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Second edition of compendium on Social Media by German Researcher Michelis

February 29, 2012 in Freedom to innovate by Balthas

Two days ago, I met Prof. Michelis, who just published the second edition of this “Social Media Handbuch” (in German). Interesting book, with some good summaries on forward-looking issues such as “Commons-based peer production”, “Wisdom of the crowd” etc.

Link to Book promotion – in German: http://www.nomos-shop.de/Michelis-Schildhauer-Social-Media-Handbuch/productview.aspx?product=14264

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Mobilizing Global Volunteers for Grassroots Innovations – interesting article in Digital Development Debates – 06

February 28, 2012 in Freedom to innovate by Balthas

Interesting article on “Mobilizing Global Volunteers for Grassroots Innovations” in the online journal digital development debates. Also check my comment and related article on the “knowledge commons” and the “freedom to innovate“.

Link: http://www.digital-development-debates.org/06-innovation/science-technology/mobilizing-global-volunteers-for-grassroots-innovations.html

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African meeting on digital commons ahead: Idlelo5, The 5th African Conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons | ict@innovation

February 6, 2012 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Africa, Open Source IT business by Balthas

Only one month to go before the “5th African Conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons” will start in Abuja, Nigeria. Idlelo is a conference organized by GIZ partner FOSSFA every two years to bring together the Open Source Community in Africa to share experiences and to network.

Link: http://www.ict-innovation.fossfa.net/event/idlelo-5-5th-african-conference-open-source-and-digital-commons

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African fellows wanted on the “role of intellectual property in open development” in Africa …

January 31, 2012 in Freedom to innovate by Balthas

This is an interesting call by the “Open African Innovation Research and Training” inititative, which is part of the GIZ commons@ip programme, which I run:

“The Open A.I.R. initiative on the role of intellectual property (IP) in open development invites applications for a three- or six-month Research Fellowship to work in Cape Town, South Africa, on the project’s research, outreach and training activities. Primary responsibilities will include conducting research on a case study within one or more of the project’s thematic areas, contributing to the development of outreach strategies and training initiatives, and helping to solidify and grow Open A.I.R.’s pan-African network.

Link: http://www.openair.org.za/content/2012-fellowship-opportunity

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Call for papers–Knowledge Commons Conference in Belgium next September

January 16, 2012 in Freedom to innovate by Balthas

FYI – Interesting upcoming event on the knowledge commons: “1ST THEMATIC CONFERENCE ON THE KNOWLEDGE COMMONS” -governing Pooled Knowledge Resources: Building Institutions for Sustainable Scientific, Cultural and Genetic Resource Commons. The call for papers is still open until 31. January 2012 … CONFERENCE TRACKS
. Track 1 on “Scientific Research and Innovation Commons” . Track 2 on “Digital Information Commons” . Track 3 on “Historical experience of the knowledge commons” . Track 4 on “Genetic Resource Commons” . Track 5 on “Cultural Commons” . Cross-cutting conference track 6 on climate change

Link: biogov.uclouvain.be

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UNCTAD Information Economy Report 2011 mentions ict@innovation

November 24, 2011 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Africa, Open Source IT business by Balthas

UNCTAD just released their Information Economy Report 2011 focusing on the link between ICTs and private sector development. It also mentions our programm ict@innovation with FOSSFA (see section on “developing human resources” page 59).

Check the: Information Economy Report 2011 – ICTs as an Enabler for Private Sector Development

More Info on the site here:

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IT Sector Promotion in developing and emerging countries – Manual & Toolbox released

November 22, 2011 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn, Open Source & Africa, Open Source IT business by Balthas

Titel_IT_sectorpromotioinJust released: an IT sector promotion manual and toolbox with many examples and tools pertaining to OpenIT@giz – Open Innovation for Development such as capacity building, open innovation methods, training-of-trainer networks in IT, Open Source etc. Check it out! BTW: It is drawing on the ict@innovation programme and other programmes described here). And for archival reasons, please find below the reprint of the news item published on the German ICT4D Blog.

The Sector Project ICT4D on behalf of BMZ and with the support of GIZ’s ict@innovation team has just released it’s IT Sector Promotion Toolbox. The Toolbox, together with its explanatory Manual, introduces a methodology and a set of practical tools to promote the IT industry in developing and emerging countries. Relying on German Development Cooperation’s instruments and project experience, the Manual and the Toolbox provide a strategic “roadmap” for IT sector promotion which can be flexibly adapted to accommodate future changes in resources, global markets and technologies. They have primarily been designed for the staff of ministries and agencies involved in economic development, for managers and staff members of IT clusters, associations, networks, communities of practice and chambers of commerce. They should serve as orientation for staff of donor organisations involved in private sector development, economic development, and employment promotion as well as in information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D)/development informatics.

