92. What are the pros and cons of my organisation switching to free and open-source digital tools and software?

Considerable cost savings can be made using the many popular open-source digital tools and software, but there are some drawbacks.

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Open-source software and creative commons-licensed materials offer important opportunities for the smaller organisation to enhance their digital capabilities. But are there drawbacks with such free resources? This guide provides definitions and examples along with a review of what to consider when using open-source and creative commons software and materials.


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