16 January 2003The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has launched an Open Source Centre to help stimulate the adoption of open source software technologies in Africa.According to the CSIR’s business unit, icomtek, open source software is very much like digital meraka – a Sotho term for common grazing land. “People may engage in private or communal productive activity on this land, but the land itself is kept for the common good.”Unlike most proprietary software, open source software is available at little or no cost. More importantly, the intellectual property of its inner workings – the source code – is not a closely guarded secret of any individual or organisation.The free availability of the source code encourages a model of software development, testing and modification based on public collaboration.icomtek specialises in information and communication technology projects which are geared to development and societal needs. The Centre plans a number of strategic interventions within the private sector, government and civil society, as well as in education and training.South Africa and Africa, icomtek argues, “will not be able to afford the investments in imported technology that are required to be a full participant in the global information society in future, if conventional approaches are followed.“Open source software has emerged as a software model that is particularly viable in the developing world, providing local software developers with access to quality code generated by international experts, allowing users to escape from the cycle of ever-increasing international licensing fees, and facilitating the development of systems that address localised needs.”The importance of open source software within the South African context is underscored by its inclusion as a component in almost every major ICT strategic proposal, such as the SA National Reseach and Development Strategy document, the bilateral Indo-SA initiative, and the proposed Advanced Institute for Information and Communications Technology.The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) has already helped the government save millions of rands by implementing open source software in the public sector.SITA spokesman Mojalefa Moseki says the government can save still more money on licensing, software procurement, support and upgrades through the use of open source software.According to Moseki, the Northern Cape provincial government is the largest user of open source software, while the Western Cape government also uses an OS-based document management solution, and bases its portal on the system’s platform.“The department of Land Affairs uses Linux and is about to implement Oracle on Linux”, Moseki says, adding: “We believe open source software is as good if not better than commercially available software. In many cases, it’s more stable and more reliable.”Open Source Centre initiatives include the following:Digital Doorway project – An initiative which explores the viability of “minimally invasive education” as an alternative means of promoting wide-scale computer literacy.Open School project – Involving the implementation of a platform to facilitate collaborative development of local educational content over the Internet, using open source principles.Culturally adaptive software – The development of systems that change their look-and-feel, context, content and language according to the culture of the person accessing the system.Open source school management system – The CSIR is part of a consortium, along with the Wits School of Computer Science, Kgatelopele Technologies and NetDay, that are working towards creating a school management system that caters for outcomes based education, and releasing it under an open source licence.The Open school initiative – Involving the implementation of a platform to facilitate collaborative development of local educational content over the Internet, using open source principles.Cultureware project – Together with South African Tourism, the Western Cape Investment and Trade Promotion Agency and the University of Fort Hare, the CSIR initiated a culture preservation project known as Cultureware, which aims to bringing cultural heritage into mainstream economic activity and commercial exploitation.Open source in government – Various proposals have been submitted to the Centre for Public Service and Innovation as part of their open source thrust in government.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Africa’s biggest retirement fund administrator, Alexander Forbes, on Thursday became the 11th company to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) this year.The company’s return to the bourse’s main board followed its delisting in 2007, when it was bought by a private equity consortium for R8.2-billion.It listed with a market capitalisation of around R10.9-billion – putting it into the top 25% of companies listed on the JSE – and saw its stock jump by 14 percent to R8.55 a share by 9.15am.The listing was preceded by a R3.7-billion public offering last week – South Africa’s largest flotation in four years, according to news agency Reuters.“Investors were drawn by the regular income from its pension management and insurance businesses, and the potential for growth in sub-Saharan Africa, where financial services are still developing,” Reuters reported.The company is a leading employee benefits consulting, actuarial, investment and administration services provider and retirement fund administrator, with R275-billion in assets under administration as at the end of March this year.Alexander Forbes brings the number of financial services companies listed on the JSE to 28. “We are delighted to welcome Alexander Forbes back to the JSE, where it lists in the financial services sector, one of the most vibrant on the JSE,” JSE CEO Nicky Newton-King said in a statement.Statistics South Africa (SSA) estimates that the country’s financial services sector created 13 000 new jobs in the 2013/14 financial year, and currently employs over 1.8-million people.The JSE is Africa’s biggest bourse, and one of the top 20 exchanges in the world in terms of market capitalisation.SAinfo reporter
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting ReadWrite celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday, April 20, 2013. For the occasion, we’re running a series of articles looking back—and looking forward.On Saturday, this website turns 10 years old. The changes its writers and editors have witnessed and chronicled have come fast and furious—the creation of Facebook, YouTube and the iPhone; the seemingly inexorable rise of Google and Apple; and the growth, everywhere, of connectivity.At ReadWrite, we continue to grapple with the deeper implications of technological change. We make annual predictions about the future of technology, many of which have proven prescient and timely. But now, at the verge of ReadWrite’s second decade, it makes sense to look even farther forward and imagine what ReadWrite will cover in 2023. Expect to hear a lot about these trends from us in the years to come.Something To AnticipateThink of anticipatory systems as really smart artificial intelligence. Computers won’t wait for explicit inputs, like search queries; instead, they will draw on internal and external data—your entire history of interactions—to supply context and predict what you’ll need. Google Now, the intelligent assistant function on Android, and Apple’s Siri provide glimmerings of such functionality today.A decade from