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science, education and learning in freedom

Objective

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

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics

Funding Scheme

SSA - Specific Support Action

Coordinator

GOTEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg
Sweden

Participants (6)

FREE SOFTWARE FOUNDATION EUROPE E.V.
Germany
Address
Talstrasse 110
40217 Duesseldorf
FUNDACIO PER A LA UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
Address
Avenida Del Tibidabo, 39
08035 Barcelona
FUNDACION PARA LA DIFUSION DEL CONOCIMIENTO Y EL DESARROLLO SUSTENTABLE VIA LIBRE
Argentina
Address
Independencia 13990 Depto 6D
5000 Cordoba
INTERNET SOCIETY BULGARIA
Bulgaria
Address
Velchova Zavera Square 1
Sofia
INTERNET SOCIETY NEDERLAND
Netherlands
Address
Breeschotenlaan 19
3951VK Maarn
TATA INSTITUTE OF FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH
India
Address
Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba
400005 Mumbai