Tufts University Named Best Open-source School in America

Dawn Irish
Friday, May 16, 2014 - 11:00am

On Thursday, May 15, researchers backed by Spanish software download site PortalProgramas published a report naming Tufts University the number one open-source university in the United States. 

The research used for this project analyzed the computing environments of 297 U.S. universities using 18 different criteria to measure campus use of open-source software and participation in open-source communities.  Tufts received an overall score of 100, followed by Utah State (93.01) and the University of Notre Dame (57.10).  Two other Massachusetts universities scored in the top 15:  University of Massachusetts Boston (4th) and MIT (14th), ranking Massachusetts only behind Utah in states where colleges and universities actively participate in open source projects and the operational use of open-source software.

Almost every department within Tufts Technology Services and many others across the university takes advantage of open-source tools.  From Sakai to Kuali Coeus, to Linux to Drupal to Confluence  and beyond—Tufts has been effectively deploying open-source tools to offer technology services to the community for many years. 

Network World interviewed Tufts Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, David Kahle, about Tufts’ ranking.  Here’s a link to the Network World article and to PortalProgramas’ site detailing the full rankings and the criteria used for the report.