Posts Tagged 'OSS Watch'

Educating Open Source

By chance I’ve spent some time recently consulting with OSS Watch in Oxford, UK. Ross Gardler and his team provide Open Source advice and guidance free of charge to UK higher and further education organizations. Apart from the chance to visit Oxford a couple of times (and loving it more each time), it has allowed to me to gain insight into how Open Source is viewed within the UK education community.

In particular it has been interesting to see how efforts in the UK are growing to provide children in schools and students in universities with the knowledge they need to understand Open Source and have the qualifications many companies now require when recruiting new employees. It is still proving difficult to make sure young people have enough knoweldge (both practical and theoretical) around Open Source and OSS Watch are constantly looking for additional ways of doing this.

So, now I would be interested in hearing about similar initiatives in other countries – or indeed people interested in establishing or building out similar initiatives as I think this will become increasingly important as we see Open Source adoption growing everywhere.

OSS Watch blogging on OS business models

Over the past months, I’ve been fortunate enough to have done some consulting work for OSS Watch, the Open Source advisory service for UK higher and further education. On Monday, Ross Gardler and team are putting on a workshop around “Business and Sustainability Models Around Free and Open Source Sofware”. The agenda is here.

Although I won’t be there on Monday, I’ll be following the live blogging and look forward to my next trip to Oxford.




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