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Part of our work @ r0g_agency is to research and explore the ways in which open source and its realm of related technologies and methodologies can be applied to a broad spectrum of activities. We seek to fuse the power and resources behind open source and open data into means of active knowledge creation and social empowerment, particularly in societal transformation and post-conflict scenarios.

South Sudan Open Systems
Solutions Research Travel
Download the #OSWARRAP / #OSJUBA / #OSBACK Research Travel Report, undertaken by Stephen Kovats and Clemens Lerche to Juba and Kuajok, South Sudan, Nov. 13 – 28, 2013:

#OSWARRAP_south_sudan_NOV2013_report

UNESCO WSIS+10 Review
UNESCO hosted the 1st WSIS+10 Review meeting ‘Towards inclusive Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development’, Paris, 25-27 February 2013. This first multi-stakeholder review event looked at the WSIS Action Lines’ achievements, and analyzed recent developments as well as forecasts. Recommendations were also made to the post-2015 process. r0g_agency was invited to participate and to lead the session on Open Solutions for Addressing Global Challenges.

Read or download the report:
Full Report
Executive Summary
report’s Appendix of ca. 130 case studies and exemplary projects

Appendix

WSIS Open Systems Solutions Appendix

Name / LinkLocationDescription
OuagalabAfrica, Burkina FasoThe Fablab Burkina brings together makers and fans of digital creation to stimulate the spirit of creativity and knowledge sharing. A new form of open collaborative enterprise in Burkina Faso, OuagaLab is a melting pot where the creative spirit of sharing and learning culture to strengthen society are at the core of its endeavours.
ActivSpacesAfrica, CameroonAn open collaboration and co-working space for African techies, including a broad community of makers, coders and entrpreneurs, as well as being a creative resources centre for open and digital cultures.
IcecairoAfrica, Egypticecairo is a place for action, creation and collaboration. They seek to leverage, support and enable Cairo's vibrant community of innovators and changemakers, in order to fulfill a common desire for positive and sustainable change through the invention, adaptation, production and spreading of green technologies.
Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN)Africa, EthiopiaTheir manadte is to receive and share information concerning potentially violent conflicts as well as their outbreak and escalation in the IGAD region, undertake analysis of the information and develop case scenarios and formulate options for response.
ICE AddisAfrica, Ethiopia University-based innovation hub, incubator and co-working space contributing to Ethiopia’s economic growth by tightening the interaction between researchers, developers, entrepreneurs and creative workers by promoting green, open local technological solutions to the public.
Advanced Information Technology InstituteAfrica, GhanaThis is Ghana's first Advanced Information Technology Institute that works to stimulate the growth of the ICT Sector in the ECOWAS region. This state-of-the-art facility provides a dynamic environment for innovation, teaching and learning as well as practical research on the application of ICT for development in Africa.
Mmofra FoundationAfrica, GhanaA foundation aimed to open the world of ideas to children through books, the arts, experiential learning, resilient ways, cultural grounding, including the use and development of FOSS and open data platforms to do so.
iLab AfricaAfrica, KenyaTo provide an envir­on­ment that pro­motes tech­no­lo­gical innov­a­tion and provides busi­ness sup­port struc­tures and policy dir­ec­tion to har­ness the poten­tial of ICT as a genu­ine tool for sus­tain­able devel­op­ment.
iHub NairobiAfrica, KenyaThis is an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in Nairobi.
The Thorn Tree ProjectAfrica, KenyaThis is a volunteer run organisation that works to give children of the traditional nomadic families of the Northern Samburu tribe the opportunity to attend school.
Code for KenyaAfrica, KenyaThis is a 5 month pilot program that aims to create a sustainable ecosystem around the Kenya Open Data Initiative, that will allow Organizations, Developers and the Community at large derive the advantages that an Open Data Initiative provides.
Kenya Open Data PortalAfrica, KenyaThe Kenya Open Data Initiative makes key government data freely available to the public through a single online portal. The website is a user-friendly platform that allows for visualizations and downloads of the data and easy access for software developers.
