Course material (Publications)

This page contains a selection of course material on Open IT issues, which I have co-edited, curated or published, mostly with InWEnt and GIZ. Most of the material is being maintained and updated by the respective communities and institutions, that co-created and own the material (see their copyright, reproduction here is under the respective CC-Licences). The collection below therefor linkes to the resources, and provides backup copies of all material. If you are interested in my articles or books, check the “Articles & Books” page. If your are interested in my presentions, check the “listing of presentations“.

Contents


Topic 1: Free and Open Source Software Business Models for IT-SMEs

Advanced Training Material on African “Free and Open Source Software” (FOSS) Business Models for IT-SMEs (English, French) – [ict@innovation: Free your IT-Business in Africa!]

training_material_foss business models africa_FBT_version 1.3_28March2013_titleObjectives: The open course on “Advanced FOSS Business Models for IT SMEs” supports the building of knowledge and capacities in small and medium ICT enterprises to make a business with Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). It aims to contribute to the growth of ICT industries through spreading FOSS business models for enterprises in developing countries. The material was designed for African businesses and has been collaboratively developed by FOSS experts from Africa and Europe for use as material for experts and executive staff from IT businesses in Africa, ICT-associations, their member organisations, ICT-training institutions as well as universities and their trainers. Though specially designed for African needs, it can be easily adjusted to other developing countries environments.

Target Group: Experts and executive staff from IT businesses, ICT associations, their member organisations, ICT training institutions as well as universities and their trainers. Other interested persons with knowledge on or working with FOSS Business Models


Content: Part one introduces basic FOSS concepts and provides practical case studies of FOSS business models across the African continent. Part two covers knowledge and skills for FOSS entrepreneurs; introducing innovative and cost effective business tools and techniques, components of business management skills, community building and networking, and FOSS strategies which are vital for starting and sustaining a viable FOSS business in Africa. As FOSS is becoming more and more mainstream, many businesses see training as a viable business. The learning objectives of part three are aimed at fostering understanding of some of the requirements for becoming a trainer, and identifying the opportunities that exist for FOSS training as a business in African as well as a global look at Linux training and certification worldwide. The material covers the following modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Emerging FOSS Business Models
  • Module 2: African FOSS Business Models: Case Studies
  • Module 3: Communicating FOSS
  • Module 4: Introduction to General Business Skills
  • Module 5: FOSS Specific Business Knowledge and Skills
  • Module 6: FOSS Training

Full citation: FOSSFA/GIZ (Ed.) (2012): Free your IT-Business in Africa! Advanced Training Material on African “Free and Open Source Software” (FOSS) Business Models for IT-SMEs (English, French) – by ict@innovation. Bonn. Online at: http://www.ict-innovation.fossfa.net/node/4252
Material (Link to original + Backup copy + Source material)

Title Type of document Language Date Download (Link to original + Backup copy + Source material)
Free your IT-Business in Africa! Trainers Manual (pdf, odt) English 2012
Entreprendre avec les Logiciels Libres en Afrique Matériel de formation (pdf, odt) Francais 2012
  1. Model Presentations for Trainers
  2. Tests per Module
  3. Collection of Completed Exercises and Assignments
  4. Evaluation surveys
Support material for material above (pdf, odt – as zip) English 2010

Topic 2: Linux System Administration, LPI-Certification

Based on the Linux Professionals Institute (LPI) community certification program – with Training-of-Trainer module (English, Khmer)

Objectives: This training has been designed for IT-experts and -institutions wanting to become qualified trainers on the subject of Linux system administration.

cover_khmer_linux_training_bookTarget group:  The training is geared towards Trainers who want to incorporate FOSS Certification training based on the Linux Professionals Institute (LPI) community certification program into their institution’s curriculum and/or developing FOSS Certification training as a new revenue stream. The open training guide provides a structured set of learning modules with learning objectives, key knowledge areas, introductions and concrete learning steps and handouts on Linux system administration as well as a module on how to be a FOSS trainer. The guide is therefore particularly suitable for use in Training-of-Trainers settings and the development of advanced courses within ICT-associations, their member organizations, ICT-training institutions as well as universities. It can be used in tutored learning environments (e.g. 2 weeks courses preparing for the certification exam) as well as other settings such as peer-to-peer learning, self-study, blended learning and e-learning.


Content:

cover_ict_innovation_linux_training_bookThe training guide builds on the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) community certification as a world-wide recognised distribution-neutral and vendor-neutral standard for evaluating the competency of Linux professionals with the possibility to hold low-cost paper-based examinations. The LPIC-1 (101 and 102 exams) level modules described in this guide cover the fundamental Linux system administration skills such as:

  • Install Linux, making appropriate choices for disk partitioning
  • Boot the system, change run levels, shut-down and reboot
  • Customise the shell and write simple shell scripts
  • Query databases and manipulate data using SQL
  • Understand IP networking and set up a basic network configuration
  • Maintain host security and enable secure login with ssh
  • more …

Objectives of the “FOSS Trainer” module:

  • Understand some of the requirements for becoming a FOSS trainer
  • Be able to identify and seize the opportunities that exist for FOSS training as a business
  • Gain the knowledge and skills required to organise and provide FOSS training
  • Appreciate the benefits of peer production of Open Educational Resources and Open Content

For the content of the course in Khmer, check the course file below.

