Free and Open Source Software and Technology for Sustainable Development

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Free and open source software (FOSS) technologies transcend geographical and cultural boundaries to usher in a new paradigm where volunteers collaboratively develop software for the commons. The political economy of FOSS technologies has far-reaching implications 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 socio-economic and technological impact the software has for both ...
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Overview

Free and open source software (FOSS) technologies transcend geographical and cultural boundaries to usher in a new paradigm where volunteers collaboratively develop software for the commons. The political economy of FOSS technologies has far-reaching implications 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 socio-economic and technological impact the software has for both developed and developing economies. While FOSS development, education and business potentials may appear as a phenomenon for the developed world, a sizable number of developing countries have undertaken bold measures to bring about innovation, sustainable ICT development and technology independence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280812176
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 11/2/2012
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Sulayman K. Sowe is JSPS-UNU Fellow, Science and Technology for Sustainable Societies, at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, Japan. Govindan Parayil is vice rector at United Nations University and director of the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies. Atsushi Sunami is associate professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan.

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Table of Contents

List of figures and tables viii

Contributors xi

Abbreviations xxii

Acknowledgements xxv

Introduction Sulayman K. Sowe Govindan Parayil Atsushi Sunami 1

Part I FOSS research, theory, technology adoption and practice 5

1 Making sustainable open source software infrastructures by federating and learning in the global context Gianluca Miscione 7

2 Innovative tools for sustainable agriculture in developing countries: The impact of open source biotechnology Ademola A. Adenle Obijiofor Aginam 24

3 FOSS as a driver: Perspectives from the ICT development agenda Tomonari Takeuchi 48

4 A participatory service learning process for FOSS-based solidarity projects David Franquesa David López Leandro Navarro Fermín Sánchez 74

5 Open source software migration: Capturing best practices using process reference models Onkgopotse Molefe Thomas Fogwill 96

6 Exploring FOSS opportunities in natural hazard risk assessment and disaster management Coley Zephenia 122

7 Open source software adoption best practices: Myths, realities, processes and economic growth Carlo Daffara 141

8 Language data as a foundation for developing countries: The ANLoc 100 African Locales Initiative Martin Benjamin 164

Part II FOSS case studies, surveys, policy development and experience reports 183

9 The open source ecosystem in Tunisia: An empirical study Imed Hammouda 185

10 Adoption and diffusion patterns of FOSS in Jamaican SMEs: A study of perceptions, attitudes and barriers Maurice McNaughton Sheryl Thompson Evan W. Duggan 212

11 Development NGOs as potential groups for expansion of FOSS: The case of Iran Saeid Nouri Neshat Parvin Pakzadmanesh Mehdi Almasi Mohammad Amin Ameri 243

12 Improving public healthcare systems in developing countries using FOSS: The EHAS Foundation case Carlos Rey-Moreno Inés Bebea-González Ignacio Prieto-Egido Seth Cochran Ignacio Foche-Pérez Jose García-Múnoz Andrés Martínez-Fernández Javier Simó-Reigadas 262

13 FOSS in school communities: An experience report from Peace Corps volunteers in Ghana Caroline Hardin 286

Part III Conclusion 313

14 Conclusion Sulayman K. Sowe 315

Glossary of terms 321

Index 325

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