NairoBits TrustAfrica, KenyaNairoBits Trust is a youth based organization that uses ICT multimedia creatively to improve the lives of less privileged children and youth from the non-formal settlement.
iHUBAfrica, KenyaNairobi's Innovation Hub for the technology community is an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in the area. This space is a tech community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers, designers and researchers.
MapKiberaAfrica, KenyaMap Kibera is a free and open digital map of Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi. It is an interactive community information project.
African Centre for Open Governance (AFRICOG)Africa, KenyaAfriCOG’s programme activities built around the core functions of: Research; Advocacy and Partnerships; dissemination and linkages.
Maker Faire AfricaAfrica, NigeriaThis is a yearly pan-African maker faire and also a community of makers in order to encourage the commitment to origin, inovation and ingenuity.
Eco JournalismAfrica, NigeriaA project and open platform by run by a Nigerian editorial team of environmental journalists in collaboration with media activists across the world engaged in developing journalism projects addressing global challenges for the world of real-time media.
Co-Creation Hub NigeriaAfrica, NigeriaCcHUB is Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space designed to be a multi-functional, multi-purpose space where work to catalyze creative social tech ventures take place. The HUB is a place for technologists, social entrepreneurs, government, tech companies, impact investors and hackers to co-create new solutions to the many social problems in Nigeria.
Kër Thiossane Villa for Art and MultimediaAfrica, SenegalA cultural centre providing African artists with access to multimedia tools and open source technologies. Projects and events also include themes around DIWO, creative hactivism and advancing digital knowledge commons.
Dakar Libre MeetingAfrica, SenegalDakarLUG is platform, portaland resrouce network for the Senegalese Francophone FOSS community.
InnovAfricaAfrica, SenegalFocussed on innovation through experimentation, InnovAfrica is a leading francophone event for the exchange of innovatiive and cutting edge uses of technology.
South Sudan National Bureau of Statistics (SSNBS)Africa, South AfricaThis is the official statistical agency of the Government of South Sudan. It is mandated by the Transitional Constitution to collect, analyse and disseminate all official economic, social and demographic statistics as open data.
The Local Government ICT (LGICT) NetworkAfrica, South AfricaThe LGICT network enables local authorities to share IT best practices, solutions, ideas and services – not only for their own mutual benefit, but for the public they serve.
UbuntuAfrica, South AfricaOne of the world's leading FOSS operating systems.
Children's Pavilion / Interactive PlaygroundAfrica, South SudanThe Children's Pavilion and Interactive Landscape is an initiative aimed at South Sudanese children, to enable discourse on the (disappearing) space of play, following the notion that, if properly nurtured, they will the have the greatest potential to both embody and disseminate the vision and aspirations of their new country.
Community Empowerment for Progress Organzation - CEPOAfrica, South SudanCEPO is a non-profi civil society organization formed to engage fresh South Sudanese University graduates in building their respective communities/ societies on a voluntary basis. CEPO is engaged in the areas of peace and conflict mitigation, human rights, rule of law, livelihood, governance and democratic transformation. Its vision
is to enable the capability of society's members through self reliance and genuine intervention.
Kapital Movie Industry CorporationAfrica, South SudanKapital Movie is a community based, non profit network of visionary young artists, videomakers, IT professionals and graphic designers interested in sharing and nurturing a vibrant civil society through the power of open media. Kapital Movie's focus messages are about health, conflict mitigation, and the development of peaceful methods of association through the power of films and short commercials.
Sauti Wakulima (The Voice of the Farmers)Africa, TanzaniaThis is a collaborative knowledge base created by farmers in Tanzania by gathering audiovisual evidence of their practices using smartphones to publish images and voice recordings on the Internet. The farmers at Chambezi use them to document their daily practices, make reports about their observations regarding changes in climate and related issues, and also to interview other farmers, expanding thus their network of social relationships.
