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  • Semina Verbi: an online encylopedia of the influence of the Gospel on human culture

    Open knowledge

    Reading up on some of the past posts in this community, I see there have been a number of posts about open access to information, in particular (in this context) as regards the Catholic faith. Access to the biblical texts, access to the Catechism and magisterial documents… When a project is open source, it has a good possibility of surviving over time if it is able to create a community, because it remains accessible to the community even when the original people behind the project might not be...

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  • Bringing the Word of God to the desktop and to websites

    There are a number of projects out there that publish Bible texts online. You can look up Bible verses, and even compare between versions.

    That’s great for just consulting a Bible verse. But what if you want to quote a Bible verse in a document, or on a website?

    Most people would go to one of the websites where you can find an online version of the Bible, copy the verses they are interested in, and paste them into their document (or webpage). But then you probably have to reformat...

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  • Migration to Jekyll and GitHub Pages from Drupal site

    Jekyll and GitHub Pages

    After almost eight years with Open Source Catholic as a Drupal 7 website hosted on infrastructure generously provided by Midwestern Mac, I migrated all the Drupal site content into a static Jekyll-powered site hosted on GitHub Pages (thanks to a suggestion from Michael Bianco).

    To maintain consistency we migrated everything, including comments and forum topics (we’re now using Disqus for commenting), and made sure all the old link paths were redirected to the new Jekyll structure.

    Please let us know if you find any problems on this...

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  • Open Source Catholic - moving towards a more open site

    I just wanted to post an update at the end of 2015; as stated in The Future of Open Source Catholic, I wanted to find a way to move this site forward, being honest that I probably won’t have a lot of time to do much myself.

    My main goals in doing so are to ensure Catholic developers and companies who are interested in OSS and an ‘open’ philosophy in their technological development have a central resource to learn and share ideas and software.

    Some of the earliest...

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  • Open source is 'only reliable way' to preserve human history, argues Vatican

    From The Inquirer:

    "The main question at the start of our project was which format to save the texts. We needed to make sure [people] could still read the digital files in 50 years' time." Ammenti explained that, in order for the manuscripts to be readable, the Vatican Library opted for open source tools that do not require proprietary platforms, such as Microsoft Office, to be read.

    Ammenti goes on to explain that the Vatican has chosen to use the FITS image format in order to preserve digitized scans...

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  • 5 Things Every Parish Website Should Have in 2015

    Every year it’s important to assess your website to understand things that work and don’t work. With Easter season’s arrival, now is the perfect time to renew your website for some “spring cleaning.”

    In this article, we will go over 5 things every parish website should have this year in 2015. We’ve prepared this as a checklist that includes a combination of website tools, content suggestions, and general functions. Before we begin, it’s important for you to treat this guide as a way to enhance a well-founded Catholic church website....

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  • The Future of Open Source Catholic

    When I started Open Source Catholic in 2009, I was hoping to create a centralized resource for Catholics who were involved in OSS, sharing of ideas, tips and techniques for technology and web use for Catholic organizations, and a forum for Catholic software and app developers.

    I was also employed by the Church at the time, and spent a good deal of time working on the problem of the Catholic Church being far behind tech trends in the wider tech world.

    Times have changed, this site has basically been on...

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