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Open Source Options for Education

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Updated 03/01/2014 Looking for open source alternatives to closed source software? We maintain a list of options for open source software for use in the education sector for everything from libraries and administration systems to subject-specific teaching tools. Wherever possible we also link to real-life examples and case studies of use by educators and institutions.

Openness Rating

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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.

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