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Open Source and Higher Education

Open Source and Higher Education

What does open source have to do with higher education? Lacey Williams Henschel has been a developer for the University of Texas at Austin for 4 years, and she’s worked with open source technologies, home-grown software, and closed systems. The open source and higher education communities share some core values: transparency, responsibility to our communities and users, and a consistent need to maximize effectiveness even with low budgets. But developers in higher education face some unique challenges in using open source software and contributing to open source projects. How can the open source world better serve the higher education community, and encourage those developers to come aboard?

Keynote at Postgres Open in Dallas, TX.

Lacey Williams Henschel

September 17, 2015

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  1. “Software developed by and for higher ed needs a lot

    of flexibility due to the various needs of different parts of campus.” - Tim Brace, ApplyTexas
  2. “They don’t have faith that an ad hoc community will

    be able to support them in a crisis.” - Stephen Jacobs, RIT
  3. “Large public schools have the hardest time maintaining and implementing

    open source programs because they are competing for talent against private companies.” - Michelle Harven, EdTechTimes