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A list of open source software options from OSS Watch

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I'm always on the lookout for open source software I might not already know about. I actually keep my own list on Delicious so that when people in workshops approach me and ask me for an open source alternative to the proprietary software they're using, I can recommend something.

So, when I saw OSS Watch recently published a list of open source options for education, I had to peruse it.

In addition to educational open source software, the list includes the name of the proprietary software that the open source option is an alternative to. 

I actually found a bunch of applications I hadn't heard about before! And of particular interest was a reading list tool called LORLS (Loughborough Online Reading List System). It allows educators to share reading lists and annotations with their students—and is a tool that I see having other uses in libraries or even for people like me who often share resources with my colleagues.

Through discussions I've had on the open source mailing lists I subscribe to, I was also pointed to a similar list from SchoolForge (a group that advocates all manners of openness in education, including open source software). From this list I learned about a new-to-me course management system called Claroline.

Maybe it's just the librarian in me, but I love lists like these, so if you have your own list of open source tools that can be used in libraries or in education I'd love to hear about it. In the mean time, check out both the OSS Watch list and the SchoolForge list and learn about new open source applications that might be of use to your in your endeavors.

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Scott Wilson

Thanks Nicole!

You can also suggest additions or improvements to the OSS Watch list by editing or adding comments to the Google Doc its based on:

http://oss.ly/osoed

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Scott Wilson

Thanks Nicole,

You can also suggest additions or improvements to the OSS Watch list by editing and commenting on the Google Doc its based on:

http://oss.ly/osoed

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Alexander Todorov

Hi guys,
there's a Linux distro called Learn Free with Ubuntu, which comes with lots of educational software available. Their website is http://learnfree.eu/ (English version available too).

I think it's a cool project and wanted to share it.

Regards,
Alex

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Nicole is the Vice President of Education at ByWater Solutions. In her over ten years in libraries she has dedicated herself to educating librarians about technologies both on her site web2learning.net and in person with a focus on open source. In 2010 she authored 'Practical Open Source Software for Libraries' and regularly writes for various library outlets about open source for libraries. Nicole can

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