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FP6

SELF (Science, education and learning in freedom), Project - Final Activity Report

Project ID: 034595
Funded under: FP6-IST

Abstract

Software has become a strategical resource in the last few decades. The emergence of Free Software, which has entered in major sectors of the software market, is drastically changing the economics of software development and usage.
SELF - Science, Education and Learning in Freedom is an international project developing a platform for the collaborative sharing and creation of free educational on Free Software and Open Standards. In contrast to proprietary software, Free Software can be freely used, copied, studied, modified and distributed. Free Software offers the freedom to learn and to teach without any proprietary barriers. Open Standards and the ability to exchange data and to share information and knowledge have become essential for cost-effective, flexible and transparent support of government and business processes.
Free Software applications are available in all fields and can be obtained from many sources. However, to use them you must first know of their existence and value. In addition, the lack of technical support has been called upon as a reason to failure or delay for the adoption of Free Software applications. The real and long term technological change from proprietary to Free Software can only come by investing in education and training. The SELF Platform creates awareness on the advantages of the use of Free Software and provides educational and training materials to learn how to use Free Software applications.

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