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.
Pure Energy Systems News
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Photo by Carmen Muller (OSEN)
Entrepreneur, Jon Peters (OSEN co-founder and underwriter), right, talks
to Patrick Bailey (Institute for New Energy), long-time pillar in clean
energy technology pursuit. Moray B. King is shown in the background
at the 2005 ExtraOrdianary Technology conference held in Salt Lake City.
VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA -- Several months in the
making, today the Open Source Energy Network (OSEN) 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."
Matthew L. Carson (OSEN co-founder), knew since a small child that
he would be doing something like this project. Pictured here with
his Hummer that runs on veggie oil and hydrogen, less expensively than it
would be to run it on diesel.
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.
Photo by Tahnie and Brad Roska
OSEN's Executive News Editor, Sterling D.
Allan, has been covering free energy for three years.
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 OSENs 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
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,
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Page composed by Sterling
D. Allan Sept. 22, 2005
Last updated December 24, 2014