An Empirical Study on Implementing Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) in Schools

  • Yuwei Lin
  • Enrico Zini
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-37876-3_10

Volume 223 of the book series IFIP International Federation for Information Processing (IFIPAICT)
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Lin Y., Zini E. (2006) An Empirical Study on Implementing Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) in Schools. In: Berleur J., Nurminen M.I., Impagliazzo J. (eds) Social Informatics: An Information Society for all? In Remembrance of Rob Kling. HCC 2006. IFIP International Federation for Information Processing, vol 223. Springer, Boston, MA

Abstract

This empirical paper shows how free/libre open source software (FLOSS) contributes to mutual and collaborative learning in an educational environment. However, unlike proprietary software, FLOSS allows extensive customisation of software and supports the needs of local users better. In this paper, we observes how implementing FLOSS in an Italian high school challenges the conventional relationship between end users themselves (e.g. teachers and students) and that between users and developers. The findings will shed some light on the social aspects of FLOSS-based computerization -- including the roles of FLOSS in social and organizational change in educational environments and the ways that the social organization of FLOSS are influenced by social forces and social practices.

Keywords

free/libre open source software (FLOSS) FLOSS inplementation in schools collaborative learning mutual learning OpenOffice.org blog 
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© International Federation for Information Processing 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuwei Lin
    • 1
  • Enrico Zini
    • 1
  1. 1.National Centre for E-Social ScienceUniversity of ManchesterUK