The Manual and the Toolbox could be found on this blog as topic 7 of the course section. They were also available at the “IT Sector Promotion Tools” page of the German ICT4D Blog..

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ict@innovation programme moves to West Africa: Balthas Seibold opens training in Abuja, Nigeria

October 24, 2011 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn, Open Source & Africa, Open Source IT business by Balthas

zen_ict_new_logo“Free your IT Business in WEST Africa!” This was the motto of the first Training-of-Trainers of ict@innovation held in the West African region. Balthas Seibold and his colleagues Petra Hagemann & George Nyambuya officially welcomed more than 26 FOSS experts from Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Cameroon and Senegal, who engaged in 10 intense days of peer-discussions and peer-learning. The training was held in Nigeria’s capital town Abuja and featured senior FOSS experts from all over Africa as facilitators. More on the event is online on ict@innovation, including the presentation held by Balthas Seibold, see the ict@innovation blog entries on West African capacity building action.

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Open Educational Resources and Open Licensing for Capacity Building

June 5, 2011 in Freedom to learn, News on publications by Balthas

Description  English: The new OER logo is designed to create a common identity for the global OER community of practitioners, projects and researchers. The design creates a common visual idea and allows for the name of the term "OER" to be expressed in different languages.This version is intended to be the main English version. UNESCO website for OER Global logo in other languages Date 22 February 2012 Source Own work Author Jonathasmello

Description
English: The new OER logo is designed to create a common identity for the global OER community of practitioners, projects and researchers. The design creates a common visual idea and allows for the name of the term “OER” to be expressed in different languages.This version is intended to be the main English version.
UNESCO website for OER Global logo in other languages
Date 22 February 2012
Source Own work
Author Jonathasmello

In a recent presentation for GIZ e-learning staff, Balthas Seibold gave an introduction to “Open Approaches to educational provision”, stressing the potential of Open Educational Resources and Open Licensing for Capacity Building. The presentation gives an overview of the changing educational landscape, introduces Open Education and Open Educational Services in practice (openSE, openEd 2.0 (UNU-Merit), ict@innovation (GIZ)) and looks at Open Licensing for Human Capacity Building. The presentation heavily draws on work by Dr. Andreas Meiszner – Senior Researcher & Project Manager at UNU-MERIT, CCG and its of course openly licensed :-). Download as pdf and odt at the publications section (presentations) of this website.

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InWEnt, DED and gtz are now “GIZ”

January 3, 2011 in Work by Balthas

January 2011: Balthas Seibold inspecting the new GIZ identity

January 2011: Balthas Seibold inspecting the new GIZ identity

Balthas Seibold is now with the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)” – the successor of a merger of InWEnt – Capacity Building International and the two other bilateral technical cooperation agencies of Germany DED and gtz. The slogan of the merger is “Broad-based expertise for sustainable development – under one roof”. And this is how GIZ describes itself: “Working efficiently, effectively and in a spirit of partnership, we support people and societies in developing, transition and industrialised countries in shaping their own futures and improving living conditions. This is what the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is all about. Established on 1 January 2011, it brings together under one roof the long-standing expertise of the Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) gGmbH (German development service), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH (German technical cooperation) and InWEnt – Capacity Building International, Germany. As a federally owned enterprise, we support the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. We are also engaged in international education work around the globe.” For more official info on the merger outcome, check the following GIZ news. For a brief history of InWEnt, check the wikipedia-entry on InWEnt.

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Just published: “Unleashing Open Innovation Systems”

September 9, 2010 in Freedom to innovate, News on publications, Open Source IT business by Balthas

copyright of cover: GIZ

copyright of cover: GIZ

The working group on ‘Promoting Innovation Systems’ of Germany’s development cooperation just published a documentation on “Strengthening Innovation Systems in the Context of Development Cooperation”. An article by Balthas Seibold gives an overview of the potential of open innovation for developing countries. Taking the capacity building programme commons@ip as an example, the paper enumerates important impact indicators, which demonstrate, how a move towards open innovation in developing countries might positively influence innovation systems. Read the article “Unleashing Open Innovation Systems” in the documentation (page 87 to 92) available as a pdf-download at the publications section of this website. For more information on the InWEnt programme commons@ip, please check the InWEnt Train for Trade Portal.

