Cairo University relied on a free and open source software solutions to provide to the faculty members an easy way to create professional pages using one of university on the Internet

the University used "Open Scholar", an open source software, to provide that service, which developed and maintained by The Institute for Quantitative Social Science in collaboration with HPAC and HUIT at Harvard University with contribution from open source community.

OpenScholar is open source software built on top of Drupal that allows end users to easily create dynamic and customizable academic web sites. Each site comes with a suite of apps, widgets and themes, enabling users to build and manage feature-rich web sites.

Mohammed Hamid, lecturer at the faculty of computers and information at Cairo University, said that the faculty members of his university began to use a copy of the software "Open Scholar" in 2012, and it has been used to create millions of pages without problems during these years.

Faculty members at the university can create pages for them includes sections such as scientific publications, events, blog, and lectures schedule. The pages used to facilitate the publishing of useful content to students and make it easier for students to communicate with their teachers.

Cairo University's "Open Scholar" portal, which available via the link, includes personal pages for about 8030 faculty member.

Hamid added that the use of a free open-source software solutions reducing the costs needed from Cairo University to provide such a service for their faculty members. It also reduced the development and support problems.

The software "Open Scholar" open source is used by a wide range of universities around the world, like Harvard University, Princeton University, and the National University of Athens.

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