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ERIC Number: EJ847814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1552-3233
Looking toward the Future: A Case Study of Open Source Software in the Humanities
Quamen, Harvey
Innovate: Journal of Online Education, v3 n1 Oct-Nov 2006
In this article Harvey Quamen examines how the philosophy of open source software might be of particular benefit to humanities scholars in the near future--particularly for academic journals with limited financial resources. To this end he provides a case study in which he describes his use of open source technology (MySQL database software and PHP scripting language) to create an online manuscript-tracking database for "English Studies in Canada" (ESC), a quarterly academic journal. After illustrating various features of the ESC Database, Quamen discusses the changes he plans to make to the database to enhance its value for ESC staff as well as to make it a viable candidate for open source distribution. The ESC Database, he notes, has not only become a valuable resource for his staff but also serves as a model that he uses in his own classroom to advocate an open source philosophy to his students. (Contains 5 exhibits.)
Fischler School of Education and Human Services. Nova Southeastern University, 1750 NE 167th Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33162. Tel: 800-986-3223; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada