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Centre de ressources Ouest Africain pour les Logiciels Open Source

publié le 15 oct. 2010 à 17:51 par yves miezan-ezo


Le Centre d'excellence TIC Ghana et Inde Kofi Annan Center (AITI-KACE), en collaboration avec la Communauté économique des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (CEDEAO), a lancé une initiative baptisée "Open Source Resource Centre for West Africa", à Accra.

Pour le Vice Ministre de la Communication, M. Gideon Quarcoo, l'idée est de partager la connaissance et mutualiser les informations et contenus.
Il est une absolue nécessité de sensibiliser le public à l'utilisation des logiciels Open Source et renforcer les capacités tant au niveau individuel qu'institutionnel, l'accent devant être mis sur la mise en oeuvre de solutions citoyennes.

Dorothy Gordon, Directeur Général de l'AITI-KACE rappelant les fondamentaux des logiciels libres, a abondé en son sens. Un panel consultatif de haut niveau (HLAP) de la sous-région a été constitué et le CHALA est heureux et fier d'annoncer son intégration en tant qu'expert.

D
ignement représenté par son Président, Christian ROLAND, le CHALA est également membre du Bureau Exécutif.

Plus d'information : http://osrc.aiti-kace.com.gh/
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West Africa Open Source Resource Centre Launched
Friday, 08 October 2010 09:34

The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE), in Collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), yesterday launched an initiative christened “Open Source Resource Centre for West Africa”, in Accra.

The Deputy Minister for Communication, Mr. Gideon Quarcoo, who launched the intiative, explained that, the idea is about knowledge sharing and uploading of information or contents, adding that the time has come for West African States to move away from consuming technology, and instead, create technology and own it.

Africa, he said is not well represented in active growth of the Open Source initiatives, saying that 9 out of 350 globally-recognized Open Source initiatives are in Africa.

He therefore, advocated the need to raise public awareness on the use of the Open Source Software and also build capacity both at the individual and institutional levels, stressing that the focus must be on solutions that best serve the needs of the citizens.

“My challenge to all is to ensure that the work of the Open source Resource Centre-West Africa, promotes collaboration between our software companies, so that our software companies grow”, he said.

The President of ECOWAS Commission, Ambassador James Victor Gbeho, in a goodwill message read on his behalf, said the Ghana India- Kofi Annan ICT Centre which has been adopted by the Commission will help train members in the sub-region in languages such as English, French and Portuguese.
He hoped that the advent of the Open Source Software and the Sub-Regions quest to break the digital divide will become a reality.

Madam Dorothy Gordon, Director General of the (AITI-KACE), maintained that Open Source Software is a computer software for which the source codes and rights for redistribution, ownership and modification are made available to the public under special licensing agreements.

The Launch of the Open Source Resource Centre also attracted good will messages from a High Level Advisory PANEL (HLAP) from the Sub-Region's.

Source: ISD (Abraham Otabil & Rupert Penney)
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