This is a compilation of case studies on the successful deployment of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in selected projects from across the world. In each case study, the reasons for choosing to use FOSS together with the development, implementation and impact of the FOSS applications are discussed. The benefits obtained and challenges encountered as well as any valuable lessons learned are also highlighted.
The AgriBazaar project is a joint effort between the Malaysian Institute of Microelectronic Systems (MIMOS) and the Agriculture Department of Malaysia to boost the Malaysian agriculture industry by enabling the various stakeholders (e.g. farmers, fishermen, agri-based food manufacturers, retailers, distributors, exporters and importers) to conduct their daily agriculture production trading online.
Colnodo is a non-profit organization in Colombia that provides a wide range of ICT and Internet services, primarily to NGOs. The services offered by Colnodo are targeted at organizations that make strategic use of the Internet for development, empowering the local communities and promoting the peace process. FOSS is used extensively by Colnodo.
The Education secretariat of the State of Paraná in Brazil has developed a web portal that enables the public school teachers in the state to collaborate and develop course contents in various subject areas as well as other teaching resources. Currently, the project has resulted in the publication of over 300 course materials covering both primary and secondary education.
The Open Source Simple Computer for Agriculture in Rural Areas (OSCAR) project involves the prototyping of an application software for weed identification and control of the rice and wheat crop systems of the Indo-Gangetic Plains. It is targeted at being deployed on low-cost computing devices running GNU/Linux that can be shared among farmers of a local community.
This is a project by the Internet Society of Bulgaria in conjunction with other partners to improve the local authorities-people interaction in the south-eastern part of Europe (the Balkans) by the deployment of e-government services. FOSS is chosen as the vehicle to implement the project.
The Regional Government of Extremadura is committed to transforming the region into an information society promising digital connectivity and literacy to every citizen. To carry out this ambitious objective, it has embarked on a series of programmes in Extremadura to introduce information and communications technology to the people, as well as to inculcate ICT usage in educational, social and economic activities. FOSS is chosen as the vehicle and enabler for all this to take place.
The Translate.org.za project, initiated in 2001, is focused on localizing key Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) applications into the eleven official languages of South Africa by using FOSS platforms and tools.
The JuriBurkina project has allowed Burkina Faso to put its jurisprudence and legislation online and improve access to legal information for the benefit of the legal profession and the public-at-large by making information freely available over the Internet.
Sahana is a disaster management system that grew out of the 2004 Asian Tsunami disaster that devastated many of the countries in Asia bordering the Indian Ocean. In Sri Lanka, one of the countries hardest hit by the tsunami, volunteers put together the Sahana Disaster Management System to help track families and coordinate work among relief organizations during and after the tsunami disaster. Subsequently, Sahana has been deployed to manage the earthquake disaster in Northern Pakistan (2005), the Guinsaugon landslide in the Philippines (2006) and the earthquake in Yogjakarta, Indonesia (2006).
This project, which is part of the Galápagos Environmental Management Programme, utilizes FOSS and FOSS development tools to develop several software applications that are run over a network connecting the main islands.
The Meraka Open Source Centre has embarked on a series of projects and activities to advocate FOSS, facilitate project work on various FOSS initiatives and help empower users and producers of FOSS with access to courseware and certification.
This is a project by the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) that seeks to address vulnerability reduction in the Pacific Island Countries through the development of an integrated planning and management system.