KINUAfrica, TanzaniaKINU are a Social Enterprise with the mission of concentrating, growing and accelerating the Tanzanian tech and social landscape, forming communities and developing a culture of co-creation and innovation. As an open innovation hub it creates an ecosystem that facilitates the creative transfer of knowledge.
Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA)Africa, transnationalThey promote the use of FOSS and the FOSS model in African development.
GIZ ICT@innovation AfricaAfrica, transnationalict@innovation is a capacity building programme which supports small and medium ICT enterprises and aims to encourage the growth of African ICT industries
Global Health BlogAfrica, transnationalemphasis on collaboration, local capacity building and system strengthening is helping to create a new kind of 2.0 national health system. With targeted training and support, open source solutions enable African developers to create, customize and grow systems themselves based on the specific needs of local health workers.
African Virtual UniversityAfrica, transnationalAfrican Virtual University (AVU) is a Pan African Intergovernmental Organization whose aim is to significantly increase access to quality higher education and training through the innovative use of Information and Communication Technologies.
AfrinnovatorAfrica, transnationalA respected and trusted source of news and in-depth analysis of the African tech and innovation sectors. Aiming to be domain experts in three areas of technology innovation and entrepreneurship – Information Technology, Environmental Technology (cleantech / greentech) & Biotechnology.
AfriLabs Africa, transnationalAfriLabs exists to support the growth of communities around African technology hubs and to encourage expansion of the network by providing tools and resources for new and emerging labs.
UreportAfrica, UgandaUreport is a free SMS-based system that allows young Ugandans to speak out on what's happening in communities across the country, and work together with other community leaders for positive change.
Women of Uganda Network - WOUGNETAfrica, UgandaWOUGNET is a NGO promoting and developing the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) among women and women's organisations as tools to share information and address issues such as poverty, illiteracy, violence against women and health care collectively.
Hive ColabAfrica, UgandaHive Colab is an open collaborative coworking space where people can meet, learn from one another, share knowledge. It's also a place to find mentors, or become a mentor to a young person, network to further your idea, get partners for your business, learn and share experiences and generally collaborate.
I Paid a Bribe Africa, ZambiaThis is an initiative to tackle corruption by harnessing the collective energy of citizens to show how much corruption is going on around. It aims to quantify petty corruption by understanding the role of bribery in public service delivery.
Africa Hubs MapAfrica, ZambiaThey provide a place for technology entrepreneurs to meet, swap experience, and attend training, networking and hackathon events.
Bongo HiveAfrica, ZambiaThe essence of BongoHive can be described by three keywords: Innovation, Creativity and Sustainability. We believe some applications and services can leapfrog development in Zambia, and these need to have the capacity to endure with sustainable outcomes.
Women Tech's Organization in AfricaAfrica, ZambiaA crowdsourced digital mapping of women's tech organisations in Africa.
Scientific Electronic Library Online (Argentina)Americas, Argentina The Scientific Electronic Library Online - SciELO is an electronic library covering a selected collection of Brazilian scientific journals. It includes the development of a common methodology for the preparation, storage, dissemination and evaluation of scientific literature in electronic format.
Fuel EconomicsAmericas, BoliviaA web application to raise awareness and inform people that choosing a car with low fuel consumption can help the environment and climate change. It presents data visualizations so people can be informed about climate change and CO2 emissions using data from World Bank World Development Indicator
UbalabAmericas, BrasilUbalab is an young articulation of open, experimental digital culture in Ubatuba, north of São Paulo. Developed within the network MetaReciclagem the lab focussed on three axes of action:
collaborative mapping, digital culture and experimental exchange.
BrasuinoAmericas, BrasilThis is a single board microcontroller that uses the AVR microcontroller. This Brazillian version of Arduino was redesigned using Libre Software, licensed as GPLv2+ and designed for easy prototyping.
