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Asia Source II
Wednesday, Jan 31, 2007, 11:32 PM


Asia Source II: Technology for NGOs and SMEs
Yawitra Resort, Sukabumi, Indonesia
22-30 January 2007

Asia Source II aims to build the skills and networks of those in the region who are working in the non-governmental organization (NGO) and small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sectors. The event will bring together about professionals from the more technical to the more content-oriented to share knowledge and skills among “those who know technology” and “those who need technology”.

This follows the much-remembered and talked-of eight-day Asia Source held in Bangalore in January 2005. This camp was one in a series of international camps on the use of free and open source software being organized across the developing world.

Asia Source II seeks to build the skills and networks of professionals working in the non-governmental organization (NGO) and small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sectors in South Asia and South East Asia. The event will bring together about professionals from the more technical to the more content-oriented to share knowledge and skills among “those who know technology” and “those who need technology”. Participants will be coming from NGOs, educational organizations, NGO resource centres, community centres, health information organizations, SMEs and SME support agencies.

The event will focus on four key areas: (i) Open Publishing and Broadcasting; (ii) Alternative Hardware and Access; (iii) FOSS Implementation and Migration; and (iv) Information Management, as follows:

TRACK ONE
Open Publishing and Broadcasting: Communication Strategies and Writing Effectively. Graphic Design, Web Tools [Content Management Systems, Blogs, Wikis] and Audio/Video Production and Streaming. Script Writing and Story Boarding. File Formats and Conversion Utilities. Shooting and Editing Methodologies

TRACK TWO
Alternative Hardware and Access: Refurbished Hardware, Thin Clients, Hardware Hacking, Wireless Solutions and Community Radio.

TRACK THREE
FOSS Implementation and Migration: Moving an NGO or SME from proprietary software to FOSS. Participatory Design and Planning, Evaluating FOSS, End-User Training and Support Techniques, Dealing with Desktops, Proxy Server, Firewall, Mail Server and Groupware. Change management and migration strategies.

TRACK FOUR
Information Management: Mapping Information Sources and Requirements. Best practices for Creating Specifications, Information Architecture and User Interface Design. Web-based Databases, Geographical Information Systems, Customer Relationship Management, Application/Communication Security and Disaster Management Systems.

The event is organized by IOSN, Tactical Technology Collective in the Netherlands, InWent – Capacity Building international of Germany, ICT Watch in Indonesia, and Aspiration Tech of USA. It is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries in Indonesia, UNDP Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme, and the International Development Research Centre of Canada.
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