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The Rise of Open-Source Software

Ralph Montague
Architect, BIM consultant and director at ArcDox, Ireland’s leading BIM consultancy practice.
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Duncan Lithgow

I've started a playlist on free/libre opensource software that should be a good set of background videos on the history and ideas. Please let me know what I'm missing:
youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeQc3-W...

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Grant Anderson • Edited

Good report! Near the end, they mentioned data sharing. I'd like to see more conversation about data sharing in construction. It may be one of the great hurdles we need to cross to see the change we want to see in the industry. Awesome link Ralph 👍🏻

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Duncan Lithgow

There's the beginnings of a list of open data standards which of course are the backbone of any data sharing:
wiki.osarch.org/index.php?title=AE...

There is also a list of the organization behind some of the main industry standards:
wiki.osarch.org/index.php?title=St...

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Grant Anderson

Duncan, thanks for these links. Open data standards are necessary for this to happen but I was speaking more on companies industry sharing their data for the training and creation of software. Data is the new oil and everyone has an instinct to horde it. BIM data, camera feeds and captures, point clouds, RFI's, submittals, estimates, etc. Understandably so, but is it the best path forward?

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Duncan Lithgow

Is this more what you're thinking of? wiki.osarch.org/index.php?title=AE...

That is our start for a list of public data sources useful for testing software. It doesn't include your whole list, and I'd love to hear about sources you've found. But there is plenty of IFC files, point clouds, government data with statistics and so on.