FOSS Development in Africa: The AVOIR Perspective James Njenga, University of the W. Cape
 
The Africa Virtual Online Initiatives and Resources (AVOIR) <ul><li>Collaborative human capacity development </li><ul><li>...
Unity in scarcity and diversity </li></ul><li>Creating an ecosystem to foster innovation </li><ul><li>Innovative software
Innovative processes </li></ul></ul>
 
AVOIR – Building Pillars <ul><li>Collaboration
Networking
Software development
Software projects implementation </li></ul>
Ecosystem Principles <ul><li>Growth and sustainability
Replication
Collaboration </li></ul>
Products: Chisimba <ul><li>A framework for rapid software development. </li></ul>
About Chisimba: MVC, Modular View User input System output Controller Process user input Handles communication Model Store...
Chisimba Based Products <ul><li>Discussion Forums
Content Management systems
Blogs
Online surveys
Wiki
Committe Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Postgraduate Management
Learning Management Systems
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A copy of the presentation I made at the SITA GovTech in Durban. It Captures:
The need for polling on resources – Polling resources is very important for the development of any FOSS software, as indeed any community-based project.
Collaboration – an understanding of purpose among all the stakeholders is very important. From policy makers, funders, community leaders, software developers, to the end users.
importance of ownership
Need for qualified human capacity in the software development arena – in working together, we should continually look at ways and means of improving our human capacity and capital.

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FOSS Development in Africa: The case of AVOIR

  1. 1. FOSS Development in Africa: The AVOIR Perspective James Njenga, University of the W. Cape
  2. 3. The Africa Virtual Online Initiatives and Resources (AVOIR) <ul><li>Collaborative human capacity development </li><ul><li>FOSS development and support
  3. 4. Unity in scarcity and diversity </li></ul><li>Creating an ecosystem to foster innovation </li><ul><li>Innovative software
  4. 5. Innovative processes </li></ul></ul>
  5. 7. AVOIR – Building Pillars <ul><li>Collaboration
  6. 8. Networking
  7. 9. Software development
  8. 10. Software projects implementation </li></ul>
  9. 11. Ecosystem Principles <ul><li>Growth and sustainability
  10. 12. Replication
  11. 13. Collaboration </li></ul>
  12. 14. Products: Chisimba <ul><li>A framework for rapid software development. </li></ul>
  13. 15. About Chisimba: MVC, Modular View User input System output Controller Process user input Handles communication Model Store state informatin Module Templates Logic Data Access Module Templates Logic Data Access
  14. 16. Chisimba Based Products <ul><li>Discussion Forums
  15. 17. Content Management systems
  16. 18. Blogs
  17. 19. Online surveys
  18. 20. Wiki
  19. 21. Committe Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Postgraduate Management
  20. 22. Learning Management Systems
  21. 23. Presentations Manager </li></ul>
  22. 24. Example: eteaching.uwc.ac.za
  23. 25. Presentations: presentations.wits.ac.za
  24. 26. And many more <ul><li>www.chisimba.com
  25. 27. www.uwc.ac.za
  26. 28. thetha.uwc.ac.za
  27. 29. kims.wits.ac.za
  28. 30. ahero.uwc.ac.za
  29. 31. etd.uwc.ac.za </li></ul><ul><li>elearning.uonbi.ac.ke
  30. 32. www.kie.ac.ke
  31. 33. www.polytechnic.edu.na </li></ul>
  32. 34. Most Visible Results <ul><li>Over 100 developers have participated in AVOIR. </li><ul><li>Most of them got training either as interns (including me) or in a workshop set up.
  33. 35. Most of the AVOIR trained developers who have left, did so to 'greener' pastures. </li></ul><li>Lasting networks of developers </li></ul>
  34. 36. Challenges and Opportunities <ul><li>Ownership </li><ul><li>Failure to take ownership by all nodes </li><ul><li>Creating business models
  35. 37. Strategic partnerships
  36. 38. Continuous human capacity development </li></ul></ul><li>Qualified software developers </li><ul><li>Lack to keep the best developers </li><ul><li>Continous human capacity development
  37. 39. Buy-in from other developers, even leisure developers
  38. 40. Mentored interships </li></ul></ul></ul>
  39. 41. Challenges and Opportunities <ul><li>Getting the required user-base to support development </li><ul><li>Lack of use of software products developed. </li><ul><li>Improving user satisfaction and experience
  40. 42. Proper marketing
  41. 43. Building for the users, involving them in the porcess </li></ul></ul></ul>
  42. 44. Progress I have seen in government in the implementation of FOSS
  43. 45. What, in your opinion, can the South African government do to accelerate implementation of the Policy? Walk Talk the
  44. 46. Procurement strategies <ul><li>Embrace freedom and openness
  45. 47. Consult widely (and the right people)
  46. 48. Strategic partnerships </li></ul>What procurement strategies, in your opinion, can government implement to enable the use of FOSS in government?
  47. 49. Questions? Comments?
  48. 50. Thank You
  49. 51. <ul><li>James Kariuki Njenga
  50. 52. Department of Information Systems
  51. 53. University of the Western Cape
  52. 54. Tel: 021 959 3243
  53. 55. Fax: 021 959 3522
  54. 56. Email: jkariuki@uwc.ac.za, jkariuki@gmail.com
  55. 57. Twitter: @karitz
  56. 58. Skype: carice2 </li></ul>
  57. 59. With Thanks! <ul><li>The huts, african village http://www.flickr.com/photos/gbaku/1277645967/
  58. 60. Building pillars, barn http://www.flickr.com/photos/38983646@N06/3644217509
  59. 61. Networks, nodes http://www.flickr.com/photos/danzen/5614900757/
  60. 62. Foot prints http://www.flickr.com/photos/34121831@N00/4592567496/sizes/z/in/photostream/ </li></ul>
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