REA Brasil (OER)Americas, BrasilThe REA-Br is one of the first projects
in Brazil to appropriate the reality of the Brazilian international discussion
on Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Education. The Community-REA Brazil is formed by educators, scientists, engineers, ICT professionals, journalists, lawyers and all those who believe in open education and open educational resources.
Ficha Pública (Public File)Americas, BrasilThe Public File is a nonpartisan space for the exchange of information between candidates and voters. Our mission is to become more visible to the voter, expanding the information available on more than 3000 Candidates for state and federal deputy in the state of São Paulo.
All Candidates will have the same chance to provide voters with information only about what they want to do and what your priorities are in charge of who is running. It is up to the voter to research, analyze and monitor the work of their candidate, if they are elected.
Metareciclagem (Meta Recycling)Americas, BrasilThe MetaReciclagem is a distributed network developing decentralized and open actions to appropriate technology. Begun in São Paulo in partnership with the NGO Agente Cidadão (Citizen Agent) as a project to collect and refurbish used computers that were later distributed to social projects. The MetaReciclagem ideology is based on the deconstruction of the hardware, the use of free software and open licenses, in a network based action and in the search for social transformation.
The Map of Citizen ParticipationAmericas, BrasilThe Map of Citizen Participation is a platform that allows users to search or register organizations that provide various forms of citizen participation in the city of São Paulo. Membership is free with the aim of greater information to stimulate the mobilization of society and strengthening social organizations.
Onibus Hacker Mobile LabAmericas, BrasilThe hacker bus is mobile lab where hackivists of all sorts board by a common
desire: to occupy Brazilian cities with political actions. By politics they understand all forms of technological appropriation, all nasty and all questioning and exercise of rights. By share, they understand practicing the do it yourself of a radio antenna, a bill, a school...
Cultura Viva (Brazil)Americas, BrasilThe cultural hotspots are intended to spread digital culture and technical knowledge throughout Brazil. The program is about democratization, permitting ideas of different places, from rich to poor cities, be exchanged. A hotspot is established with a broadband connection, infrastructure made with
recycled equipment and technical workshops on open-source software.
Public Software Portal (Brazil)Americas, BrasilThe Brazilian Public Software Portal was created to share software in the public interest and treat the software as a public good.
MootiroAmericas, BrasilOn the Mootiro network you find other organizations and people who work in your area or share your cause. You can invite your employees and donors to be part of the network and get involved with community projects. MootiroWiki is a space for sharing knowledge and information between people who promote
social change.
Queremos Saber (We Want to Know)
Americas, BrasilIn a democracy, citizens have a right to know what their government is doing. For now, we have a limited idea of what our representatives do. Some data are available on the websites of government, but are still not enough to keep up, in fact, the activities of elected politicians, what happens to our money, or to find - and even discover - public services. This site was created by the Community Transparency Hacker and the Open Knowledge Foundation Brazil to facilitate such access, and visualize how public institutions are fulfilling their obligation to
provide the information that is ultimately ours.
CDTC - Center for Technology and Knowledge DisseminationAmericas, BrasilCDTC recognises the importance of the role of the state, both in brokering software market and in building a more just society, It proposes a joint effort between the public sector and universities with the aim of expanding the knowledge society in the use of free software.
Fora do EixoAmericas, BrasilAn affiliation of ‘cultural producers’ (promoters, managers, labels etc.) who use the internet to connect and organise, work together and make a sustainable independent music and performing arts sector (English, see: http://p2pfoundation.net/Fora_do_Eixo)
Cultura Digital Portal (Brazil)Americas, BrasilA platform for web content and flow of people linked to the construction of public policy and regulatory frameworks for digital policy. Over 2000 blogs, 400 discussion groups and 500 forums initiated by July 2012. The network is used not only as a space for discussion, but as a tool for collaboration of public and systematization of contributions made to government bills.
Caribbean Open InstituteAmericas, CaribbeanThis is a regional initiative conceptualized by a community of Caribbean stakeholders that seeks to facilitate the emergence of a Caribbean Knowledge Economy.
