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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] ethical edtech edit-a-thon


From: Erin Glass
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] ethical edtech edit-a-thon
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 12:54:01 -0700

Hi Dmitry,

You raise good questions. In this early stage of the project, we have been
focusing on showing educators alternatives to commercial (and invasive)
forms of academic technology more than establishing hard distinctions
between free/libre and open source software (which as you note, is more
complicated). However, I can now see how our tagging system has perhaps
emphasized the difference between free and open source without any helpful
description as to why.

My flight is about to take off but I will give this some more thought.

I’m copying my collaborator Nathan so he can weigh in as well.

Thanks for your input.

Erin

On Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 11:08 AM Dmitry Alexandrov <address@hidden> wrote:

> Erin Glass <address@hidden> wrote:
> > I'm writing to let you know about the 'Ethical Ed Tech
> > <https://ethicaledtech.info/wiki/Meta:Welcome_to_Ethical_EdTech>' wiki
> and
> > edit-a-thon on April 3 that may be of interest to the free software
> > community.
>
> Looks interesting.  And the first thing that strikes in the eye right at
> the main page is a tag cloud with distinct categories for ‘free/libre’ [1]
> and ‘open source’ software [2].  What definitions of that terms do you use,
> so this is required?  Afair, Wikipedia’s experience showed, that so fine
> yet vague categorizations tend to be faulty.
>
> Actually, the wiki in question already features ‘open source’ yet _not_
> ‘free/libre’ Atom, CommentPress, Pandoc, Omeka, GitLab, Hypothesis and
> LibreOffice, with no examples of the opposite.
>
> The only commentary, that explain this oddity concerns Atom [3]:
>
> > It is open source, under the MIT license, but is not free/libre.
>
> But what is that supposed to mean?  Of course, a program, published in
> sources under any of ‘MIT licences’ (here — under the Expat licence), _is_
> free in any sense of that word!
>
> [1] https://ethicaledtech.info/wiki/Category:Free/libre
> [2] https://ethicaledtech.info/wiki/Category:Open_source
> [3] https://ethicaledtech.info/wiki/Atom
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-- 
Erin Rose Glass, Ph.D.
Digital Scholarship Librarian
UC San Diego Library *knit.ucsd.edu/digital/
<http://knit.ucsd.edu/digital/>*
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