OSSCOM administration management will be made at BRSU in coordination with National Coordinators (NC) at PCs. The main responsibilities are: project implementation, financial management, and book keeping of budget and work plan. The main outputs will be: progress reports, administration framework, and financial statement/ work progress each year .
OSSCOM technical management will be made at GJU in coordination with NC coordinators. The main responsibilities are to: Organize project meetings and implementation, coordinate project activities and the efforts of communities including the setup of technology centers, OSS material, partnerships with enterprises. The main outputs will be: Project plan (M1), Project handbook (M2), 1st Year progress report (M12), Second Year progress report (M24), Final progress report (M36).
OSSCOM Web portal allows secure and authenticated access of project participants for ease of communication and exchange of information among project partners. All OSS information and knowledge will be published and disseminated on the portal for public use. The portal will represent the main source of support for all OSS activities. The portal will also link inventories, online OSS library, and support services of technology centers.
Promoting OSSCOM at the local and regional levels to create awareness and publicize its available support services, OSS resources and applications. Developing and publishing promotional material, collecting best practices, participating in national and international fairs, publishing supporting information online, carrying marketing campaign, conducting field visits, etc. Promotion material: fact Sheet (M2), brochure (M4), Posters (M4), and biannual e-newsletter (M6, M12, M18, M24, M30, M36).
Conduct market analysis on technology trends in OSS for various segments. This will be achieved by developing and conducting a baseline survey in participating PC countries covering institutions, enterprises, public authorities, and organizations. The survey will focus on collecting statistics related to the teaching, use, awareness, and acceptance of open source. The results will help to identify a setup of Technology centers. The report will be launched during OSSCOM 1st annual conference
OSSCOM partners conduct 1st and 2nd annual conferences in Jordan and Lebanon specialized in knowledge/ information sharing in OSS - branded as OSSCOM. The objective is to disseminate OSSCOM resources, outcomes, share progress, lessons learned, best practices, and allow for further collaboration for content development and sharing of OSS course ware and learning resources. OSSCOM will continue to hold its annual conferences and will constitute a regional forum for OSS.
Conduct expert group meeting in Spain for the analysis of the survey results and for developing constituents of the TC blueprint and strategies in terms of OSS resources and capacity building towards a wide spread of OSS. On this basis, the set of OSS courses and learning resources will be identified. The meeting will also be a kick-off to agree on methodologies, roles and responsibilities, implementation, project plan, and other topics related to the execution of the project.
Developing a blueprint for the implementation of the technology centers of excellence in open source in the participating institutions, including assessment of needs and sizing of equipment, connectivity, architecture layout, setup of links among PC institutions. The blue print will identify OSS tools and applications and operating manuals and administration. This will help to implement a uniform and coordinated centers in the 3 partner country institutions.
PC institutions will coordinate their efforts to set up hardware/software infrastructure for a diversified structure of the technology centers and for a unified and coordinated connectivity setup. Tarent will help in developing such an OSS environment and for setting up the inventory resources. A directory structure of all OSS resources will be setup and the OSSCOM web-portal will be developed and installed for project coordination activities and for public access to learning.
Conduct 2 training workshops for building capacity to support and operate OSS installed Technology Centers in PC institutions. The workshops will be held in each partner country and will be attended by candidates from the participating institutions of each PC country. tarent will give all necessary training, mainly focusing on installation and administration of hardware and OSS applications and tools. Invitations for training will also be sent to other universities at PC.
Organize 8 PC/ 6 EU faculty and staff exchanges between PC and EU institutions to develop capacity in OSS and train the trainers. This will qualify faculty members at PC institutions to teach OSS related courses and building student qualifications towards a broader OSS communities in the PC region. The members will coordinate to revise core courses to accommodate OSS principles, tools, and products. Each PC institution will focus on one area in OSS technologies to reduce duplication of effort.
