Since 2014 Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University has been engaged in the development of Free and Open Source Software ressources in arabic countries both for educational purposes and for local enterprises. In the past two weeks several partner organisations have visited Sankt Augustin and the department of information sciences.
During the project meeting of Tempus IV Programme OSSCOM, partners from Jordan and Lebanon discussed the progress of individual work packages and kept records of the preliminary results.
Furthermore a group of 15 professors and research staff from Morocco met in Sankt Augustin. Participants included staff from Université Mohammed V in Rabat (ENSIAS), National School of Applied Sciences of Marrakech (ENSA), the National Centre of Scientific Research in Rabat (CNRST)and the Arab States Research and Education Network. This new DAAD-funded partnership kicked off in spring 2016, so that the meeting focused on train-the trainer activities. H-BRS hosted workshops on "Cloud Infra-Structure and Services" and "Android Programming". Ideally, this will provide a base of open source related knowledge which is then passed on at the partner institutions. The next meeting will take place in december in Marrakesh.
The timig of both meetings was ideal because both groups had the opportunity to visit the international Free and Open Software Conference (FrOSCon) which took place in Sankt Augustin on August 20 and 21st. Participants took their chance to broaden their OSS knowledge, team up with industrial partners or learn from other academic institutions cocnerning their experience with open source projects in the newly established science track.