193.067 Free and Open Technologies
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2019W, VU, 4.0h, 6.0EC

Properties

  • Semester hours: 4.0
  • Credits: 6.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

… remember the most essential historical milestones of free and open technologies

… value the importance of free and open technologies in today's tech world

… understand the technical infrastructures, benefits, and social processes at the core of free and open technologies

… apply principles of free and open technologies across different contexts and projects

… work with free and open technologies without violating licenses or ethics

… contribute to existing free and open technology projects

Subject of course

Today, free and open technologies are ubiquitous. The aim of this course is to acquire a fundamental understanding of their scope, impact, and importance in various settings, such as science, industry, and education. Students should be able to apply these principles in different contexts and projects.

This course deals with the foundations of free and open technologies and discusses concrete examples thereof. The main topics covered are:

  • FLOSS (Free/libre and open-source software): How “free and open” was started.

  • Open Hardware: Free and open applied to atoms. 

  • Open Science/Open Research: Free and open principles in scientific processes.

  • Open Access: Free and open access to scientific publications.

  • Open Content/Open Educational Resources: Wikipedia and other open content.

  • Open Data: Accessing publicly funded data from the City of Vienna to The World Bank.

  • Open Spaces/Open Practices: Hackerspaces, Github, and how it’s done (possible excursion to a local hackerspace/makerspace).

Teaching methods

The basics are presented in a lecture series. Students will study relevant literature for a chosen topic covered during the lectures and write essays in groups of two to demonstrate their understanding of the subject matter. Additionally, in groups of four, students will contribute to an existing free and open project or create a new one to understand the technical infrastructures, benefits, and social processes at the core of free and open technologies.

 

Mode of examination

Immanent

Additional information

ECTS Breakdown (6 ECTS = 150h)

  • Lectures (18h)

    • Introductory Lecture (2h)

    • 8x Lectures (16h)

  • Practical work (132h)

    • Projects in groups of four (82h, including 3x 1h meetings with lecturers and final presentations 10h)

    • Writing a seminar paper in groups of two (40h)

    • Paper presentations including preparation (10h)

Lecturers

Institute

Course dates

DayTimeDateLocationDescription
Tue17:00 - 19:0008.10.2019 Seminar room/library 194-05 (Argentinierstr. 8/2. floor/center door)Introductory lecture & FLOSS
Tue17:00 - 19:0015.10.2019 Seminar room/library 194-05 (Argentinierstr. 8/2. floor/center door)Lecture - Open Hardware
Tue17:00 - 19:0022.10.2019 Seminar room/library 194-05 (Argentinierstr. 8/2. floor/center door)Lecture - Open Data
Tue17:00 - 19:0029.10.2019 Seminar room/library 194-05 (Argentinierstr. 8/2. floor/center door)Lecture - Open Content/Open Educational Resources
Tue17:00 - 19:0005.11.2019 Seminar room/library 194-05 (Argentinierstr. 8/2. floor/center door)Lecture - Open Science/Research
Fri13:00 - 18:0008.11.2019 Projektraum (Argentinierstr. 8/2. Stock/Mitte)Project meeting with lecturers
Tue17:00 - 19:0012.11.2019 Seminar room/library 194-05 (Argentinierstr. 8/2. floor/center door)Lecture - Open Access
Tue17:00 - 19:0019.11.2019 Metalab, Rathausstraße 6, 1010 ViennaGuest lecture - Open Spaces/Open Practices at Metalab
Tue17:00 - 19:0026.11.2019 Seminar room/library 194-05 (Argentinierstr. 8/2. floor/center door)Guest Lecture - Stefanie Wuschitz (Mz* Baltazar's Lab)
Fri13:00 - 18:0029.11.2019 Projektraum (Argentinierstr. 8/2. Stock/Mitte)Project meeting with lecturers
Fri13:00 - 18:0010.01.2020 Projektraum (Argentinierstr. 8/2. Stock/Mitte)Project meeting with lecturers
Fri12:30 - 16:3024.01.2020 Seminar room/library 194-05 (Argentinierstr. 8/2. floor/center door)Final presentations of group projects
Fri12:30 - 16:3031.01.2020 Seminar room/library 194-05 (Argentinierstr. 8/2. floor/center door)Final presentations of seminar papers

Examination modalities

Mainly, assessment is based on the extent and quality of the collaboration, as well as the results of the literature review and the final group work.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
19.09.2019 23:59 08.10.2019 18:00 18.10.2019 23:59

Precondition

The student has to be enrolled for at least one of the studies listed below

Curricula

Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 935 Media and Human-Centered Computing

Literature

No lecture notes are available.

Miscellaneous

Language

English