Nomensa's open source Accessible Media Player - first look

I was tipped off about Nomensa's player, newly open sourced (thanks Chetz), and ever curious, I thought I'd take a look.

I came across version 1 of the player last year, and I must say at the time I was a bit bemused. It seemed to be a thin wrapper around either YouTube, or the JW Player (I can't remember which), and Nomensa weren't upfront about saying so.

Note, I'm not going to go into the accessibility aspects here, but instead concentrate on how the open-source project itself is presented.

Creative Commons Licenses for software - just say "NO"

Two point before I start:

  1. I'm not a lawyer, so this blog post does not constitute legal advice. If you need help, contact a lawyer who specializes in software and content licensing. I accept no liability...
  2. I'm absolutely not against Creative Commons Licenses, for content. Indeed on recent projects I've made extensive use of CC licensed text, images and so on, and this blog is CC licensed. Just not for software...

So, you've written some software and decided to share it with others - congratulations! You may be contemplating licensing it with one of the range of Creative Commons Licenses... Hold on! In this blog post, I'll explain why this is a really bad idea, both for you and the community. And I'll hopefully dispel some myths and point you to other sources of information.

Open source at the OU

A colleague of mine asked me the other day at Dev8D if there was a list of all of The Open University's free/ open source contributions. I had to say that as far I knew there wasn't.

So, I've started this list on Delicious, using the tags ou opensource project. Note, I have also added tags for license where I can find one (eg. gpl for GNU General Public License), OU department (lts), technologies (svn, java) and wider projects (moodle).

Note that the tag ou does not necessarily imply that The Open University is the founding, sole, or main contributor to a project!

Feel free to add anything that I've missed. It's interesting to see what licenses we're using, what projects we're contributing a lot to (Moodle fairly obviously!) and so on. Enjoy...!