Interoperability and migration problems
|Lack of support||71|
|Poor quality software||60|
|Not what users want||51|
|Lack of staff expertise, training needs||49|
|There is no open source solution for our needs||43|
|Legal issues including licensing||30|
|Time costs of identifying relevant software||29|
|Existing contractual obligations||18|
|Solution does not scale||14|
Supply side factors
Demand side factors
- We need to tackle the interoperability question. Is lock-in a problem? Is lack of standards a problem? This is something our friends at CETIS could take a lead on.
- We need to improve awareness of existing open source solutions available within the sector; lists like our Open Source Options for Education are useful here, but projects also need to be more proactive in raising awareness, and may need a higher profile at events such as the UCISA and ALT conferences.
- Institutions need to improve software procurement processes so that they can consider open source solutions effectively and equally with closed source.
- We need to build up the open source services market for education. ULCC have been very effective with their Moodle hosting, but companies supporting other major open source software solutions don't seem to have much of a presence in the education sector. (As I mentioned earlier though, this is a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem)
- Bootstrap projects in areas where there are no existing open source solutions. Of course there are well known problems with funded projects, but there are alternative approaches, for example the Jisc Co-Design programme could play a role here.