Caribbean Information Society Portal (CARIB-IS)Americas, CaribbeanThe overall objective of the CARIB-IS is to promote the development of ICT in the implementation of the Caribbean Information Society within the CARIFORUM member states.
Developing The CaribbeanAmericas, CaribbeanIs the first regional Conference and Software Developer Competition of its kind, focused on Open Data and Social development. It combines the thrill and competition a code sprint, with the social objectives on government, NGOs and Civil Society. Highlights the focus on Open Data as a catalyst for regional development, and the role of software development as a locus of innovation.
Silicon CaribeAmericas, CaribbeanIs a triple award-winning blog that covers the Caribbean Tech Startup Scene – The Entrepreneurs, Developers, Designers, Investors, Advocates, Culture and Events. We keep you updated on the latest news and trends in Caribbean technology entrepreneurship and innovation.
HaitiCommunitereAmericas, CaribbeanHC is an organization that follows an 'Open Systems' principle, striving for Haitian and International groups to operate as a community, thus increasing capacity and streamlining logistical operations. HC partners operate in a shared overhead environment, thus allowing their focus of operations to remain project based. HC continues to respond to the observed needs not being addressed on the ground while coordinating a Sustainability Resource Center that fosters creativity and connectivity while inspiring the Haitian and International development effort.
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)Americas, ChileThis organisation was founded with the purpose of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic ties among countries and with other nations of the world. The organisation also serves to promote the region's social development.
Centro de Innovación en Educación ~ Fundación ChileAmericas, ChileThe Center for Innovation Studies in Education develops innovative ICT and access oriented educational perspectives for municipalities, local networks and education organisations in Chile. Their work is also based on open data georeferencing to evaluate behavioral analysis of registry data, perception of quality of education, gaps and critical points of relevance of specialties and productive environments.
Ciudadano InteligenteAmericas, ChileNon-profit ICT organization promoting transparency and citizen participation, as tools to protect and develop stronger democracies.
Espacio GAmericas, ChileSpace G based in Valparaiso, enables the interaction between emerging artists and art collectives. They employ open, networked and critical cultural practices as reflection and creation tools, as well as political spaces that allow the users to understand their own relationships with the broader world of knowledge and culture.
LibrepesanteAmericas, ColombiaDriven by the culture of DIY (do it yourself) and DIWO (do it with others) with regard to technological development and local industry, lirbeprensante explores the mitigation of local social, technological, environmental, cultural and economic problems. It is a point of convergence between content, network and community work.
WiringAmericas, ColombiaWiring is an open-source programming framework for microcontrollers, allowing writing cross-platform software to control devices attached to a wide range of microcontroller boards to create all kinds of creative coding, interactive objects, spaces or physical experiences.
labSurlabAmericas, ColombialabSurlab is a meeting of labs, whether marginal, institutional or independent across Latin America and beyond, aimed at sharpening the cultural strategies of the network society. Focus on the rethinking of the experimental, artistic and social components of new media and open technologies.
International Centre for Free and Open Source Software (ICFOSS Kerala)Asia, IndiaThis is an autonomous institution with the objectives of co-ordinating FOSS initiatives within Kerala, as well as linking up with FOSS initiatives in other parts of the world in order to push the agenda of promoting democratic access to information and knowledge through equitable models of production and distribution of software in particular and knowledge in general.
The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS Bangalore)Asia, IndiaThis is a research organization that works on policy issues relating to freedom of expression, privacy, accessibility for persons with disabilities, access to knowledge and IPR reform, and openness (including open government data, free/open source software, open standards, open access to scholarly literature, open educational resources, and open video), and engages in academic research on digital natives and digital humanities.
IT@School (Kerala)Asia, IndiaThis is a project of Department of General Education, Government of Kerala, setup to foster the IT education in schools and which on a longer term would facilitate ICT enabled education in the state.
