April 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
This post was originally an email to the Educause CIO listserv, in response to Ethan Benatan, Vice President for IT & Chief Information Officet at Marylhurst University, specifically questions about the impact of various licensing options: I expanded the discussion.
April 25, 2012 § 1 Comment
Frequently I catch presentations on the benefits of open source software, or even other open initiatives like open educational resources, open courseware, open access, open etc. Usually, the greatest benefit in the adoption of open source software cited by the presenter (especially when talking about applications within higher education) is related to cost savings realized by the lack of licensing fees. Little, however, is ever mentioned about the actual development methodology openness enables (as opposed to distribution) and the benefits such an approach has on the final software project.