Re: [GKD] RFI: Computer Donations To The Third World

2003-07-10 Thread Peter Burgess
In a message dated 6/25/2003, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Does anyone know if there are computer donation programmes that go
 beyond one-off donations? What if after a while people using donated
 computers need upgrading and/or replacement? Who takes responsibility
 for meeting with the created (long term) expectations of using
 computers?

I like your question.

One of the prevailing problems with development is that all the official
development assistance (ODA) community loves to announce that they have
started a program to address some currently popular problem, but they
rarely do enough of anything to make much of a success possible.

Development should be about replicating success and ensuring that the
scarce resources are used most wisely to achieve the greatest results.
But that rarely happens. There is little knowledge used in the
management of development and the allocation of scarce resources.
Instead scarce resources are squandered over and over again starting
things over instead of optimising what one might call a continuum of
development activities.

This is not a question of capacity in the SOUTH, or of corruption in
the SOUTH. This is a creation of the ODA community and the NORTH. It
optimises (maximises) the use of consultants from the NORTH while
reducing the resources available to the SOUTH.

But the SOUTH also has to figure out how to get what it needs without
being totally dependent on gifts from the NORTH. The SOUTH should be
able to make the case for getting help because it is doing great things
with the resource help, and is making measurable progress. With the
information easily available, it is not at all clear that gifts are
doing as much good as they could ... and it should be clear .
not necessarily before the gifts are given, but certainly afterwards.

In too many cases in my experience, computers were set up, computer
training took place, but the graduates of the computer training did not
have any jobs to go to. Yet the value of computers and trained computer
operators in the right business situation could be enormous ..
which brings me back to two recurring themes .. the need for better
understanding of the development process and the need for jobs.

Sincerely


Peter Burgess

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[GKD] New Open-Source Groupware Server Project Launched

2003-07-10 Thread Jacqueline McNally
Hello,

I'm currently sending out the following press release.

If you or your colleagues are interested in ICTs (user, developer,
documentation, website developement etc) and have not yet joined or
contributed to an open-source project, consider this one. An open-source
groupware server - yay!

All the best
Jacqueline McNally
www.decisions-and-designs.com.au/jacqueline

Community Contact, Australia/New Zealand
OpenOffice.org Marketing Project
(www.openoffice.org)

Are you a computer angel? (www.computerangels.org.au)

---///---

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW PROJECT FORMED: OpenGroupware.org,
AS SKYRiX OPEN SOURCES ITS GROUPWARE SERVER

July 10, 2003 - OpenGroupware.org ('OGo') project announces its
formation and the release today to the worldwide open source development
community of its groupware server software. The software provides the
server components necessary for full office collaboration with the
OpenOffice.org suite and various other Linux and Windows groupware
clients. OGo software runs on Linux and Solaris (www.OpenGroupware.org)

The OGo project is a fully independent open-source project, but will
inter-operate with the OpenOffice.org software and other similarly open
clients via open standards.

The OGo software is based initially on the contribution of the code of
SKYRiX 4.1 Groupware Server, a mature product that has been in
development for 7 years, and one of the earliest groupware products for
the Linux operating system. The contributor, SKYRIX Software AG, is well
known in Germany as a leader in Linux groupware (www.SKYRiX.com).

We are extremely excited to form OpenGroupware.org and to collaborate
with OpenOffice.org to serve the open source community worldwide, said
Jens Enders, president and CEO of SKYRIX Software AG. By configuring
the OpenGroupware.org server together [after install] with the
OpenOffice.org office suite and other leading groupware clients, our
customers will be able to implement a comprehensive and integrated
collaboration environment wholly composed of free software.

The OGo software provides document sharing capabilities for
OpenOffice.org documents and will enable users of MS Outlook
(97/2000/XP), Ximian Evolution, Mozilla Calendar, OOo Glow
(OpenOffice.org Groupware Project's client product), Apple's iCal and
other standards-based groupware clients to collaborate.

OGo software will enable users to share calendar, address book and
e-mail information; they can communicate via instant messaging, share
folders, exchange documents, track changes, share a whiteboard, and
browse the Web all at the same time -- all upon open Internet standards
and without paying or managing cumbersome licensing fees.

