A simple suggestion to Advance Principles 6, 7 and 9

A thought for the community:

Principles 6 (Use Open Source, Open Data etc.) and 7 (Reuse and Improve) are linked, Open solutions are prime candidates for reuse and improvement. Principle 9 (Be Collaborative) is also linked, since reuse and improvement of a solution is a key form of Collaboration.

However, it may be hard for people to easily locate Open Source solutions that might be a starting point to meet their needs.

Thus, I suggest the following:

  1.  Someone should add an inventory of Open Source solutions with descriptions, links to the codebase, and other meta information to the DigitalPrinciples site.  This could be combined with a list of projects, funders, implementers, countries where some version of the code is being used.
    
  2.  We should consolidate around one platform (i.e. GitHub) posting Open Source projects.  Once there are enough there, we can reach out to  Github to create a showcase for ICT4D, to group them together, to make them ore easily accessible from that direction.
    

See link for GitHub showcases https://github.com/explore

The main benefit of this would be facilitating advancement of both principles, as well as other principles since each iteration would likely improve a tool in other areas such as design and scalability.

A side benefit of this is a built in metric on how many Open Source solutions are built and how much they are used, and the extent of re-use of solutions could be a success metric for Principles 7 and 9. In general broad reuse and improvement of tools to meet similar challenges across organizational, national, and funder boundaries would be a huge indicator of the success not only of Principles 7 and 9 but of and the Digital Principles concept in general.

What do others think?

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Hey Brian,

   This is an excellent idea.  Having a canonical (no pun intended)

list of all the OpenSource applications and tech deployments in the field
would be extremely useful when designing new interventions that adhere to
the principles. As things stand now, just getting an idea of what’s
deployed in one corner of ICT4D, for instance, mHealth, takes hours of
research across aid organizations, NGO websites, and published papers.

Kindly,

Roger Nathanial Ashby
*Principal Partner, OpenWise *

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··· On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 4:14 PM, Brian Sokol wrote:

A thought for the community:

Principles 6 (Use Open Source, Open Data etc.) and 7 (Reuse and Improve)
are linked, Open solutions are prime candidates for reuse and
improvement. Principle 9 (Be Collaborative) is also linked, since reuse
and improvement of a solution is a key form of Collaboration.

However, it may be hard for people to easily locate Open Source solutions
that might be a starting point to meet their needs.

Thus, I suggest the following:

  1.  Someone should add an inventory of Open Source solutions with
    

descriptions, links to the codebase, and other meta information to the
DigitalPrinciples site. This could be combined with a list of projects,
funders, implementers, countries where some version of the code is being
used.

  1.  We should consolidate around one platform (i.e. GitHub) posting
    

Open Source projects. Once there are enough there, we can reach out to
Github to create a showcase for ICT4D, to group them together, to make them
ore easily accessible from that direction.

See link for GitHub showcases https://github.com/explore

The main benefit of this would be facilitating advancement of both
principles, as well as other principles since each iteration would likely
improve a tool in other areas such as design and scalability.

A side benefit of this is a built in metric on how many Open Source
solutions are built and how much they are used, and the extent of re-use of
solutions could be a success metric for Principles 7 and 9. In general
broad reuse and improvement of tools to meet similar challenges across
organizational, national, and funder boundaries would be a huge indicator
of the success not only of Principles 7 and 9 but of and the Digital
Principles concept in general.

What do others think?

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Hi Brian,

great idea - the “someone should add an inventory” part might be an issue
though. Would plugging a living inventory that the community can edit into
the site be an option?

-Benita

··· On 27 Jan 2016 10:14 pm, "Brian Sokol" wrote:

A thought for the community:

Principles 6 (Use Open Source, Open Data etc.) and 7 (Reuse and Improve)
are linked, Open solutions are prime candidates for reuse and
improvement. Principle 9 (Be Collaborative) is also linked, since reuse
and improvement of a solution is a key form of Collaboration.

However, it may be hard for people to easily locate Open Source solutions
that might be a starting point to meet their needs.

Thus, I suggest the following:

  1.  Someone should add an inventory of Open Source solutions with
    

descriptions, links to the codebase, and other meta information to the
DigitalPrinciples site. This could be combined with a list of projects,
funders, implementers, countries where some version of the code is being
used.

  1.  We should consolidate around one platform (i.e. GitHub) posting
    

Open Source projects. Once there are enough there, we can reach out to
Github to create a showcase for ICT4D, to group them together, to make them
ore easily accessible from that direction.

