The system will be written to be run on a LAMP stack - Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. This is a standard setup for a computer using open source software, i.e. free for any institution to adopt, and all source code is publicly available.
For Phase 2 (Years 2 and 3 of the grant), SOCL will be hosted on grant-funded servers so that we can address technical support issues as quickly as possible. Partnering institutions sign a letter of support stating that after Phase 2 ends, pending success of the system, the institution will migrate the SOCL system to their own servers (Phase 3). The grant will also provide technical support for 1 year of Phase 3. See the Complete Timeline for more details.
Since the software is free and the resources it runs on typically already available in a collegiate environment, the only incremental cost to most institutions will be for any desired technical support personnel. For the life of the grant (3 years of active use of SOCL), technical support will be provided from grant funds (and a technical support manual will be drafted based on common technical support issues, which will be made available to institutions during and after migration).