vinay at itforchange.net vinay at itforchange.net
Mon Jul 14 20:06:57 IST 2008

Hello All,

Greetings from IT for Change.

I had earlier shared information about a new FLOSS project that we had
started working on - FLOSSInclude (http://www.flossinclude.org/)

I am writing to you again to give you details about the planned activities
in this project and to seek your support for the same.The FLOSSInclude
project is an international research project in FLOSS and open standards
which aims to study the requirements of increasing the deployment,
development and societal impact of FLOSS in Africa, Asia and Latin
ITforChange (http://www.itforchange.net/) and Sarai, India
(http://www.sarai.net/) are the two organizations in India, which will be
a part of this project.

As part of this project IT for Change seeks to focus on ‘FLOSS and the
public sector’, and will study the role of public sector agencies in
procuring, organizing and stimulating production of FOSS, including using
FLOSS for public administration, and sharing of FLOSS applications among
public sector bodies.

We specifically aim to understand;
(1) the context of, and requirements for, a wide scale deployment and use
of FLOSS within the public sector agencies in India,
(2) the issues and challenges involved in building an ecology for the
development of such FLOSS and applications that have the most development
and governmental uses, and,
(3)the issues and challenges in fostering sharing software in the public

Understanding such techno-social as well as social factors would be useful
to understand,conceptualize and design programs that would further the use
of FLOSS in these sectors.

Our activities in the initial phase of this project will include -
1. Collection and analysis of data on government policies on FOSS and
open standards, and on FOSS implementation in Indian public sector
2. A study on the issues of perceptions regarding software choices within the
public sector
3. Undertaking a techno-social analysis of success and/or failure of FOSS
implementations in the public sector

As we launch the first phase, we request your support for gathering
information in the above mentioned area. Please do let us know of any
organizations/individuals/resources which might prove useful in gathering
such information.

Looking forward to your support through the project.

Please email back if any further clarification is needed on this.


Vinay Sreenivasa
IT for Change
vinay at itforchange.net


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