The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) donated and installed information communications technology (ICT) equipment Wednesday at the National Assembly of Zambia at the cost of 790,000 U.S. dollars.
OSS Watch performed a survey during February and March 2006 on UK Higher Education and Further Education institutions with the purpose to get an image of the present situation of open source software (OSS) in the target group. A comparison was made with the previous similar report drafted in
2003 and future work areas were identified for OSS Watch activities.
The survey was carried out by Dr. Ellen J. Helsper. Helsper, a Tutorial Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, considered also the reasons for using OSS and the contribution to the OSS community by the target group.
Having received answers from 23 institutions, the present study shows a positive trend in the use on OSS in both types of institutions.
Some of the findings of the 2006 survey are that:
Although only 25% of institutions mention OSS in an institutional policy, in practice 77% of institutions consider OSS when procuring software;
69% of institutions have deployed OS software on servers;
100% of institutions provide Internet Explorer on their Windows desktop PCs, yet 68% now also provide Mozilla Firefox;
56% of Further Education institutions use Moodle as a Virtual Learning Environment;
there is a big number of CMS solutions in use;
cost continues to the principal driver in reasons for considering OSS.
One of the most important results of the report is that OSS solutions have increased since 2003 and will certainly continue to be used in educational institutions also in the future.
The paper builds on four detailed case studies of initiatives that have encountered such obstacles. Each of these initiatives is moving forward, but only by fighting against a copyright-related system that instead should be helping educators accomplish their goals. Drawing on these case studies, other research, and comments made by a cross-section of scholars, lawyers, librarians, and educators who participated in two day-long workshops organized as part of the project, the following emerged as the most significant copyright-related obstacles to educational uses of content.
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam regulates access to the Internet by its citizens extensively, through both technical and legal means. This study by the OpenNet Initiative (ONI) finds that the Vietnamese state attempts to block citizens from accessing political and religious material deemed to be subversive along various axes. The technical sophistication, breadth, and effectiveness of Vietnam's filtering are increasing with time, and are augmented by an ever-expanding set of legal regulations and prohibitions that govern on-line activity.
In this article, Stephen Downes from the National Research Council of Canada exposes what could be define as the “E-Learning 2.0”. Mr. Downes presents where we are now in terms of Learning Management Systems, or notions such as "Learning Objects" -today defined by new Standards- that can be sequence and organize into courses. The article relates the state of trends or Open Education concept to share knowledge through out new types of licences (Free and Open Source Software or Creative Commons Licences) also adopted by E-Learning.