New course sign up! Tutoring for eLearning Communities, Tutored Online Course of the GC21 E-Academy

August 2, 2012 in Freedom to learn

The GC21 E-Academy of GIZ has just started to take in applications for a new round of an online course on “Tutoring for eLearning Communities”. This might be of interest to anyone who works for institutions involved in e-learning or who is closely related to a network of institutions that aim to enhance their capacity on e-learning within their country and/or region. More on the site. Cheers, Balthas

Link: shop.gc21-eacademy.org

ITU promotes Linux Certification in Arab countries – links to Africa’s ict@innovation

March 13, 2012 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Africa, Open Source IT business

The Linux penguin - by Nemo, licensed under a Public Domain CC0 license, source: http://pixabay.com/de/tux-pinguin-linux-symbol-zeichnung-36838/

The Linux penguin – by Nemo, licensed under a Public Domain CC0 license, source: http://pixabay.com/de/tux-pinguin-linux-symbol-zeichnung-36838/

Last week, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)  announced a new LPI certification and training project throughout the 22 countries in the League of Arab States.

This is certainly good news for ICT capacity building in general and even more interesting for the community of ict@innovation, which has been building training capacities around Linux Administration in Africa since 4 years. It looks like there is a lot to share between the pan-African community of 200+ Linux Admin trainers of ict@innovation and the new Linux training partnership in the Arab world. According to the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), which is partnering with ITU in the Arab region, the new programme aims at establishing 132 Linux “Train the trainer” centers on all three levels of Linux professional Institute Certification.

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MOOCs, Large Courses Open to All, Topple Campus Walls

March 5, 2012 in Freedom to learn

It looks like the ideas around open education are reaching the mainstream media. I just found this piece on “Massive Open Online Courses — known as MOOCs” in the New York Times. the article takes up some of the ideas which we have been experimenting in the past years, e.g. collective building of open educational resources, which we did at ict@innovation, see http://www.ict-innovation.fossfa.net/blog/%5Buser-raw%5D/africa-and-europe-join-forces-training-free-technology. The trend towards “Open Online Courses” is certainly an interesting one, particularly for our field of developing capacities through global & open knowledge cooperation. Cheers, Balthas

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/education/moocs-large-courses-open-to-all-topple-campus-walls.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha26&pagewanted=print

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Note: This text was first published on the blog of Balthas Seibold at the Alumniportal Germany (www.alumniportal-deutschland.org/en/). Check the blog ( register or login first). All blog entries represent the personal views and ideas of Balthas Seibold.

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

January 31, 2012 in Freedom to innovate

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

UNCTAD Information Economy Report 2011 mentions ict@innovation

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

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:

Open Educational Resources and Open Licensing for Capacity Building

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

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.

InWEnt, DED and gtz are now “GIZ”

January 3, 2011 in Work

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Johannesburg: Balthas Seibold opens first regional course on Business and Open Source in South Africa

July 14, 2009 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Africa, Open Source IT business

zen_ict_new_logoHow can Southern African IT-businesses make money with Free and Open Source Software? – this one of the questions discussed at the regional course on “Advanced African Business Models with Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)“. The two-week event started on July 13 at University of Witwatersrand, (Wits) in Johannesburg and is the first in a series of training-of-trainer (ToT) events in Southern and East Africa related to the programme “ict@innovation – – Creating Business and Learning Opportunities with Free and Open Source Software in Africa”. More on the course is online at the ict@innovation website, more on the programme, FOSS and Balthas’ work in Africa is in the section InWEnt: Africa & Open Source.

From snowball to avalanche. Article on impact research published

March 1, 2009 in News on publications

And yet another publication to promote on this page. It’s published at the international magazine “D+C Development and Cooperation / E+Z Entwicklung und Zusammenarbeit 2009/01”, and it’s about impact measurement in development cooperation. In the article Balthas Seibold takes the ICT capacity-building project it@coops of InWEnt to illustrate that it makes sense to examine what works – and how as many people as possible can be reached. The article is online both in English and in German.

The global digital divide is an innovation and learning divide!

February 23, 2009 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn, Open Source IT business

This article examines some of the ethical challenges and solutions related to the digital divide with a focus on how capacity building is crucial to bridge the different divides. The article is part of the volume “Internetökonomie und Ethik” (= The Economy of the Internet and Ethics) published by the renowed German editing house “Duncker & Humblot” in Berlin. In the article, Balthas Seibold postulates that from an ethical perspective, access to internet is not optional in developing countries and that four layers of Internet (physical layer, logical layer, content layer, learning layer) need to be kept open in order to allow for innovation and global digital equality (“Gütergerechtigkeit”). The article is online in German here: Publikationsseite.

