Let’s look at a new #fashernista social media project from the perspective of the #4opens

https://mewe.com

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.

* you can download your data, though I cannot find the link. No RSS or other open data standards – 1/2 open

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.

* its closed source, though likely used open source code backend but not listed – no open

Open “industrial” standards – this is a little understand but core open, it’s what the open internet and WWW are built from. Here is an outline https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_standard

* nop, it’s all proprietary. – no open

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

* nop, the is no view of the company behind the project #dotcons – no open

* mewe is 1/2 out of 4opens so is not a 4opens project.

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