Software tools for scholars
Marko Dimjašević <marko@...
2014-01-12 23:17:26 GMT
Have there been any efforts to make a resource for scholars where they
could access/compile a list of software that is typically needed in
research/teaching? What crosses my mind is a whole software stack,
starting with an OS, to document preparation systems, diagram tools,
version control systems, conference call tools, email, etc.?
The ultimate goal would be a wiki page that any scholar could use to
find information about issues with proprietary software, and what free
software tools should be used instead.
I am a graduate student and one of the most frustrating things I've been
facing is proprietary communication software tools. I work with folks
from other universities than mine, and they are all used to proprietary
things like Skype and Google Hangouts; other communication channel don't
seem acceptable nor viable to them.
Therefore, I think it'd be great to join efforts (if anyone else is
interested) and start working on creating such a resource of tools
needed in research (and issues that arise if proprietary software is
used). We would also note where free software doesn't exist, and
hopefully raise awareness about it.