EC Project to promote Free Software and Open Standards
International SELF Project Kick-off on July 10th in The Hague
Keywords: Open Content, Free Software, Open Source, Open Standards, Education, Information Society, Knowledge Platform
EC to invest in Free Software promotion and education
The European Commission is directing more and more money to promote the use of Free Software and Open Standards, which is a strategic objective within the IST (Information Society Technologies) Programme. The EC has signed a contract for this purpose with the SELF Consortium, a group of universities and free software advocates in seven countries, including Bulgaria, Argentina and India. The SELF project will be funded for the initial period (two years) with about 1 million euro.
A short intro on the SELF project
SELF is an international project that aims to provide a platform for the collaborative sharing and creation of open educational and training materials about Free Software and Open Standards. First of all, it will provide information, educational and training materials on Free Software and Open Standards presented in different languages and forms. Secondly, it will offer a platform for the evaluation, adaptation, creation and translation of these materials. The production process of such materials will be based on the organisational model of Wikipedia.
Why the SELF platform?
The SELF project starts from three key reasons: 1) Free Software and Open Standards are crucial to support the competitive position of the European software industry; 2) the real and long term technological change from private to free software can only come by investing in education and training; and 3) the production of educational and training materials on Free Software and Open Standards should be done collaboratively by all the parties involved.
Who is the SELF Consortium?
The SELF platform is initiated by an international consortium including three universities: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain), University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (India). And four non-profit organisations active as Free Software advocates: Internet Society (Netherlands), Free Software Foundation Europe (in all European countries), Internet Society (Bulgaria) and Fundación Via Libre (Argentina).
Which are the target groups of the SELF project?
The SELF platform seeks to facilitate educational institutes, business, governmental organisations as well as non-profit organisations.
SELF conference program
The SELF project will be presented in more detail and international experts will present keynotes on related concepts such as Free Software, Open Standards, Open Content and Education.
Date + time: Monday 10th July 2006 9:30 – 17:30
Venue: City Council, Spui 68, The Hague, The Netherlands, entrance "dienst Openbare Bibliotheek" (public library). Next to train station “Den Haag Centraal Station”. Transport Instructions.
Contact: ISOC.nl / Wouter Tebbens (w.tebbens [at] staff.isoc.nl)
Registration: The conference programme is free of charge, but it is compulsory to register before the 1st of July. Please register at the website: http://isoc.nl/registratie/ Limited seats available!
More information about the project, its partners and the speakers can be found at the project website: http://selfproject.eu and at http://isoc.nl/SELF.
This day is organised with the help of the following parties.