The rise of FOSS has allowed new ways of creating and sharing knowledge and information.
Software is considered open source when its source code and the basic elements of its design are accessible to all, as opposed to the traditional form of software which is “proprietary”, and whose source code is inaccessible, secret and therefore closed.
UNESCO recognizes the importance of the social value of FOSS and its actions aim at giving the necessary means and autonomy for countries to make their own choice. In this context the UNESCO Office in Rabat, in co-operation with UNDP/ ICTDAR, is creating the “Miftaah” memory stick, containing not only free and open source software, but also a storage capacity for the user’s personal data. Miftaah also provides a customized and user-friendly interface, ensuring accessibility to this FOSS package.
Academic institutions represent the focal point of the development of the project because of their commitment to free and autonomous research and their dedication to quality in higher education, in accordance with the fast changes of the needs of society.
The current partner institutions are:
Algeria: CERIST (Centre de recherche sur l’information scientifique et technique), Alger;
Morocco: Ecole Mohammadia d’Ingénieurs, Rabat;
Palestine: University of Birzeit.
Other instituions from the Region will come on board as the project progresses.
Miftaah Online training Platform
Rapport d’Étude sur les Solutions de Clés USB Applicatives par l’EMI [PDF 1Go]
Launch of the listserv for the community of developers working on Miftaah FOSS USB key
UNESCO supports the 8th Linux Party 2008 in Rabat (Morocco)
For further information please contact Ms Silvia Aimasso (UNESCO) and/or Mr. Hesham Al Naggar (ICTDAR)