See link for GitHub showcases https://github.com/explore

The main benefit of this would be facilitating advancement of both
principles, as well as other principles since each iteration would likely
improve a tool in other areas such as design and scalability.

A side benefit of this is a built in metric on how many Open Source
solutions are built and how much they are used, and the extent of re-use of
solutions could be a success metric for Principles 7 and 9. In general
broad reuse and improvement of tools to meet similar challenges across
organizational, national, and funder boundaries would be a huge indicator
of the success not only of Principles 7 and 9 but of and the Digital
Principles concept in general.

What do others think?

Brian Sokol* | *Director, Client Technology Center | Abt Associates

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I just saw a very interesting presentation by the global development lab about the global innovations exchange.

The purpose of this is to capture different innovative ideas including open source technology as well as other types of approaches funded by USAID and other donors.

I would check this out as a possible repository for such information.

Siobhan Green
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··· -------- Original message -------- From: Roger Nathanial Ashby Date: 01/27/2016 5:14 PM (GMT-05:00) To: Brian Sokol Cc: ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com Subject: Re: [ICT4D Principles] A simple suggestion to Advance Principles 6, 7 and 9

Hey Brian,

   This is an excellent idea.  Having a canonical (no pun intended) list of all the OpenSource applications and tech deployments in the field would be extremely useful when designing new interventions that adhere to the principles. As things stand now, just getting an idea of what's deployed in one corner of ICT4D, for instance, mHealth, takes hours of research across aid organizations, NGO websites, and published papers.

Kindly,

Roger Nathanial Ashby
Principal Partner, OpenWise

Tel: (301) 744-9443tel:(301)%20744-9443
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On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 4:14 PM, Brian Sokol <Brian_Sokol@abtassoc.commailto:Brian_Sokol@abtassoc.com> wrote:
A thought for the community:

Principles 6 (Use Open Source, Open Data etc.) and 7 (Reuse and Improve) are linked, Open solutions are prime candidates for reuse and improvement. Principle 9 (Be Collaborative) is also linked, since reuse and improvement of a solution is a key form of Collaboration.

However, it may be hard for people to easily locate Open Source solutions that might be a starting point to meet their needs.

Thus, I suggest the following:

  1.  Someone should add an inventory of Open Source solutions with descriptions, links to the codebase, and other meta information to the DigitalPrinciples site.  This could be combined with a list of projects, funders, implementers, countries where some version of the code is being used.
    
  2.  We should consolidate around one platform (i.e. GitHub) posting Open Source projects.  Once there are enough there, we can reach out to  Github to create a showcase for ICT4D, to group them together, to make them ore easily accessible from that direction.
    

See link for GitHub showcases https://github.com/explore

The main benefit of this would be facilitating advancement of both principles, as well as other principles since each iteration would likely improve a tool in other areas such as design and scalability.

A side benefit of this is a built in metric on how many Open Source solutions are built and how much they are used, and the extent of re-use of solutions could be a success metric for Principles 7 and 9. In general broad reuse and improvement of tools to meet similar challenges across organizational, national, and funder boundaries would be a huge indicator of the success not only of Principles 7 and 9 but of and the Digital Principles concept in general.

What do others think?

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I really hope this happens. I know UNICEF just launched an open source
venture fund
(http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-02/01/unicef-innovation-fund-startups-dates).
I can imagine a tiny consulting business that helps to connect NGOs with
the relevant open source code and undertakes to pull together and showcase
high quality resources.

I’ll watch this space to see if anyone surfaces who is ready to put in the
legwork!

Good afternoon everyone,

We are developing a project that seem to answer to your needs, thanks to a
partnership with the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA)
at Fordham University and a young Digital Media company.

High Tech Humanitarians (HTH) http://www.hthumanitarians.org/ is the
first free online platform dedicated to open source humanitarian
innovation, a solution to facilitate universal access to life-changing
technology. HTH has a lean, simple structure and appearance to facilitate
access from any kind of device, even if running on a very slow connection
as it is often the case in low resources settings. Once fully functional,
the platform will offer users worldwide the broadest collection of Open
Source tools for social impact and humanitarian action (the Toolbox), as
well as the possibility to start collaborative projects in the Labs to
transform existing tools, or to create new ones that will later enter the
Toolbox.

The project is running in Beta version and adopts a temporary custom
template, while the Labs are being designed and integrated in the system.
We estimate that a pilot version of the fully functional platform will be
running for public testing already in early March, depending on technical
process and available support. In the meantime, the community is already
quite active on Twitter (@HumanTechRev).

