Libre Office, Free Alternative to Microsoft Office: Open Source Toolkit Workshop

Posted on 4/16/2014 7:50:27 AM

The Center for Digital Humanities and Culture is pleased to announce the sixth of its ongoing workshops for the Open Source Toolkit. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to join the DHC team this week to learn about using Libre Office, a free, open source alternative to the Microsoft Office suite of productivity applications. The workshop takes place on Monday, April 21, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Stabley Library, room 201.

Monday's will be an exciting tag team presentation of many of Libre Office’s highly capable programs, involving several members of the DHC team, including Kenneth Sherwood, Dan Weinstein, Annie Lin, and Adam Colton. Libre Office’s word processing, spreadsheet, drawing, and presentation programs will be showcased.

This workshop will focus on practical, everyday uses of Libre Office, as well as how to use more specialized features, such as support for math formulae, the 3D rendering capability of its drawing tool, and wizards that automatically format your documents and can even transform them into websites.

Used by an estimated 75 million people across the globe, Libre Office is celebrated for working well with a wide variety of document formats (including Microsoft formats) and for its stability and ease of use across many operating systems.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for hands-on experimentation and provide participants with the Open Source toolkit, which includes a portable version of Libre Office, already installed.

Additional information about the workshop series is available on the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture website. Questions also may be directed to the DHC by e-mail at

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