Category Archives: Education

New OSS Watch videos!

As part of a project on Open Innovation at the University of Edinburgh, Scott Wilson from OSS Watch took part in a series of videos on software in open innovation, particularly open source. All the videos are licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY-SA, so feel free to use them in your courses and training materials. The … Read more

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

The Wikipedia hoover

Back in August Wikimania came to London and I heard some interesting discussion there of Wikipedia’s approach to open access materials and the tools they are developing to support that approach. This github repo contains some interesting open source projects designed mainly to automate the process of identifying cited external resources that can be copied into Wikipedia’s … 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

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

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