The Dancing Engineer who loves #OpenSource and #Ouvert

[Dutch Lock Down Day Two Hundred Thirty Seven]

I have done almost NOTHING in preparation for today’s Life Coach session and also I’m supposed to be live streaming something open source right now, but I’m also freaking the fuck out and so I’m just gonna talk about this month’s theme instead, mmkay?

But first the news:

My hands down absolutely favourite definition of ‘open source’ is the one available at

“The term open source refers to something people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible.

The term originated in the context of software development to designate a specific approach to creating computer programs. Today, however, “open source” designates a broader set of values—what we call “the open source way.” Open source projects, products, or initiatives embrace and celebrate principles of open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community-oriented development.”

Specifically, their focus on the Open Source Way which applies to software, sure, but also to EVERYTHING.


The open source way is a set of principles derived from open source software development models and applied more broadly to additional industries and domains. exists to share how the open source way can change our world in the same way the open source model has changed software.

But what is #Ouvert? I’m so glad you asked.

Ouvert is a French word, typically used in ballet, which means [drumroll, please] Open.

So it can refer to the sissone jump which lands open instead of immediately closing or it can refer to standing in second or fourth position, which is what the top picture is – one of the ballerinas is standing in fourth – ouvert.

In this combination, the dancer demonstrates a sissone ferme (closed) but then does a combination which has both open and closed sissone jumps.