Wikimedia.org - Wikimedia Foundation. Open source. In production and development, open source as a development model promotes a) universal access via free license to a product's design or blueprint, and b) universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone. Researchers view open source as a specific case of the greater pattern of Open Collaboration, "any system of innovation or production that relies on goal-oriented yet loosely coordinated participants, who interact to create a product (or service) of economic value, which they make available to contributors and non-contributors alike". Before the phrase open source became widely adopted, developers and producers used a variety of other terms.
Open source gained hold with the rise of the Internet, and the attendant need for massive retooling of the computing source code.[page needed] Opening the source code enabled a self-enhancing diversity of production models, communication paths, and interactive communities. OpenOffice.org - The Free and Open Productivity Suite. Sculptris. Gimp.org. Inkscape.org.