Tuesday, 08 August 2017 10:20

Nextcloud releases Education Edition with additional apps

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Open-source file syncing and sharing software company Nextcloud has announced a partnership with education and research institutions and software providers to produce a version directed at the education market.

This will result in a Nextcloud release known as the Education Edition which will include the following apps in a bundle:

  • Moodle integration app
  • Zenodo (CERN research community) publishing app
  • Dashboard app
  • Circles group handling app
  • Group Folders app
  • Announcement centre app
  • Administrator notifications app
  • Quota warning app
  • ORCID authentication
  • SSO & SAML authentication

The integration of Moodle, Zenodo, Dashboard, Circles and ORCID were developed as part of a collaborative effort with Nextcloud specifically for the Education Edition. All the apps are open source.

The Education Edition has support for file handling integration in Moodle with its native OAuth2 support and a Moodle-side app adapted from work by Moodle community members at the University of Muenster. 

Nextcloud will continue the development and enhancement of this integration along with the Moodle community and Moodle Pty Ltd, the company behind Moodle.

"The need for secure, self-hosted cloud collaboration solutions in the educational and research space is growing", said Frank Karlitschek, managing director of Nextcloud. "The Education Edition positions Nextcloud as the most integration focused solution in this market."

Direct publishing into the Zendo.org shared research publishing platform has been developed along with DeiC, the Danish cooperative of universities.

The Education Edition bundle is available with version 12.0.1 of Nextcloud. A tie-up with Univention, makers of the Univention Corporate Server, provides a virtual machine image with the Education Edition configured for immediate download.

More apps can be downloaded from the Nextcloud store.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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