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September 27, 2008

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wlayton

When I spoke with the head of ISI Research Software over a year ago there was no interest in making their software work more seamlessly with the competition and this struck me as a very short-sighted approach.

Locking the user's data in a proprietary format and holding it for ransom is an indication that a company's business plan and drive for innovation has completely stagnated.

The makers of Endnote have now made it clear that anyone trying to access their own citation data locked in Endnote format will be sued. With such a risk hanging over the heads of users, it will be impossible to recommend its use within any organization.

Peter Murray

Technically speaking, Blackboard sued Desire2Learn (http://dockets.justia.com/docket/court-txedce/case_no-9:2006cv00155/case_id-97861/), another proprietary commercial course management system. Although there are concerns expressed by the open source course management systems, they have not been directly targeted (yet).

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