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|Title:||Open-Source Software and Knowledge Management in Digital Context: Issues and Implications|
|Abstract:||Open-source software (OSS) is a utility to empower the non-elite individuals and institutions to manage knowledge and develop low cost virtual libraries. It is an attempt to keep the software market away from monopolies and enable the non-elite institutions to build sustainable institutional repositories. Though OSS has made profound impact in the public domain worldwide, yet there is an urgent need to sensitize the stakeholders in India to enable them to learn about the benefits of open-source software and promote the concept and practice behind the movement. Only this way we can ensure diversity, equity, quality and equality, and flexibility in our products and services. Raising awareness among the non-elite about the open-source software is essential for managing knowledge and developing an egalitarian society. Open-source software has the potential to contain the twin perils of digital divide and digital determinism. Institutional repositories and WIKI-Space are the right step in preserving and disseminating our documentary heritage. This paper highlights the recommendations made by the National Knowledge Commission pertaining to the cutting-edge of Open-source software and knowledge management. It also raises a few issues that need immediate attention to empower the info-poor and develop an inclusive society. Implications of open-source software and knowledge management have also been pointed out.|
|Appears in Collections:||CALIBER 2007:Chandigarh|
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