Says Gary Frederick, Leader of the OpenOffice.org Groupware Project:
Just to be perfectly clear, this is an MS Exchange replacement. OGo is
important because it's the missing link in the open source software
stack. It's the end of a decade-long effort to 'map' all the key
infrastructure and standard desktop applications to free software. OGo
offers users a free solution for collaboration and document management
that, despite being free of charge, will far surpass the quality and
level of collaboration found on Windows (through integration of MS
Office, Exchange Server and SharePoint). Today marks the completion of
'OpenStack'.

Adds Stu Green, Managing Director of Open Source Professional Services,
The release of OGo means the OpenOffice.org suite is ready for the
enterprise complete with full-featured and mature groupware solutions.
These capabilities once and for all show how free software betters
proprietary solutions that require licensing payments on both the client
and server sides. Also, OGo provides multiple file format filters for
creating, storing and sharing data in an open and flexible fashion. It's
possible now to completely avoid proprietary file formats and
non-standard XML throughout the desktop stack and infrastructure.
Licensing fees and license management are gone. And with OOo + OGo, no
remote activation is required. (www.OSPSnet.com)

OGo has extensive and broad support for XML based APIs:an XML-RPC
'Webservice' API, support for SunONE XML based WCAP, support for
HTTPMail/MS Exchange-based WebDAV, and finally for iCalendar files in
XML notation (according to the xCal drafts). Given the XML based storage
format of OpenOffice.org the OGo document storage will be able to
perform feature rich team based collaboration and content management.
OGo uses a WebDAV-accessible relational database management system to
make document storage accessible from the OpenOffice.org office suite.

OGo is licensed under the open source dual licenses, Lesser General
Public License (LGPL) and the General Public License (GPL). Libraries
and components are licensed under the terms of the LGPL and applications
are licensed under the GPL. For users, this means in part that the OGo
software can be used, improved and redistributed at no cost. For
developers, the 

[GKD] APC Betinho Communications Prize: Latin America andCaribbean

2003-07-10 Thread Karen Higgs
Dear GKD Members,

I wanted to share with you the latest on APC's Betinho Communications
Prize in 2003. We hope you will urge all qualified candidates to apply!

Best regards,

Karen Higgs
APC


===
FINAL MONTH FOR APPLICATIONS!
THE APC BETINHO COMMUNICATIONS PRIZE IN 2003: Recognising people-centred
technology initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean
===
In 2003, the APC Betinho Prize will be awarded to up to three
outstanding examples of information and communication technology (ICT)
initiatives that are improving the lives of people and communities in
Latin America and the Caribbean.

We are looking for ICT initiatives that:
* are people-centred and mobilise participation
* are driven and developed in Latin America and the Caribbean
* have positive community impact

and we particularly encourage initiatives that: 
* Promote a culture of peace, mutual respect and tolerance
* Monitor the defence of civil liberties
* Promote the democratisation of the media
* Make or use community-focused free and open source software 
* Encourage the use of ICTs by women 
* Encourage the use of ICTs by traditionally marginalised communities 
* Facilitate the creation and/or adoption of people-centred ICT policies

THE PRIZE IS OPEN TO: civil society organisations, community-based
groups, networks, and social movements anywhere in Latin America and the
Caribbean. Applications will be accepted in some of the most widely used
languages in the region - Spanish, Portuguese and English.

THE PRIZE: USD$7,500.00 will be shared amongst up to three winning
initiatives.

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: August 15, 2003

MORE ABOUT THE APC BETINHO PRIZE: http://www.apc.org/english/betinho or
write to [EMAIL PROTECTED]


ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION FOR PROGRESSIVE COMMUNICATIONS (APC)
http://www.apc.org
The Association for Progressive Communications is an international
network of civil society organisations dedicated to empowering and
supporting groups and individuals through the strategic use of
information and communication technologies, especially
Internet-technologies.

