Open Thoughts

Daniel Lemire on Open Source Software

Posted by Mikio L. Braun on February 16, 2010

Daniel Lemire has an interesting blog post on whether open sourcing your software affects your competitiveness as a researcher.

In short, here is his summary:

  1. Sharing can’t hurt the small fish.
  2. Sharing your code makes you more convincing.
  3. Source code helps spread your ideas faster.
  4. Sharing raises your profile in industry.
  5. You write better software if you share it.

Which is very much in line with why we started the whole initiative in the first place.


Gorden Jemwa (on February 19, 2010, 12:38:09)

Interesting post. Reminded me of the concept of reproducible research as promoted by Donoho et al. (

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