A Brief Review of Studies on Open Source Software in Developing Countries in Peer-Reviewed Journals
7 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2013
Date Written: 2009
There has been much attention given to the promising benefits of open source software (OSS) for the development of the domestic software industries of developing countries. This study attempts to build a base for scholarly research on the subject of OSS in developing countries by reviewing the work that has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Major sub-streams of research include applications of OSS in developing countries, and the analysis and recommendations of government policies. This review also details the geographical regions covered by the scholarly research, extensions of the open source model to applications of open content, and theoretical approaches that have been adopted in the scholarly literature.
Keywords: open source software, free software, developing countries, literature review, Linux, digital libraries, geographical information systems, GIS, e-government, open content
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