UPenn Software Licensing

OSL at Penn

The Office of Software Licensing (OSL) was formed in 1997 to negotiate and administer software site licenses and volume discount purchases and distribute licenses and media for those programs.  Departments, faculty, and staff can purchase this software from OSL at significant savings.  Departments renew the software fee annually with OSL using their Penn departmental budget code.

While terms vary from vendor to vendor, most licenses must be used for University-related academic purposes or academic research on University-owned computers, and a license is needed for each computer running the software. Other specific regulations appear in the product descriptions on this site.

OSL currently manages eight site-wide licenses:  ArcGIS, JMP, Mathematica, MATLAB, Qualtrics, SAS, SPSS, and Uniprint.

It manages five volume discount purchases:  Filemaker, Ghost, Identity Finder, IDL, and InCommon/Comodo.

By aggregating the demand for software from all schools and administrative centers at Penn, OSL maintains the University's eligibility for exceptional pricing.