Good Stove Asia, IndiaAn initiative to mitigate climate change through adaptation. Sstoves are constructed using easily available local raw material - bricks, clay, ash and cow-dung
House of Natural Fibre - HONFAsia, IndonesiaHONF - the House of Natural Fiber, is an open digital cultures community engaged in an active worldwide practice to foster democratic, artistic and open means of creative expression and innovative collaboration. Within the framework of their Education Focus Program (EFP) they concentrate on interdisciplinary scientific exchange on the critical analysis of the circumstances that move Indonesia's post-dictatorship society.
Low Cost ProsthesisAsia, IndonesiaA project of the HONFablab, the LCP develops lower leg prosthetics with production costs below $50 using open source tools, technologies and methodologies.
Mauj Media CollectiveAsia, PakistanOpen technology, art and culture. The initiatives of Mauj use open technology, art and culture to empower society and people. Their projects engage regional and international participants and audiences. MAUJ explores the phenomena of new media arts and the impact of technology within the context of the city.
Bytes for All, PakistanAsia, PakistanB4A, Pakistan is a, ICT focussed human rights organization that experiments with and organizes debate on the relevance of ICTs for sustainable development and strengthening human rights movements in Pakistan. B4A focuses on capacity building of human rights defenders on their digital security, online safety & privacy.
Sahana EdenAsia, Pakistan (transnational)Sahana Eden is an Open Source Humanitarian Platform which can be used to provide solutions for Disaster Management, Development, and Environmental Management sectors.
Transparency InternationaltransnationalThis blog will show what people are doing to stop corruption around the world through the unique perspectives of  Transparency International’s local, independent offices run by local staff in over 100 countries.
Open Government PartnershiptransnationalThe Open Government Partnership is a new multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
Open Font LibrarytransnationalThe Open Font Library promotes freedoms relating to the use of type. All the fonts that appear on this site come with the freedom to use, study, share and remix them.
Open Data Census transnationalThe open data census assesses the state of open data around the world. This site hosts the census and presents the results along with other key facts about the state of open data and especially open government data around the world.
GNU General Public LicensetransnationalThe GNU General Public License is a free, copyleft license for software and other kinds of works. It is intended to guarantee users freedom to share and change all versions of a program to make sure it remains free software for all its users.
Tactical Technology CollectivetransnationalSecurity in-a-box provides a collection of Hands-on Guides, each of which includes a particular freeware or open source software tool, as well as instructions on how you can use that tool to secure your computer, protect your information or maintain the privacy of your Internet communication.
ScriptsourcetransnationalScriptSource is a dynamic, collaborative reference to the writing systems of the world, with detailed information on scripts, characters, languages - and the remaining needs for supporting them in the computing realm.
Open CulturetransnationalOpen Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.
Open Source Hardware and Design Alliance (OHANDA)transnationalOHANDA is an initiative to foster sustainable copyleft-like sharing of open hardware and design. It was first drafted at the GOSH!-Grounding Open Source Hardware summit at the Banff Centre in July 2009 and one of the first goals of the project is to create a label and to build a service for sharing open hardware designs.
International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)transnationalIATI is a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to improve the transparency of aid in order to increase its effectiveness in tackling poverty.
Creative CommonstransnationalCreative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrstructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and infrastructure innovation.
Open Data Resources for Climate ChangetransnationalCentral hub of information, data and reports about climate change around the world.
Association for Progressive Communications (APC)transnationalAPC empowers and supports organisations, social movements and individuals in and through the use of information and communication technologies to build strategic communities and initiatives for the purpose of making meaningful contributions to equitable human development, social justice, participatory political processes and environmental sustainability.
Random Hacks of KindnesstransnationalA rapidly growing global initiative encompassing a community of over 5,500 innovators in over 30 countries making the world a better place by developing practical, open source technology solutions to respond to some of the most complex challenges facing humanity.
AppropediatransnationalAppropedia is a major global wiki for open systems and collaborative solutions in sustainability, appropriate technologies and poverty reduction.
