Last week I presented at ALT-C in Nottingham on the topic of open source in education and the public sector.
This was partly to invite people to participate in Open Source Options for Education, and partly to open up discussions around software procurement policies and processes in the sector.
The discussion tended to confirm our survey findings that the practice of procurement including open source options varies a lot within institutions, resulting in different biases (both for and against FOSS). So the degree to which FOSS is considered for procurement in education can be quite different depending on who you’re dealing with. To get a more balanced approach to closed and open source software would therefore require engagement with all of the different groups engaged in software procurement to develop their understanding and practices.
Here’s the slides: