Resources for Open Source Junction


Free and open source software in mobile devices If your mobile device is doing more for you, in more places, and gathering more data about you than ever before, what about another aspect of freedom - the freedom to examine your device to know what it is doing and how?


Standards for Web Applications on Mobile: February 2011 current state and roadmap This document summarizes the various technologies developed in W3C that increases the power of Web applications, and how they apply more specifically to the mobile context, as of February 2011.

Mobile web apps - CETIS briefing document The aim of this briefing paper is to give institutions an overview of the mobile web space and an understanding of why developing hosted, mobile web applications can offer an attractive and viable solution that can overcome the fragmentation and deliver cross-platform services.

Operating Systems and Open Source

OpenMoko is a project dedicated to delivering mobile phones with an open source software stack. Openmoko was earlier more directly associated with Openmoko Inc, but is nowadays a gathering of people with the shared goal of "Free Your Phone". Distributors are currently selling updated versions of the Openmoko Inc's phone released in 2008, Neo FreeRunner, to advanced users, while the software stack for FreeRunner and future free phones is being developed by the community.


F-Droid is a bearded robot with a passion for Free and Open Source (FOSS) software on the Android platform. On this site you’ll find news, reviews and other features covering all things Android and software-freedom related.

Replicant is a distribution of Android that is 100% Free Software.

Cross Platform Development Projects

“The Wholesale Applications Community has been established to increase the overall market for mobile applications. WAC will achieve this goal by encouraging open standardized technologies, driving scaled deployment of those technologies and providing complimentary commercial models. “

webinos is an EU-funded project aiming to deliver a platform for web applications across mobile, PC, home media (TV) and in-car devices.” Webinos report :“Industry Landscape, IPR Licensing & Governance”

“The MobiWebApp project supports the use of Web technology for developing mobile Internet services, bringing the advantages of Web applications from the desktop to the mobile world. “

“Enter Appcelerator, a new platform and services company that is enabling Web developers to build intuitive, content-rich applications for Mobile, Tablet and Desktop platforms.”

PhoneGap is an open source implementation of open standards. That means developers and companies can use PhoneGap for mobile applications that are free, commercial, open source, or any combination of these. The PhoneGap project will always remain free and open source under an MIT license.”

“The-M-Project contains all UI and Core files to build jQuery Mobile based mobile HTML5 Apps.”

“jQueryMobile: Touch-Optimized Web Framework for Smartphones & Tablets A unified user interface system across all popular mobile device platforms, built on the rock-solid jQuery and jQuery UI foundation. Its lightweight code is built with progressive enhancement, and has a flexible, easily themeable design.” (Gallery of apps)

Ripple : Test and debug your HTML5 mobile applications for multiple platforms. All from within your browser and in a fraction of the time.

Academic projects

Erewhon The Erewhon project exists to research and develop methods of accessing University information and services from mobile devices whilst also creating a comprehensive geo-location database to facilitate the anticipated demand for location based services (LBS).

SIMOLA: Situated Mobile Language Learning Funded for 24 months by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme to evaluate the use of a mobile language learning app by Erasmus students, immigrants and others, across six European countries and Japan.

CloudBank Funded by the JISC Rapid Innovation Fund, this six month project will develop a mobile app for Google’s Android platform to enable knowledge sharing for international students at Brighton and beyond.

Integrative Everywhere Funded by the Creativity Development Fund from The Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Creativity (InQbate), aims to facilitate the development of creative concepts for innovative context-aware services for mobile devices.

Unlocking the hidden curriculum, Exeter Uni Scientific data regularly collected by students as part of their programmes of study will be represented as layers of graphical and multimedia content which can be accessed and viewed by university staff, students and visitors with compatible Smartphones. In this way the campus begins to serve as a ‘living laboratory’ revealing a dynamic landscape of flora and fauna at any time of day or season. Recent online presentation: contact: e.j.dunne; s.rose

Nature Locator, Bristol Uni The crowd-sourcing of mass data sets to support research projects is increasingly becoming a viable and valuable option for researchers. The success of the Galaxy Zoo project recently demonstrated this phenomenon. This project builds on existing software from the JISC-funded MyMobileBristol and Visualising China projects to offer:

A Geospatial Engine for Mass Mapping Applications (GEMMA), UCL

GEMMA is a one stop shop for users who wishe to take public sector, crowd-sourced, mobile and related online data with geospatial reference which enables them to display and overlay this information in non-proprietary or freely available mapping services on the web such as Google Maps or Open Street Map, using tools that CASA has developed such as GMapCreator, MapTube and SurveyMapper.