===
EL PREMIO BETINHO DE COMUNICACIONES DE APC, 2003: 
reconocimiento a iniciativas de tecnologia al servicio de la gente, en
Latinoamerica y el Caribe
===

En el ano 2003, el Premio Betinho de APC se otorgara en reconocimiento a
ejemplos destacados del trabajo con tecnologias de informacion y
comunicacion (TIC) que sirven a mejorar la vida de las personas y
comunidades, en Latinoamerica y el Caribe.

Estamos interesados en iniciativas de TIC que:
1. Estan al servicio de la gente y fomenta la participacion
2. Tienen un impacto comunitario significativo
3. Estan desarrollada y administrada en Latinoamerica y/o el Caribe

En especial favoreceremos iniciativas que: 
* Promueven la cultura de la paz, el respeto mutuo y la tolerancia
* Velan por la defensa de los derechos civiles
* Promueven la democratizacion de los medios
* Utilizan software libre y de fuente abierta al servicio de la
comunidad
* Fomentan el uso de las TIC por parte de la mujer 
* Fomentan el uso de las TIC por parte de comunidades que
tradicionalmente se encuentran marginadas
* Facilitan la creacion y/o adopcion de politicas de TIC al servicio de
la gente

EL PREMIO ESTA ABIERTO A: organizaciones de la sociedad civil, grupos
comunitarios, redes, y movimientos sociales de Latinoamerica y el
Caribe. Las candidaturas se aceptaran en los idiomas mas utilizados en
la region: espanol, portugues e ingles.

EL PREMIO: 7.500 dolares que seran distribuidos entre hasta tres
iniciativas ganadoras.

FECHA LIMITE DE PRESENTACION DE CANDIDATURA: 15 de agosto de 2003

MAS ACERCA DEL PREMIO BETINHO DE APC: http://www.apc.org/espanol/betinho
o escribe a [EMAIL PROTECTED]


ACERCA DE LA ASOCIACION PARA EL PROGRESO DE LAS COMUNICACIONES (APC)
http://www.apc.org
La Asociacion para el Progreso de las Comunicaciones es una red
internacional de organizaciones civicas, dedicada a empoderar y apoyar a
grupos y particulares a traves del uso estrategico de las tecnologias de
informacion y comunicacion, especialmente de las tecnologias de
Internet.


===
O PREMIO BETINHO PARA AS COMUNICACOES, DA APC, 2003:
reconhecimento a iniciativas de tecnologia a servico das pessoas, na
America Latina e Caribe
===
Em 2003 o Premio Betinho vai ser concedido como reconhecimento a
exemplos relevantes de trabalho com tecnologias de informacao e
comunicacao (TICs) que servem para melhorar a vida das pessoas e
comunidades, na America Latina e Caribe.

Estamos interessados em iniciativas de TIC que:
1.  Estao a servico das pessoas e estimulam a participacao
2.  Tem um impacto comunitario 

[GKD] Information Society Forum Discussion Summary NowAvailable

2003-07-10 Thread Kanti Kumar
Dear Friends,

The summaries of discussions on the first topic of Knowledge Societies
in our online discussion forum 'Information Society: Voices from the
South' are available now on the Web.

The discussions in this forum, being run by Digital Opportunity Channel
in partnership with Bytes for All, began May 15, 2003 under the theme of
'Information Society: What does it mean for the South?'

This discussion, which continued for over a month, was then split into
three sub-topics:

*  Should ICT be always associated with Information Society? 
*  Information society for grassroots development: Who takes the most
important role (of the information intermediaries)?
*  Indigenous knowledge and information for local needs: How to collect,
process and deliver that?

You can read the summary of the discussions over the main theme at
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/fulltext/IS_summary1_knowledgesociety.ht
m
You can find links to the summaries of the sub-topics from therein.

To read recent messages to the forum, visit
http://www.dgroups.org/groups/IS/index.cfm?op=maincat_id=2777
To join the forum, sign up at:
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/discussion/signup/
More information about the discussion forum is available at
http://www.digitalopportunity.org/discussion/wsis/


Kanti Kumar
Editor, Digital Opportunity Channel
www.digitalopportunity.org
OneWorld South Asia
New Delhi, India




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