An inventory/ online library with the available educational content is set up and made available via the internet at OSSCOM portal. The inventory comprises curricula, course material, information, links, open source products, local content, material, expert forums, and support information for life long learning in society at large. The portal will run an open source Wiki to facilitate dynamic entry of content. PC institutions will develop OSS course material with EU partner support.
Establish procedures to build and coordinate OSS local communities for sharing, dissemination, and global outreach. This will include registering OSSCOM as independent organization and developing processes that allow continuous development of OSS resources, communication, share experience, transfer knowledge, coordinate collaboration,. Communities will establish a regional partnership for building OSS educational framework for all in the digital age to be linked to global communities in OSS.
YU will cooperate with other OSSCOM partners to develop OSS course material to be taught at PC institutions to help build skills in OSS. Each PC university with support of EU partners will develop one course material and will be shared with all other universities. The total will be 4 courses specialized in OSS: Operating System, Systems Programing, Object-Oriented Programming, and Software Design&Architecture.
Setting up an open source focused executive professional diploma program (PDP) [life long learning] to be offered by UBRUN, tarent, UCLM, BRSU, GJU jointly with YU, and LU jointly with NDU and putting in place curricula leading to specialized certificates. The diploma courses will be built in a modular way and will cover topics in Linux operating system, VMware, applications, networking, database management systems, cyber security, etc. It will seek accreditation at Ministries.
Establishing liaison offices in the participating PC institutions, with a role to develop linkages with industry, invite industry experts to participate in advisory boards, conduct seminars, review curricula, and carry out joint OSS projects. OSSCOM partners will setup systems and processes for the office, and would initially arrange for a series of industrial seminars .
OSSCOM partners will develop an innovative partnership model to support OSS technology developments. The model will focus on developing linkages to enrich a collaborative environment that brings together business and technical faculties in the pursuit of projects that cultivate partnership with industrial and business partners; updates the knowledge base of the university with the latest industry developments; and aligns the skills and knowledge of students to real needs of the job market.
Establish a framework to continuously initiate new OSS capstone projects at PC institutions for solving problems that are unique to the PC region. Projects will be linked with enterprises and motivated by social patterns, which are quite different from Europe. Special platforms will be set to facilitate PC specific social/ business activities, and software localization. Projects may also target issues related to water scarcity, environment, social media, and climate change in the PC region.
Technology park will be developed around the setup of the technology centers in PC institutions, i.e. at GJU and LU. The objective is to foster innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship among student communities. Technology parks will be associated with universities and will provide office space and infrastructure support needed by entrepreneurs, including business/ technology training, business planing, communications, and OSS marketing strategies for a wider spread of open source.
Conceptual model of incubator and business acceleration will be developed in cooperation with EU and PC partners. The model will be presented during OSSCOM 2nd annual conference and will be launched when agreed upon by all partners.
Partner workshop on business incubator will be organized during OSSCOM 2nd annual conference. The main objective is to transfer know-how from Europe to PC partners on processes and operations manual of a successful business incubator. The workshop will be attended by 2 participants from each PC university and open for other interested people from other universities on self basis funding.
Business startup/ spin-off will be motivated and disseminated as an example at GJU and LU and will be presented at OSSCOM 3rd Annual conference to be held after the project closeout. More focus will be on case studies and show cases to be developed with OSSCOM partners.
Focus groups and feedback questionnaires to all participants focusing on the quality of training experience, learning outcomes, re-constructed learning and institutional impact. Peer reviews will be conducted of updated curricula in OSS and for the professional diploma. There base-line data set will be established to facilitate impact assessment of the project.
Quality control and monitoring, on regular basis (each year), of:
- open source course curricula and that curricula are integrated and taught at PC institutions
- technology centers are active and provide help desk and support services
- continuous updates of content to match community needs, and that open source is promoted among communities for lifelong learning and professional support is available through technology centers.
The deliverable will focus on measuring:
- Relevance of project activities at the technology centers to open source
- Relevance of new projects to open source
- Entrepreneurial and creativity value of the new projects
- Market feasibility of the new projects and business ideas generated
- Innovations created.