Are a simple way to judge the value of a "alt/grassroots" tech project.
Open data – is the basic part of a project https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_data with out this open they cannot work.
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 ain’t perfect but they do expand the area of “trust” that a project needs to work, creative commons is a start here.
Open “industrial” standards – this is a little understand but core open, its what the open internet and WWW are built from. Here is an outline https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_standard
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
Lets look at some alt projects from the perspective of the #4opens - democracynow
Open data – the site has a RSS feed, no copyright/CC notice on site so ½ of a open till clarifyed
Open source – hard to tell if the code base is opensource so no open for now.
Open “industrial” standards – they support RSS and podcasts and all media is openstandered so a open
Open process – Process is opaque to ouytisders but likly relativly open to insiders so 1/2 open maybe.
Bronze 2 opens
Silver 3 opens
Gold 4 opens
Democracynow is a Bronze #4opens project.