The consultation session is first of a series of similar sessions that build on Kerala’s early lead in FOSS initiatives and serving to consolidate and leverage the lead with international initiatives. The participants of the consultation, representing a cross-section of stakeholders from the Government, technology organizations, institutions of Higher Education, NGOs, and the FOSS community, outlined their vision for the future of FOSS in their respective domains, highlighting gaps and limitations to be resolved, and making suggestions on the way ahead.
Satish Babu, Director, ICFOSS, presented a brief history of FOSS in India along with its central philosophy, that of Free Access to Knowledge. Dr G. Nagarjuna of the Free Software Foundation of India (FSF-India) said that the FOSS community had great expectations from ICFOSS as Trivandrum was well known as the FOSS Capital of the country, and Kerala has clearly demonstrated its commitment to FOSS. He continued that FOSS initiatives should promote freedom in society, and should provide the technological means to foster collaboration amongst people.
The session was attended by representatives from different governmental organisations such as National Informatics Centre (NIC), C-DAC, Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM), Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management – Kerala (IIITM-K), IT@School, FOSS Community groups and NGOs such as Swatantra Malayalam Computing, Society For Promotion of Alternative Computing & Employment (SPACE), the student community, FOSS based business enterprises such as Zyxware & Zesty Beanz , professional societies such as the Computer Society of India (CSI) and Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Recently a FOSS Visioning Expert Committee has been set up to help prepare the roadmap for ICFOSS. The Committee comprises of Dr. Rahul De, Professor, IIM – Bangalore; Prof. Sebastian Morris, IIM – Ahmedabad; Professor Sunil Mani, Centre for Development Studies (CDS) and Soman Nair, Registrar, CDS.
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