HTH is strictly non-profit and free-content, and will most likely be
presented to the UNICEF fund, as well as to similar call such as the HIF
and the GIF, among others.

As a founder of the initiative and focal point for the IIHA, feel free to
get in touch in me. It would be a pity to duplicate efforts while we can
work together to create the best solution. On my side, I am ready to
discuss any issue and potential collaboration to improve the platform.

Sincerely,

Giulio Coppi | Humanitarian Innovation Fellow,
Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
Joseph A. Martino Hall | Fordham University
45 Columbus Avenue,
New York, NY 10023 | www.fordham.edu/iiha
Join the initiative for open humanitarian innovation
http://www.hthumanitarians.org/!
Mobile: (+1) 347 658 87 82

··· On Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 4:14:55 PM UTC-5, brian_sokol wrote: > > A thought for the community: > > > > Principles 6 (Use Open Source, Open Data etc.) and 7 (Reuse and Improve) > are linked, Open solutions are prime candidates for reuse and > improvement. Principle 9 (Be Collaborative) is also linked, since reuse > and improvement of a solution is a key form of Collaboration. > > > > However, it may be hard for people to easily locate Open Source solutions > that might be a starting point to meet their needs. > > > > Thus, I suggest the following: > > > > 1) Someone should add an inventory of Open Source solutions with > descriptions, links to the codebase, and other meta information to the > DigitalPrinciples site. This could be combined with a list of projects, > funders, implementers, countries where some version of the code is being > used. > > > > 1) We should consolidate around one platform (i.e. GitHub) posting > Open Source projects. Once there are enough there, we can reach out to > Github to create a showcase for ICT4D, to group them together, to make them > ore easily accessible from that direction. > > See link for GitHub showcases https://github.com/explore > > > > The main benefit of this would be facilitating advancement of both > principles, as well as other principles since each iteration would likely > improve a tool in other areas such as design and scalability. > > > > A side benefit of this is a built in metric on how many Open Source > solutions are built and how much they are used, and the extent of re-use of > solutions could be a success metric for Principles 7 and 9. In general > broad reuse and improvement of tools to meet similar challenges across > organizational, national, and funder boundaries would be a huge indicator > of the success not only of Principles 7 and 9 but of and the Digital > Principles concept in general. > > > > What do others think? > > > > > > *Brian Sokol** | *Director, Client Technology Center | *Abt Associates* > > O: 617-349-2532 | C: 857-928-2002 | www.abtassociates.com > > [image: cid:image002.jpg@01CC3802.AAD7C820] > > > > *Visit our new Abt Technology Showcase * > > > > > > > ------------------------------ > This message may contain privileged and confidential information intended > solely for the addressee. Please do not read, disseminate or copy it unless > you are the intended recipient. If this message has been received in error, > we kindly ask that you notify the sender immediately by return email and > delete all copies of the message from your system. >

Sure. The simplest approach could just be a Google Sheet or equivalent, and then there could be a link to it from the DigitalPrinciples sites

I don’t know who owns this Google Group for these emails, but I think the inventory and the group could be linked in terms of editing permissions, so that it isn’t totally open but limited to members of the Google Group,

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On Jan 27, 2016, at 5:37 PM, Benita Rowe <benita.rowe1@gmail.commailto:benita.rowe1@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Brian,

great idea - the “someone should add an inventory” part might be an issue though. Would plugging a living inventory that the community can edit into the site be an option?

-Benita

On 27 Jan 2016 10:14 pm, “Brian Sokol” <Brian_Sokol@abtassoc.commailto:Brian_Sokol@abtassoc.com> wrote:
A thought for the community:

Principles 6 (Use Open Source, Open Data etc.) and 7 (Reuse and Improve) are linked, Open solutions are prime candidates for reuse and improvement. Principle 9 (Be Collaborative) is also linked, since reuse and improvement of a solution is a key form of Collaboration.

However, it may be hard for people to easily locate Open Source solutions that might be a starting point to meet their needs.

Thus, I suggest the following:

  1.  Someone should add an inventory of Open Source solutions with descriptions, links to the codebase, and other meta information to the DigitalPrinciples site.  This could be combined with a list of projects, funders, implementers, countries where some version of the code is being used.
    
