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7 Things You Should Know About… Open Source Projects in Education


EDUCAUSE's 7 Things You Should Know About ...™ is a series of publications that address a diverse range of professional challenges in higher education IT, from updates on current developments to explorations of important overarching issues. In August of 2017, the organization offered insights in open source in higher education.

San Francisco Open Source Voting System Project Continues On

This update on San Francisco's project to develop and certify the country's first open source voting system was submitted by OSI Individual Member Chris Jerdonek. While Chris is a member (and President) of the San Francisco Elections Commission, he is providing this update as an individual and not in his official capacity as a Commissioner. Chirs' e-mail is, chris@sfopenvoting.org and a website with that domain is expected soon.

Some "Action Items"

Below are some things you can do to help the effort:

OpenSummit: Open Source Software in—and for—Open Education

Openness has become the new standard for content and software across a variety of initiatives in higher education. The success of open source software on campuses, and the same ethos which fosters its development, is also found in open education, open educational resources, open access publishing, open analytics, open data, open science, and open humanities. These open initiatives have matured to challenge, even dominate, the global educational landscape.

Using Open Source Software, Powering Potential and the Raspberry Pi Foundation Bring Technology to Schools in Tanzania

Thanks to open source, Powering Potential and the Raspberry Pi Foundation are able to bring computers and a library of digital education content to rural schools in the East African nation of Tanzania.

Open Source Elections System: Update from City & County of San Francisco, California USA

The OSI has has voiced our support to recent efforts by the City and County of San Francisco's Department of Elections to develop an open source voting system. The following is an update provided to the OSI from Commissioner and Vice President of the Elections Commission, Chris Jerdonek.

A lot has happened this past month in the movement for San Francisco to develop and certify the country's first open source voting system!

OSI's Comments to the White House Office of Management and Budget Regarding the "Federal Source Code Policy"

Note: The following comments were submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget, regarding the "Federal Source Code Policy" on behalf of the OSI https://github.com/WhiteHouse/source-code-policy/issues/227

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