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November 2, 2004

Trust and open content

Life With Alacrity: Progressive Trust

Thanks to Nate for the heads-up on this article.

I was just thinking about this issue at AECT while attending the roundtable hosted by the OSLO folks at Utah State. At least one of the OSLO researchers is looking at creating an open source textbook for K-12 use. What does it take to build the trust of the people making the decisons about the textbooks? This is about more than pure cost. Even if the open source version is 1/10 the cost of the version printed by the major publication houses, overcoming marketing and long-standing relationships between publishers and school systems is going to take time and effort to overcome.

Trust is a huge issue for other organizations too. Adopting an open source software platform leads to many questions about sustainability and support. I know that there are examples of success stories (i.e. Linux) but how many failures have there been on the way to these successes? At what point has an open source software component reached a critical mass that an organization can trust it to provide longevity?

No answers here just randomly generated questions...

Posted by Rovy at November 2, 2004 12:54 PM