  2.  We should consolidate around one platform (i.e. GitHub) posting Open Source projects.  Once there are enough there, we can reach out to  Github to create a showcase for ICT4D, to group them together, to make them ore easily accessible from that direction.
    

See link for GitHub showcases https://github.com/explore

The main benefit of this would be facilitating advancement of both principles, as well as other principles since each iteration would likely improve a tool in other areas such as design and scalability.

A side benefit of this is a built in metric on how many Open Source solutions are built and how much they are used, and the extent of re-use of solutions could be a success metric for Principles 7 and 9. In general broad reuse and improvement of tools to meet similar challenges across organizational, national, and funder boundaries would be a huge indicator of the success not only of Principles 7 and 9 but of and the Digital Principles concept in general.

What do others think?

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Also, for the interests of history, Sonjara hosts the ict inventory.
http://ictinventory.sonjara.com

Based on a report to Congress in 2005 and then subsequent desk research, this database is a list of USAID funded projects from 2004 to 2008 with significant ICT components.

We wanted to update this database but never got the funding to do so. We hope this may be of use to someone.

Siobhan Green
Sonjara, Inc
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Cell: 703 981 9982
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··· -------- Original message -------- From: Siobhan Green Date: 01/27/2016 9:59 PM (GMT-05:00) To: roger.ashby@openwise.co, Brian Sokol Cc: ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com Subject: RE: [ICT4D Principles] A simple suggestion to Advance Principles 6, 7 and 9

I just saw a very interesting presentation by the global development lab about the global innovations exchange.

The purpose of this is to capture different innovative ideas including open source technology as well as other types of approaches funded by USAID and other donors.

I would check this out as a possible repository for such information.

Siobhan Green
Sonjara, Inc
Sio@sonjara.com
Office: 571 297 6383 ext 101
Cell: 703 981 9982
Skype : sewgreen

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From: Roger Nathanial Ashby roger.ashby@openwi.se
Date: 01/27/2016 5:14 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Brian Sokol Brian_Sokol@abtassoc.com
Cc: ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: [ICT4D Principles] A simple suggestion to Advance Principles 6, 7 and 9

Hey Brian,

   This is an excellent idea.  Having a canonical (no pun intended) list of all the OpenSource applications and tech deployments in the field would be extremely useful when designing new interventions that adhere to the principles. As things stand now, just getting an idea of what's deployed in one corner of ICT4D, for instance, mHealth, takes hours of research across aid organizations, NGO websites, and published papers.

Kindly,

Roger Nathanial Ashby
Principal Partner, OpenWise

Tel: (301) 744-9443tel:(301)%20744-9443
Fax: (202) 810-9128tel:(202)%20810-9128
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On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 4:14 PM, Brian Sokol <Brian_Sokol@abtassoc.commailto:Brian_Sokol@abtassoc.com> wrote:
A thought for the community:

Principles 6 (Use Open Source, Open Data etc.) and 7 (Reuse and Improve) are linked, Open solutions are prime candidates for reuse and improvement. Principle 9 (Be Collaborative) is also linked, since reuse and improvement of a solution is a key form of Collaboration.

However, it may be hard for people to easily locate Open Source solutions that might be a starting point to meet their needs.

Thus, I suggest the following:

  1.  Someone should add an inventory of Open Source solutions with descriptions, links to the codebase, and other meta information to the DigitalPrinciples site.  This could be combined with a list of projects, funders, implementers, countries where some version of the code is being used.
    
  2.  We should consolidate around one platform (i.e. GitHub) posting Open Source projects.  Once there are enough there, we can reach out to  Github to create a showcase for ICT4D, to group them together, to make them ore easily accessible from that direction.
    

See link for GitHub showcases https://github.com/explore

The main benefit of this would be facilitating advancement of both principles, as well as other principles since each iteration would likely improve a tool in other areas such as design and scalability.

A side benefit of this is a built in metric on how many Open Source solutions are built and how much they are used, and the extent of re-use of solutions could be a success metric for Principles 7 and 9. In general broad reuse and improvement of tools to meet similar challenges across organizational, national, and funder boundaries would be a huge indicator of the success not only of Principles 7 and 9 but of and the Digital Principles concept in general.

What do others think?

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Hi all
Thanks for all of the links that were sent in. We certainly wouldn’t want to duplicate a resource that already exists, thus creating multiple inventories that everyone has to breaking the “reuse” principle in an attempt to advance it.
This would also end up creating a need for an inventory of inventories.
However, I still have not seen an example of inventoried open source projects, that people might easily search through before deciding whether to build something new to meet their project needs. Or a place for people who built something to “register” it so other people can find it.

