Moving towards open source innovation

24-07-2015 – Filed under open-innovationopen-source

After months of work our software code is finally released to the public for free. Every line of code and all thoughts behind it. Good ideas and probably also so not so good ones. The philosophy behind it all is simple: An idea needs to prove itself and can only…

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20 inspiring open source innovation communities and tools from around the world

17-07-2015 – Filed under open-innovationopen-sourcemaker

Last updated: 04.09.15 Open source software has become a strong movement and as it gains popularity it leads most software companies to engage with the expanding open source community. All things digital, being it music, photos, etc., have in one way or another become free thanks to some clever licenses….

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The race to map Africa and ethical issues around online mapping

03-06-2009 – Filed under ICT4Dlinksafricageospatialmappingopen-sourceopen-dataparticipationprojectsvisualizationweb2fordev

I started blogging at the Web2fordev gateway, from which I will crosspost some articles here from time to time to get some further discussions on web2fordev. I wrote the following piece together with Giacomo Rambaldi, the initiator of PPgis (Open Forum on Participatory Geographic Information Systems and Technologies). Online Mapping…

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My take on the state of mobile phones for developments

25-01-2009 – Filed under ICT4Dafricaagriculturedevelopmentmobileopen-sourcerural-development

As an outcome from the virtual forum on mobile phones by FAO – where I experienced a great exchange with mobile phone practitioners worldwide – I was interviewed by the e-agriculture.org forum. During the interview, I tried to summarize my observations and discussions around mobile  phones for development from the…

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Flu alerts and what it says about the future power of information

26-12-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dapidevelopmentenvironmentfeedmappingmashupmobileopen-sourcerss

The other day I stumbled over this news piece: “The phone that feels the flu before you do” – a company offers a service, where one can find out how intensive the level of flu is in their area. So, basically, you can get “Open Source Intelligence” via mobile phone….

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Mobile phones for development = grassroots innovations

20-07-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dcollaborationconnectivitygrassrootskm4devmobileopen-sourcetwitter

Recently, there seems to be a hype around mobile phones in developing countries. It is great to see the investments being made in mobile technology and communication. At the KM4DEV unconference Pete Cranston, Luca Servo  and I organized a little session around the potential of mobile phones for knowledge sharing….

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Impressions from Re-publica and Social Innovation Camp

14-04-2008 – Filed under activismcommunicationconferencee-democracyopen-sourceparticipationpoliticsprivacyrepublicasicamp08social-innovation

The German vs. the British websphere Well, a week after attending both, the Social Innovation Camp (sicamp08) and re-publica, I finally post my reflections on these events. It was great to visit these two events, listen to numerous interesting presentations at re-publica, and grasp the contagious spirit of social innovation…

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A network of ideas - development 2.0

01-02-2008 – Filed under communicationICT4Dcitizen-journalismculturedevelopmentnetworkopen-sourceopennesspoverty

[Published in the Internationale Politik magazine in December 2007.] How the participative Web 2.0 challenges development cooperation - and why this is a chance for development organizations  Adyaka, a village in the heart of Uganda, needs a new trade school. None of the 4,000 inhabitants have the necessary skills to…

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The difficulty of saying good bye to top-down communication

15-11-2007 – Filed under communicationknowledge-managementopen-sourcepublic-relation

Last Tuesday I took part on a discussion round in Düsseldorf, Germany. It was about the changing of the communication of enterprises due to web2.0. Reflecting the evening, I find it quite interesting what it might have meant in terms of the new web and its potential users in Germany….

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Open Source Life?

12-11-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dafricacollaborationopen-sourceparticipation

As Japan is losing interest in the personal computer, Google announces recently the Android alliance to bring free and open source software to mobile phones. The revolutionary part of this is that proprietary software might be mostly for the personal computer; it will not longer be anymore for the mobile….

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web2fordev conference impressions (1)

29-09-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dconferenceopen-sourceopennessrural-developmentsharingweb2fordev

Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to blog during the web2fordev conference. Organization work was more than what I expected, and of course there were so many interesting people to talk to around, I just couldn’t let go. Favourably, we got about 50 blog posts mainly from our journalists,…

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Few steps to a powerful social software application

08-09-2007 – Filed under communicationICT4Dfeedopen-sourcesharingsocial-networkweb2fordev

I have been dealing with different kinds of content management systems for some years now. What I find fascinating lately it is how applications became powerful and how easy they are to handle by non-experts. **Through these applications, creating social media and networking is possible for everybody. **Wikis and blogs…

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10 lessons learnt from ICT4D

05-08-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dconnectivityculturelearningopen-sourcesharing

Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) is still a fairly new theme in the development arena. Throughout the years ICT4D has diversified in many different sub-themes such as e-governance, e-agriculture, e-health, education, etc. Although there have been successful stories, the high hopes had often not been realized in many…

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Can free and open source software make a difference in developing countries?

23-07-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dbusinessculturedevelopmentlearningnetworkopen-sourcesharing

I have already written before about the concept of open source, but this time I want to highlight the potential of free and open source software (FOSS). I attended a while ago an interesting presentation on free and open source software by Andrea Götzke and Balthas Seibold. What I found…

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The open source approach for organizations

09-07-2007 – Filed under knowledge managementcivil-societylearningopen-sourcesocial-network

I just finished reading Allison Fine’s book “Momentum igniting social change in the Connected Age.” I really liked it because it explains in detail how we should reconsider cooperation and external communication in an organizational context. Fine speaks mainly of civil society such as activist organizations but I think her…

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Do new web applications benefit the poor?

04-06-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dafricabloggingcomputerconnectivityopen-sourcesharingsocial-networkweb2fordevwiki

I was curious when an article titled Web 2.0 can benefit the world’s poor appeared on Scidev.net. The authors Waleed al-Shobakky and Jack Imsdahl see in new web applications, such as Google docs, a great potential for developing countries. They write, “Web 2.0 can help these students create documents, track…

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