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May 27-29, 2010: Public Software Workshop in Kochi, Kerala
An international conference on 'Software in Public Sector, with focus on Public Education' was jointly conducted by UNESCO/UN Solution Exchange ICTD unit and IT@School Project of Government of Kerala this month in Kerala. The proposed workshop was designed based on the document 'Guiding principles for policy on software for the Public Sector', discussed in Bangalore on Feb 1-2, 2010. The conference was an opportunity to present case studies on adoption of Public Sector Software with a special focus on education to ensure public ownership, transparency, sharing and independent use of public software.
The workshop encouraged practitioners and policy makers to take this discussion forward to frame 'Public Sector Software Architecture (PSSA)' that can help integrate the software/computerisation and the public sector domains in meaningful and coordinated manner.
1. Provide a sharing of the experiences and lesson learned which could provide various stakeholders involved in promoting good governance with a better understanding of public sector software;
2. Discuss the potential and challenges in implementing Open standards and software in public sector by various stakeholders involved in promoting ICTs;
3. Discuss, finalise and adopt 'Guiding principles for policy on software for the Public Sector' which was initiated at the regional workshop on public sector software in Bangalore on Feb 1-2, 2010; and
4. Provide inputs for developing a framework for 'Public Sector Software Architecture (PSSA) document.
The conference will be an opportunity to present case studies on adoption of PSS of with a special focus on education. Delegates will discuss and provide inputs to enable the spread of these initiatives across the region.
To read the concept note, click here.