So far, the Global Innovation Exchange looks to be the closest promising. https://www.globalinnovationexchange.org/
Perhaps that is another possible home for it. Though the focus there seems to be more about matching innovators with funders. Though I could see another menu item there to hold an inventory like this.
Is anyone in this group involved with that site?

Otherwise, what do people think of simply using Google Forms/Sheets for registration/search That would at lest get some data captured that can be ported elsewhere if ti proves useful and popular?

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I really hope this happens. I know UNICEF just launched an open source venture fund (http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-02/01/unicef-innovation-fund-startups-dates). I can imagine a tiny consulting business that helps to connect NGOs with the relevant open source code and undertakes to pull together and showcase high quality resources.

I’ll watch this space to see if anyone surfaces who is ready to put in the legwork!

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Great suggestion/vision Nathaniel… long overdue.
The UNICEF Innovation Fund is now accepting submissions: http://www.unicefinnovationfund.org/#about-page
Please circulate widely – I think this idea is a winner

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I really hope this happens. I know UNICEF just launched an open source venture fund (http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-02/01/unicef-innovation-fund-startups-dates). I can imagine a tiny consulting business that helps to connect NGOs with the relevant open source code and undertakes to pull together and showcase high quality resources.

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With all due respect and with no criticism of your work…

Aren’t we basically trying to solve a content problem with more websites and databases?

There are many repositories for ICT4D initiatives – I built one myself! But building the website is the easy part; finding content, curating/vetting it (when appropriate), and MOST IMPORTANTLY – updating and maintaining the content on an ongoing basis – that is the hardest part.

Github and other similar repositories are littered with dead projects – aka abandon-ware. I have tried to use open source modules in Joomla and Drupal that looked awesome but were really half built and not supported and I wasted a lot of time (and money!). Heck, I just got sucked into a “Ghost Site” - GroupSpaces - an online membership platform that seems to have zero employees, but it still has users and is taking credit cards!

What are we offering the ICT4D community that is better than a google search? If we need up-to-date and accurate content on open source ICT4D tools, who is paying for the time to perform content collection and curation? The ICT Inventory I mentioned was paid for by USAID who paid for a researcher, had several full time staff at USAID to manage the original data collection, and had high level support from USAID senior management (and a deadline for the report to Congress). It was still a ton of work and when the project ended, so did data collection.

Crowd-sourcing content is very hard to do without a lot of passionate people with a lot of time on their hands – even Wikipedia struggles and they have less than 1% of their billion users contributing content for free. And they lack balance in their editors based on gender, nationality, and language. Managing volunteers can be a full time job. Quality is a real issue too – you need contributors to be knowledgeable, and ironically, the very people with the most amount of information are usually the ones with the least amount of time to contribute their work to a crowdsources repository. This is assuming they even know about it to begin with. So if you do decide to crowdsource, marketing and technical support are large labor costs that need to be taken into account.

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From: ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com [mailto:ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Giulio Coppi
Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 2:55 PM
To: ICT4D Principles ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com
Subject: [ICT4D Principles] Re: A simple suggestion to Advance Principles 6, 7 and 9

Good afternoon everyone,

We are developing a project that seem to answer to your needs, thanks to a partnership with the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University and a young Digital Media company.

High Tech Humanitarians (HTH)http://www.hthumanitarians.org/ is the first free online platform dedicated to open source humanitarian innovation, a solution to facilitate universal access to life-changing technology. HTH has a lean, simple structure and appearance to facilitate access from any kind of device, even if running on a very slow connection as it is often the case in low resources settings. Once fully functional, the platform will offer users worldwide the broadest collection of Open Source tools for social impact and humanitarian action (the Toolbox), as well as the possibility to start collaborative projects in the Labs to transform existing tools, or to create new ones that will later enter the Toolbox.

The project is running in Beta version and adopts a temporary custom template, while the Labs are being designed and integrated in the system. We estimate that a pilot version of the fully functional platform will be running for public testing already in early March, depending on technical process and available support. In the meantime, the community is already quite active on Twitter (@HumanTechRev).

HTH is strictly non-profit and free-content, and will most likely be presented to the UNICEF fund, as well as to similar call such as the HIF and the GIF, among others.

As a founder of the initiative and focal point for the IIHA, feel free to get in touch in me. It would be a pity to duplicate efforts while we can work together to create the best solution. On my side, I am ready to discuss any issue and potential collaboration to improve the platform.

