10 reasons to use Free Software in research

As read in this post appeared in the Free Software Office of the University of Granada free software has to reach all public bodies but in those dedicated to research must be a priority. Why?… They give us 10 reasons that I am going to list.


1. Increase the quality of research resulting, by enabling the spontaneous collaboration (and altruistic)

2. Encourages interdisciplinary collaboration

3. Give back to society what society has invested in creating knowledge on our part.

4. Create another channel for the dissemination of own research.

5. ago public and patent for companies and other groups the knowledge and experience of a group

6. Brings science to the public, to society, and improves the perception of the university

7. Create community around a group, and interest increases in science.

8. Promotes good practice in software development.

9. Science it's not science if it's not reproducible: release the software lets anyone play it.

10. Free software is a knowledge transmission vehicle.

In reality, ideally, not only software should be "open" but also scientific research and discovery. Otherwise things like this happen: 20% of human genes have been patented.


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  1.   Outdated said

    Thank you for sending me this article. I study at the University of Granada and the truth is that in my faculty they continue to use Windows on all computers, even though they have that large free software office with people so interested, they continue like sheep. They recently bought Windows 7 licenses instead of employing students and teachers to prepare Linux ... shamefully. I will send a letter to the rector of the University with this article among other things so that he thinks about it.

    Greetings.