Full citation: FOSSFA/GIZ (Ed.) (2012): ict@innovation: Training Guide on Linux System Administration LPI Certification Level 1. Bonn. Online at: http://www.ict-innovation.fossfa.net/wiki/public-wiki/foss-certification-training-material/lpi-testing-engines

Material (Link to original + Backup copy + Source material)

Title Type of document Language Date Download (Link to original + Backup copy + Source material)
ict@innovation: Training Guide on Linux System Administration LPI Certification Level 1 Trainers Manual (pdf, odt) English 2012
  1. Presentation slides for Trainers
  2. Lab Examples

for Linux System Admin course described above

Support material for material above (pdf, odt English 2012
Linux & Linux Administration in Khmer A textbook on Linux in Khmer, starting from the very beginning and going on to basic administration. This book is based on the training material for Linux developed in prior phases of it@foss Cambodia (pdf) Khmer 2009

Topic 3: Joint Business of EU and Vietnam through Free Software

Open Source Regulations, Licensing Vietnam EU (Vietnamese, English) [FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam Training]

cover_foss_bridge_training_bookObjectives: The main objective of the module is to support Vietnamese SMEs and intermediaries to build capacity on open source regulations and business models. This is to be performed as a high-level training package, which leverages lessons learned from European and international open source organizations, academic research on open source ecosystems and EU funded projects on open source communities. At the end of the trainings, attendees are expected to have acquired up-to-date key notions about open source projects and communities, underlying technical and regulatory aspects, common business models and best practices for developing an open source strategy, on a user or provider side.

Target group: Intermediaries of the Vietnamese IT-sector in the field of software development as well as small and medium-sized enterprises in the field of information and communication technology


Content: The training material (slides as PDF and ODT files) covers “Open Source Regulations, Licensing and Business Models, Open Source Development & European Best Practice as well as design of Training Activities, with the following modules:

  • Introduction to FOSS, Definition, History and Culture
  • Intellectual property and FOSS-licenses, copyright
  • FOSS Communities
  • FOSS Usage Models
  • FOSS and Business Models
  • FOSS and Innovation strategies, open innovation
  • Barriers to open source adoption
  • Introducing open-source best-practices criteria
  • Interoperable Open-Source-Based Architecture, Open Standards
  • FOSS Forges
  • Why and how to build from the source code
  • Open-source version control with Subversion


Full citation: IOIT / InWEnt / INRIA (2008): FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam High Level Training Manual- a selection of advanced courses on “Joint Business through Free and Open Source Software”. Hanoi. Online at http://www.knowledge-commons.de/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Training-Material-FOSS-Bridge_Open-Source-joint-business-EU-Vietnam-Vietnamese-and-English.pdf
Material (Link to original + Backup copy + Source material)

Title Type of document Language Date Download (Link to original + Backup copy + Source material)
FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam High Level Training Manual- a selection of advanced courses on “Joint Business through Free and Open Source Software” Manual, contains selected blocks of the training (pdf) Vietnamese, English 2008
  1. Presentation slides of all blocks of the training
  2. Table of content

for course “FOSS Bridge EU Vietnam” described above

All presentations of the material (pdf) – With additional Blocks English, Vietnamese 2008
Overview of all modules of the training material Table of content (pdf) English 2008

Topic 4: Office, User Productivity, Web and more – Training for IT Managers of Cooperatives and Teachers

Web Development, User Productivity, Intro to Internet (Thai, English, Bahasa) – and OpenOffice for teachers in Cambodia (Khmer) [it@coops Training]

cover_openoffice khmerObjectives: This training programme is designed to improve IT capabilities and skills of cooperatives in Southeast Asia. The training material was created during the project “it@coops – Information Technology for Southeast Asian Cooperatives”, a joint initiative of the Asian Women in Cooperative Development Forum (AWCF) and GIZ, Germany in cooperation with CULT (Thailand), FORMASI Indonesia (Indonesia) and NATCCO (Philippines) with financial support by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Target group: IT Managers and IT Trainers of Southeast Asian Cooperatives (Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines), plus teachers for the module on OpenOffice in Khmer

Content:The it@coops Training Modules comprise 100 Days of Training in Thai, English and Bahasa on topics relevant to cooperative users such as “Business IT, Web Development, Administration and Networking, User Productivity such as Office package, spreadsheet and more”.