Irrepressible VoicestransnationalIrrepressible Voices (IV) is an Internet-based participation platform for videos about human rights issues, drawing attention to concrete issues and developing strategies to improve human rights situations.IV uses visual reports to document human rights issues to discuss, rate, verify and work on solution proposals with partner experts.
Open DefinitiontransnationalThe Open Definition sets out principles that define “openness” in relation to data and content, aiming to ensure interoperability between different pools of open material.
Book SprinttransnationalBook Sprints are short intense facilitated writing retreats, which bring together a group of four to twelve people along with a facilitator to produce a book in three to five days. Using open source tools and platforms, the process is aimed specifically at creating FOSS manuals, OER and other forms of open collaborative enterprise.
Greg's Cable MaptransnationalThe map consolidates all available information about the undersea communications infrastructure. With initial data harvested from Wikipedia, further information is gathered from numerous sources and transcribed into a useful and rich geocoded format
Global Hackerspace NetworktransnationalHackerspaces are FOSS oriented and community-operated physical places, where people can meet and work on their projects. This website is for Anyone and Everyone who wants to share their hackerspace stories and questions with the global hackerspaces community.
Global Network of FablabstransnationalFab labs provide widespread access to modern means for collaborative invention that have spread from inner-city Boston to rural India, from South Africa to the North of Norway. Activities in fab labs range from technological empowerment to peer-to-peer project-based technical training to local problem-solving to small-scale high-tech business incubation to grass-roots research. Fab labs share core capabilities, so that people and projects can be shared across them.
SourcefabrictransnationalBook Sprints are short intense facilitated writing retreats, which bring together a group of four to twelve people along with a facilitator to produce a book in three to five days. Using open source tools and platforms, the process is aimed specifically at creating FOSS manuals, OER and other forms of open collaborative enterprise.
Open Source EcologytransnationalWith chapters around the world the OSE project is a network of farmers, engineers, and open technologies supporters that are creating a 'Global Village Construction Set' as an open source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of industrial and agricultural machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts.
BricolabstransnationalBricolabs is a translocal, intraregional network that regards nationally determined cultural policies for 'new media' as attempts to dominate, rationalise, claim and own practices that by nature exist beyond such frameworks.
Bricolabs investigates open content, software and hardware for community applications, bringing people together with new technologies and distributed connectivity.
ojoVoztransnationalojoVoz is a FOSS platform which consists of mobile and web-side applications that help communities make their voices heard. The platform focusses on a methodology which encourages face-to-face meetings and the sharing of hardware, with one aim being to help communities in creating a knowledge commons and community memory. By collaboratively documenting, discussing and sharing their common issues, small groups of people with specific interests can use ojoVoz to strengthen their voice and create awareness.
Open Data for Africatransnational (AfDB)The Open Data Platform is a user-friendly tool for extracting data, creating and sharing own customized reports, and visualizing data across themes, sectors and countries in tables, charts and maps. Through the Open Data Platform, users can access a wide range of development data on African countries from multiple international and national official sources
The Commonwealth of Learning (COL)transnational (Canada)This is an intergovernmental organisation created by Commonwealth Heads of Government to encourage the development and sharing of open learning/distance education knowledge, resources and technologies. COL is helping developing nations improve access to quality education and training.
Open ICT for Development (ICT4D)transnational (Canada)This is a wiki which attempts to collaboratively build the theoretical and empirical understanding of Openness and its applicability to the field of human development, and ICT for development in general.
Steps for Peacetransnational (Germany)This is a non-profit organisation that supports social and political transformation processes in crisis regions. Their work focuses on education, researcch and development cooperation.
Open Oiltransnational (Germany)OpenOil seesk creative, practical and socially progressive policy making in the oil and gas industries, believing this possible within current constraints. They seek to link the global debates on climate change, energy and the resource 'curse', and publish country specific almanacs on the local oil industries. Using social media, FOSS and open content approaches works to publish oil contracts to create a more open atmosphere around the oil industry.
