Presentation on theme: "- OATS - Open-Source Assistive Technology - only one way forward! - Andrew Lysley ACE R&D Co-ordinator Stephen Druce ACE Projects Officer."— Presentation transcript:
- OATS - Open-Source Assistive Technology - only one way forward! - Andrew Lysley ACE R&D Co-ordinator Stephen Druce ACE Projects Officer
An overview What is Open-source software? What is Open-source Assistive Technology Software? Why this project and who might benefit? Where next and how you can help?
What is open-source software (OSS)? Open-source Software (OSS) is computer software written for any operating system (Windows, Macintosh, Linux, etc.) Under a license anyone can change and/or share the software freely Open-source software must make its source or programming code freely available End-users have the right to modify and redistribute the software Open-source software is well established with a large amount of established software available.
Source Forge – biggest OSS website with over 110,000 projects
What is the OATS Project? First web-based open-source software Repository (library) and Forge (dating agency) dedicated to Assistive Technology One-stop shop for users, clinicians, & developers Pilot project to assess service desirability
Listing software in a central web-based database Offering simple and easy methods to find appropriate AT software Standardising in one place downloading and installation of AT software Providing a level of quality assurance to guide potential end users
To attract volunteer software developers To develop new AT software based on specific end user needs To provide a dynamic discussion forum for end users and open-source developers
Other OATS Services Symbol and picture libraries Software resources - such as free selection sets and user configurations AT software that is not open-source but is free will also be included (eg ZenKeys)