Open Educational Resources

Open knowledge is knowledge that one is free to use, reuse, and redistribute without legal, social or technological restriction. Open knowledge is a set of principles and methodologies related to the production and distribution of how knowledge works in an open manner. Knowledge is interpreted broadly to include data, content and general information.

The concept is related to open source and the Open Knowledge Definition is directly derived from the Open Source Definition. Open knowledge can be seen as being a superset of open dataopen content and libre open access with the aim of highlighting the commonalities between these different groups. 

 

Wikipedia contributors. "Open knowledge." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, Sep. 2018.

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OPEN SOURCE DOCUMENTATION GUIDE (#ODG)

As part of the #ASKnet - Access to Skills and Knowledge network intiative in South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, r0g_agency has released it’s latest Open Skills Guide … the Open Source Documentation Guide (#OSD), offering step-by-step instructions on how to document your work for shared and collaborative use. Acting as an introduction to open source methodologies the #OSD provides easy guidance to increase the impact and innovative capacities of collaborative projects. Providing beginners and advanced users with strategies to apply open source principles more effectively the #ODG is an educational resource and a door to new creative opportunities! Designed as a poster, the #OSD follows the Open Learning Guide (#OLG) , the Open Hardware Guide (#OHG) and the Open Training Guide (#OTG).

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OPEN TRAINING GUIDE (#OTG)

This Open Training Guide (#OTG) is a learning resource that can be used by anyone to facilitate easier Access to Skills and Knowledge. It offers tools and methodologies to help design and run your own training, wherever you may be, with whatever resources you have at hand.

The #OTG was developed in conjunction with the #ASKnet ToT training programme 2018, hosted by CTEN, the Community Technology Empowerment Network, at their Refugee Information Center (RIC) in Rhino Camp refugee settlement (Arua District, Uganda), in collaboration with Hive Colab (Kampala, Uganda) and funded by the ‘Access to Information and Supporting Freedom of Expression’ programme of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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Open Training Guide is free and open for use, modification and sharing by anyone!

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Corrections and suggestions for amendments are also very welcome!

Contact us for a full A1 poster size version, or download the Open Training Guide (PDF, 17MB)

Contribute to the Open Training Guide on Github

OPEN HARDWARE GUIDE (#OHG)

 
Following up on the 2016 “Let’s Go jHUB” programme, the OPEN HARDWARE GUIDE or #OHG is an outcome of the Open Tech and Repair Skills workshop led by Timm Wille and hosted by the Hive Colab innovation hub in Kampala.
As a follow-up to the Open Learning Guide (#OLG) the Open Hardware Guide gives examples of hands-on skills possibilities and projects applying open hardware methodologies. Acting as an introduction to resources and as a tangible tool in the form of a rugged A1 poster for trainers, tinkerers and facilitators, the #OHG is ready for distribution to anyone interested in exploring open technologies in a very practical way.

 

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Contact us for a full A1 poster size version, or download the Open Hardware Guide (PDF, 21MB).

 

Open Hardware Guide v.1 is free and open for use, modification and sharing according to CC-BY-SA 2.0

Contribute to the Open Hardware Guide on Github

The #OHG content was developed by the workshop participants based on their designs and documented steps in test workshops held with students at the Panyadoli Self-Help Secondary School in Bweyale, Uganda. Alongside the #OHG, the participants helped develop and test #ASKotek, the ‘Access to Skills and Knowledge – open tech emergency kit‘ a field-trainers resource tool-kit for repairing, building and learning about practical electronics including small scale solar power.

 

The Let’s Go jHUB (#LGJ) project, in collaboration with icebauhaus e.V. (Weimar)KAPITAL / jHUB (Juba) and r0g_agency for open culture gGmbH (Berlin), was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through its programme of “Support for Media, Access to Information and Freedom of Expression”. Given the violence that broke out in Juba, South Sudan’s capital, in the summer of 2016, the programme was implemented through the generous support and cooperation of GIG partner organisations iceaddis in Addis Ababa, mLABand iHUB in Nairobi, kLAB in Kigali and Hive Colab in Kampala.

