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Frith : The open revolution whitepaper

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Frith, J. (2009). The Open Revolution: An Environmental Scan of the Open Textbook Landscape. Commisioned by North Carolina State University, NSCU Libraries Digital Scholarship & Publishing Center, Retrieved from http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/dspc/opentextbookswhitepaper.pdf

Frith provides a thorough analysis of the major players in the open textbooks ‘market’. Comparisons are made on the basis of platform structure, quality assurance, funding and costing, licensing, editorial control as well as other differentiating factors as required.

Frith appears to strongly favour the Connexions model due to its modular structure, quality assurance mechanisms, and end-user functionality. He does however give the other platforms (wikibooks, Flat World Knowledge, Global Text Project and Textbook Media) a fair trial, listing pro’s and con’s for each platform.

The following table is reproduced from the paper and is a useful tool for quickly comparing the platforms on key criteria, but no substitute for reading the paper!

Table comparing open source textbook platforms - from Frith

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