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ICT as a platform for multilateral cooperation

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ICT as a plaatform for multilateral and bilateral cooperation: opportunities and challenges for SANORD. Presentation that I gave at the SANORD Centre Conference entitled Higher Education, Research and Development: Shifting Chalenges and Opportunities, 5-7 December 2007.

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ICT as a platform for multilateral cooperation

  1. 1. Prof Derek Keats Executive Director Information & Communication Services The University of the Western Cape Bellville (Cape Town), South Africa [email_address]
  2. 2. Collaboration 2.0
  3. 3. ICT as a platform <ul><li>ICT as the subject of cooperation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources (AVOIR)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ICT as an enabler of cooperation within SANORD </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nature of technologies enabling cooperation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Process and people issues are more important than technology </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Cost Value
  5. 5. ICT as a platform <ul><li>ICT as the subject of cooperation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources (AVOIR)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ICT as an enabler of cooperation within SANORD </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nature of technologies enabling cooperation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Process and people issues are more important than technology </li></ul></ul>
  6. 10. Red : AVOIR nodes Blue : Collaborating partners Yellow : Supporting partners
  7. 11. <ul><ul><li>Build human capacity in software engineering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>through the collaborative development of </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free Software (Open Source)‏ </li></ul></ul>- Develop and support Free Software Innovation in African higher education institutions - Do so by uniting scarce and dispersed skills towards a common purpose
  8. 12. <ul><ul><li>Deliver world-class, innovative software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and services in the process of building our </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>capacity in Africa </li></ul></ul>- Chisimba framework and applications - Software development in support of other initiatives - E-Learning - Web 2.0 applications
  9. 13. <ul><ul><li>Create an ecosystem to promote and strengthen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>innovation through transactions taking place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>within the ecosystem </li></ul></ul>- Application and deployment - Software for special projects - Administrative systems - Links to academic and research activities - Support collaboration
  10. 14. 2005
  11. 15. Ecosystem Collaborative Masters degree in FOSS Network & Collaboration Chisimba & its applications Mentored internships AVOIR Board Advisory Board <ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><li>Institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsors </li></ul><ul><li>Community radio </li></ul><ul><li>Community newspaper </li></ul><ul><li>E-Learning in Ethiopia </li></ul><ul><li>E-Learning in Afghanistan </li></ul><ul><li>SA-Nordic community </li></ul><ul><li>Chameleon presentation sharing / HP </li></ul><ul><li>HIV/Aids project </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  12. 16. Ecosystem Collaborative Masters degree in FOSS Network & Collaboration Chisimba & its applications Mentored internships AVOIR Board Advisory Board <ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><li>Institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsors </li></ul><ul><li>Community radio </li></ul><ul><li>Community newspaper </li></ul><ul><li>E-Learning in Ethiopia </li></ul><ul><li>E-Learning in Afghanistan </li></ul><ul><li>SA-Nordic community </li></ul><ul><li>Chameleon presentation sharing / HP </li></ul><ul><li>HIV/Aids project </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  13. 17. AVOIR Board <ul><li>One member from each member institution </li></ul><ul><li>Representation of partners if required </li></ul><ul><ul><li>So far informal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work by consensus </li></ul><ul><li>Only ever had one physical meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Work mainly via a board mailing list </li></ul><ul><li>Trying first VOIP meeting in the next two weeks </li></ul>
  14. 18. Coding Connecting Collaborating Implementing New nodes SMME training Services Products AVOIR business Bug fixing Main- tain User require- ments New code Docs AVOIR software development process E- learning Other New develop- ment Support Institutional benefit Mailing list activity Stories & news Testing Developer training Creating shared benefit
  15. 21. What is CHISIMBA? Chisimba – Chichewa (Malawi) word for the framework used to build a traditional African house <ul><ul><li>An object-oriented framework for rapid development of distributed software applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Previous version: KINKY </li></ul></ul>
  16. 22. What is CHISIMBA? <ul><li>A framework for learning good software engineering principles and practices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Building confidence through collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contributing on our own terms </li></ul></ul>
  17. 23. Ohloh.net
  18. 25. Driven by practitioners as well as looking at trends and opportunities The awesome potential of student projects
  19. 26. Red : AVOIR nodes Blue : Collaborating partners Yellow : Supporting partners
  20. 27. Kabul University lecturer conducting KEWL (ANGEL) training in Kabul
  21. 28. KEWL.NextGen e-learning and development workshop in Kalibo, Philippines, as invited by the Philippines Government. In September, Nic Appleby from UWC wenr to Philippines to do set up and training at 6 universities.
  22. 29. Red : AVOIR nodes Blue : Collaborating partners Yellow : Supporting partners Washington State University Centre to Bridge the Digital Divide
  23. 33. Alliances A network of networks An alliance can be viewed as a network of networks Increasing the networks in the alliance strengthens the alliance and the underlying networks
  24. 34. Alliances <ul><li>USAID – Avian Influenza Mapping </li></ul><ul><li>Businesss </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspaper, Travel, Labour relations, Startup cafe </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SANORD </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SANORD portal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>HP/Chameleon Federation </li></ul><ul><li>Washington State University </li></ul><ul><li>Sun Microsystems </li></ul>
  25. 35. How can SANORD benefit from some of the lessons of collaboration in AVOIR and related initiatives? How can we build synergy with AVOIR and related initiatives so that we create multiple win-win scenarios?
  26. 36. It is a very common mistake to focus on technologies Even IT people often do this And often when they don't think they are doing so!
  27. 40. Vision Process Process Process Technology Technology Technology Leadership People People People
  28. 44. Thank you <ul><li>View and listen online at </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://slideshare.net/dkeats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/2agd6a (blog)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>View or give it yourself live online or download in a variety of formats at </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://chameleon.uwc.ac.za </li></ul></ul><ul><li>AVOIR </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://avoir.uwc.ac.za/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>License </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creative Commons: Attribution-ShareAlike </li></ul></ul>[email_address]
  29. 45. <ul><li>Attribution credits </li></ul><ul><li>SAA airplane (New SAA Airbus A340 at Ysterplaat Airshow) Uploaded on September 23, 2006 by DanieVDM Source :http://www.flickr.com/photos/dvdmerwe/250800744/ </li></ul>

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