UAB makes software available to faculty, staff and students under a variety of licenses. These are:
- Site Licenses - In certain cases, UAB has negotiated with a software manufacturer pricing that will provide access to a software program to all faculty, staff and students on campus. UAB has paid for these software licenses and only needs to ensure that the users downloading the software are actually members of the UAB community.
Software covered under site license is available free for download or for purchase with a nominal media fee.
Examples: Microsoft Office (see Microsoft Campus Agreement), SAS, SPSS, EndNote (for campus)
- Volume Discount Licenses - Other software titles are covered under a Volume Discount license. UAB was able to negotiate a reduced price for a bulk quantity of licenses. Most of these titles are free for use by the UAB Community - the only difference is that the University must keep track and count the number of copies of the software being used, in order to comply with the license agreement.
Software covered under volume discount license is usually free for download or for purchase with a nominal media fee.
Example: Microsoft Visio, Adobe
- Freeware - These software titles are free to use under the license provided with the software, and UAB did not have to negotiate any pricing to obtain the titles.
Example: TN3270 Emulator Software for Mac