FYI. -Geoff


From: DiMauro,Lisa [mailto:[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2009 9:35 AM
To: SIG Announcements
Subject: NERCOMP - Open Source in Higher Education - March 24


Dear Friends,
Seats are still available for NERCOMP's upcoming workshop: 
"Open Source in Higher Education"
March 24, 2009
9:00 - 3:00 (Coffee and Registration start at 8:00)
NERCOMP Members: $112, Non-Members: $237
Your fee includes continental breakfast and lunch.
University of Massachusetts - Amherst 
Campus Center - First Floor 
Amherst, MA. 
Do you recognize these academic technologies: DSpace, Fedora Commons, Kuali,
Linux, Mahara, Moodle, Open Office, OSP, Sakai, uPortal? Open source
applications such as these have enjoyed adoption throughout the Higher
Education landscape. However for many, questions remain:
Is Open Source Software functionally comparable to commercial offerings? 
Is Open Source Software stable and reliable? 
What kind of support is required internally to Support Open Source Software?
What kind of support is available externally to Support Open Source
Does Open Source Software actually provide the benefits often highlighted by
advocates such as reduced TCO, greater stability, increased functionality?


Spend a day learning about various open source projects designed
specifically for Higher Education, including e-Portfolios, Desktop
Productivity, Learning Management Systems and Portals. See them in action,
how they work and compare to more familiar options, and hear case studies
from colleagues who have successfully implemented open source tools.


For a full schedule and registration information, please go to:
We would be grateful if you would pass this announcement on to friends and
colleagues who might find it of interest. 

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Thank you very much. We hope to see you on March 24th!
Lisa DiMauro