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Regional Alumni Conference in Southeast Asia discusses Open Source for Healthcare, other topics

July 2, 2010 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Asia, Open Source IT business by Balthas

balthas_Hanoi_2010_300_220So this is me at InWEnt’s first regional Alumni Conference for Southeast Asia in Hanoi, Vietnam. At the conference, I was acting as a moderator of a Workshop on “open source for healthcare” (Link now to latest version of page on the Internet Archive. Here’s a gist of the workshop as summarized back then: Free and open source software (FOSS) offers tremendous advantages to the health sector of developing countries. The session “FOSS in healthcare” at InWEnt’s 1st Interdisciplinary Alumni Conference Southeast Asia in Hanoi in July 2010 discussed these advantages. The session also offered hands-on opportunities to test drive actual FOSS electronic health records and eHealth applications in Southeast Asia. It drew on experiences by the “International Open Source Network” (IOSN) in ASEAN as a main partner in the InWEnt programme “it@foss – Promoting Free and Open Source Software in Southeast Asia” (2005-2009). Based on this, the session explored opportunities for further network building and capacity building in ASEAN in the area of “FOSS in healthcare” to strenghten open health systems as part of a regional integration framework in Southeast Asia. For the outcomes of the session, see here in section “Outcomes of the Workgroup IX”.

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Talk on open innovation & book launch of “Free your IT-business in Africa” at Africa’s FOSS gathering “Idlelo 4”

May 21, 2010 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Africa, Open Source IT business by Balthas

idlelo4This biennium’s Idlelo (four) conference on Open Source and the Digital Commons in Africa organized by FOSSFA had the theme of “Development with ownership” and took place in Accra, Ghana from 17.04-21.04. Balthas Seibold was there to launch with FOSSFA a training book resulting of the joint regional capacity building programme “ict@innovation – creating business and learning opportunities in Free and Open Source Software”. The guide with the title “ict@innovation: Free your IT-Business in Africa!” compiles advanced training materials on African FOSS business models for small and medium enterprises in the IT-industry and brings together a wealth of examples and case studies of FOSS entrepreneurs from all across the African continent plus model presentations, assessment tests, exercises and assignments. Free download is available on the ict@innovation site. Balthas was also speaking on Idlelo’s panel on “Standards, Patents and Copyrights”, where he presented thoughts on the knowledge commons and copyleft licensing for open innovation (see agenda and news below). More information on ict@innovation is available at the the Africa and Open Source section of this website.

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Freedom to innovate ! Article in D+C Journal

April 15, 2010 in Freedom to innovate, News on publications, Open Source IT business by Balthas

Germany’s international Development + Cooperation Journal just published an article by Balthas Seibold, which looks at open innovation and the knowledge commons in the framework of business development in developing countries. The piece argues, that innovation is key to private sector development, so stringent protection of intellectual property rights can hamper businesses in poor countries. To close the innovation divide, it makes sense to bank on open innovation and digital knowledge commons. Read the full article online at D+C or find more information and a pdf of the print edition within the publication section of this website.

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Silang – the Philippines: Asia Source 3 Meeting Reinforces Asian Free and Open Source Software Movement

November 13, 2009 in Open Source & Asia, Open Source IT business by Balthas

Copyright of logo: with Asia Source 3 Organizers (IOSN Asean+3)

While most technology conferences happen as swanky, slick, and well-rehearsed events, the recently concluded Asia Source 3 took the opposite track and ran a camp that was spartan yet spontaneous. From November 7 to 12, 2009, Asia Source 3 gathered 150 representatives from Southeast Asia to discuss developments in open source. For those six days, the campers lived in a communal environment that married fun and relaxation with exchange of ideas. “We are honored to be part of this movement through our training and network program it@foss” said Balthas Seibold, Senior Project Manager of InWEnt. Asia Source 3 marked the official highlight of five years of regional FOSS support by InWEnt in Southeast Asia. InWEnt has trained and connected more than 1000 experts from Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and the Philippines in more than 30 training courses under its it@foss program.

Check more about Asia Source III at http://www.asiasource3.net, meet Balthas at the online community of AS3, check the programme at the Camp Wiki, including an afternoon track session of Balthas Seibold on “From Open Source to Open Innovation / a brainstorming on open-everything”. Or learn more about InWEnt’s work in Asia.