Business Models


The telecom industry is continuing to push forward. In order to stay ahead of the game, there are two important questions that must be considered. How do you ensure to keep up with the industry and manage to grow your revenues? With these recent changing roles in the industry, a golden opportunity lies for service providers and vendors who decide to "think outside of the box" and bury their traditional way of doing business.

Which business models should be pursued to reach out and best take advantage of the new markets? How can we get a better perspective into user trends and identify market opportunities? See what the experts from Yankee Group (Camille Mendler - Vice President), Telco 2.0 Initiative (Simon Torrance - CEO), Alcatel-Lucent (Houston Spencer - VP Solutions & Marketing NE) and TelecomTV had to say about it in Alcatel-Lucent's second "Let's Talk" live panel discussion.

JISC Mobile Web Apps briefing paper (pdf) with the aim of giving institutions an overview of the mobile web space and an understanding of why developing hosted, mobile web applications can offer an attractive and viable solution that can overcome the fragmentation and deliver cross platform services.


On September 30, Alcatel-Lucent sponsored the third in a series of four "Let's Talk" live panel discussions. This time the topic was Application Enablement. The panel session explores the issues and opportunities for mobile operators and developers as they seek ways to maximize the APPetizing of the networks. To do that we had the help of Ad Bresser - Strategy, Technology & Innovation Consultant at KPN, Peter Agnew - Director Network Service Design at Colt Telecom, Jo Rabin - CTO at Chelsea Apps Factory, John Dillon - VP Applications Strategy and Business Development at Alcatel-Lucent and TelecomTV.

App Stores and openness - This document explains some of the general context and issues around mobile open source development, and in doing so discusses some more general trends in how software is distributed.


In which markets is mobile advertising working and increasing revenue for Telcos and their partners? Which other business models should operators think of when trying to grow their top line? Alcatel-Lucent (Edmond Osstyn- Director, Strategic Customer Engagements) focused on these subjects in a live interactive panel discussion with industry experts from Yankee group (Camille Mendler- Vice President) , Mobile Advertising space (Helen Keegan- Specialist in Mobile Marketing Advertising and Media) and TelecomTV.

How to maximise your in-app advertising revenue? This is an sales pitch for the Interactive ad network. However it does include some useful data points.

Location Based Marketing

Location Based Marketing - Theory and Practice is a white paper (pdf) that explores the potential for location based marketing and asks if it is a technology looking for an application or a tool ready for use.


On December 7, Alcatel-Lucent sponsored the final in a series of four "Let's Talk" live panel discussions during the year 2010. The topic was "Lifting the lid on user behaviour". This session brought together telco experts to address the actual behaviour of users and the ways how operators should respond. This time Simon Wright - Director, Solutions & Marketing EMEA at Alcatel-Lucent, discussed this topic with Mike Short - VP Research and Development at Telefonica Europe O2, Richard Seymour - Senior VP at ITSMA, Managing Director at ITSMA Europe and TelecomTV.


Device apps vs web-based apps, HTML5

How can open source survive in a post-PC World?, H-online piece by Glyn Moody

People love the convenience of mobile apps but open source alternatives are even less evident on these new platforms than they are on the desktop. Mozilla advocates web apps: applications that run on any device, and can be distributed through any store or directly by the developer. The idea is to offer all the advantages of traditional apps – highly polished, easy to find, install and use – but also being standards-based and not tied to any one apps store.

In a New Web World, No Application Is an Island

The Web’s importance is indisputable — but there are signs that it is slipping. Investment, innovation and energy have been shifting elsewhere in computing — mainly, to shopping, gaming and news applications for smartphones and tablet computers. But the Web’s fortunes may soon brighten remarkably. Engineers say [HTML5] will make it possible to write Web applications, accessed with a browser, that are as visually rich and lively as the so-called native applications that are now designed to run on a specific device, like an iPad or an Android-based tablet.

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