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INF5780 - Open source, open collaboration and innovation

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Course content

Free and open source software philosophy, practices, lisences, and business models; open publishing, open science, and creative commons; open hardware; commons-based peer production and peer-to-peer, open and disruptive innovation.

Learning outcome

The students shall attain a thorough theoretical as well as practical understanding of the various models of open and innovative collaboration on the Internet including the role of legal issues.


Students at UiO must apply for courses in StudentWeb.

International applicants, if you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.


Recommended previous knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway. However, during the course, special projects may be designed for students with a more advanced background in certain areas.


Three hours lecturing and exercises each week. There are mandatory individual presentations based on the group project and the course content. Rules for mandatory assignments.


A mandatory group project contributes 60% of the final grade and an individual oral exam the remaining 40%. All mandatory individual presentations must be approved prior to the exam. General information about the examination.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination may resit an exam at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

If you wish to withdraw from the exam you must do so in StudentWeb at least two weeks prior to the deadline. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit the exam.

The subject is regarded equal to INF5907OSI - Open Source – development and innovation (discontinued) when practicing exam regulations.


It is strongly recommended to attend the first lecture since it will be given important information.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

INF5780 will be discontinued an will be given for the last time autumn 2015


Every autumn

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