LPI applauds UN organization report providing recommendations on FOSS for national policy makers

From: http://lpi.org/news/lpi-applauds-un-organization-report
LPI Applauds UN Organization Report

(Sacramento, CA, USA: November 29, 2012) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization (http://www.lpi.org), applauds the release of the flagship report "The Information Economy Report 2012: The Software Industry and Developing Countries" by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The report provides specific recommendations on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for national policy makers and includes two examples of the value of LPI's training and certification programs for ICT development.

Linux brings over €10 million savings for Munich

From: The H-Open

Over €10 million (approximately £8 million or $12.8 million) has been saved by the city of Munich, thanks to its development and use of the city's own Linux platform. The calculation of savings follows a question by the city council's independent Free Voters (Freie Wähler) group, which led to Munich's municipal LiMux project presenting a comparative budget calculation at the meeting of the city council's IT committee on Wednesday. The calculation compares the current overall cost of the LiMux migration with that of two technologically equivalent Windows scenarios: Windows with Microsoft Office and Windows with OpenOffice. Reportedly, savings amount to over €10 million.

District Health Information Software 2

From: dhis2.org

DHIS 2 is the flexible and reliable health information system

The DHIS 2 is a tool for collection, validation, analysis, and presentation of aggregate statistical data, tailored (but not limited) to integrated health information management activities. It is a generic tool rather than a pre-configured database application, with an open meta-data model and a flexible user interface that allows the user to design the contents of a specific information system without the need for programming. DHIS 2 and upwards is a modular web-based software package built with free and open source Java frameworks.

Why open innovation helps to scale up development impact - Great new article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Balthas Seibold

The Stanford Social Innovation Review just published an article on "Open Innovation: A Muse for Scaling" - Good chances, that this paper will become my personal "favorite article of 2012". Why?

Well, the paper manages to explain in just two pages and in plain words, why open innovation has the potential to drastically increase the impact of development interventions. It is very prone to scale. As they sum it up: “Open innovation enables community participation, distributed accountability, and knowledge creation—all behaviors that provide the groundwork for scale”.

ANNOUNCEMENT: LPI Paper-based Certification Exam during the 10th Y4IT Sept 2012

Update 2.0 (09-09-2012): LPI APAC will be bringing extra exam packs, so walk in examinees will be accepted on a first come first serve basis while the number of exam lasts. Please come atleast 30 minutes before the exam or 8am if your taking LPI 101, 201, 301 (8:30am-10am slot) or 10am if your taking LPI 102, 202, 30x (10:30am to 12nn slot). Reminder: Bring valid ID, LPI ID no. pencil & eraser.
see more info below:

Update 1.0 (08-21-2012): LPI Paper-based Certification Exam during the 10th Y4IT Sept 2012

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and the International Open Source Network (IOSN) ASEAN +3 in cooperation with the UP IT Development Center (UP ITDC, formerly UP ITTC) will be holding LPI Paper-Based Certification Exams on Sept 12, 2012 at the UP ITDC, 2/F Vidal A. Tan Hall, Quirino Ave. cor. Velasquez St., University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, both for Level 1 (LPI 101 & 102) and Level 2 (LPI 201 & 202) LPI Certifications. Level 3 Certification Exam will be included if there are takers.

This exam event is being held as part of the 10th Philippine Youth Congress in Information Technology also known as Y4IT.

Since this will be a paper-based exam, the exam cost will be much lower than the usual cost of taking computer-based or online exams. This is to give opportunities for those who can not afford the high cost of computer-based exams.

The Linux Foundation Announces 2012 Linux Training Scholarship Program, New Enterprise Course Schedule

With Demand for Linux Skills Reaching an All-Time High, Linux Foundation Invests in Today's Most Promising Talent and Adds Enterprise-Specific Training Courses

From: http://facilities.broadcastnewsroom.com/article/The-Linux-Foundation-Ann...

The Debian Administrator's Handbook now freely available under Creative Commons & GPL

The Debian Administrator's Handbook now freely available under Creative Commons & GPL.

url: http://debian-handbook.info/

While the handbook ebook format is freely available (that is under the terms of a license compatible with the Debian Free Software Guidelines), please support by donating any amount or by buying the paperback edition so it can continuously be updated and for it to continue to be freely be available in ebook format.

Announcement: OpenMRS 2012 Implementers Meeting, 9-12 Oct 2012 at the Y.C. James Yen Center in the Philippines

The Philippines will host the OpenMRS 2012 Implementers Meeting on Oct 9-12, 2012. The following is an announcement from the OpenMRS Events team:

Hi Everyone!

We are pleased to announce that the 2012 Implementers Meeting will take place from 9-12 October at the Y.C. James Yen Center in the Philippines. If you plan to attend, please save the dates to your calendar.

Philippine Undergraduate Research on eHealth Awards (PUReHealth Awards) launched

The National Telehealth Center, University of the Philippine-Manila recently launched the Philippine Undergraduate Research on eHealth Awards (PUReHealth Awards), a research competition open to all college undergraduate students in their final year of school.

PUReHealth Awards is a one and a half year long research competition that aims to build capacities on eHealth among different academic disciplines; generate eHealth research in the Philippines; encourage development of eHealth applications; and establish a community of eHealth researchers and practitioners.

Vietnam FOSS Asscociation (VFOSSA): New FOSS organization

Just got this news from Balthas of GIZ (formerly InWent Germany):

Dear all,
I just got the interesting news from our group member and partner Binh from Vietnam, that they have founded a new non-profit, non-govermental organization for the Vietnamese FOSS community, called VFOSSA (Vietnam FOSS Asscociation, http://vfossa.vn). And congrats to Binh, who was selected (voted) as the Vice President of VFOSSA, head of International Co-operation Department. Cheers, Balthas

Thanks Balthas! Congrats Binh! May the FOSS be with you :)

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