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Grid.org Open Source Community Surpasses 5,000 Software Downloads

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| Grid.org, the online community for open-source cluster and grid software,
| announced today that their open source cluster software stack, UniCluster,
| has exceeded 5,000 downloads by the HPC community.
| Grid.org, launched in November 2007, was developed to provide a single
| aggregation point for information and interaction by the community of grid
| and cluster users, developers and administrators. Home to Univa UD's
| UniCluster software stack, Grid.org offers an all-inclusive destination for
| users to exchange information, ideas, and participate in development
| projects.


CHCF Donates Open Source Health Care Applications

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| The California HealthCare Foundation has donated open source software
| components for master patient index and records locator applications to the
| international consortium Open Health Tools, Health Data Management reports.


Health and science are gradually opening up around the network. It's
collaboration time.


[Dr. Berthold Rutz, EPO:] Shades of "Open innovation" through the EPO Scenarios

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| The powerful paradigm of open and collaborative innovation is no longer
| limited to the area of software development but has found proponents in other
| technical fields such as consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and automotive. Are
| traditional forms of intellectual property protection such as patents,
| copyrights or design rights still appropriate in a world where knowledge is
| increasingly shared and innovation becomes a collaborative process? What role
| will IP rights play in the future and what challenges will they face?



Intellectual Property Regime Stifles Science and Innovation, Nobel Laureates

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| Patent monopolies are believed to drive innovation but they actually impede
| the pace of science and innovation, Stiglitz said. The current “patent
| thicket,” in which anyone who writes a successful software programme is sued
| for alleged patent infringement, highlights the current IP system’s failure
| to encourage innovation, he said.
| Another problem is that the social returns from innovation do not accord with
| the private returns associated with the patent system, Stiglitz said. The
| marginal benefit from innovation is that an idea may become available sooner
| than it might have. But the person who secures the patent on it wins a
| long-term monopoly, creating a gap between private and social returns.

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