Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales, the founder of the impressive Web-based free-content multilingual encyclopedia Wikipedia project sees a growing role for Asian initiatives on this volunteer-edited product, that is now rated among the top 20 websites globally. Currently, Japanese is the only non-European language among the ‘big ten’ of the Wikipedia. But Farsi, Arabic, Korean, Thai, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, are among those with 10,000+ articles. In the 1000+ articles category are Urdu, Bangla, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu among others.
India is making noticeable progress in the field of ‘Open Access’, a growing global trend which could help it get out of the trap which blocks researchers from here reading what other Indians have published.Yet, a lot more still remains to be done, say experts working in the area. "Nearly a hundred journals have already taken the Open Access route," says Chennai (South India)-based Subbiah Arunachalam, an information scientist once called India’s and the developing world’s "great advocate for open access".
An article on EASSy just came out on the Daily Nation online on August 31, signed James Mugendi. Here is the link:
APC Women’s Networking Support Programme are running a 2-day workshop on FLOSS at the Know How Conference being held in Mexico City from 21-15 August. From a small and tightly packed computer room, with fans whirring in the background to cool down the room, participants moved from FLOSSophy to migrating to FOSS.
Getting to the 2006 iSummit took Andrew Garton to Santiago where he spent two days musing over digital rights management amidst trips to the Brazilian Consulate, Internet cafe’s and "real" coffee shops.
If copyright doesn’t work in the less affluent world, try copyleft. This is no joke, and a wide network of corporates, campaigners and senior officials are to meet this month-end in the national capital to look at new paradigms of creating and sharing knowledge. Titled "Owning the Future: Ideas and their role in the digital age", this symposium in India is being jointly organized by prestigious institution of higher education IIT (Indian Institute of Techonology) Delhi and open source software corporation Red Hat, on August 24-25, 2006.
Danilo from APC member in Argentina, Nodo Tau, comments to the APC report "Reduce the cost of international internet connectivity".
APC has just received the very sad news that our long-time friend and collaborator, Mike, died earlier this week. If you knew Mike and would like to share a few words about him, please post a comment and we will write a piece based on them.
iSummit 2006 was held in Rio de Janeiro from 23rd – 25th June 2006, at JW Marriot. There were 250-300 participants from various countries and regions, notably the Americas. Some were sponsored through IDRC, Revver, Shuttleworth Foundation, Linden Lab, OSI and Microsoft. Yes, Microsoft. Three days before the Conference, Creative Commons (CC) announced that Microsoft will embed a tool in its Word, Excel & Powerpoint, a CC tool [note: Lawrence Lessig was reported to be "excited", while Gilberto Gill was reported to be "thrilled" . Participants (some) were disturbed].
Well, here i am in prague – sitting in a room in kaca and marek’s flat after a