge. Effort. Inspiration. Creativity. Innovation. The impact is exponential.
Excerpt from www.opensource.com/open-source-way

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Example of Modern Historical Research Tools


The branch of knowledge dealing with past events.

Military History

The study of military history study is generally focused on the causes of war, the social and cultural foundations, military doctrine on each side, leadership, technology, logistics, strategy, and changing tactics over time.

Professional historians normally concentrate on military events and activities that have a major impact on society. Amateur historians often focus on specific individual, details of particular battles, or the weapons, equipment, and uniforms in use at the time.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_history