Call for Internet Governance Forum Core Team in West Africa

The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA), the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and other partners, with support from the Open Society Institute of West Africa (OSIWA) is launching the West Africa Internet Governance Forum

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Strategies for Deploying eLearning in Developing Countries PDF Print
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Strategies for Deploying eLearning in Developing Countries

More than 60% of students who qualify for university or tertiary education in developing countries can't attend. eLearning via low-cost ICT devices can work for students, teachers, and the communities they live in. But what are the best strategies on how to deploy eLearning in developing countries? Join the Education Technology Debate sponsored by infoDev and UNESCO.

What happens to qualified students in developing countries who can't get a third level qualification because of limited physical infrastructure? With eLearning, these students might join extra-mural programs and further their educations. That's the theory of ICT4E (information and communications technologies for education). In practice, how can eLearning be made to really work for those who need it most?

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FOSS in Africa Overview PDF Print
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Africa has made great strides in recent times in all areas from politics to economy and gender equality. One of the most visible areas of development and growth has been in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) arena. In less than a decade, the continent has seen the emergence of leaders who grasp the benefits that technology provides. In Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, Egypt, Ghana etc., more resources are being devoted to the teaching of ICT courses and the encouragement of NGOs to assist in these areas.

At the same time, it is interesting to note the impact Free and Open Source Software is making. We hope to use this medium to track the adoption and use of Free and Open Source Software in Africa and highlight the efforts of those behind the push.

Microsoft Makes Outlook Tools Open Source PDF Print
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Microsoft Makes Outlook Tools Open Source

Microsoft is taking more steps to make it easier for enterprise and independent developers to create software that runs on top of its Outlook e-mail file format by releasing a pair of associated tools as open source. The tools are the File Format Software Development Kit (SDK), and the PSF Data Structture View Tool.These tools can help developers build programs including applications for extracting pictures from email folders search archives and upload data to the internet

The company recently released data formats used for its Outlook email client's personal folder to the public.

The code for the two tool sets can be found at according to William Kennedy, the corporate vice president for Office Communications and Forms at Microsoft.