The SELF platform aims to bring together educational institutes, training centres, software companies, publishing houses, government bodies and Free Software communities to centralise, create and disseminate educational and training materials on Free Software and Open Standards.
This project starts from three main assumptions: 1) Free Software and Open Standards are crucial to support the competitive position of the European software industry; 2) the real and long term technological change from private to free software can only come by investing in education and training; and 3) the production of educational and training materials on Free Software and Open Standards should be done collaboratively by all the parties involved.
The SELF platform will be simultaneously a knowledge base and a collaborative production facility. On the one hand, it will provide educational and training materials that can be presented in different languages and forms: from course texts, presentations, e-learning programmes and platforms to tutor software, e-books, instructional and educational videos and manuals. On the other hand, it will offer a platform for the evaluation, adaptation, creation and translation of these materials. The production process of such materials will be based on the organisational model of Wikipedia. In short, SELF will be a web-based, multi-language, free content knowledge base written collaboratively by experts and interested users.
While the SELF platform will be started by the members of the consortium, its final goal is to become a community of different interested parties (from governments and educational institutes to companies) that can not only exploit the SELF materials but also participate in its production. The commercial and educational interests of exploiting the SELF materials will assure the self-sustainable character of the SELF platform beyond the EC funding period.
For more information see: http://www.selfplatform.eu
Fields of science
Funding SchemeSSA - Specific Support Action