Open Systems: How would you define? What are your favorite examples? Are they always appropriate?

26 Apr 2010 - 10:26am
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Dave Malouf
2005

Hey gang,

I've been doing a bit of thinking about "open systems". This is not the same thing (though related to) open source. In fact, I've been thinking of how IxDA itself exemplifies a lot of the properties of an open system.

I'm curious what people think about open systems: how do you define them for yourself and what are the examples you point to? What are examples when they are not appropriate?

For me open systems are not the same as anarchy or even democratic. Harder to explain from there, but I'm curious what other people think about this topic and what are their favorite resources.

-- dave

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27 Apr 2010 - 7:50am
DrWex
2006

I'm on my mobile so not able to type a lot but I think the primary characteristic of an open system is the 'height' of the barrier to entry. This is a relative measure so there is no binary open vs not - it's a matter of degree. For example the Android is a much more open system than the iPhone. Anyone can write and sell a droid app (which is itself a form of barrier - need to write code etc) but to sell an iPhone app you must also pass Apple's review, sign additional agreements etc. Thus the iPhone is "less open" as a system than the Android.

You can say similar things about a general blog comment stream (more open) vs Wikipedia (less open) and most other system. One of the challenges is therefore defining the dimension(s) of comparison.

On Apr 26, 2010 11:30 AM, "David Malouf" <dave.ixd@gmail.com> wrote:

Hey gang,

I've been doing a bit of thinking about "open systems". This is not the same thing (though related to) open source. In fact, I've been thinking of how IxDA itself exemplifies a lot of theĀ propertiesĀ of an open system.

I'm curious what people think about open systems: how do you define them for yourself and what are the examples you point to? What are examples when they are not appropriate?

For me open systems are not the same as anarchy or even democratic. Harder to explain from there, but I'm curious what other people think about this topic and what are their favorite resources.

-- dave

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