Sincerely,

Giulio Coppi | Humanitarian Innovation Fellow,
Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
Joseph A. Martino Hall | Fordham University
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On Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 4:14:55 PM UTC-5, brian_sokol wrote:
A thought for the community:

Principles 6 (Use Open Source, Open Data etc.) and 7 (Reuse and Improve) are linked, Open solutions are prime candidates for reuse and improvement. Principle 9 (Be Collaborative) is also linked, since reuse and improvement of a solution is a key form of Collaboration.

However, it may be hard for people to easily locate Open Source solutions that might be a starting point to meet their needs.

Thus, I suggest the following:

  1.  Someone should add an inventory of Open Source solutions with descriptions, links to the codebase, and other meta information to the DigitalPrinciples site.  This could be combined with a list of projects, funders, implementers, countries where some version of the code is being used.
    
  2.  We should consolidate around one platform (i.e. GitHub) posting Open Source projects.  Once there are enough there, we can reach out to  Github to create a showcase for ICT4D, to group them together, to make them ore easily accessible from that direction.
    

See link for GitHub showcases https://github.com/explore

The main benefit of this would be facilitating advancement of both principles, as well as other principles since each iteration would likely improve a tool in other areas such as design and scalability.

A side benefit of this is a built in metric on how many Open Source solutions are built and how much they are used, and the extent of re-use of solutions could be a success metric for Principles 7 and 9. In general broad reuse and improvement of tools to meet similar challenges across organizational, national, and funder boundaries would be a huge indicator of the success not only of Principles 7 and 9 but of and the Digital Principles concept in general.

What do others think?

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Providing consulting services for the foreign assistance community around ICT4D is actually exactly the sort of work that Sonjara performs. We have our own internal resources we capture, but as a small business, we don’t have the R&D funds to cover something exhaustive. Are you suggesting that Unicef would be open to paying for content curation and vetting as part of building an inventory?

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To: ICT4D Principles ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com
Subject: [ICT4D Principles] Re: A simple suggestion to Advance Principles 6, 7 and 9

I really hope this happens. I know UNICEF just launched an open source venture fund (http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-02/01/unicef-innovation-fund-startups-dates). I can imagine a tiny consulting business that helps to connect NGOs with the relevant open source code and undertakes to pull together and showcase high quality resources.

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Hi all,

Thanks for the links and resources. On the topic of platforms that help us
inventory open source applications or tools used in development projects,
there’s also this Drupal distribution
https://www.drupal.org/project/opencivic which is meant to catalog tools
and use cases: https://www.drupal.org/project/opencivic

Best,

Samhir

··· On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 12:15 PM, Siobhan Green wrote:

Also, for the interests of history, Sonjara hosts the ict inventory.
http://ictinventory.sonjara.com

Based on a report to Congress in 2005 and then subsequent desk research,
this database is a list of USAID funded projects from 2004 to 2008 with
significant ICT components.

We wanted to update this database but never got the funding to do so. We
hope this may be of use to someone.

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Sonjara, Inc
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-------- Original message --------
From: Siobhan Green sio@sonjara.com
Date: 01/27/2016 9:59 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: roger.ashby@openwise.co, Brian Sokol Brian_Sokol@abtassoc.com
Cc: ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com
Subject: RE: [ICT4D Principles] A simple suggestion to Advance Principles
6, 7 and 9

I just saw a very interesting presentation by the global development lab
about the global innovations exchange.

https://www.globalinnovationexchange.org/

The purpose of this is to capture different innovative ideas including
open source technology as well as other types of approaches funded by USAID
and other donors.

I would check this out as a possible repository for such information.

Siobhan Green
Sonjara, Inc
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-------- Original message --------
From: Roger Nathanial Ashby roger.ashby@openwi.se
Date: 01/27/2016 5:14 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Brian Sokol Brian_Sokol@abtassoc.com
Cc: ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: [ICT4D Principles] A simple suggestion to Advance Principles
6, 7 and 9

Hey Brian,

   This is an excellent idea.  Having a canonical (no pun intended)

list of all the OpenSource applications and tech deployments in the field
would be extremely useful when designing new interventions that adhere to
the principles. As things stand now, just getting an idea of what’s
deployed in one corner of ICT4D, for instance, mHealth, takes hours of
research across aid organizations, NGO websites, and published papers.

