How does Open Source Software contribute to socio-economic development? An investigation of Open Source Software as an alternative approach to technology diffusion, adoption and adaptation for health information systems development and socio-economic impact in Mozambique

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dc.contributor.author Emdon, Heloise
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-25T10:51:21Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-25T10:51:21Z
dc.date.issued 2010-11-25
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/8898
dc.description.abstract Abstract Developing countries are net importers of intellectual property products and open source software (OSS) production is one way in which local socio-economic development can take place. The public goods characteristics of OSS are contested and this study investigates whether in a developing country context OSS is a pure public good that can be locally appropriated and not exclude any users or producers from doing so. This case study of an OSS public good finds that it does not have all the characteristics of a pure good, that there is a role for a sponsor, and in particular the importance of copyright protection of derivatives in order to ensure that the source code does not fall out of fashion and use. Having explored that, however, there is further evidence that OSS collaborative learning is both publically and personally beneficial for developing country computer programmers. Furthermore, the state benefits from the improved benefits of health information systems made possible through the appropriation of this model of learning. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Open Source Software en_US
dc.subject socio-economic development en_US
dc.subject public goods en_US
dc.subject intellectual property rights en_US
dc.subject copyright en_US
dc.subject capacity building en_US
dc.subject health information system en_US
dc.subject health governance en_US
dc.subject public service delivery en_US
dc.subject Mozambique en_US
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.title How does Open Source Software contribute to socio-economic development? An investigation of Open Source Software as an alternative approach to technology diffusion, adoption and adaptation for health information systems development and socio-economic impact in Mozambique en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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