Author Archives: Scott Wilson

About Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson is the Service Manager at OSS Watch

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

Why you need to evaluate sustainability

When you’re considering free and open source software, whether for procurement or as a basis for developing new software, you need to take account of sustainability. This means evaluating whether the project is capable of delivering improvements and fixing problems with its products in a timely manner, and that the project itself has a reasonable prospect of … Read more

Open source in education: where does the change need to happen?

In our recent survey on free and open source software in the UK education sectors, we asked colleges and universities for their main reasons for not selecting an open source solution according to 12 criteria. Below you can see how important each of the criteria were rated for software running on servers: Interoperability and migration … Read more

Software Freedom and Frontline Services

There are many reasons why organisations choose open source software. Sometimes Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a key factor. Sometimes the FOSS offering is the market leader in its niche (such as Hadoop for Big Data, or WordPress for blogs). Sometimes its the particular features and qualities of the software. However, one of the … Read more

Open Source Open Standards 2014

The Open Source, Open Standards conference is in London on the 3rd of April 2014, and this year OSS Watch has joined the list of supporters for the event. I attended the conference in 2013, which was well attended from across the public sector and from open source companies and organisations. You can read my … Read more

Should Markdown become a standard?

We’re big fans of Markdown at OSS Watch; the lightweight format is how we create all the content for the OSS Watch website (thanks to the very nice Jekyll publishing engine). Markdown is more or less a set of conventions for semi-structured plain text that can be fairly easily converted into HTML (or other formats). The idea is … Read more

Google Summer of Code 2014 is nearly here – are you ready?

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Google Summer of Code, a competition that brings  students and open source communities together through summer coding projects. Each year the competition gathers ideas for contributions from a wide range of projects and foundations, and invites proposals from students for tackling them. As well as the experience of … Read more

Open source policies in UK universities and colleges – what’s changed over the past 10 years?

As a result of the OSS Watch National Software Survey, we now have 10 years of survey data on open source in universities and colleges in the UK, so we can look at some long term trends. Today I’ve been looking at institutional IT policies. Back in 2003, most IT policies in colleges and universities … Read more