now, anticipatory systems won’t just predict your next move; they’ll smartly feed data back into the system to improve themselves. There will no longer be a concept of a check-in, for example; some future version of a Foursquare-like app will simply know where you are and for what purpose, and they’ll log that and share that appropriately across your social graph, which they will likewise adaptively update as your social connections shift and change.Kill Your GadgetWe won’t own smartphones, tablets, or smart watches. There will be a surfeit of screens at our disposal that roll up into a watchband form or roll out and stiffen to form a screen. Or ring-sized computers will project an image on any available surface. This will have an impact on architecture: White walls will be everywhere, with colors or patterns seen as either an indulgence or a countercultural statement.Ambient ElectricityMoore’s Law, the dictum that processors improve continuously will every generation, will continue to thrum. But instead of using these improvements to process bits faster, we’ll harness them to lower power consumption and extend battery life. Meanwhile, innovations like radio-wave battery charging will mean we’ll never have to plug things in again.Park The Car Self-driving cars will peak in 2020, when they will start being seen as an inefficient use of resources. Why, for example, do they still have a driver’s seat and a steering wheel when no one even remembers how to activate manual driving mode? Post-car vehicles will link themselves into trains on dedicated lanes—or even tracks.A Nation Of (Unemployed) Programmers All those efforts to teach people how to code will succeed past their creators’ wild dreams, to the point that it will be hard to find work as a professional coder. Meanwhile, new programming languages will have added so many layers of abstraction that the act of coding will resemble a formal mode of speech—or just a drag-and-drop process that’s not much more complicated than downloading an app.Undersea Data We’ll be generating and processing unfathomable amounts of data in 10 years. The so-called “cloud” comes to ground in the form of data centers, where all these bits are stored and shuffled. The challenge is finding spots with lots of land and cheap electricity or other means of cooling servers. The answer: the sea.Google started using ocean water to cool its data centers in 2011. A dozen years later, this will be commonplace—and we’ll start putting data centers not just next to the water, but under it.What Else?There will be changes born out of current trends that seem obvious. There will also be surprises along the way. One thing, though, I believe will be true of ReadWrite in 2023 as it is now—we will find our way through the change with each other’s help, through an interplay and exchange of ideas.Tell me yours. Tags:#predictions#ReadWrite#RW10#ten owen thomas Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The news came several hours after Gordon said he was stepping away from football to focus on his mental health.Gordon said on Twitter his decision was spurred by his own feelings that he could have a better grasp on things mentally. He thanked the Patriots for their support and vowed to work his way back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“We support Josh Gordon in his continued efforts to focus on his health. His attempt to do so is a private and personal matter, which we intend to respect,” Patriots team officials said.Gordon has been suspended several times by the NFL for violations of its drug policies since being drafted by the Browns in 2012, and missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons. 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He had 40 receptions for 720 yards and three touchdowns with the Patriots, five years removed from an All-Pro season in 2013 with 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.Special teams captain and receiver Matt Slater said despite his suspension, Gordon still has support inside the Patriots locker room.“My No. 1 concern is with him as a man,” Slater said. “I’m thankful for the approach he took here, how he was as a teammate. I enjoyed getting to know him in that process and I’ll continue to support him in any way I can.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Josh Gordon #10 of the New England Patriots reacts after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Billie Weiss/Getty Images/AFPFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots receiver Josh Gordon was suspended indefinitely Thursday by the NFL for violating an agreement that allowed him to play after multiple drug suspensions, casting doubt on whether the talented but troubled playmaker would ever play in the league again.League officials said Thursday that Gordon was returned to the reserve/commissioner suspended list indefinitely for breaking the terms of his reinstatement under the NFL substance abuse policy.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Safety Devin McCourty said the 27-year-old’s well-being is his biggest concern, not football.“Life comes before all of that,” McCourty said. “I think we wish him the best and care about that more than wins or losses.”New England officials had insulated Gordon and focused him on getting acclimated to the team’s highly-disciplined culture, while also limiting his time with reporters.Coach Bill Belichick said last week that Gordon was thriving on the field, developing chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady and learning the offensive system.“He’s a smart kid, so he learns well,” Belichick said. “For better or worse, he’s been in a lot of different systems. I know it was only one team, but it was a lot of different systems up there. Most everything we’ve asked him to do he’s done somewhere along the line for somebody.“As we go through each week, I would say we’ve gained a little more ground on the overall knowledge of the system,” he said.Gordon said earlier this month he thought he was settling in well with New England.“It felt like home a long time ago,” Gordon said. “The atmosphere is very welcoming. It took me a little bit to get acclimated to the area. Other than that, it’s been pretty smooth so far, and that’s due in part to the facility, the organization, just everybody helping me along the way.” MOST READ
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Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Dec 3, 2010 1:30:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Facebook Reach If your business is using Facebook as a part of its inbound marketing strategy, then it is likely that a goal of your marketing team is to expand your reach by attracting more people to like your Facebook page . For a long time marketers have faced a challenge in inviting new users through Facebook. While they have been encouraging people to visit their Facebook Fan Pages , it hasn’t been easy to do the reverse–get email addresses into Facebook and send invitations through Facebook’s messaging system.This process has now changed. This week, Facebook has enabled business page administrators to import email addresses into Facebook to invite people to like their page. Check out the rest of this post for a walkthrough of these process! Step 1: Go to your Facebook Business Page and click “Edit Page” Step 2: Click on “Marketing” and then select “Tell your Fans.” Step 3: Upload your email list and invite fans.Have you used this feature to tell more people about your Facebook page? Topics: