Rich Jones | 6 Feb 01:40 2015


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Rich Jones | 14 Mar 00:02 2012

Ideas for Open Source Projects

Hey guys!

I'm sure at some point all of you have thought "Hey, there should be some free software that does {{thing}}!" So, I've whipped up a little HN/reddit clone as a platform for meta-discussion about the voids in free software. I'd like this to be a place to discuss new ideas, get feedback and find collaborators.

If you'd like, you can try it out here:

There isn't really anything there yet as I literally just put it up, but if you've got any ideas for projects you'd like to share, please be brave and post them!

I know the FSF maintains a list of 'high priority' targets, but I think that's just a small subset of what is yet to be done. There's still a lot of low-hanging fruit out there!  I'll also be interested in funding any of the project ideas which seem particularly popular.

Anyway, please give it a shot! If it flops, c'est la vie, but I think it might be interesting experiment. No idea is too grand or too small! Worst case scenario, it's a place online to discuss ideas that aren't based on stupid memes and news about boring Silicon Valley startups.

Please, give it a shot and let me know what you think! Feedback is greatly appreciated.
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Danny Piccirillo | 8 Sep 21:29 2011

Fwd: [Womeninfreesoftware] Software Freedom Day in the Boston Area

Oh yeah! 

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Date: Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 13:02
Subject: [Womeninfreesoftware] Software Freedom Day in the Boston Area
To: "Discussion re: increasing women's participation in free software" <womeninfreesoftware <at>>

Hi all,
If you're in the Boston area, join us on September 17th! Please
forward this announcement to local folks/lists, thanks!

Software Freedom Day is a free-of-cost, community-oriented event being
held in Cambridge, Massachusetts at 1000 Massachusetts Ave, from 10am
- 5pm on September 17th. The goal of the event is to help people in
the Boston area recognize and join existing local free
software-related communities. If you've been trying to learn more
about free software generally, or have been wondering how to build up
your free software project, this event is for you!

Máirín Duffy from Red Hat and Fedora is our keynote speaker. Thanks to
the Free Software Foundation, Cambridge College and Open Invention
Network for their sponsorship! More details here,

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Aaron Wolf | 1 Dec 05:45 2014
Picon fund-drive live now: help launch a platform dedicated to free culture and related!

Greetings all,

Now live at — our fund-drive to cover legal costs (and ideally further development costs) to finally get launched!

Please check it out, spread the word to sympathetic folks, donate, let us know *any* feedback! is a platform where *all* projects must meet things like the Definition of Free Cultural Works, and the core concept is a matching pledge to encourage us all to work together and move funding from proprietary culture to free culture!

The main site is partly working for testing at, and we're continuing to develop as quickly as we can while the fund-drive is going.

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Chris Sakkas | 10 Nov 09:34 2014

FOSsil Bank Update - November 2014


Hi folks,

Here's another FOSsil Bank update.

Big News – Free & Open Works

The big news is that I'm slowly working on creating Free & Open Works, the heir to the FOSsil Bank. Free & Open Works (FAOW) uses Semantic MediaWiki, which allows entries to be submitted by filling in a form, instead of expecting people to use a complicated links-and-tagging system like Wikidot requires. It also has nice touches like being entirely free and open source, allowing redirects, and having a host which is ad-free.

FAOW is limping along, and won't be ready to go before January, at least. But please do check it out here: I'm keen to know what you think of it, especially if you're familiar with MediaWiki and Semantic MediaWiki and might be able to give me a hand.

Because of the upcoming transition to FAOW, new FOSsil Bank entries just have barebones details.

Living Libre updates


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Mooltipass is an offline FLOSS password keeper. (25 days left; $51,551/$109,112; fixed funding):

Libre Calendar 2015 has 12 artworks from different creators, and money raised goes to them and FLOSS software developers. Art is CC BY. (21 days left; €15 per calendar):

pEp is a project to deliver easy, FLOSS encryption for everyone (16 days left; $41,196/$50,000):

Headshot is a psychological thriller from Has been released under CC BY-SA, you can thank the author ($3 raised so far, from me):

Issues in Open Data discusses the implications of the Panton Principles. CC BY – yet to be released, but successfully funded on (completed; $1,264/$1,200):

Crystal Picnic is a FLOSS action RPG, to be released under a public domain licence. (11 days left; $291/$1,500):

