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Title Free and open source software and technology for sustainable development / edited by Sulayman K. Sowe, Govindan Parayil and Atsushi Sunami
Published Tokyo, Japan ; New York, NY : United Nations University Press, [2012]
©2012
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Description 1 online resource (xxvi, 346 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents Making sustainable open source software infrastructures by federating and learning in the global context / Gianluca Miscione -- Innovative tools for sustainable agriculture in developing countries: th impact of open source biotechnology / Ademola A. Adenle, Obijiofor Aginam -- FOSS as a driver: Perspectives from the ICT development agenda / Tomonari Takeuchi -- A participatory service learning process for FOSS-based solidarity projects / David Franquesa [and others] -- Open source software migration: Capturing best practices using process reference models / Onkgopotse Molefe, Thomas Fogwill -- Exploring FOSS opportunities in natural hazard risk assessment and disaster management / Coley Zephenia -- Open source software adoption best practices: Myths, realities, processes and economic growth / Carlo Daffara -- Language data as a foundation for developing countries: The ANLoc 100 African Locales Initiative / Martin Benjamin -- The open source ecosystem in Tunisia: An empirical study / Imed Hammouda -- Adoption and diffusion patterns of FOSS in Jamaican SMEs: A study of perceptions, attitudes and barriers / Maurice McNaughton, Sheryl Thompson, Evan W. Duggan -- Development NGOs as potential groups for expansion of FOSS: The case of Iran / Saeid Nouri Neshat [and others] -- Improving public healthcare systems in developing countries using FOSS: The EHAS Foundation case / Carlos Rey-Moreno [and others] -- FOSS in school communities: An experience report from Peace Corps volunteers in Ghana / Caroline Hardin -- Conclusion / Sulayman
Summary Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) technologies transcend geographical and cultural boundaries to usher in a new development paradigm where volunteers collaboratively create software for common use. The political economy of FOSS technologies has far-reaching implications for world development because of the centrality of information and communications technologies for development (ICT4D). The global trend in the diffusion and adoption of FOSS technologies is a testimony to the socioeconomic and technological impact the software has for both developed and developing economies. The main aim of this book is to raise awareness, increase the deployment, and capture the socioeconomic, technical, and educational impact of information and communications technologies in general, and free and open source software in particular, for sustainable development. A global collection of experts in social, natural, and human sciences, with contributions from researchers and practitioners in both developing and developed countries, cover the theoretical and practical implications of FOSS technologies. While FOSS development, education, and business potentials may appear as a phenomenon for the developed world, a sizable number of developing countries have implemented FOSS policies of their own. Empirical and anecdotal evidence continues to demonstrate the potential of FOSS technologies for giving people the opportunity to participate actively in the development and shaping of their own technology, stimulating the growth of indigenous software industries, creating local jobs, and lowering technology acquisition and deployment costs. The target audience of the book includes ICT4D and sustainable development experts, FOSS developers and users, policymakers, technology-oriented small and medium enterprises, NGOs working in ICT and sustainable development, international organizations with technology transfer initiatives, information systems practitioners and research institutions, curriculum designers, universities and colleges, and training institutions interested in the pedagogical aspects of FOSS technologies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Economic development -- Developing countries.
Information technology -- Economic aspects -- Developing countries.
Open source software -- Developing countries.
Sustainable development -- Developing countries.
Form Electronic book
Author Parayil, Govindan, 1955-
Sowe, Sulayman K.
Sunami, Atsushi, 1965-
LC no. 2012024270
ISBN 9280871862 (electronic bk.)
9789280871869 (electronic bk.)