Archive for December, 2008

Open source music

This is great.  Yo Yo Ma is running a contest (deadline New Year’s Eve) in which he invites everyone to collaborate with him on a musical composition.  I first heard about it on All Things Considered.  Ma has recorded a track of Dona Nobis Pacem.  You can download the track, add your own counter melody or variations to it and upload the resulting collaborative composition.  If your entry is selected, you win the opportunity to record one-on-one with Yo Yo Ma.  The top ten entries as judged by the community receive honorable mentions and an autographed copy of Ma’s Songs of Joy and Peace. The contest is hosted on, a social networking site for musicians.  Totally cool!  Question:  How are Indaba creations licensed?

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Computing for Good at Georgia Tech

Network World has an interesting article about a computing-for-good project at Georgia Tech. C4G, as it is known, was started by Georgia Tech distinguished professor Santosh Vempala in Fall 2007 when he made a presentation urging his colleagues to get involved in the growing national movement called “computing for a cause” or “socially relevant computing.” C4G focuses on using computing as a platform to improve the human condition.

So in spring 2008, Vempala, assistant professor Michael Best in the School of International Affairs in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and joint with Computing, and School of Computer Science Professor and Chair Ellen Zegura co-taught a course called Computing for Good (C4G). About two dozen graduate and undergraduate students formed teams to tackle challenges in public health, society and politics as close as downtown Atlanta and as far away as sub-Saharan Africa.

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