[FSFE PR][EN] Advanced international educational platform goes live Free courses and a professional environment for teachers
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Tue Sep 4 00:46:28 CEST 2007
Advanced international educational platform goes live
Free courses and a professional environment for teachers
A milestone for education on Free Software and Open Standards has been
reached. On September 5th 2007 the beta version of the SELF Platform 
goes live. The official launch  is taking place during a conference on Free
Software in Education in the Netherlands, accompanied by satellite launch
events in Sweden, Bulgaria, Argentina, Mexico and India with workshops
The SELF Platform has been developed by a global team of non-profit
organisations, universities and volunteers engaged in the SELF Project,
an initiative for the collaborative sharing and creation of free
educational and training materials on Free Software and Open Standards.
Users, primarily learners and teachers, are enabled to assemble
selections of learning contents and create custom-made learning material
for lessons in their language. The Platform is launched in beta stage to
involve the growing community in optimising the tool.
Hundreds of documents on Free Software, such as OpenOffice.org, The
Gimp, or GNU/Linux, and documents on Open Standards have been screened
by a team of experts in regards to quality, free license and validity.
The result is a basic collection of high-quality learning materials that
have been, or will be atomised and entered into the SELF Platform.
Inspired by Wikipedia, the multilingual SELF Platform is not only a
self-sustaining source of knowledge and a tool to evaluate, adapt,
create and translate free learning materials on Free Software, but also
creates a much needed room for interaction between the Free Software and
the education communities in a broader sense.
The SELF Project is carried by a consortium of non-profit organisations
and universities in Europe, Asia and Latin America. The initial setup of
the Platform has been financially supported by the European Union.
About the Free Software Foundation Europe:
The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit
non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and
involved in many global activities. Access to software determines
participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation
in the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free
Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the
furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study,
modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these
issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving
people Freedom by supporting development of Free Software are
central issues of the FSFE.
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