The aim of the PicoForge project (previously known as PicoLibre) is to provide a set of high level libre software applications that are well integrated in order to provide a collaborative "forge". It makes it easy to deploy a collaborative work platform for developing software or hosting other collaborative activities. Having started (as PicoLibre) in an educational context, PicoForge is now a quite generic platform, comparable (but sometimes less advanced) to other *-Forge software platforms. It groups several high-level applications like phpGroupware, Sympa, TWiki, Subversion, and CVS.
Moodle is a learning management system for producing Internet-based course Web sites. It is written in PHP and is easy to install and use on Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, SunOS, BSD, and Netware 6. It has been designed to support modern pedagogies based on social constructionist theory, and includes activity modules such as forums, chats, resources, journals, quizzes, surveys, choices, workshops, glossaries, lessons, and assignments. It has been translated into over 70 languages, with more on the way, and supports the popular SCORM standard for content packaging. Moodle offers a free alternative to commercial software such as WebCT or Blackboard, and is being used by a growing number of universities, schools, and independent teachers for distance education or to supplement face-to-face teaching.
Plone is a content management system that is simple to set up, maintain, and modify. It is designed to be a corporate-ready content management system. It is ideal as an intranet and extranet server, as a document/Web publishing system, and as a groupware tool for collaboration between separately located entities. It aims to be a proper content management and publishing system, sharing the same qualities as Teamsite, Livelink, and Documentum.
Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware is a full-featured, Web-based, multilingual, tightly integrated, all-in-one wiki, CMS, and groupware. Tiki can be used to create all kinds of Web applications, sites, portals, knowledge bases, intranets, and extranets. Tiki offers a very large number of features "out-of-the-box". It is highly configurable and modular. All features are optional and administered via a Web-based interface. Major features include a robust wiki engine, news articles, discussion forums, newsletters, blogs, file and image galleries, bug and issue trackers, a link directory, polls/surveys and quizzes, FAQs, a banner management system, calendar, maps, mobile access, RSS feeds, a category system, tags, an advanced themeing engine (Smarty), spreadsheet, live support, shoutbox, inter-user messaging, menu generator, advanced permission system for users and groups, internal search engine, external authentication support, and more. It was formerly named TikiWiki.
Checky is a document validation and analysis extension for Firefox, Mozilla, and Netscape. It provides an easy-to-use interface to many free and commercial online validation and analysis services. It allows the user to validate, analyze, view, and inspect documents containing HTML, XHTML, CSS, RDF, RSS, XML, P3P, hyperlinks, metadata, and many more. It can check Section 508 and WAI compliance of documents with many helpful services. It can help in the design, development, and maintenance of accessible documents for a semantic web.
Web Site Robot is an easy to use Web site builder with a blog tool, shopping cart, and online photo album. It is free and does not require additional software, HTML, programming, or a hosting company. It enables secure online payments with credit cards. There is virtually unlimited storage space for HTML, documents, blogs, photos, music, videos, or any multimedia content.
The Basic E-Learning Tool Set (BELTS) provides a basic set of tools for using and managing learning objects. Users can search and download content stored in The Learning Federations Learning Exchange. Set up classes (groups of users) and lessons (sequences of learning objects) for others to interact with. The server allows for multiple schools to be hosted on the same system.
Glossword is a system to publish dictionaries, glossaries, and encyclopedias. It features an installation wizard, support for multiple languages, visual themes, multi-domain installation, an administrative interface with multi-user support, built-in search and cache engines, the ability to export/import dictionaries in XML format, and W3C-validated code. Glossword is useful for any sort of dictionary-like content, including sites with game cheat codes, online translators, references, and various kinds of CMS solutions.
SAS Modules I is a project that contains modules for the Site@School content management system (http://siteatschool.sourceforge.net/). Site@School has been developped for primary schools. Using modules, extra functionality can be added to the system. SAS Modules I currently contains 'ALLbum', a gallery module. In the near future, a chat module will be implemented.