Mike Causey makes game hacks, adventures and game add-ons on Patreon. CC BY-SA. ($47/month so far):

ccMixter is a remix and sample site that's all CC licensed (not all FLO). They're doing a fundraising drive to upgrade the site and keep it running. (15 days left; flexible funding; $10,481/$44,444):

No Country for Old Kobolds is a CC BY hack of Dungeon World, a tabletop RPG. Text will be CC BY (concluded; $11,596/$3,500):

Growstuff is an open database for food growers everywhere. (concluded; $6,778/$20,000; flexible funding):

Kenney Land is a game dev place in the Netherlands. (concluded; $10,430/$40,000; flexible funding):

AXIOM Beta is the world’s first open digital cinema camera (concluded; €204,213/€100,000; fixed funding):

New FOSsil Bank Entries

All are free/open, at least in part.

The Infinite Voyager is a website that allows you to explore the media sent into space on the Voyager II discs. (CC0)

Monkaa is a cute short film made in Blender and GIMP and about a monkey that develops superpowers. (CC BY):

Class Warfare is a supplement for tabletop RPG Dungeon World that lets you create your own character classes. (CC BY-SA):

The Open Standard is a new online newspaper from Mozilla. (CC BY-SA):

3D Printed Piecepack is the instructions to create your own 3D-printed piecepack set. (CC BY-SA):

Sketchfab is a website of 3D models for viewing and download. They've just started a download section, all of which are under CC licences of one sort or another.

NASA has some great public domain resources.

Material Icons are vector symbols created by Google. (CC BY-SA):

They Vote for You displays the voting records of Australian representatives. (ODB):

The State Library of Queensland has made many of its public domain images available for download in high resolution. (Public domain; CC BY):

Graca's Dream is a picturebook. (CC BY):

Project: Ballad is a webcomic. (CC BY-SA):

Headshot is a psychological thriller on unglue-it. (CC BY-SA):

Issues in Open Research Data explores the practical and theoretical challenges of open data. (CC BY):

Dark Dungeons has a wiki in the works. (Public domain; OGL):

Obrary is a site for design specifications. (CC BY-SA):

WikiSeat is the design for a seat. (CC BY-SA):

Ficlatte is the replacement to microfiction site Ficly. (CC BY-SA):

Iron Edda is a tabletop roleplaying game with Vikings and mecha. (CC BY-SA):

Skitterphoto posts high resolution public domain photos.

Ways to Practice Responsible Development Data has one of those titles that says it all. (CC BY-SA):


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Chris Sakkas | 21 Sep 09:21 2014

FOSsil Bank Update (September 2014)

Hi folks,

Another month, another FOSsil Bank update.

Living Libre updates

I'm exploring Semantic MediaWiki (thanks for the tip, Cov!) as the foundation for the next incarnation of the FOSsil Bank. I'm also looking for a new name for the FOSsil Bank – I want its name to explain, at least in part, what the site does. The working title is “Free, Libre and Open Catalogue”, but of course the Bank also has works under non-free licences. Maybe “Catalogue of Shareable Works”? Please share any ideas that you have.


If you spot a chance to #FundFreeCulture, shoot me an email and tweet about it!

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The #FundFreeCulture page collects free, libre and open sources and works that are – in some way – for sale or use donations as a funding model:


The Musipiraten is allowing you to pre-order their Free! Music! Contest album. Songs will be Creartive Commons licensed, but not necessarily free/open (€2.50):

When Kenney Land makes its funding goal, 4,000 assets will be released into the public domain (28 days left; $8,364/$40,000; flexible funding):

AXIOM Beta is the world's first open digital cinema camera (18 days left; €56,609/€100,000; fixed funding):

TeknoAXE is making royalty-free music on Patreon (minimum pledge $1) (CC BY):

OpenFarm is a free and open database that made its funding on Kickstarter (concluded; $24,293/$7,500) (CC BY):

New FOSsil Bank Entries

All are free/open, at least in part.


