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 Software?
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