Discovered this by coincidence -- haven't seen anything on it in the
mailing list archives.
APDIP Donates 15 e-Primers to Wikibooks
APDIP realizes how fast a published book gets out-of-date, especially
in the fast-moving field of information and communications technology
for development (ICT4D). APDIP has therefore donated 15 of its
e-Primers to Wikibooks for free use and update (see list below).
15 e-Primers are now available on Wikibooks for all to use and update.
Nine of the e-Primers are part of APDIP's "e-Primers for the
Information Economy, Society and Polity" series that detail the
concepts, issues and trends surrounding different aspects of ICT4D,
including e-commerce, education, e-government, Internet governance,
legal and regulatory issues, and ICT for poverty reduction.
Six of the e-Primers are part of the "e-Primers on Free/Open Source
Software (FOSS)" series that introduce various aspects of FOSS,
including education, government policy, licensing, localization and
open standards. The FOSS series of e-Primers is developed by the
International Open Source Network (http://www.iosn.net
), an initiative
of UNDP-APDIP supported by the International Development Research
Centre of Canada.
Wikibooks is our chosen platform because it facilitates collaboration.
Every day, volunteers are improving Wikibooks, making many changes,
writing, updating, and correcting books. Wikibooks maintains quality
control and has policies and guidelines that users need to follow.
Wikibooks are also available for all to freely distribute and
reproduce as covered by the GNU Free Documentation License.
We would like to invite you to visit the Wikibooks and contribute your
knowledge and experiences in the relevant ICT4D topics. Forthcoming
APDIP e-Primers on network infrastructure and security, open content
and other topics will all automatically be donated to Wikibooks.
The original published e-Primers will remain in
(and, in the case of the e-Primers
on FOSS, at http://www.iosn.net/publications/foss-primers
), and the
version in Wikibook will be linked to these. This way any user will be
able to see the original version alongside the (modified) Wikibook
e-Primers for the Information Economy, Society and Polity
1. The Information Age
2. Legal and Regulatory Issues in the Information Economy
3. Nets, Webs and the Information Infrastructure
4. Information and Communication Technologies for Poverty Alleviation
5. Internet Governance
7. e-Commerce and e-Business
8. ICT in Education
9. Genes, Technology and Policy
e-Primers on Free/Open Source Software
10. Free/Open Source Software: A General Introduction
11. Free/Open Source Software: Education
12. Free/Open Source Software: Government Policy
13. Free/Open Source Software: Licensing
14. Free/Open Source Software: Localization
15. Free/Open Source Software: Open Standards
Peace & Love,
Member, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
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