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Why openSE?


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Partner organizations

The openSE Project is composed by a multidisciplinary partnership that includes Higher Education Institutions, Enterprises and non-profit Organisations. Below you will find further information on the openSE Project partner organisations, including their contacts:

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação – SPI


Augusto Medina

(President of the Board)

(Project Coordinator)

José Carvalho (Project Manager)

Address: Avenida Marechal

Gomes da Costa, 1376

4150 - 356 Porto - Portugal

Phone: +351 22 607 64 00

Fax: +351 22 609 91 64

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URL: http://www.spieurope.eu

SPI, coordinator of openSE, is a multi-discipline international consultancy and training firm based in Portugal and founded in 1996. The company is an active centre of national and international networks connected to the innovation sector, having as its mission the management of projects that foster innovation and promote international opportunities.

In addition to its headquarters in Porto, Portugal, SPI has offices in Lisboa, Coimbra (both in Portugal), USA, Angola and China, giving its clients access to a number of contacts in key institutions worldwide and a wealth of experience in a multitude of areas. SPI conducts activities in many different fields offering services in consulting, R&D, training and in distance learning.

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki – AUTH

Ioannis Stamelos

Phone: +30-6945756900

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URL: http://www.auth.gr/home

AUTH is the largest higher educational institution in Greece with over 2000 permanent staff and 95000 students. In 2006 edition of the Journal of Systems and Software (Elsevier), AUTH is ranked 9th worldwide among the top institutions (both academy and industry) in the field of Systems and Software Engineering. The Software Engineering Group (SWENG) is a research group of the Programming Languages and Software Engineering (PlaSE) lab, which belongs to the department of informatics ( one of the 37 departments or schools). PlaSE is involved in teaching and research of various fields of informatics such as Information Systems, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Electronic Commerce, etc. The SWENG group deals with research, development and teaching of software engineering in general, and, in particular, all aspects related to software quality, cost, reliability, software development process of Closed-source and Open Source Software, and extreme Programming and Agile methods.

Tampere University of Technology – TUT

Imed Hammouda

Phone: +358408490852

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URL: http://www.tut.fi/public

The Department of Software Systems educates software experts, based on its scientific research. The research topics include software engineering, usability, and computer science. The Department of Software Systems is responsible for the basic studies in computing and programming within the Tampere University of Technology. In research our strengths are:

• Software Engineering: methods; project work and leadership; software architectures, including distributed, mobile, and embedded systems,

• Usability of software and devices: testing for this; human- and user-centered design; psychology; user interfaces.

• Concurrent, Distributed, Mobile, and Embedded Systems: the design and verification of these.

• Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Structures and Algorithms, and

• Computer Science Education Research.

Universidad Rey Juan

Carlos – URJC

Jesús M. González-Barahona

Phone: +34 665 606 907

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URL: http://www.urjc.es

The Rey Juan Carlos University is the most modern public university in Spain, with 10 years of operation and nearly 21000 students. URJC has made e-learning one its strategic objectives and has a prevalent position within Spanish institutions in this field with six undergrad and two postgrad programs fully online. The GSyC Department (Departamento de Sistemas Telemáticos y Computación) has long experience of teaching libre (free, open source) courses at the master and doctorate level and is delivering a complete master program on the matter

since 2007.

The GSyC team has wide experience on designing, implementing, operating and testing both, systems and Web technologies, in the context of Open Source and e-Learning projects such as Edukalibre (see C.8) or Qualoss among others. The expertise and competence of the GSyC team in the area of FLOSS technologies applied both to the study of Free Software and to the e-Learning fields is one of its main contributions to this project.

Ecole pour l’Informatique et les Techniques Avancées – EPITA

Olivier Ricou

Phone: +33 1 44 08 01 83

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URL: http://www.epita.fr

Born in 1984, EPITA, School of Computer Science and Advanced Technologies is one of France’s leading science and engineering schools. The school offers to its about 1,300 degree-seeking students programs covering many options of Information Technology. Its core curriculum. mixes formal courses and projects under FreeBSD, the operating system installed on computers dedicated to the students.

The main laboratory, the EPITA Research and Development Laboratory (LRDE), as part of the school also promotes the use of Open Source and Free Software. Its main research projects are published under an Open Source license, its members are maintainers of common Open Sources software. This involvement extends outside the school by participating in the organization of Open Source conferences and the co-founding of the online open source IT university "Ecole Ouverte Francophone".

Free Knowledge Institute – FKI

Wouter Tebbens

Phone: +31.622.500.981

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URL: http://www.freeknowledge.eu

The Free Knowledge Institute (FKI) is a non-profit organisation that fosters the free exchange of knowledge in all areas of society. Inspired by the Free Software movement, the FKI promotes freedom of use, modification, copying and distribution of knowledge in four different but highly related fields: education, technology, culture and science. FKI was the coordinator of the FP6 IST funded SELF project (see C.8), which has developed a platform to encourage creative cooperation and the sharing of educational materials and continuous training, paying special attention to Free Software and Open Standards. FKI is also the coordinator of the currently running Erasmus funded Free Technology Academy project (FTA – see C.8) that will set up a virtual campus offering course modules on Free Software and Open Standards using Open Educational Resources. The FTA programme will acquire its shape through close cooperation between higher education institutions and social and private organisations.

