Open Source

The Social Media Workgroup creates Open Source tools whenever possible.  In addition we have several initiatives promoting Open Source, Open Access/Content and Open Culture including the university-wide Open Source Learning Community (OSLC), an interdisciplinary course on Open Source and Open Culture and regular public events on campus like the Open Source/Open Access Day.

About Open Source/Open Access
Open source software allows faculty and students to incorporate discipline-specific software applications into their learning and research, at a very low or no cost to the student or institution. Open digital content (aka open content or open access) provides royalty and copyright free images, photographs, maps, charts, etc. to both faculty and students to use in developing curriculum or writing reports and papers.

For more information see:
Open Source Definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source
Free and open source software: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_and_open_source_software
Floss Manuals: http://en.flossmanuals.net/
Creative Commons: http://creativecommons.org/
Flat World Knowledge: http://www.flatworldknowledge.com/