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The 4 Opens

The #dotcons can not be fixed.

The #fashionistas who keep flocking to new “ethical-ish” ones are a problem, not a solution.

The #4opens are a simple way to judge the value of an “alt/grassroots” tech project.

  1. Open data is the basic part of a project https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_data with out this open they cannot work.

  2. Open source as in “free software” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_software this keeps development healthy by increasing interconnectedness and bringing in serendipity. The Open licences are the “lock” that keep the first two in place, what we have isnt perfect but they do expand the area of “trust” that a project needs to work, creative commons is a start here.

  3. Open “industrial” standards this is a little understood but core open, its what the open internet and WWW are built from. Here is an outline https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_standard

  4. Open process this is the most “nebulous” part, examples of the work flow would be wikis and activity streams. Projects are built on linking trust networks so open process is the “glue” that binds the links together. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Process


Its easy to become a 4 Opens project and join the openweb family. Just show that your project fulfils 2 or more of the above "opens".

  • 2 opens - Bronze badge
  • 3 opens - Silver badge
  • 4 opens - Gold badge


From http://hamishcampbell.com/index.php/projects/4opens/