Not a new entry, but the Lunatics page has been expanded (CC BY-SA):


Intellectual Property: Law and the Information Society is a non-free textbook (CC BY-NC-SA) but comes with a free casebook (CC BY):

Beginning Titan – The Distributed Graph Database is a guide to the Titan database (CC BY):

Archaeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication is a collection of articles around meaningful communication with extraterrestial intelligence (do you think aliens have copyright law?) (CC0):

OpenStax CNX is an open educational resources repository (CC BY):

Understanding Changes in Poverty is an analysis of poverty reduction methods (CC BY):

The GNU C Programming Tutorial is a tutorial for programming in C (GNU FDL):

The Psychology of Emotions, Feelings and Thoughts advances a psychology theory (CC BY):

Tabletop Games

Bedroom Wall Press is a tabletop RPG designer whose works are under the Open Game License or GNU GPL:

100/3 RPG is a percentile-based tabletop RPG on a single page (CC BY-SA):


The Folger Shakespeare Library is a database of tens of thousands of images relating to Shakespeare (CC BY-SA, public domain):

The Internet Archive Book Images project scrapes public domain books in the Internet Archive for artworks (public domain):

Unsplash is a blog that posts high-resolution photos (CC0):


Hack the Bells is a competition to remix the UC Berkeley carillon (CC BY-SA):

Argofox releases royalty-free music (CC BY):

Mixotic is a site that publishes net mixes (CC BY-ND for the mixes themselves, a range of free and non-free licences for the constituent songs):

Vimeo has a feature to search its music store by Creative Commons licence:

FaTony has orchestral music (CC0):

Jonathan Mann has written a song a day. It seems that the songs posted on Bandcamp are CC BY-NC but some posted on YouTube are CC BY:

TeknoAXE is royalty-free music in a variety of genres (CC by):


Farmbot is an engineering project that creates an automated, data-driven farming machine (CC BY):


Brothers Whim book Stick's Masterpiece is now available in Arabic (CC BY-SA):


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Chris Sakkas | 10 Aug 14:46 2014

FOSsil Bank Update (August 2014)

Hi folks,

First of all, I’m looking to replace Wikidot as the host/database/software behind the FOSsil Bank. Before I do too much investigating, I’d like to hear from you:

What changes or additions would make the Bank more useful to you?



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The #FundFreeCulture page collects free, libre and open sources and works that are – in some way – for sale or use donations as a funding model:


Membership in the Authors Alliance supports a pro-sharing authors’ group (CC BY; choose your price):


The Open Source Music Textbook is an online, open interactive textbook for college-level music theory (CC BY-SA; $5,317/$5,000):

Strays is a Fate Accelerated tabletop roleplaying game where you play pets! (CC BY; $4,478/$2,500):

Free Culture Sports Show (previously TINT, or This Is Not TINAP) was raising money for a third season (CC BY; $37/$520):

Paper Jekyll won the Public Domain Game Jam as the best CC0-licensed game and therefore won $1000:

Worlds in Peril is a Powered by the Apocalypse tabletop RPG where you play superheroes (CC BY; $20,953/$6,000):

Comic Neue is a font, inspired by Comic Sans, that was successfully funded (CC0; $10,506/$10,000):


Remember there’s a list of FLO Patreon projects here:

New FLO entries


The Open Source Seed Initiative collects seeds (own licence).

Electronic games

The Public Domain Game Jam has concluded, producing some great CC0 games:


Australian think tank the Centre for Policy Development releases their work under CC BY.

The Paleobiology Database has data and photos of extinct animals and plants (CC BY):

The Free Culture Guide is a guide to free culture in Arabic (CC0):

Media Studies 101 is a Creative Commons crowdsourced textbook (CC BY):

Cookbook describes the creation of Media Studies 101 (CC BY):

The Authors Alliance represents creators who want to share, not restrict (CC BY): is a computing webzine with an emphasis on free software (CC BY-SA):

Two French government cultural websites are CC BY-SA:


ScienceImage is a collection of high-quality photos and video from Australia’s CSIRO (CC BY):


Open Source Food is a recipe aggregator (no site licence, but the three I looked at were CC BY-SA):

The FreeBasel Cookbook was written in solidarity with Bassel, a prisoner of the Syrian regime (CC BY-SA):

Foodista is a recipe aggregator (CC BY):


Lunatics has been in the update before, but there’s now a Patreon and some more information (CC BY-SA):

Tabletop games

Bedroom Wall Press has released all their games under either the Open Game License or the Free Documentation License:

The Wizard’s Amulet is an adventure for the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons (OGL):

SRD5 was a short-lived clone of fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons (OGL):

Joe Banner writes adventures for tabletop RPG Dungeon World (CC BY-SA):

Exploding Kingdoms is a tabletop RPG inspired by fourth edition Dungeons & Dragons (CC BY):

MurderHobos is a tabletop RPG (CC BY-SA):

The One Page Dungeon Contest has run every year since 2009 (CC BY-SA):


Stick’s Adventure is a children’s book about a girl called Stick (CC BY-SA).