The material on OpenOffice for teachers in Cambodia contains training on the whole user productivity suite of OpenOffice such as calc, writer, impress etc in Khmer (part of it@foss training initiative)

Material (Link to original + Backup copy + Source material)

Title Type of document Language Date Download (Link to original + Backup copy + Source material)
Overview of all modules of the training material for Cooperatives Overview (pdf) English 2006
Sample training material it@coops:  Train the Trainer – The process of training preparation, implement and evaluate the training program, Presentation Technique, What Every Educator Must Know Presentations (pdf, as zip) English 2005
Training material OpenOffice for teachers in Cambodia (pdf) Khmer 2006

Topic 5: Open Source Technology for African IT businesses

IT Security, technical solutions like Ubuntu Linux Installation, Multimedia, Web Server, Web Publishing and more [it@ab training]


“Open Source & More IT for African Business” is a series of advanced e-learning courses on Information Technology (IT) focussing on the needs of business related IT consultancy in Africa. The courses introduce relevant and adapted key concepts and applications such as:

  • E-Business Applications & Architecture
  • IT Security
  • Open Source IT (including Ubuntu Linux Installation, Multimedia, Web Server,Groupware,
  • Network Printing,
  • Web Publishing
  • E-Learning  as well as
  • Zope & the Collaborative Learning Environment CLE2.

Screenshot of E-Learning Course on the Global Campus 21

Screenshot of E-Learning Course on the Global Campus 21

Full citation: Open Source & More IT for African Business. A Series of Advanced E-Learning Courses on Information Technology by it@ab (Editor & Publisher). Bonn. E-Learning Course: CD-Rom and online at: https://shop.gc21-eacademy.org/ICT-and-E-Learning-Skills/Open-Source-more-IT-for-African-Business-Self-Study-oxid-1.html

Title Type of document
Language Date Download (Link to original + Backup copy + Source material)
Open Source & More IT for African Business. A Series of Advanced E-Learning Courses online course and scorm fies English 2008

 

 

 

Topic 6: Open Source Software guide for small enterprises in Southeast Asia

Which FOSS software for small businesses? Overview of software for Enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, groupware, document workflow and more [it@foss Training]


Content: This training material is titled “FOSS4SMEs”. The material is in the form of a guide split into an introduction to FLOSS and a catalog of open source applications particularly suitable for small and medium enterprises (SMEs):

  1. The introduction to FLOSS provides companies and business intermediaries with information on FLOSS, best practices, business models as well as an assessment score table, which allows an SME to select suitable FLOSS applications.
  2. The software catalog lists FLOSS solutions focusing on the needs of small and mediums enterprises. The applications in the catalogue include:
    – enterprise resource planning (ERP),
    – customer relationship management (CRM),
    – groupware, document workflow management,
    – content management systems (CMS),
    – VoIP, graphics,
    – computer-aided design (/CAD),
    – Geographic information systems (GIS),
    – productivity applications, as well as those that are useful in different domains such as engineering, manufacturing, eLearning and healthcare.

Screenshot of the wiki hosted by IOSN Asean+3

Screenshot of the wiki hosted by IOSN Asean+3

Title Type of document
Language Date Download (Link to original + Backup copy + Source material)
Open Source Software guide for small enterprises in Southeast Asia wiki English 2009

 

 

Topic 7: IT Sector Promotion in Developing and Emerging Countries. Manual and Toolbox

Procedures and tools to promote the IT industry in developing and emerging countries, with a focus on software and IT services [OpenIT@giz]

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Objective: The Manual and the Toolbox on IT Sector Promotion in Developing and Emerging Countries tries seek to address the following question: how to maximise the contribution of the IT industry in developing and emerging countries towards sustainable economic development and poverty reduction?

Target group: The manual and the toolbox 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.  The Manual was prepared by GIZ’s Sector Project “Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D)” on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It is drawing intera alia on the ict@innovation programme of OpenIT@GIZ and other programmes described here on this site.


Content: With a clear emphasis on software and IT services (and leaving aside telecommunication infrastructures and services), the purpose of this manual and toolbox is to:

  1. Provide a practical guideline for designing and implementing projects for promoting the IT sector in developing and emerging countries.
  2. Develop a specific methodology to enable effective and sustainable IT sector promo tion based on the practical experience of German development cooperation.
  3. Elaborate concrete procedures, processes and tools to promote the IT industry in developing and emerging countries.
  4. Provide advice on actions and measures to improve the international competitiveness of IT sectors.
  5. Provide best practices of IT sector promotion in developing and emerging countries

The manual lists “Free and Open Source Software” (FOSS) as one of four key trends and highlights several positive implications for IT companies from developin and emerging countries (page 19). It also describes steps to enable capacity development for IT education and training institutions through training-of-trainer (ToT) networks (page 73f). The toolbox describes several tools to promote IT sector development through FOSS.

Title Type of document
Language Date Download (Link to original + Backup copy + Source material)
Manual: IT Sector Promotion in Developing and Emerging Countries
 pdf English 2011

 

 

Toolbox: IT Sector Promotion in Developing and Emerging Countries
pdf English 2011

 

 

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