John Taylor-Johnston wrote:
>>I agree. In fact, the more I read on the OED the more I think it was one
>>of the first successful Open Source projects, though it isn't software.
> Excuse me if I am neophyte. Where is it freely available to browse?
> oed.com is a pay service. Free to contribute maybe.
To me, the big innovation of Open Source is the idea that the users can
directly make the software better, not that it's free as in beer (see, for
example, Adobe Reader or WinAMP or Internet Explorer--all free beer). The
OED was the first dictionary commissioned not for experts to define words but
to describe how they are used, and participation (at least at first) was open
to anyone who could read. Yes, they charge money today to attempt to recoup
costs of printing or development. Personally I believe the online edition
should be free, but that won't happen until they see viable income or someone
with big money steps up for sponsorship. And, as another poster mentioned,
every major public or academic library will both have a print copy and
subscribe to the online edition (and often allow proxy access from home).
>>For more on the theme what Open Source means beyond software, you might
>>check out Steve Weber's _The Success of Open Source_. By the way, could
>>we get that on the list?
> Is it available online to read? I have ordered it - $33 shipped by chapters.ca, thanks.
You can read the first part, linked from a page about it on my webspace:
or, since that probably won't last forever, the Harvard Univ Press page:
> I also like:
Yes, though I think _Open Sources_ is getting a bit dated.