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Mike Linksvayer | 13 Jul 23:38 2014

Wikipedia Barn Raising July 19, focusing on Open Education (Online + Oakland, California)

Hi. I wonder if this still works.


Please join us for a "Wikipedia Barn Raising" event focusing on Open
Educational Resources (OER). The Barn Raising will happen on Saturday
July 19th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Time (1800-2300 UTC), at the
Oakland Impact Hub, at 2323 Broadway (near the 19th St. BART station)
and online. Lunch and refreshments will be provided at Oakland Impact

Since 2012, we've been working to strengthen Wikipedia's coverage of
OER and related topics. We've worked to build an international
community around this goal at conferences, through our online "Writing
Wikipedia Articles" (WIKISOO) course, and through the formation of
WikiProject Open.

At the Barn Raising, we will focus on improving high-priority
Wikipedia articles, and consider ways to strengthen WikiProject Open
as a resource for staying connected, learning, and working together.
We'll also welcome online participants from around the world, with
collaboration tools and scheduled video check-ins.


Event page:

We hope to see you there, online or in person!
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Chris Sakkas | 29 May 05:50 2014

FOSsil Bank Wiki Update, 29 May 2014

Hi folks,

Another FOSsil Bank update. As always, if you spot free, libre and open works do let me know!



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The #FundFreeCulture page collects free, libre and open sources and works that are – in some way – for sale or use donations as a funding model:


Via unglue,it, you can buy an ebook copy of John Sundman’s Biodigital, a sci-fi novel. It will be CC BY-SA licensed in April 2016 at the latest – but every ebook purchased brings that unlocking date earlier ($19,093 to go):

Via, you can download sci-fi novel Green Comet for free – or make a donation in thanks (CC BY-SA):

Via, you can download The Classic Short Story, 1870-1925, a monograph, for free – or make a donation in thanks (CC BY):

Via, you can download The Digital Public Domain for free – or make a donation in thanks (CC BY):

Sorry you missed the Wuffle Year 2 pre-order? You can order a signed copy of Year 1 (CC0) from the Wuffle store:

On Patreon, creator Bart Kelsey is looking for support to improve content curation on the site (a terrific resource for game assets and art) (range of FLO licences):

On Patreon, artist and designer Daniel Solis is creating icon sets for tabletop games (CC BY):

On Patreon, illustrator John M Sheldon is creating high quality genre illustrations for authors and small publishers (CC BY):

On Patreon, artist David Revoy (you may recognise his concept art for the Blender films) is creating cute fantasy comics (CC BY):


Remember there’s a list of FLO Patreon projects here:


Shattered Time is an open source computer RPG on Kickstarter. It did not make its target – but the creator launched Chronicles of the Rift, an alternative (CC BY; Apache) ($2,836/$100,000):

Chronicles of the Rift is an open source computer RPG on Kickstarter. It made its ($1) target. (presumably CC BY; Apache) ($631/$1):

Wuffle, the Big Nice Wolf: Year 2, a full colour comic on IndieGoGo made its target (CC0) ($10,316/$4,800):

Josh Woodward‘s new CD, The Beautiful Machine, is available in hardcopy (CC BY) ($4,723/$1,000):

Open Source Beehives are 3D-printable beehives aiming to help bees survive by making keeping bees easier (CC BY-SA) ($63,057/$20,000):

The Digital Comics Museum held a fundraiser where donors could access the public domain comics via FTP. That has ended, but you can still donate:,5383.0.html

The RationalWiki fundraising drive has ended, but you can still donate to support it (CC BY-SA):

Nothing to Hide, the game where you are complicit in your own surveillance, was successfully funded (CC0) ($43,400/$40,000):

Project Gooseberry, the latest Blender Foundation movie – and their first attempt at a feature-length film, is an absurdist animation about Michel the Sheep (CC BY) ($362,306/$640,000):



Open Source Beehives are sensor enhanced ‘printable’ beehives (CC BY-SA):

On OSVehicle, you can download car designs (CC BY-SA):

Software, Electronic Games, Fonts

Some of the 60 submissions to the Public Domain Game Design Jam were CC0 licensed (CC0):

Jagannatha is a font to encode the Odia script in Unicode (SIL OFL):

Comic Neue is an elegant take on Comic Sans (CC0):

Nothing to Hide is an “anti-stealth” computer game where you are complicit in your own surveillance (CC0):


