Author Archives: Scott Wilson

About Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson is the Service Manager at OSS Watch

Open Source Software Licensing Trends

This is a guest post from Jim Farmer, Chairman of Instructional Media + Magic Inc. Jim has also written a series of feature articles on open source for Informa’s London-based Intellectual Property Magazine. Higher education has traditionally been a knowledge “sharing” environment. Early software was exchanged without license and, in practice, without restrictions. As the monetization … Read more

Open or Fauxpen? Use the OSS Watch Openness Rating tool to find out

Is your software open or fauxpen? This is the question that OSS Watch, in partnership with Pia Waugh, developed the Openness Rating to help you find out. Using a series of questions covering legal issues, governance, standards, knowledge sharing and market access, the tool helps you to identify potential problem areas for users, contributors and partners. Unlike … Read more

New open source organisation launches in China

This week saw the launch of KAIYUANSHE (开源社), an association comprising both companies and universities with the aim of providing developers in China with education, tools and services to foster a healthy and robust open source ecosystem. KAIYUANSHE from the outset is working through two core programs. The first, Open Source Star, helps software developers apply an … Read more

Gateway for Higher Education provides insight into research funding – and is open source

Today Jisc announced the beta G4HE website. The site pulls data from the BIS-funded RCUK Gateway to Research API and provides an interface to allow searching and visualising data on research in the UK. For example, you can see at a glance the councils funding research at the University of Oxford, as well as the key collaboration partners in … Read more

Kuali governance change may herald end of ‘Community Source’ model

For quite some time now at OSS Watch we’ve struggled with the model of “Community Source” promoted by some projects within the Higher Education sector. Originating with Sakai, and then continuing with Kuali, the term always seemed confusing, given that it simply meant a consortium-governed project that released code under an open-source license. As a … Read more

Ohloh to be renamed Black Duck Open Hub

Here at OSS Watch we’re big fans – and users – of Ohloh, the site that helps you analyze open source software repositories, for example when evaluating the sustainability of projects. Since Black Duck bought the site back in 2010 there haven’t been any obvious changes. Until now that is: Dear Ohloh user,    We would … Read more