What is open source? Although still covered by copyright law, open source licences remove traditional concepts. In production and development, open sourceas a development model promotes a universal access via free license to a product's design or blueprint, and universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone.
Why open source? The aim of open source licences is to ensure users can freely use and modify software without fear of legal challenge. The key contribution to my publishing this site publicly is to encourage users to share their work in return. This encourages the collaboration and sharing of ideas within the software development community. Some examples of popular open source products are the Linux operating system, and Java and PHP programming languages. (Davis, S. Software Design and Development: HSC Course, 2012).
Is this website open source? Yes. This website is open source. Some of the documents are unavailable to due to privacy issues.
Can I use it? Yes. Any teachers (or students) are permitted, and even encouraged to use the content provided on the website so long as the author (purplezeus.com) is recognised. All Google Doc worksheets contain a footer with the copyright logo and author. It is requested that any use of these products maintains the copyright.
Can I modify it? Yes. Open source also permits the modification and changes of any work. The only requirement is that the original author (purplezeus.com) is still recognised. Some worksheets on this website are already sourced from other teachers (and their copyright has been maintained).
Can I sell it? Technically, yes. Open source is free to sell, but since its purpose is to encourage collaboration in the industry, many supporters frown on the idea of some profiting from the work of others. Some further details on the ambiguity of selling open source work is available from About.com.
Do I need to inform the author if I use the work? No, you do not need to tell authors if their work is being used. However, as a teacher who is constantly looking improve teaching, I would love to hear about some of the ways that you are using the content in the classroom. Especially, if any effective changes are made to it. Anything interesting that is shared back with me (open source), I would love to add to the original documents and student activities. you can contact me through this website if you have ideas on how to improve some of the content.
Where to now? The primary purpose of this portfolio will be to supplement my teaching in the classroom at Yass High School, but I encourage everyone to explore and experiment with some of the activities. I am a big supporter of effective feedback to both teachers and students, and would love to hear about about your experiences with this content.