University of Maastricht / UNU-MERIT – UNU-MERIT

Rüdiger Glott

Phone: (+)31 (0)43 388 4400

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URL: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl

URL: http://www.merit.unu.edu

UNU-MERIT is a joint research institute of the United Nations University (UNU) and the University of Maastricht (UM). Since MERIT’s foundation in 1988 it has evolved into one of the key research facilities on innovation and technology in Europe. Since the original FLOSS project in 2001, UNU-MERIT has established itself as a pioneer in researching the socio-economic, legal and technical aspects of FLOSS. The CCG at UNU-MERIT investigates the socio-economics of collaboration across all domains, e.g. the mechanisms that enable people and companies to innovate together, and gives advice to policymakers, industry and others. CCG research covers: usage and development of FLOSS; skills attainment in FLOSS; organisation of learning in online communities; characteristics of the interaction between community members; what content is learned; how useful the learnt skills are for community members and employers; difficulties of self-organised learning in online communities.

University of Oxford – OSSWatch

Ross Gardler

Phone: +44 01865 283416

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URL: http://www.ox.ac.uk

OSS Watch is an open source advisory service and are housed within the Research Technology Service (RTS) of Oxford University Computing services. OSS Watch is funded by the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and its services are available free-of-charge to UK higher and further education. OSS Watch is an important part of the support infrastructure provided by the RTS to the wider University.

The Open University –

The OU

Patrick Mc Andrew

Phone: ++ 44 / 7791 848463

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URL: http://www.open.ac.uk

The UK Open University (OU) is Europe’s largest educational establishment, with more than 200,000 students studying courses at undergraduate, masters and PhD level, mostly at a distance. It is also a major research university with key areas of excellence in space science, geography/geology, the humanities, mathematics and computing and - of particular relevance to this project - education and educational technology. It has an open access philosophy requiring no previous qualifications to begin study.

Since 1969, the OU has been a pioneer in making learning materials freely available. More recently, the OU has released over 5000 hours of learning material online through OpenLearn, a major Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative supported by the Hewlett Foundation.

linkSpace Management Services
Gesellschaft m.b.H (representing the
European Learning Industry Group)

Elmar Husmann

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URL: http://www.elig.org

linkSpace Management Services Gesellschaft m.b.H (ELIG / AT) is representing the European Learning Industry Group / ELIG.

ELIG was launched as eLIG (European eLearning Industry Group) on 25 April 2002 in partnership with EU Commissioner Reding. ELIG is an open industry group with members representing the ecosystem for 21st century learning solutions. Innovation in learning, knowledge creation and dissemination are central to ELIG as endeavours. ELIG's mission is targeted towards the following areas:

• Providing policy input at a European level and as appropriate at country/region level.

• Acting as a communication channel to the marketplace, representing the position of the industry.

• Constituting a platform for cooperation, sharing and concerted action for its members.

• Being a pragmatic thought leader - by leveraging the 'collective intelligence' of the ELIG membership.

The ELIG core mission is to focus on innovation in learning: ELIG has the strongest Industry group and a consultation group from Academia and Research where key innovative players from the value net and the ecosystem are represented. This focus on innovation is represented in key working groups dealing with subject such as eLearning Policy, digital content markets and Industry Value Proposition. ELIG is connected to thought leaders and leadership initiatives such as the Open Innovation Policy and Strategy Group (collaborative and open innovation, user innovation) and the Lisbon Council Think Tank, with their work on the Human Capital Index. ELIG has again a strong Public Policy Group and is the only credible industry group with a strong representation of key players in the European learning and knowledge value net (Hardware, Software, Content/Publishing, Media, Consulting). ELIG also provides a common platform for commercial players and academic and research players. All core group members can shape the ELIG policy agenda with subjects such as infrastructure investment, interoperability, digital content standards and lifelong learning/human capital development on the agenda. ELIG has key players in the field of video over IP and virtual presence as well as in the field of mobile learning. Infrastructure, Service Oriented Architecture and open standards have been and will continue to be a focus for ELIG. ELIG provides a platform for its members to speak at major EU events and at international conferences (such as Online Educa, EDEN, eLearning Africa etc.). As a cross-industry group ELIG gives additional legitimacy to members to represent industry perspectives - not only their direct company.

ELIG has worked in partnerships supporting research into e-learning markets in the Near East and North Africa. It has joined a key Middle East Group; the Middle East e-Learning Association (MEEA). Through its partner organization ECWE, ELIG has supported already the eLearning Africa event in 2009 and will do the same for 2010 (http://www.elearning-africa.com/). ELIG members are very interested in the issues of "localization" to the African context - and several of them have already activities in Africa. Recently ELIG has been involved in a pilot project on the market for e-Learning in the Near East and North Africa, with the results of the pilot on "Challenges & Solutions" presented at the ELIG AGM 2008 meeting. This pilot project between the European Training Foundation (ETF) and ELIG has been the first of its kind. The focus was the potential markets for e-learning in countries of the Near East and North Africa in the context of the EU and Union of the Mediterranean's shared priority for provision of education and training as vital for the development of knowledge societies. The study identified that political development and the volatility of the markets in these areas presented real challenges to progress. Public-private partnerships were identified as a way forward because of their capability to deliver both quality e-learning solutions and to provide regionally contextualised approaches.