We’ve just updated our Open Source Options for Education list, providing a list of alternatives to common proprietary software used in schools, colleges and universities. Most of the software we list is provided by the academic and open source communities via our publicly editable version. Some new software we’ve added in this update includes:
SageMath is a package made from over 100 open source components including R and Python with the goal of creating “a viable free open source alternative to Magma, Maple, Mathematica and Matlab.” Supported by the University of Washington, the project is currently trialling SageMath Cloud, a hosted service allowing instant access to the suite of SageMath tools with no setup required.
R and R Commander
R is the go-to language for open source statistical analysis, and R Commander provides a graphical interface to make running R commands easier. Steven Muegge got in touch to let us know that he uses the two projects for teaching graduate research methods at Carleton University. Thanks, Steven!
Gibbon is a management system combining features of a VLE (such as resource sharing, activities and markbooks) and MIS systems (such as attendance, timetables, and student information). The system was developed by the International College of Hong Kong. Thanks to Ross Parker for letting us know about Gibbon.
The recent release of OwnCloud 6 includes a new tool called OwnCloud Documents allowing real-time collaboration on text documents. Collaborators can be other users on the Owncloud system, or anonymous users with the link from the author. With support for LDAP and Active Directory, could this represent a viable alternative to Google Docs for privacy-conscious institutions?