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Welcome to the International Open Source Network an initiative of the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Asia Pacific Development Information Programme (APDIP) and supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada.

The International Open Source Network (IOSN) is a Center of Excellence for FOSS in the Asia-Pacific Region. It shapes its activities around Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) technologies and applications. Via a small secretariat based at the UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok and three centres of excellence – IOSN ASEAN+3, IOSN PIC (Pacific Island Countries), and IOSN South Asia, based in Manila, Suva and Chennai respectively, the IOSN is tasked specifically to facilitate and network FOSS advocates and human resources in the region. The vision is that developing countries in the Asia-Pacific Region can achieve rapid and sustained economic and social development by using affordable yet effective FOSS ICT solutions to bridge the digital divide.


IOSN project news and upcoming events

Software Freedom Day is a global, grassroots effort to educate the public about the virtues and availability of Free and Open Source Software. Local teams from all over the world are organising events on 16 September 2006.

Regional Conference on Open Standards: The Key to an Open ICT Ecosystem, 2-4 May 2006, Bangkok, Thailand

National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), in cooperation with Software Industry Promotion Agency (SIPA), Ministry of Information and Communication Technology; IBM (Thailand); Intel (Thailand); Oracle (Thailand); Cisco (Thailand), and APDIP, will be organizing a Regional Conference on Open Standards: The Key to an Open ICT Ecosystem, on 2-4 May 2006, at the Sofitel Central Plaza Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.

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New Open Source Centres of Excellence

In order to address the growing information and technological needs of the Asia and Pacific region, the International Open Source Network (IOSN) has established three new Centres of Excellence – IOSN ASEAN+3, IOSN PIC (Pacific Island Countries), and IOSN South Asia. Together, these Centres will continue the research and development, networking, institutional strengthening, and training undertaken by IOSN over the last three years to advance the adoption of free/open source software, open standards, and open content across the region.

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Free/Open Source Software Primers

Free/Open Source Software Primers

The IOSN is producing a series of primers on Free/Open Source Software (FOSS). The primers serve as introductory documents to FOSS in general, as well as covering particular topic areas in greater detail. Their purpose is to raise FOSS awareness, particularly among policy-makers, practitioners and educators.



IOSN is in the process of developing localization toolkits that will aid localization of FOSS software.

Project workspace

For localization projects that require an online presence and workspace, contact us so that you can host and manage your project on IOSN. If you already have a project, let us know so that localization projects in different countries can collaborate on localization efforts.

Training Resources

Training Materials

IOSN also produces free training materials for Free/Open Software. Training materials for end users are currently in development.

Discussions and Forums

IOSN General Mailing List

The goals of the mailing list is to help foster more regional communication and co-operation. Especially to provide a channel in which users from countries where FOSS is relatively unknown can get help from the international FOSS community, as well as help each other.

If you would still like to be part of this community, you can subscribe via the link given below.



FOSS - Policy and Development Implications

The FOSS e-discussion is being facilitated by -, Cape Town, South Africa; Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA), Nairobi, Kenya; OneWorld South Asia (OWSA), New Delhi, India; UNDP-APDIP International Open Source Network (IOSN), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; UNDP Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme (APDIP/UNDP) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. All the stakeholders involved believe that FOSS is in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) because it increases access to, ownership of, and control of knowledge and information through the collaborative development of newer technologies and communication opportunities. FOSS development methodology fosters new forms of knowledge production in a collaborative, non-hierarchical, peer-to-peer manner.

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