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About the Open Channel Foundation
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Open Channel Software

The concept for Open Channel Software was developed in early 1999 by Douglas Curry in collaboration with Professors Stuart Kurtz and Ridgway Scott, both on the faculty of the University of Chicago. These individuals saw the need for a new mechanism to efficiently publish software from the university while allowing for the commercialization of the most promising programs. They developed the idea of a separating the publishing entity from the commercialization process by creating a non-profit organization (Open Channel Foundation) devoted to publication and community building. The parent company, Open Channel Software, handles the commercialization process.

John Kennedy joined the effort in mid-1999 after having sold his first software company the previous year. He expanded the core concept to include software created within any academic or research institution, not just the University of Chicago. A business plan was created around these goals.

Initial funding was raised from ARCH Development, the Illinois Coalition (IDFA), and private investors. The goal of this initial funding is to establish the feasibility of the concept by publishing software programs within certain Disciplines and beginning the process of commercialization on selected applications. The company is located in an office/loft space on the north side of Chicago.

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Aerodynamics Applications
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Antenna Design and Satellite Communications
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Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems
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Bioinformatics
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Chemistry and Thermodynamics
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Collaborative Applications
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Coming Soon
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Crack Growth and Fatigue Analysis
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Education and Training Software
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Engineering Applications
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Finite Element Analysis
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Geophysics
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Graphics Software
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Internet Applications
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Networking Applications
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Optics and Lasers
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Optimization
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Parallel Computing
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Programming Tools
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Project Management
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Psychometrics
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Radar Imaging
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Ray Tracing Applications
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Reliability Analysis
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Remote Sensing
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Security Applications
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Simulation and Modeling
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Spacecraft Design and Space Missions
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System Identification
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Systems Engineering
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Thermal Tools
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Trajectories and Orbital Mechanics
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Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering
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Visualization and Virtual Reality

Open Channel Software runs entirely on Open Source Software. We return value to the Software community in the form of services and original software. Most of our content is currently available as source code, with the copyright owned by the original author, All Rights Reserved. Everything else is Copyright ©2000 - 2017 Open Channel Software.
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