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Open Source Options For Education from OSS-Watch

by Mark Johnson, OSS-Watch , first published here :  Open Source Options For Education

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This document presents options for open source software for use in the education sector. Some of these may have uses outside of education, but they are presented here in the context of their specific benefits to educational establishments, or their use in the course of teaching and learning.

The document is intended to complement the UK Cabinet Office’s Open Source Options document, which is presented as part of its Open Source Procurement Toolkit in recognition that open source software is underused across the public sector. As such, the aims and context of this document are the same as those stated in the original document.

OSS watch maintains a briefing on Making Use of the Cabinet Office’s Guidance on Open Source Software. The guidance in the briefing can also be applied to this document.

The document in its current form is the product of an ongoing collaboration between OSS Watch, the UK education community, and open source software communities. If you have examples of open source software that is specifically useful in an educational context, or an example of one of the pieces of software being used in education, please get in touch  or add your contributions to the publicly editable version of the document.

The list includes the following applications with examples of how they have been used in education (real-world-use).

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Note : This content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 England & Wales licence.


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