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1 without obstructions to passage or view; "the openness of the prairies"
2 characterized by an attitude of ready accessibility (especially about one's actions or purposes); not secretive [ant: closeness]
3 willingness or readiness to receive (especially impressions or ideas); "he was testing the government's receptiveness to reform"; "this receptiveness is the key feature is oestral behavior, enabling natural mating to occur"; "their receptivity to the proposal" [syn: receptiveness, receptivity]

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  1. (Social) accommodating attitude or opinion, as in receptivity to new ideas, behaviors, cultures, peoples, environments, experiences, etc., different from the familiar, conventional, traditional, or one's own.
  2. The degree to which a person, group, organization, institution, or society exhibits this liberal attitude or opinion.
  3. degree of accessibility to view, use, and modify computer code in a shared environment with legal rights generally held in common and preventing proprietary restrictions on the right of others to continue viewing, using, modifying and sharing that code.
  4. (Systems) the degree to which a system operates with distinct boundaries across which exchange occurs capable of inducing change in the system while maintaining the boundaries themselves.



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Extensive Definition

Openness is a philosophy that is being used as the basis of how various groups and organizations operate. It is a relatively new term to describe this general way of doing things.
It is typified by communal management, and open access to the information or material resources needed for projects; openness to contributions from a diverse range of users/producers/contributors, flat hierarchies, and a fluid organisational structure.
Communal management is usually done with decisions being made by some form of consensus decision-making or voting. With open repositories like git, individuals can take projects in their own direction without necessarily hindering the progress of others.
It is now being put forward to facilitate the growth of the open source and free software programming communities. As well as others, particularly activist groups, or as in the philosophy of extropy (

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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