Open Work

This page is a repository of open tools—efforts to share more aspects of the reporting, writing, and teaching processes.

Open notebooks

These are places where I gather notes from ongoing projects. They may or may not be useful to anyone else.

Open drafts

In some cases I’m able to share drafts of works-in-progress in case they’re useful and to garner feedback. These should not be quoted from or cited until formally published.

Open software

I see using free, libre, open-source software as an integral part of how I do the work of contributing to the knowledge commons. These are some of the tools and communities that I work with:

  • Calibre – a multi-platform ebook manager
  • Emacs – My main writing environment, a programmable terminal-based text editor first developed in 1976
  • Etherpad – Real-time document collaboration, with hosted instances at Riseup and Mozilla
  • FBReader – An ebook reader for Android
  • Gentium – An open font with vast support for languages and symbols, available as a web font thanks to the Open Font Library
  • Jitsi – Web-based audio/video conference software, hosted at May First / People Link
  • LibreOffice – When it’s necessary to use a full-featured word processor, this program can interact with a wide variety of formats
  • Mailman – The GNU mailing list manager, with the help of Premailer, an HTML uglifier
  • Markdown – A markup language for writing documents in plain text, capable of exporting to a bewildering range of formats with Pandoc
  • May First/People Link – Social-justice oriented web hosting and cloud services
  • ownCloud – A cloud-services platform that keeps you in control of your data
  • Piwik – Self-hosted website analytics
  • – Online communication tools for people and groups working on social change
  • Sozi – This simple add-on to the Inkscape vector graphics editor makes dynamic presentations that can be run offline in any browser
  • Ubuntu – A full-featured Linux operating system, easy to install and full of built-in software
  • Wallabag – A self-hosted read-it-later platform with accompanying smartphone apps.
  • WordPress – The blogging platform that, thanks to a vast developer community, can now do pretty much anything else

For more on my rationale, see this interview with and this essay for The New Republic.