I’m Fresh You’re Pretty make some pretty good music over at Jamendo (CC BY):


The (un)Common Adventure Gallery has some great – and quirky – art (CC BY):

Vector and raster dice icons (CC BY):

David Revoy‘s page now has a list of his works and the licence that they’re under (CC BY, CC BY-SA, CC BY-NC-SA, CC BY-NC-ND):

Sunspot make some cool music (CC BY-SA):

audionautix supplies free production music (CC BY):

Dan-O offers free, original music (CC BY):

Tabletop Games

The Carnival of Dreams is a Swords Without Master adventure (CC BY):

My Dungeon World zine Grim Portents has released issue 2, and it’s switched to be primarily a blog publishing content every second day (CC BY or CC BY-SA):

Open Adventure is a tabletop adventure game, in beta, which caters for medieval and science fiction gaming (CC BY-SA):

A pretty, gratis PDF of the tabletop RPG 13th Age was released (OGL): is a Dungeon World database with gaming content (range of licences and none):

The Lands of the Dead is a work-in-progress book for Dungeon World players (CC BY-SA):

The Devil, John Moulton is a game about demon-summoning outlaws in the Wild West (CC BY):


Entropy of Imagination is a novel about the Internet (CC BY-SA):

Green Comet is a science fiction novel (CC BY-SA):

A Vessel for Offering is hardboiled pseudo-Lovecraftian space noir (CC BY):


The Democracy of Objects is a book arguing for ontology as first philosophy (CC BY-SA):

Design Livre is a Portuguese book about design (CC BY-SA):

A Byte of Python is a book on how to program Python (CC BY-SA):

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation is for US legal citation and is as exciting as it sounds! (CC BY-SA):

Forall X is an introduction to formal logic (CC BY-SA):

Light and Matter is an introductory course textbook (CC BY-SA):

Immersion into Noise is about our relationship with noise, sound and silence (CC BY-SA):

The Open Policy Network launched recently (CC BY):

Open Access EBooks is a chapter on what open access means in the context of ebooks (CC BY):

Jagannatha is an Odia author and academic (CC BY-SA, GNU FDL):

Konkani Vishkawosh is a four-volume encyclopedia in the Konkani language (CC BY-SA):

The Open Library of the Humanities is a PLOS-style open access journal for the humanities (CC BY):

The Classic Short Story, 1870-1925 is a study of how short stories were written and read (CC BY):

Introduction to Economic Analysis is intermediate microeconomics material (CC BY):

Copyright for Librarians is an online curriculum on copyright law (CC BY):

Deep Freeze describes Iceland’s economic collapse (CC BY):

Against Intellectual Property is Stephen Kinsella’s challenge to the notion that intellectual property is compatible with the free market (CC BY):

Code is Larry Lessig’s book on the amorality of the infrastructure of the web (CC BY-SA):

So You Want to Be a Librarian provides information about librarianship as a career (CC BY-SA):

Homotopy Type Theory is a new branch of mathematics (CC BY-SA):


Bugs of Venus is a tabletop RPG based on Lady Blackbird and Death School (CC BY-NC-SA):

VideoLectures.NET records lectures and talks, mostly on computer science (CC BY-NC-ND):

Acts of the Apostles was the second Creative Commons licensed novel ever (CC BY-NC-ND):

Critical Hits is a journal of gamer culture (CC BY-NC-SA):

Genesis of Legend is an RPG publisher (CC BY-NC-ND – but The Spark RPG is going to be CC BY licensed):

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Luis Gustavo Lira | 11 May 19:11 2014

From Lima to San Francisco

Hi I am a peruvian former free culture student, physicist, inventor and entrepreneur I will be in SF for 4 weeks exploring the bay area and working in a project for Google .

I am a mentor for the BeaglePilot, the project aims to create the first Linux-based autopilot for flying robots

More info about my research work here (in spanish)
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Juan Jimenez-Anca | 2 Apr 15:55 2014

Wikimania Submission: Funding free e-books with donationware

Dear all,


My apologies for cross-posting.


I submitted a presentation proposal for Wikimania 2014 called “Funding free e-books with donationware”:


If you think you’d be interested in attending this session, please just add your username. Your support is more than welcome!


Best wishes



Dr. Juan J. Jiménez-Anca

Lecturer In Spanish and International Business


School of Languages and Social Sciences

North Wing NW915

Aston University

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Birmingham  B4 7ET (UK)


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