Wednesday, June 27, 2007

OSS Watch report on Moodle sustainability

OK, so it's written by a certain M. Dougiamas, but this report from OSS Watch outlines the sustainability model of Moodle - i.e. "how it will keep going in the future". When I talk to people in schools and other organisations who are aware of Moodle and might want to use it, one of their common blind spots is:

I don't understand who Moodle "are" or how they make money. Can't Moodle be taken away by someone?
Well, of course, those aren't the only questions, but when faced with options of an apparently financially secure company and an Open Source project which appears to be supported by thin air (if one looks at it from a "this is all about companies who want to make money" point of view) then there are understandable bits which Might Not Make Sense.
This report explores a lot of these areas, to quote OSS Watch:
In the latter half of 2006, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) commissioned a study via its Teaching and Learning committee to examine the issues surrounding sustainability of open source software. The resulting report drew together seven case studies of successful but very different open source projects and examined each project's sustainability model. Each of these case studies has been told from the point of view of the lead developer or one of the key personnel and gives a fascinating insight into the factors that have determined the success of each project. These case studies are now presented by OSS Watch as stand alone documents in a series.
Read the document here:

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