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Raising awareness on challenges and legal implications of Open Source

Date: September 20, 2017
Domain:Education & Training; ICT
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS - 20 September 2017: A seminar aimed at raising awareness about the benefits, opportunities, challenges and legal issues that are associated with open source, will be held on 21 September 2017 at the Sir E. Lim Fat Engineering Tower, at the University of Mauritius, in Réduit.  The theme is Opportunities of Open Source: hardware and software.
The half-day event is organised at the initiative of the Faculty of Engineering in collaboration with the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie.  The keynote speaker, Mrs Denise Nicholson from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa is an expert in scholarly communication, open source and copyright management.
Around 100 participants comprising students, policy-makers, engineers, educators, entrepreneurs, autodidacts, as well as IT, robotics and new technologies enthusiasts will attend.
Open source software (OSS) is a computer software with its source code made available and licensed in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose. Very often OSS is developed in a public, collaborative manner and is the most prominent example of an open source collaborative development model.
Practically every major piece of technology, from the web to the phone, was built using at least some form of OSS.  The idea of open source hardware (OSHW) has garnered a lot of attention recently, which is inspired mainly by the overwhelming success of the OSS movement leading to the emergence of major OSHW companies such as Arduino and Open Source Ecology on the market.
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