Special Session FOSS4D

Edited Book: S. K. Sowe, G. Parayil, and A. Sunami (Eds). Free and Open Source Software and Technology for Sustainable Development. UNU-Press (Summer, 2012).

In this special session, the editors of “Free and Open Source Software and Technology for Sustainable Development” will enter into dialogue with conference participants to share their experience regarding ups-and-down, amusing parts, and some trivial challenges in this book project. Authors of the book chapters will present their work, discuss how their chapters contribute to the aims and objectives of the book and share their unique experience in working with the editors and publisher.

Beyond the hullabaloo, the session is intended to be a networking and collaboration bazaar, chatting about ICT4D issues, and developing ICT4D research and innovation roadmap.
The key ideas in this book come from diverse and interrelated topics covering qualitative and quantitative research. The chapters deal with implications for understanding FOSS and technology diffusion and adoption, bring to the fore theories and best practices on FOSS for sustainable development and introduce scientifically grounded models to explain the complex relationships between FOSS technologies and sustainable development. There are discussions pertaining to the subject of FOSS technologies and intellectual property rights (IPR), case studies and surveys with an emphasis on lessons to be learnt and experience reports on FOSS, technology policy formulation and obstacles to policy implementation in developing countries.

The book is a compendium of scholarly chapters that will give the reader a synergetic overview of the status and projected trends of FOSS technologies. Contributions come from a wide range of knowledge experts who are able to combine their technology experiences from developing countries with their informed knowledge from developed countries to provide a comprehensive outlook on the themes in this book. The volume benefits from 33 contributors from 14 countries, spread throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America.
The overall objective of the book is to raise awareness, increase deployment and capture the socio-economic, technical and educational impact of FOSS technologies for sustainable development. To achieve this aim, the book integrates chapters covering both theoretical and practical implications of FOSS technologies. The authors include experts from social, natural and human sciences, with contributions coming from researchers and practitioners in both developing and developed countries.

The target audience of the book are ICT4D and sustainable development experts in both the developed and developing world, FOSS developers and users, policy-makers, ICT-based small and medium-sized companies leveraging benefits inherent in FOSS technologies to support and sustain their business practices, non-governmental organizations working in ICT and sustainable development in developing countries, international organizations with technology transfer initiatives, information systems practitioners and research institutions. The book also targets curriculum designers, universities, colleges and training institutions interested in the pedagogical aspects of FOSS technologies.

Session overview:
The session is open to all OSS2012 conference participants. All book chapter authors are invited to register for the conference and present their chapters including, but not limited, to the following:

Special session guest: TBD
Chapter 3: FOSS as a Driver: Perspectives from the ICT Development Agenda.
By Tomonari Takeuchi, Japan
Chapter 5: Open Source Software Migration: Capturing best Practices using Process Reference Models.
By Onkgopotse Molefe and Thomas Fogwill, South Africa
Chapter 6: Exploring FOSS Opportunities in Natural Hazard Risk Assessment and Disaster Management.
By Coley Zephenia, South Africa
Chapter 9: The Open Source Ecosystem in Tunisia: An Empirical Study
By Imed Hammouda, Finland
Chapter 10: Adoption and Diffusion Patterns of FOSS in Jamaican SMEs: A Study of Perceptions, Attitudes and Barriers.
By Maurice McNaughton, Sheryl Thompson and Evan Duggan, Jamaica
Chapter 12: Improving Public Healthcare Systems in Developing Countries using FOSS: The EHAS Foundation Case.
By Carlos Rey-Moreno, et al. Spain
Chapter 13: FOSS in School Communities: An Experience Report from Peace Corps Volunteers in Ghana.
By Caroline Hardin, USA
Review: Free and Open Source Software and Technology for Sustainable Development. UNU-Press, 2012.
By Sulayman K. Sowe, The Gambia/Japan

About the Editors:

  • Dr. Sulayman K. Sowe, JSPS-UNU Fellow, United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), Yokohama, Japan
  • Professor Govindan Parayil, Vice Rector, United Nations University and Director, United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), Tokyo/Yokohama, Japan.
  • Professor Atsushi Sunami, Associate Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo, Japan.

For more information, please contact the session chair: Dr. Sulayman K. Sowe, sowe@ias.unu.edu