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[News] Universities Embrace Free Software, Collaborate

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USM looks at options in open source software

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| Universiti Sains Malaysia's Advanced Medical and Dental Institute (AMDI) has 
| signed a memorandum of understanding with an open source network company to 
| research innovation components and develop technology in areas of interest 
| related to open source software (OSS).   


USM Collaborates With IOSN To Develop Open Source Software

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| Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has collaborated with the International Open 
| Source Network (IOSN), a centre of excellence for free and open source 
| software (FOSS).  


Unicon Helps Colleges, Universities with Open Source Services Projects

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| Unicon has announced the completion of more than 20 new open source services 
| projects for colleges, universities, and business around the United States in 
| the third quarter of 2008.  


rSmart Helps Universities Adopt Kuali Open Source ERP Solution

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| At Kuali Days VII, rSmart announced several agreements for 2008 aimed at 
| helping colleges and universities implement Kuali's open source enterprise 
| solutions. Services provided by the company include planning, evaluation, 
| prototyping, implementation, and adoption, as well as ongoing support once 
| the systems are deployed.    



Open Source enterprise to facilitate University Education

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| The entire university education fraternity is lending their voice about the
| benefits open source enterprise applications will have on students. The day
| is not far where we can see students all over the globe contributing to the
| development of open source and also enriching their pedagogy through a number
| of applications.
| The transfer costs for open source applications to juxtapose with the
| curriculum might be exceedingly high, but the return would be beneficial for
| both the parties involved. Important subjects such as financial accounting
| systems, IT applications, etc. can very well be taught on the open source
| which would result in the formation of an online community among its users.
| The ideas developed through these community users could very well be
| implemented in the course curriculum and thus open source applications need
| to be taken seriously.


IT: University starts Open Source master course

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| The University of Perugia is offering a master course on Open
| Source. "Software developers and IT policy makers need to understand the
| importance and potential of this type of software and how to combine it with
| proprietary IT systems."
| The 'Master di I° Livello in Sistemi e Tecnologie Free Libre Open Source per
| la Società dell'Informazione e della Comunicazione' (First level master in
| Open Source systems and technology for the Information Society) was presented
| during a seminar on Open Source in the city of Orvieto, on 13 September.


KU Launches Linux Online Noncredit Certificate Program

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| University of Kansas Continuing Education is launching an online noncredit
| certificate program for the popular Linux server platform.


UC Irvine Extension Hosts Online Course on Linux Software Programming

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| “Linux Driver Primer” will explain how to develop and write code for Linux
| device drivers. Additionally, participants will gain knowledge of how to
| build and grow Linux device frameworks from scratch. This course offers
| foundational information about software programming and is a critical part of
| the new Device Software Engineering Program.    



Universities Worldwide Offer Free Open Courseware

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| More than 100 universities worldwide - including Johns Hopkins, Tufts and
| Notre Dame - have joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in a
| consortium of schools promoting open courseware.  


Setting Learning Free

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| That refocus led MIT to a radical new proposition. In the words
| of Anne Margulies, now executive director of MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW),
| "They decided that the best way the Internet could be used to
| fulfill that mission would be to give the materials away."

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