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National trainings on Advanced African FOSS Business models in Tanzania get local media attentions!!!

The first roll-outs of the national trainings on Advanced African FOSS Business models get local media attention

FOSS and Health Sciences??

When i said to the interview panel, that my mistake to applied for the wrong position, was in part, because i had not seen the job advert physically, i hoped, beyond hope - that i had not dug my own grave.
Day 2, and i am getting into the nitty gritty of what i believe to be East Africa's first Health Sciences University whose IT Infrastructure is 100% (well, almost) FOSS.

Very excited to be part of the team launching the first National Training of FOSS Business models in Tanzania

On the 2nd August 2010, the 1st FOSS Business National Training will kick off at the National Institute of Transport.

Congratulations to Mr Edgar Telesphory for such achievement beside all mishaps during the preparations.

University Computing Centre Ltd is happy to be included in this remarkable event and will be sending three resources to participate as co-trainers.

We will keep you posted.

LAYING A FIRM FOUNDATION TO PROMOTE FOSS IN AFRICA

Many people wonder why we need to carry out advocacy activities targeted at Government policy when it comes to promoting FOSS. Those whose interests are put on the line by the rapid march of FOSS argue that we should let the government decide for itself what kind of software it will use in its departments. They say that if government should develop and adopt FOSS policy, then it will be going against the principles of having a level playing field.

“Best Practices for Creating an Open Source Policy”

The article “Best Practices for Creating an Open Source Policy” gives a thorough guidline for the development of a FOSS Policy in businesses. The problem with the creation of an open source policy is explained as follows:

Idlelo 4 conference in Accra, Ghana

The Idlelo conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons took place from May 17th – May 21st, 2010 in  Accra, Ghana. The IDLELO Conference, themed „Development with Ownership“, is a premier international forum on Free and Open Source Software in Africa and is therefore an especially important event for any ICT programme. It presents the opportunity to discuss new issues, tackle complex problems and find advanced enabling solutions able to shape new trends in FOSS and related technologies on the African continent.

Country Feature - South Africa

800px-Flag_of_South_Africa.svg.teaser.pngAs announced this is the first in a series of Country Feature we are going to publish on the ict@innovation website. The feature highlights projects, organisations, initiatives and individuals working with FOSS.

How to develop a Successful Open Source Training Model

I have just been talking with Belinda Lopez, the Training Project Manager at Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu), and learned about her work on business models in the FOSS training area. Quite a good timing, since we are currently at the roll-out phase of the national trainings and as we would be delighted if trainers would manage it to implement business models that make their trainings financially sustainable in the long run!

New monthly Country Feature on the ict@innovation portal – Share your FOSS stories with the community!

In order to continue to make the ict@innovation platform an interesting and enriching experience for our you, the ict@innovation community, the ict@innovation-team is planning to introduce a new feature section. Every month, we will feature FOSS-organisations, projects and news from one of our 10 partner countries. This new website section will give us and you the chance to share your FOSS experiences more prominently.

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