What is open source?

posted Jan 20, 2018, 4:50 PM by Nonprofit IT Resources   [ updated Jan 20, 2018, 4:56 PM ]

The term "open source" refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible. The term originated in the context of software development to designate a specific approach to creating computer programs. 

Today, however, "open source" designates a broader set of values --- what we call "the open source way." Open source projects, products, or initiatives embrace and celebrate principles of open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and ... 

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