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Are we ready for open source engineering?

by mel starrs on April 16, 2007

in The Profession

  Smeagol

 Launched recently is OpenArchitectureNetwork.org. Although still in beta, the idea is proposing:

  “an open-source online space where architects and engineers can share their ideas with organizations and community leaders that are seeking design solutions for coping with the aftermath of natural disasters and political conflict. In addition to forging connections between socially responsible designers and worthy clients, the network allows creative colleagues to comment on one another’s ideas, along the lines of Web sites such as Wikipedia”

  via:: Architectural Record

  It’s probably obvious to readers of this blog – I’m very much in favour of knowledge sharing across company boundaries. The Smeagol approach to knowledge and information is dying and I predict will be damaging to businesses in the future. Knowledge itself is no longer a competitive advantage – but how you use it, share it and leverage it will be. A book I haven’t had a chance to read yet, but is on my wishlist, is “Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything” by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams. This is one topic which is not going away soon…