OPEN LEARNING GUIDE (#OLG)

The #OpenLearningGuide is a rugged poster with lists of resources to Open Educational Resources (OER) around the topics of online literacy, technology and DIY communities. It is a product of the Step-Up Juba Media Lab – an initiative by icebauhaus and r0g_agency supporting the implementation of a community-based media training centre in Juba, South Sudan. The idea to create a media lab has its roots in the Kapital Movie Industry Corporation (KMIC) collective, an independent group of young designers, film makers, IT professionals and artists who came together to help solve the acute post-independence social, political, educational and environmental challenges which arose through the long-lasting conflicts in South Sudan.

The program was funded by the German Federal Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through its programme of “Support for Media, Access to Information and Freedom of Expression” in 2015.

 

Build the next version of the Open Learning Guide with at github.com/opencultureagency/Open-Learning-Guide

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Highlights

ThingsCon Nairobi

December 8, 2017

The #ASKotec team participated in ThingsCon Nairobi. An event organised by our friends and colleagues at ThingsCon, who are telessly working “toward a human-centered and responsible Internet of Things“. The following is from Simon’s event report at medium.com/@jimmiehu/diversity-relevance-globalism-in-the-iot-cced43be412a “[…] A particular take on those specific and highly relevant problems was provided by the team around Jaiksana…

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December 1, 2020

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End-of-Year event 2018 #HateFreeSouthSudan

November 27, 2018

Juba, 27th November 2018 – We cordially invite you to attend the #defyhatenow end-of-your-events in Juba and various locations in Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and Egypt to celebrate the achievements made in social media hate speech mitigation since 2014. [Download the official press release End-of-Year Event 2018]   Over the past four years #defyhatenow and its partners has…

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Juba Wiki Sprint

November 9, 2017

Wikipedia Peace Sprint Within the #defyhatenow initiative we were training students from the University of Juba on writing and editing information about South Sudan on Wikipedia, the online global encyclopedia from 6-9 November 2017. Read the #defyhatenow press release (PDF)   Objectives Empowering South Sudanese to have a global voice in national narratives and knowledge in…

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Our christmas wishes for #ASKotec

December 1, 2018

In our end-of-year 2018 sprint throughout December, we present to you 31 items that define #ASKotec. By donating to our crowdfunding campaign you support us in assembling more #ASKotec kits, develop targeted curricula, and deliver the basics of electronics and IT skills to young, highly motivated people in transition regions. The christmas packages are packed as…

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The Future of Open Systems Solutions, now

May 6, 2013

UNESCO WSIS+10 review The Future of Open Systems Solutions, Now. Stephen Kovats r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation (Berlin, 06 May, 2013)       Abstract The aim of this report is to provide an overview and analysis of WSIS Action Line C3 ‘Access to Information and Knowledge’, with regards to the effects and…

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My #ASKotec Experience – by Hellen Kimaru

December 27, 2018

The following post was originally published by team HyracTech at medium.com/@hyractech. I have this belief in skills if we are to make any economic impact and especially for my country where there are limited jobs despite the fact that young people are well schooled, the expectations and the standards set are that standard college or university…

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#OSWARRAP: Open Systems Strategies linking FOSS & Open Knowledge

October 1, 2013

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Happy New Year 2019

January 1, 2019

We wish you all a wonderful year 2019 and look forward to a lot of fun and fruitful collaborations.

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Wau Wikipedia Peace Agents

December 16, 2016

Using Wikipedia to #defyhatenow in Wau, South Sudan. The #defyhatenow team held a Wikipedia peace agents workshop in Wau.   Wau Wikipedia Peace Agents #defyhatenow 15-16th December Wikipedia was searched to get an initial overview of information about South Sudan, what languages are being used and for things that are particularly interesting to promote peace, unity…

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