OKAPI Spotlight- August 2008

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Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions (TIER) Workshop
October 17, 2008: 9:00am – October 18, 2008: 3:00pm
112 Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley
Sponsored by CITRIS, Blum Center for Developing Economies, the School of Information, the College of Engineering, and the National Science Foundation, Technology and Infrastructure for Emerging Regions (TIER) will be holding a workshop in October. TIER is a multi-disciplinary research group “dedicated to understanding the role of and developing innovative information and communications technologies for developing regions.” The group will share their recent and upcoming projects, plans, and research with on and off campus communities. The workshop will also be a space for inviting collaboration.

2008 Grants for Programs on Issues of Staff Diversity and Inclusion
The Berkeley Initiative for Leadership on Diversity (BILD) Program is currently putting out a call for proposals. Established in May 2006 by the Chancellor and Academic Senate, BILD aims to “engage the campus community in innovative approaches and partnerships that advance staff diversity and foster an inclusive workplace environment.” Campus staff and faculty are encouraged to submit pre-proposals by August 27, 2008. Proposals should focus on one or more of the following:
* PARTNERSHIP: encourage and foster new collaborations and alliances
* ACCESS: develop staff members knowledge of how to identify career paths and the requirements for related growth positions
* INCLUSION: develop strategies that result in improving the inclusiveness of campus workplace environment
* STAFF DEVELOPMENT: enhance the methods available to improve the skills needed for successful career growth, including best practices for staff diversity and inclusion in the workplace


UW Website Allows Researchers to Share Projects With The Public
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the University of Washington is currently Office of UW Technology at University of Washington is developing Research1, “a web site that will allow scattered researchers to reunite in online communities and share their projects with the general public through various media, including audio and video files.” Users have the option to license their content under a Creative Commons license, though users also have the option to restrict who can see and download the content. This project is in a early beta phase, thus current use is limited. However, Research1 intends to open their site to the general public in the near future.

The Humanitarian FOSS Project

Focused on inspiring undergraduates to creating free software that will benefit humanity, the Humanitarian Free Open Source Software is comprised of faculty and open source supporters from Trinity College, Wesleyan University, and Connecticut College. The project is “funded by the Directorate for Computing & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) of The National Science Foundation (NSF) under its Pathways to Revitalized Undergraduate Computing Education program (CPATH). The focus of CPATH is to help revitalize interest in computing education. [The Humanitarian FOSS] project hopes to help revitalization by engaging undergraduates in building open source software for humanitarian organizations.”

Creating digital libraries with UNESCO open source software
The Centre for Digital Archiving of Mahatma Gandhi University, in association with Marian College Kuttikkanam, is organizing an International Workshop on the Application of UNESCO’s WINISIS/GENISIS for Developing Digital Libraries and Archives. The workshop, which is intended for researchers, librarians and information managers, will be held at Marian College Kuttikkanam, a beautiful campus in the Sahyadri mountain ranges of Kerala, India, from 6 to 9 September 2008.

UNESCO supports media and communication researchers from developing countries
July 21, 2008
International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) held a conference entitled “Media and Digital Divide” in Stockholm, Sweden on July 21, 2008. The conference, with 900 participants from 82 countries, focused on how media could play an important role in regard to current global inequalities.
“UNESCO commission[ed] five research papers and provid[ed]support for researchers from Uganda, South Africa, Thailand, Mexico and Brazil to attend the congress in Stockholm.” These 5 abstracts can be downloaded here.

Labmeeting allows scientists to publish and share their articles as well as network with other scientists. It was created to help with those things that make doing science needlessly difficult. Like a typical social network site, each scientist will have his/her own profile page. Labmeeting also allows “scientists [to] recommend papers to colleagues, mark them up, create collections, and follow what other scientists are collecting.” Currently Labmeeting is free to individual scientists and students, but corporate users (e.g drug and biotech companies) may be charged a subscription fee in the future.

FreeCulture TV and Yes We’re Open: Two new free and open Internet TV channels
According to boingboing.net, two new channels offering free, open-licensed documentaries, tv, music, and lectures were recently launched. Users can also contribute their own content to these channels.


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