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OSEN Launches Site for Open-Sourcing Clean Energy
Website launch provides inventors and users with tools of collaboration for shared advancement of clean, free, and renewable energy technology solutions. Believes that open sourcing, which has been such a boon to the software community, can be just as much so, if not more for the energy world.
Vancouver, B.C., Canada -- Several months in the making, today the Open Source Energy Network (OSEN.org) opens its new website to the public.
The operative word in summarizing the project is "Network", and the focus is on clean, free, and renewable energy technology, both in advancing it as a science as well as making it available for everyone.
The non-profit company's site is designed to facilitate the collaborative development of new energy technologies and understanding. Its set of tools to facilitate that cooperation is long and impressive, made possible by the generous underwriting primarily of its co-founder, the youthful entrepreneur Jon Peters. His financial infusions have been in the six figures, covering expenses and providing stipends for more than half a dozen people involved in building the site and its tools.
The primary passion of OSEN is to provide a fertile environment for the open sharing of key energy ideas that can see the emergence of viable -- even superior -- alternatives to our current dependence as a society on polluting energy sources such as oil, gas, and coal. The guiding philosophy of OSEN is that because open sourcing has proven fruitful in the world of software, it is also sure to do so the world of energy as well. The site is offered as a premier tool to facilitate that open sharing with the most brilliant minds on the subject worldwide.
"By open sourcing energy technology, the problem of the suppression of new and revolutionary technologies is eliminated because there is strength in numbers," says Matthew L. Carson, co-founder of OSEN. "Once it's in the open it's going to stays there." He goes on to say that open sourcing has another key benefit. "By open sourcing the core technology and breeding competition on the service, installation, maintenance and integration of a technology the consumer wins. Good ethical businesses can win by making an honest profit based on true value to consumer and a job well done. The time for irresponsible profiteering at the expense of humanity has come to an end. The Open Source model has done truly amazing things in software, it will do amazing things for energy and it wont stop there."
In Vancouver, you will see Matthew tooling around in a Hummer converted to run on vegetable oil and hydrogen. People are always asking him how they can convert their diesel cars and trucks. That is one of the purposes of the site: to provide collaboratively-built “how-to” instructions with clear visual aids, so that non-experts can see results similar to what the engineers and geeks are achieving.
The "Projects" section list various open-source projects presently under way. In that directory there is a link to create a new project. If you have a bright new idea for a device or machine, and are willing to open it up to public input and sharing of effort, you are encouraged to do so using your own OSEN Project Page as a worldwide access point.
Each week, OSEN plans to present a show called Energetic Garage™ which will feature some kind of gadget tinkering.
OSEN staff is eagerly standing by to assist you with any questions you might have about how to use the site and to build new pages.
Perhaps OSEN's greatest strength is in their professionalism. They bring “class” to just about everything they tackle. Watch one of their many videos, produced by Marcus Cameron with graphics by Torrance Hurd, and you will see that the CNN kind of classy feel has now arrived in the world of "bleeding-edge" energy technology research that is not covered but rarely in the mainstream media. Listen to the daily "Today in Free Energy™" radio spot, a four-to-eight minute segment with anchor, Charlee Redman, and you will be hooked.
OSEN's selection of directory listings and news regarding cutting-edge energy technology from around the world comes from the three-year-old news reporting and directory service of Sterling Allan's PES Network Inc., which is presently in process of merging with OSEN -- an example of the networking that is the hallmark of the Open Source Energy NETWORK.
Not only can you read the latest news in the field, but you can create your own news portal to display the news you wish to track, based on keywords and directory connection. You can also submit a news item, either a single news bullet linking to another site, or a news exclusive of your own composition. There is also a news page featuring live feeds from various energy news services around the world. There is also a news page featuring the live feeds from various energy news services around the world.
Of course OSEN has a live feed as well for interested parties to pick up and display on their sites. The OSEN staff has several people talented in preparing fascinating news, as well as in composing exclusive stories. They will be interviewing the leaders in the field, and capturing the essence of what they are and do -- as well as accurately explaining why and how they do it.
OSEN's vast directory of pages covers topics from solar and geothermal to cold fusion and magnet motors. Inventor profiles are also featured, along with other energy issues such as global warming and the high costs of oil dependence.
With a revenue-generating capability based on quality of content, traffic, and sales of items related to the directory topic, each directory page invites an editorial staff to come forward and take up the reins. The directory manager who assumes active responsibility and produces high-quality content will receive a sizable chunk of the revenue generated by the page or group of pages that he or she builds and maintains.
Thus OSEN’s Directory system combines the Open Source Directory Project (dmoz.org) model of editors with the paid-editor model of Yahoo, but with many times more passion that the quest for clean energy instills in people.
The "Sites" feature enables you to easily create a link to energy-related websites, whether one you own, or one that interests you. And by setting your own filter preferences, you can customize the way this page displays.
RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds sprinkle every page of the site, enabling you to track closely the pages of interest.
And of course there is a 'blog' section, which lists not just the OSEN blog, but other related blogs too. If it is related to cutting edge, clean energy technology, you are welcome to add one of your own if you want.
The website offers unlimited bandwidth and memory. You can upload a video of your latest experimental results. Post the data spreadsheet for your peers to review and comment. Join in a discussion on the discussion board about your project. Create an index page to organize the material relating to your project. Manage your group contacts privately among those with proper access rights in your project.
While the SharePoint software that runs the infrastructure of the website is a Microsoft product, OSEN does not see that as being too harsh of a contradiction to the "open source" concept that they promote when it comes to energy technology development. While Microsoft does provide the basic chassis, there is a huge world of open source development that supports the many plug-ins and options available. So it really is the case that the back-end that drives the OSEN website was built by the very kind of open collaboration that OSEN hopes to foster among inventors of technology.
On the fun side (if you're hot already having fun on the site), OSEN is running a contest for a slogan that characterizes its nature and activity in a catchy way that will appeal to the public. Site users will be able to vote on the slogan they like best. The slogan-contest winner will receive $50.00 and an OSEN T-shirt. Future contests will be ran for visual design elements and musical jingles, among other things -- an idea tacked on by OSEN's editor, Mary-Sue Haliburton.
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