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15 Years Experience Creating Open Content Engineering Material
The main differences between close and open content models are who makes the decision what publish and how the book is created. In a close content scheme, the decision rests with the marketing individuals and is based on economical reasoning. For open content books, the decision is not based on economical reasons per se. As a result, the books are released during production which decreases the development cycle. In the last fifteen years, three books in the area of fluid mechanics/manufacturing were created by Potto Project. What is so unique about these books is that they were created as open content books from inception. The popularity of these books is shown by the facts that they are at the top of the list in any search engine as well as having over a million downloads. Unlike close content, several publishers have been ``dragged'' into action and now publish these books, e.g. Amazon.com. This ``democratization'' of the publishing process has several benefits which include the fast spreading of knowledge, increase of true peer review ( which in turn, increases the quality and depth of book), and penetration of the books to non-traditional locations and fields.

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Open Source/content Ideology and the Law: A Personal Perspective
What do you think will happen when you try to protect your rights in your material under license similar to Gnu Documentation License (GDL)? These days, individuals from the open source community encounter several legal battles on two laws; the copyright law (DeCSS for example) and the trademark (issue with web sites names). I would like to present to you what I believe is the trend in the Courts. I have been involved in three lawsuits on these issues. In spite of my bad experiences, I believe that the situation is changing for the better. I will present my ideas how open source/content community further can improve it.

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Experience developing an open content engineering textbooks
In today's economy, one of the main problem for students is the cost of textbooks. To combat this problem, I started the Potto Project (www.potto.org) two years ago in which two textbooks have been written. One of the books, Compressible Flow, also includes comprehensive software package. The experience of writing these books and the knowledge that was gained is described here.

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Open content approach to academic writing
A comparison between textbook creation under the open content license and the traditional academic writing shows that the open content is much more powerful. The open academic writing is extension of the traditional academic writing in which an article or a book is given to a committee for review. Only if a select anonymous members committee approves the book it is published. Supposedly, the committee is to make sure that minimum standards are achieved and also to improve the article. In the open content the a whole community acts as the ``committee.''

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Potto Project NFP is Non-Profit organization created by Dr. Genick Bar-Meir and friends to build open sourcesoftware and open content textbooks for college students.Over 1,000,000 (million) Potto Project books have been downloaded from 175 different countries since 1995.

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