Radical Open Innovation News week 32-2020

Welcome to our biweekly selection of business IT innovation news. Created using our own opinionated selection and summary algorithm. We present some top innovation news items to get you thinking, debating and take action in order to make our world better.

1 Building an Inclusive Gig Economy for Europe

The gig economy is gaining ever greater momentum in Europe. This is not good for most workers , since there is a large imbalance in power. This report summarizes the key open issues with the gig economy.


2 Healthcare industry proof of concept with SPDX as a software bill of materials

The goal was to demonstrate through a proof of concept whether the open source SPDX SBOM format would be suitable for healthcare and medical device industry uses. For this next phase, the NTIA stakeholders engaged the Linux Foundation’s SPDX community to work with the NTIA Healthcare working group. This blog post is a summary of the results of this initial trial. Why do we care about SBOMs and the medical device industry? This is especially critical in the medical device industry and within healthcare delivery organizations to adequately understand the operational and cyber risks of those software components from their originating supply chain.

(Linux Foundation)

3 Wood-Fired Hot Tub For The End Of The World

For hot tub enthusiast hackers, it’s always worth remembering that the excellent Danish hacker camp BornHack has a hot tub as part of its wellness area. It’s refreshing then to see sirClogg’s home made hot tub, a simple wooden tub with associated wood stove to heat its water. It doesn’t get much simpler than this, and the reward of a hot tub must be a sweet one indeed. Heat meanwhile is provided by a pipe that circulates water from the bottom of the tub through a heat exchanger coil inside a brick-built wood stove adjacent to the tub. He admits though that he made a mistake using green wood, as it has now contracted leaving the tub with some gaps.

(Hackers Blog)

4 The falsehoods of anti-AGPL propaganda

But in general, just publish your modifications under the same AGPL terms and you’ll be good to go. Google states that if, for example, Google Maps used PostGIS as its data store, and PostGIS used the AGPL, Google would be required to release the Google Maps code. The license is usually present in the source code as a COPYING or LICENSE file, so if you just tar up your modified source code and drop a link on your website, that’s good enough. Google is well-known for forbidding the use of software using the GNU Affero General Public License, commonly known as “AGPL”. Unfortunately, this means that they are susceptible to what is ultimately anti-AGPL propaganda from Google, with little to no basis in fact. Obligatory: I’m not a lawyer; this is for informational purposes only. In truth, the terms of the AGPL are pretty easy to comply with.

(Drew DeVault’s Blog)

5 After A Decade, HAMR Is Still Nearly Here

At last year’s Library of Congress workshop on Architectures for Digital Preservation Seagate reported that: Seagate is now shipping HAMR drives in limited quantities to lead customers But volume shipments were, as they had been for a decade, “next year”. Now, nearly eleven years after Dave’s talk, it is time to follow me below the fold for another update. It is midway through 2020 and they’re just shipping a stopgap on the way to MAMR. And Seagate has yet to ship volumes of HAMR drives. It only became clear that they had given up on HAMR in 2017, with Chris Mellor’s Western Dig’s MAMR is so phat, it’ll store 100TB on a hard drive by 2032: WDC has given up on heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) and is developing a microwave- assisted technique (MAMR) to push disk drive capacity up to 100TB by the 2030s.

(DSHR’s Blog)

6 Microsoft Fast Design

FAST is a collection of JavaScript packages centered around web standards, designed to help you efficiently tackle some of the most common challenges in website and application design and development.


7 Teaching Economics with Interactive Browser-Based Models

Interactive simulation toolkits come in handy when teaching macroeconomic models by facilitating an easy understanding of underlying economic concepts and offering an intuitive approach to the models’ comparative statics. Based on the example of the IS-LM model, this paper demonstrates innovative browser-based features well-suited for the shift in education to online platforms accelerated by COVID-19. The free and open-source code can be found alongside the standalone HTML files for the AD-AS and the Solow growth model at https://gitlab.tu-berlin.de/chair-of-macroeconomics/.


8 How do Agile Software Startups deal with uncertainties by Covid-19 pandemic?

The dissipation of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has already taken on pandemic proportions, affecting over 100 countries in a couple of weeks. The evolution of the disease and its economic impact is highly uncertain, which brings challenges for newly created software companies. Software startups are companies that create innovative software products and services in a dynamic and fast-growing market. Agile Software Methods aims to enable startups in responding to uncertainty caused by Covid-19.


9 Blockchain in the management of science: conceptual models, promises and challenges

Blockchain has received much attention recently, due to its promises of verifiable, permanent, decentralized, and efficient data handling. In 2017-2019 blockchain and associated technologies such as smart contracts has progressed beyond cryptocurrencies, and has been adopted in banking, retail, healthcare, and other fields. This study critically examines recent applications of blockchain in science, touching upon different stages of research cycle, from data management to publishing, peer review, research evaluation and funding.


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