Kindly,

Roger Nathanial Ashby
*Principal Partner, OpenWise *

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On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 4:14 PM, Brian Sokol Brian_Sokol@abtassoc.com > wrote:

A thought for the community:

Principles 6 (Use Open Source, Open Data etc.) and 7 (Reuse and Improve)
are linked, Open solutions are prime candidates for reuse and
improvement. Principle 9 (Be Collaborative) is also linked, since reuse
and improvement of a solution is a key form of Collaboration.

However, it may be hard for people to easily locate Open Source solutions
that might be a starting point to meet their needs.

Thus, I suggest the following:

  1.  Someone should add an inventory of Open Source solutions with
    

descriptions, links to the codebase, and other meta information to the
DigitalPrinciples site. This could be combined with a list of projects,
funders, implementers, countries where some version of the code is being
used.

  1.  We should consolidate around one platform (i.e. GitHub) posting
    

Open Source projects. Once there are enough there, we can reach out to
Github to create a showcase for ICT4D, to group them together, to make them
ore easily accessible from that direction.

See link for GitHub showcases https://github.com/explore

The main benefit of this would be facilitating advancement of both
principles, as well as other principles since each iteration would likely
improve a tool in other areas such as design and scalability.

A side benefit of this is a built in metric on how many Open Source
solutions are built and how much they are used, and the extent of re-use of
solutions could be a success metric for Principles 7 and 9. In general
broad reuse and improvement of tools to meet similar challenges across
organizational, national, and funder boundaries would be a huge indicator
of the success not only of Principles 7 and 9 but of and the Digital
Principles concept in general.

What do others think?

Brian Sokol* | *Director, Client Technology Center | Abt Associates

O: 617-349-2532 | C: 857-928-2002 | www.abtassociates.com

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Well Siobhan,

I do understand your point, but in my opinion you are missing two issues in
the current situation:

  1. HTH is not just a simple repository for ICT4D initiatives. As you said,
    everybody could do this, and you have plenty of those in the internet. The
    initiative I am working on is already vetting and proposing content which
    is available and ranges from DIY to high tech, in water and sanitation,
    ICT, 3D printing, Health, and os on and so forth. the idea is to offer the
    broadest spectrum of options not only to people like you, who already know
    what they’re looking for, but most of all to small ngos or even communities
    with little or no budget, using open source material. As it has correctly
    been stated above, everyone with basic knowledge of the current
    humanitarian tech would know that such a platform does not exist yet.

  2. You are a consultancy company, and you have a need for profit and
    running a budget. Our initiative is based on open source resources and very
    limited funding, and it is studied to be sustainable even with extremely
    limited money. Proof is, it is currently evolving only thanks to in-kind
    contributions by partners who believe in a Open Source humanitarian world.

