OHJ-1866 Introduction to Open Computing

General information

Over the past two decades, Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) has introduced new successful models for creating, distributing, acquiring and using software and software-based services. Inspired by the success of FLOSS, other forms of open initiatives have been gaining momentum. Open source systems (OSS) now extend beyond software to include open access, open documents, open science, open education, open government, open cloud, open hardware, open artworks and museum exhibits, open innovation and more.

The course covers key topics of different open source initiatives. After the course students are expected to understand the open source movement from different perspectives such as technical, economic, legal and socio-cultural.


On the course you can concentrate on topics such as:
  • Open standards
  • Open document formats
  • Open Architecture
  • Open Access
  • Open media
  • Open data
  • Open cloud
  • Open artwork
  • Open innovation
  • Open source hardware
  • Open education
  • Open government
  • Open ...
  • Organisation of the course

    The course meets once a week for a two-hour class. Each student is expected to give a talk on a selected topic. Depending on the number of participants, group work might be allowed. In addition to the oral presentation, students are expected to contribute to an example OSS community in some form. There will be a form of cooperation with University of Tampere on a similar course setting. Also, there will be invited speakers. be The exact arrangement is discussed during the first session.

    Course staff


    Students are expected to attend at least 70% of the sessions.

    Meeting times

    The course meets weekly during periods 3 and 4 on Thursdays 14-16 in TB219. First meeting is on 12.1.2012.


    Week: Topic: Presenter:
    2 Get-together and topic selection -
    3 Introduction to open source Imed Hammouda
    4 Open source community presented All
    5 Invited lecture: Gurux: the open source experience Mikko Kurunsaari
    6 Open source community presented All
    7 Open goverment Mirjan Merruko
    8 Open document formats Vadim Korsakov
    9 Open cloud Seyed Hosseini
    10 Examination week -
    11 Open Innovation Sanjeev P.C.
    12 Contributions presented (interim) All
    13 Open architechture Mahbubul Syeed
    14 Easter -
    15 Open education Praveen Manandhar
    16 Open access
    Open data
    Trailokya Ohja
    Lingjia Kong
    17 Open standards Sriharsha Vathsavayi
    18 Contributions presented (final) All


    Students are expected to search for relevant material to deal with particular selected topics.


    The course is graded based on the students' contribution during the course. The entire course is taken into account but the contribution to an OSS community is essential. Based on the amount and level of participation and what the contribution has been, students get 3-6 credits from the course. The course is graded pass/fail.


    Basic programming skills are required.


    You can signup for the course by sending email to Terhi Kilamo (firstname.surname@tut.fi)