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.
* there is no way to get your data out or to access the metadata. Its copyright. No 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 on the surface, not obvious what is happening under the surface. No open
Open “industrial” standards – this is a little understood 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
* no RSS I can see, its a basic website I think with a forum? 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
* it’s a forum so kinda open process but no look at the running of the project. 1/2 open
To sum up, its a project that could be made more #4open if the was a communerty involved. this depends on the guys running it and there tech support being willing and having time to push the project out into the “commons”.
At the moment is a dormant seed #dotcons
1/2 open out of 4 so not a #4opens project.