Open Everything Berlin! Taking part in a global conversation about the art, science and spirit of ‘open’

December 6, 2008 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source IT business

Open Everything is a global conversation about the art, science and spirit of ‘open’. It gathers people using openness to create and improve software, education, media, philanthropy, architecture, neighbourhoods, workplaces and the society we live in: everything. It’s about thinking, doing and being open. Balthas Seibold took part in this global conversation at the 6th event taking place in Berlin. He spoke about “Open Development Cooperation through Capacity Building in Free and Open Source Software?”. The session discussed, how/if the principles of openness are resonating with some key principles of Development Cooperation in general and capacity-building support to initiatives in “Free and Open Source Software” in Asia in Africa in particular. More information: the presentation of Balthas Seibold / the Open Everything website / the Open Everything Berlin Wiki.

Drive for change! Balthas Seibold opens FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam conferences in Hanoi

November 14, 2008 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Asia, Open Source IT business

FOSS Bridge logoMore than 80 IT experts gathered on 14 November 2008 at “Drive for change”, a conference on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) held at Horison Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam. Carried out as part of the FOSS-Bridge EU-Vietnam initiative, the event was organized by InWEnt of Germany, INRIA of France, and the Institute of Information and Technology of Vietnam.

2009-2010 / Balthas Seibold presents at the first FOSS Bridge "EU-Vietnam" onference in Hanoi, Vietnam / Photo: Mario Behling for FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam / CC-Licence, see source

2009-2010 / Balthas Seibold presents at the first FOSS Bridge “EU-Vietnam” onference in Hanoi, Vietnam / Photo: Mario Behling for FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam / CC-Licence, see source at https://secure.flickr.com/photos/fossbridge/2013873411/

“FOSS is about connecting people and businesses through knowledge. We are therefore most pleased to see that more and more players in Vietnam cross the bridge towards free and open source software”, stated organizers Vu The Binh of IOIT and Balthas Seibold of InWEnt. The conference was the culminating point of the initiative FOSS-Bridge EU-Vietnam, which has been promoting Southeast Asian software industries and cooperation with Europe through innovative collaboration on FOSS and business development since 2006.

Overall, the programme has brought together more than 50 IT-companies from Vietnam and Europe for matchmaking and twinning, and about 100 FOSS companies and organizations are registered in the online network at www.foss-bridge.org. FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam has successfully prepared more than 20 Vietnamese IT-intermediaries and IT-SMEs to spread key knowledge on how to make business based on FOSS. More information: on the conference “Drive for change” / on FOSS Bridge EU-Vietnam in general / on previous key events such as the “High-Level Workshop on Open Source Requirements” (April 2008) and the “Second matchmaking, training and twinning workshop for European and Vietnamese FOSS businesses” (June 2008) / article on website of European commission.

Multi-year training programme on Open Source Software in Africa launched in Senegal

March 17, 2008 in Freedom to innovate, Open Source & Africa, Open Source IT business

zen_ict_new_logoDakar – Balthas Seibold of InWent announced a new regional program called “ict@innovation” at the Pan-African Idlelo 3 Conference in Dakar on 17.03.2008. ict@innovation will focus on fostering small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in the field of Free and Open Source Software through regional networking and strengthening of consulting capacities of ICT associations and training institutions in Southern and East Africa. Seibold stressed the potential of FOSS for the promotion of the private sector in Africa and an enabling environment for sustainable economic development, a focus of Germany’s cooperation through the BMZ. The theme of Idlelo 3 was “Making the Knowledge Economy Work for Africa”. Other speakers included Nnenna Nwakanma and Fatimata Seye-Sylla of FOSSFA, Ibrahima Niang (representative of Abou Salam Sall, UCAD’s Rector), Mohamed Tidiane Seck from ADIE, Bassirou Guissé, the Secretary General of the ministry of Infrastructure, Land Transportation and Telecoms for Senegal, Pierre Ouédraogo from OIF, and Lewis Rabkin, representing the South African Minister Geraldine Fraser Moleketi. More information is available in the official report / InWEnt’s press release (eng) / the presentation of Balthas Seibold (eng) and a / feature article on Idlelo3 (eng) , which appeared in the Linux Pro Magazine (eng).