Open Source Food and Beverages
Open source colas – cola soft drinks, similar to Coca-Cola and Pepsi, whose recipe is open source and developed by volunteers. The taste is said to be comparable to that of the standard beverages. Most corporations producing beverages hold their formulas as closely guarded secrets.
Free Beer (originally Vores Øl) – is an open source beer created by students at the IT-University in Copenhagen together with Superflex, an artist collective, to illustrate how open-source concepts might be applied outside the digital world.
Brewtopia offers the largest range of personalised beverage products in Australia.
Open Source Farming
Factor e Farm (FeF) is a socio-technical experiment. It aims to take what civilization has learned about what it means to thrive, and determine whether it is feasible to use abundant local resources to create industrial civilization, up to semiconductor and metal production – on the scale of a parcel of land – at 2 hours of work per day – using local resources – regeneratively – achieving a modern standard of living.
Open Digital Content
Sites such as Wikipedia and Wiktionary have embraced the open-content GFDL and Creative Commons content licenses. Open ICEcat is an open catalog for the IT, CE and Lighting sectors with product data-sheets based on Open Content License Agreement. The digital content are distributed in XML and URL formats. The University of Waterloo Stratford Campus invites students every year to use its three-storey Christie MicroTiles wall as a digital canvas for their creative work.
Open Science and Research
The Science Commons was created as an alternative to the expensive legal costs of sharing and reusing scientific works in journals etc. The Open Source Science Project was created to increase the ability for students to participate in the research process by providing them access to microfunding – which, in turn, offers non-researchers the opportunity to directly invest, and follow, cutting-edge scientific research. All data and methodology is subsequently published in an openly accessible manner under a Creative Commons fair use license. The Open Solar Outdoors Test Field (OSOTF) is a grid-connected photovoltaic test system, which continuously monitors the output of a number of photovoltaic modules and correlates their performance to a long list of highly accurate meteorological readings. The OSOTF is organized under open-source principles – All data and analysis is be made freely available to the entire photovoltaic community and the general public. Hyperloop, a form of high-speed transport proposed by entrepreneur Elon Musk, which he describes as “an elevated, reduced-pressure tube that contains pressurized capsules driven within the tube by a number of linear electric motors”. WikiHouse is an open-source project for designing and building houses. The Open Energy Modelling Initiative promotes open-source models and open data in energy research and policy advice.
Eyewear; In June 2013, an open source eyewear brand, Botho, has started trading under the UK based Open Optics Ltd company. Opendesk is a global platform for local making. You can use it to download, make and buy work space furniture. Open Source Money, Bitcoin is an innovative payment network and a new kind of money. Tabby Evo is an open source hardware platform for electric vehicles that you can buy and download for free. CIA Open Source Center is the open Source Centre of U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. The Open Compute Project Foundation is a rapidly growing community of engineers around the world whose mission is to design and enable the delivery of the most efficient server, storage and data center hardware designs for scalable computing. openDCIM is a free, web based Data Center Infrastructure Management application. The brainchild of Philadelphia-based techies Katie Regenye, Dana Vachon and Jessica Victor, Open Source Cupcakes offers tons of free recipes for—you guessed it—cupcakes. The Open Source Washing Machine Project aims to make life easier for these people by coming up with a design for a washing machine that nearly anyone could afford, build, use and maintain. Opensource-solar offers free designs and information for anyone who wants to build a small photovoltaic (solar power) system.
Open Source is everywhere around you. All you need is an Open Source Vision! 😉