Front Line Defenderstransnational (Ireland)A FOSS based international foundation for the protection of human rights defenders, working to provide fast and effective action to help protect human rights defenders at risk so they can continue their work as key agents of social change.
Ushahiditransnational (Kenya)A non-profit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualisation and interactive mapping.
Publish What You Fundtransnational (London)Publish What You Fund was launched at the Accra High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness by a coalition of governance, aid effectiveness and access to information organisations. They campaign for aid transparency, completely open, more and better information about aid and development assistance internationally.
One Percent Blogtransnational (Netherlands)This is the marketplace or platform that connects smart development projects with people, money and knowledge around the world.
Reliefwebtransnational (OCHA)ReliefWeb is a leading source for reliable and timely humanitarian information on global crises and disasters providing updates and analysis to humanitarians, so they can make informed decisions and plan effective assistance.
Open Data Research Network (ODDC)transnational (UK)The Open Data Research network has been established to connect researchers from across the world working to explore the implementation and impact of open data initiatives.
The Data Journalism Handbooktransnational (UK)The handbook was born at a 48 hour workshop at MozFest 2011 in London. It subsequently spilled over into an international, collaborative effort involving dozens of data journalism's leading advocates and best practitioners.
exayurtHtransnational (UK)Applying whole systems thinking to refugee camps and disaster response. It creates the capability to manufacture and distribute high quality, long lifespan
housing at a price similar to tents.
Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisationtransnational (UK)The CTO is an international organisation engaged in multilateral collaboration in the field of ICTs to deliver effective development interventions that enrich, empower, and emancipate people within the Commonwealth and beyond.
Gender Equality in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)transnational (UNESCO)This Community aims at creating a network of different institutions and projects that deal with the issue of the under-representation of Women in Technology -and more deeply with the Gender Gap in FOSS.
Gender Equality in Free and Open Source Softwaretransnational (UNESCO)This Community aims at creating a network of different institutions and projects that deal with the issue of the under-representation of Women in Technology -and more deeply with the Gender Gap in FOSS.
WSIS Knowledge Communitiestransnational (UNESCO)A platform for facilitating information gathering and exchange, and common development of ideas and projects among the multi-stakeholder team for each Action Line through collaborative and community oriented online tools.
Open Source Initiative (OSI)transnational (USA)This is the community-recognized body for reviewing and approving licenses as OSD-conformant. They are also actively involved in Open Source community-building, education, and public advocacy to promote awareness and the importance of non-proprietary software.
The International Republican Institutetransnational (USA)This is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, which advances freedom and democracy worldwide by developing political parties, civic institutions, open elections, democratic governance and the rule of law.
Open Educational Resources (Open Educational Resourcestransnational (USA)A network bringing together approx. 45 000 OER (Open Educational Resources) tools for sharing curriculum with the world, along with news and training on the brave new world of open education.
Bright Path Foundationtransnational (USA) BrightPath Foundation is an international non-profit organization focused on building local capacity through values-based technology training, education sector support and resource development initiatives. They facilitate innovative, locally customized, technology-based training and education solutions for communities across the world.

 

r0g @ OKCon 2013
OKCon is the world’s leading open data and open knowledge conference, running since 2005. r0g was invited to talk about ‘#OSSOL – Open Systems Solutions for Peace and Sustainability’ atOKCon 2013 (Geneva, Switzerland on 16th-18th September):

Accompanying slides to the #OSSOL talk @ OKCon 2013:

 

#OSWARRAP
#OSWARRAP: Open Systems Strategies linking FOSS & Open Knowledge to strengthen agriculture in Warrap State, South Sudan report by Stephen Kovats, Eva Yayi, Eugenio Tisselli.

#MMJUBA
Within the framework of #MMJUBA the OSJUBA_REPORT and the MMJUBA_OPENSYSTEMS_REPORT by Jodi Rose, Stephen Kovats and Amrit Naresh occured