Open science can accelerate innovation and affordable technologies
by Karl Raymond Sentongo
In 2001, the Indian state of Kerala introduced the IT@School Project which they have used to remodel conventional teaching methods in classrooms by incorporating information technology (IT) in over 12,000 schools benefitting an estimated 5 million students and 200,000 teachers thus far. The project runs the state syllabus on a free software platform. This project has enabled thousands of poor communities to easily access essential resources that would otherwise be costly for them had it not been free. Such is an example of open science.