Open Source is one of the basic principles of Integreat, which we are not only committed to, but all team members stand for. All software from the Integreat team is released under free open source licenses. These licenses give all users of the software the right to view, edit, and redistribute the program code. And all this at no cost.
But Open Source is more than just a theoretical license question for program code. Open source licenses provide software users with security in several aspects. When program code is closed, there are regular complications when a provider has to file for bankruptcy or ceases to support software. Since no one else can view the source code, no other company can further develop or maintain the software. This makes it impossible to use the software in the medium future – at the latest when the first incompatibilities or errors occur. With open source software, on the other hand, another company or organization can be commissioned at any time to continue supplying updates for a program. In addition, by disclosing the source code, Open Source enables users to transparently check the software for compliance with security standards. These are all important arguments for open source software in terms of sustainability.
However, the Integreat project does not use the open source approach out of selflessness. Only thanks to the various, already available software packages it was possible to develop Integreat within half a year – even if there was a much smaller range of functions at the beginning. Conversely, today we are helping to improve the software we use. In this way, we create a benefit for the general public. The Integreat platform benefits directly from the improvements.