If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
– Sir Isaac Newton
Science always build on the past. Without this cumulative process of building on work of those who went before you, scientific progress is impossible. Hence if when you try to restrict the ability to build on past, you restrict progress. With this principle borrowed from the tradition of scientific progress, free software movement is creating software that one can build on without fear of restriction. Today with free software available for scientific computing, free software and science has a much closer and important role to play.
What is Free Software ?
Free software is software that you may copy, study modify, and redistribute. These , freedoms lead to collaboration and empowerment. The specific legal tool that creates these freedoms and the resulting benefit is a specially drafted copyright license, the GNU General Public License (GPL). Unlike many licenses, the GPL gives you more rights than plain copyright does. In essence, the GPL forbids you to forbid. It permits you to do everything else.
About Free Electron Workshop
Free Electron workshop series by SPACE with support from KSCSTE aims to popularise free software tools for scientific computing among arts and science students in Kerala. Workshop will train the students on some of the most popularly used tools like LaTeX and GNU Plot and introduce other more specialised tool for their own exploration. The objectives of the workshop series are:
- To promote use of computation techniques in scientific research among college students
- To introduce free software technologies for science among college students
Workshops will follow a common schedule which will be be suitably adapted for community of students in each workshop. The workshop will be held in four colleges in Kerala. Currently planned venues include:
- SB College, Changanasseri
- Farook College, Kozhikode
- Govt Brennen College, Thalassery
- Malabar Christian College, Kozhikode