December 2005

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Open Source

The Open Invention Network (OIN)
Three of the world's biggest electronics companies – IBM, Sony and Philips – have joined forces with the two largest Linux software distributors to create a company for sharing Linux patents, royalty-free.
http://www.ciol.com/content/news/2005/105111016.asp

Get Bangla/Bengali OpenOffice.org 2.0
Ankur group is the official team for Bangla OpenOffice.org. Translation work has already started, and their goal is to have Bangla as a supported language. OpenOffice.org 2.0 is already out with most of the menu entries translated in Bangla. Future versions of OpenOffice.org will have more and more translated modules.
http://www.ankurbangla.org/projects/ooo/

Open Source on (South African) Presidential agenda
While the Internet debacle grabbed headlines at the World Summit onthe Information Society (WSIS) conference in Tunis, Tunisia,it was the digital divide that took centre stage in many of thedelegates' opening addresses. The way to bridge the divide, say many of the delegates including South African President Thabo Mbeki is through open source software.
http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?id=714

Articles and Publications

Replication Manual Released by Grameen
Foundation USA

This document is a guideline for replicating the Village Phone program in a new country. infoDev along with several other partners, supported this publication. The Study draws on Grameen's experience in both Bangladesh and Uganda and establishes a template for creating sustainable initiatives that simultaneously bring telecommunications to the rural poor, create viable new businesses for micro-entrepreneurs, and expand the customer base of telecommunications companies.
http://www.infodev.org/files/2868_file_VillagePhone ReplicationManual.pdf

Blogging as a tool: innovative approaches to information access
Blogs and RSS (Real Simple Syndication/Rich Site Summary) feeds and their applications in libraries are increasing exponentially. These applications range from current awareness type of settings inkeeping up-to-date with new information, table of contents alerts of journal articles, feeds based on a research query in electronicdatabases, and news alerts from different subject areas.
http://www.lisnews.com/article.pl?sid=05/11/01/078213&mode=thread&tid=29

IJEDICT, Vol. 1, No. 3
IJEDICT is an e-Journal that provides free and open access to all of its content. IJEDICT aims to strengthen links between research and practice in ICT in education and development in hitherto less developed parts of the world, e.g., developing countries (especially small states), and rural and remote regions of developed countries. The emphasis is on providing a space for researchers, practitioners and theoreticians to jointly explore ideas using an eclectic mix of research methods and disciplines. It brings together research, action research and case studies in order to assist in the transfer of best practice, the development of policy and the creation of theory.

Vol. 1, No. 3 (2005) of International Journal of Education andDevelopment using ICT (IJEDICT) has now been published online.
http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewissue.php?id=5

Rights Agenda Damaging eDevelopment
It argues the communication/rights agenda is a strong force shaping e-Development debate and action, e.g. in WSIS. This may damage e development if it appears old and implausible, and because it excludes two key roles for ICTs in development: data processing, and IT sector enterprises.
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/idpm/dig/briefings.htm

New Special Report – Information Society:
The Next Steps

The Information Society has produced a tantalizing array of new information and communication technologies (ICT) that have transformed today's approach to development.

Following on the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) of December 2003, WSIS Phase II in November 2005 will assess progress and prompt further global action to capture the promise of ICT for all. This Special Report “Information Society: Next Steps” looks at how the ICT landscape is changing in the developing world and what lies ahead. Experts from governments, donors, NGOs and the private sector speak out about effective policies, promising applications and innovative business models.
http://topics.developmentgateway.org/special/informationsociety

ICT Policy Formulation and e-Strategy Development: A Comprehensive Guidebook
The objective of this guidebook is to explain the nature of people-focused information and communications technology (ICT) policy formulation and strategy development. Using examples and practices drawn from the Asia-Pacific and around the world, it discusses the role of ICT policy-making in human development.
http://www.apdip.net/news/policyguidebook

The Journal of Community Informatics
Vol. 2, No. 1 (2005) of The Journal of Community Informatics has now been published online at
http://www.ci-journal.net/viewissue.php?id=8

ICT4D
The $100 laptop
The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project (http://laptop.media. mit.edu/) rests upon a fundamental assumption that the creation and widespread distribution of a single type of computer will solve the problem of the digital divide in the developing world. By creating a laptop computer priced at $100 each (when sold in quantities of millions), the thinking goes, schoolchildren throughout the developing world will all be equipped with powerful tools for learning and exploration.

Events and Announcements
CSDMS Workshops at WSIS 2005
The Centre for Science, Development and Media Studies (CSDMS) two workshops, which took place at the WSIS in Tunis, from November 14 to 19, 2005.

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