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Africa Source II - Free and Open Source Software for Local Communities

Kalangala, Uganda - Jan 08-Jan 15, 2006

Please note that the deadline for sending in applications has expired. It is no longer possible to send in applications.

We welcome applications from those working in Africa who are;

  • campaigners, practitioners or project managers working within non-profits and interested in technology
  • system administrators within NGOs, or acting as technical support to non-profits or community centres
  • trainers and consultants to the non-profit sector, or working in resource centres who are intersted in technology

What is Africa Source II?

Africa Source II will be an eight day hands-on workshop aimed at building the technical skills of those working with and within NGOs on the continent. It will take place in one of the most beautiful parts of the Kalangala Island on Victoria Lake during the beginning of January 2006.

FOSS Road - Central Asian Camp on Free Software Migration

Dushanbe, Tajikistan - Oct 13-Oct 17, 2005

During Summer Source we got to know three amazing people from Tajikistan: Asomiddin Atoev, Kamol Obidov and Talat Numanov. They were very excited about transferring to their home country all the FOSS knowledge they gained in Croatia. When they returned to Tajikistan, they did very well in creating a linux training centre and advocating for FOSS on all possible levels. We saw Talat again at Asia Source and during the final plenary session he promised that he would organise a Source Event in Dushanbe. When we met again in Tajikistan four months later Talat, Aso and Kamol gathered their energy and experiences and planned FOSS Road - Central Asian Camp on Free Software Migration inviting Tactical Tech to co-organise the event in Dushanbe.

eRider Starter Kit

This 130 page guide outlays how to start, manage and run an eRider project. It was created by Teresa Crawford and the Tactical Technology Collective with the support of the global eRider community.The Starter Kit directly pulls on the experience and work of eRiders in over 15 countries and 400 organizations.

Opting for a week on the wrong side of the digital divide...

a booklet by Frederick Noronha, independent journalist

Opting for a week on the wrong side of the digital divide... is a booklet of Frederick Noronha's weblog from Asia Source. The 26 mini articles featured in the booklet are based on interviews with participants at the event covering their experiences with free and open source in the non profit sector. Articles include:

Cybermohalla in Delhi; OSRC, FLOSS and Pakistan; What’s special about Ubuntu?; Adi fromIndonesia ... cybercafes with GNU/Linus; It’s no tower of Babel, it’s South Africa; Where FLOSS spells Magics (or, Mayix)

From the Introduction: "Scanning a week in the end of January and early February 2005, nearly a hundred people from different parts of Asia (and a few from our planet’s other continents too) met up at the Asia Source event held on the outskirts of Bangalore. For more technical details, the why’s and how’s of the event, visit http://www.tacticaltech.org/asiasource (...)

The Politics of Open Source Adoption, NGO's in the Developing World

SSRC Report by Gabriella Coleman, University of Chicago


NGO and non-profit sector interest in FOSS began to emerge roughly three years ago, in step with the maturation of a number of prominent FOSS solutions, the growth of private sector and government-sponsored adoption, and the general—and widely publicized—perception that FOSS constituted a viable, non-commercial alternative to Microsoft domination of the software market. Online literature, journalistic coverage and (limited) scholarship on the topic reveals palpable excitement about FOSS's potential—often in ways that express and pull together both pragmatic and political motivations./1/ A number of prominent NGO-based FOSS success stories (both inside and outside the U.S.) have played a large role in widening FOSS enthusiasm in the sector./2/