I hope to have answered to your doubts, and thanks for your inputs!
g

··· On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 3:19:11 PM UTC-5, Siobhan Green, Sonjara wrote: > > With all due respect and with no criticism of your work… > > > > Aren’t we basically trying to solve a content problem with more websites > and databases? > > > > There are many repositories for ICT4D initiatives – I built one myself! > But building the website is the easy part; finding content, > curating/vetting it (when appropriate), and MOST IMPORTANTLY – updating and > maintaining the content on an ongoing basis – that is the hardest part. > > > > Github and other similar repositories are littered with dead projects – > aka abandon-ware. I have tried to use open source modules in Joomla and > Drupal that looked awesome but were really half built and not supported and > I wasted a lot of time (and money!). Heck, I just got sucked into a “Ghost > Site” - GroupSpaces - an online membership platform that seems to have > zero employees, but it still has users and is taking credit cards! > > > > What are we offering the ICT4D community that is better than a google > search? If we need up-to-date and accurate content on open source ICT4D > tools, who is paying for the time to perform content collection and > curation? The ICT Inventory I mentioned was paid for by USAID who paid for > a researcher, had several full time staff at USAID to manage the original > data collection, and had high level support from USAID senior management > (and a deadline for the report to Congress). It was still a ton of work and > when the project ended, so did data collection. > > > > Crowd-sourcing content is very hard to do without a lot of passionate > people with a lot of time on their hands – even Wikipedia struggles and > they have less than 1% of their billion users contributing content for > free. And they lack balance in their editors based on gender, nationality, > and language. Managing volunteers can be a full time job. Quality is a real > issue too – you need contributors to be knowledgeable, and ironically, the > very people with the most amount of information are usually the ones with > the least amount of time to contribute their work to a crowdsources > repository. This is assuming they even know about it to begin with. So if > you do decide to crowdsource, marketing and technical support are large > labor costs that need to be taken into account. > > > > ---- > > Siobhan Green > > *Sonjara, Inc.* > > *Digital Solutions that Serve the Greater Good* > > Tech Evaluation | Tech Consulting | Rapid Web and Mobile App Dev > > 207 Park Ave, B6, Falls Church, VA, USA > > www.sonjara.com | www.fakoli.org | www.griot.us > > *Email*: sio@sonjara.com *Skype*: sewgreen > > *O*: +1 571-297-6383 ext 101 or *D*: +1 (571) 421-1069 *M*: +1 703 > 981-9982 > > > > *From:* ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com [mailto: > ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com] *On Behalf Of *Giulio Coppi > *Sent:* Wednesday, February 3, 2016 2:55 PM > *To:* ICT4D Principles > *Subject:* [ICT4D Principles] Re: A simple suggestion to Advance > Principles 6, 7 and 9 > > > > Good afternoon everyone, > > > > We are developing a project that seem to answer to your needs, thanks to a > partnership with the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) > at Fordham University and a young Digital Media company. > > > > High Tech Humanitarians (HTH) is the > first free online platform dedicated to open source humanitarian > innovation, a solution to facilitate universal access to life-changing > technology. HTH has a lean, simple structure and appearance to facilitate > access from any kind of device, even if running on a very slow connection > as it is often the case in low resources settings. Once fully functional, > the platform will offer users worldwide the broadest collection of Open > Source tools for social impact and humanitarian action (the Toolbox), as > well as the possibility to start collaborative projects in the Labs to > transform existing tools, or to create new ones that will later enter the > Toolbox. > > > > The project is running in Beta version and adopts a temporary custom > template, while the Labs are being designed and integrated in the system. > We estimate that a pilot version of the fully functional platform will be > running for public testing already in early March, depending on technical > process and available support. In the meantime, the community is already > quite active on Twitter (@HumanTechRev). > > > > HTH is strictly non-profit and free-content, and will most likely be > presented to the UNICEF fund, as well as to similar call such as the HIF > and the GIF, among others. > > > > As a founder of the initiative and focal point for the IIHA, feel free to > get in touch in me. It would be a pity to duplicate efforts while we can > work together to create the best solution. On my side, I am ready to > discuss any issue and potential collaboration to improve the platform. > > > > Sincerely, > > > > Giulio Coppi | Humanitarian Innovation Fellow, > > Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs > Joseph A. Martino Hall | Fordham University > 45 Columbus Avenue, > New York, NY 10023 | www.fordham.edu/iiha > > Join the initiative for open humanitarian innovation > ! > > Mobile: (+1) 347 658 87 82 > > > > On Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 4:14:55 PM UTC-5, brian_sokol wrote: > > A thought for the community: > > > > Principles 6 (Use Open Source, Open Data etc.) and 7 (Reuse and Improve) > are linked, Open solutions are prime candidates for reuse and > improvement. Principle 9 (Be Collaborative) is also linked, since reuse > and improvement of a solution is a key form of Collaboration. > > > > However, it may be hard for people to easily locate Open Source solutions > that might be a starting point to meet their needs. > > > > Thus, I suggest the following: > > > > 1) Someone should add an inventory of Open Source solutions with > descriptions, links to the codebase, and other meta information to the > DigitalPrinciples site. This could be combined with a list of projects, > funders, implementers, countries where some version of the code is being > used. > > > > 1) We should consolidate around one platform (i.e. GitHub) posting > Open Source projects. Once there are enough there, we can reach out to > Github to create a showcase for ICT4D, to group them together, to make them > ore easily accessible from that direction. > > See link for GitHub showcases https://github.com/explore > > > > The main benefit of this would be facilitating advancement of both > principles, as well as other principles since each iteration would likely > improve a tool in other areas such as design and scalability. > > > > A side benefit of this is a built in metric on how many Open Source > solutions are built and how much they are used, and the extent of re-use of > solutions could be a success metric for Principles 7 and 9. In general > broad reuse and improvement of tools to meet similar challenges across > organizational, national, and funder boundaries would be a huge indicator > of the success not only of Principles 7 and 9 but of and the Digital > Principles concept in general. > > > > What do others think? > > > > > > *Brian Sokol** | *Director, Client Technology Center | *Abt Associates* > > O: 617-349-2532 | C: 857-928-2002 | www.abtassociates.com > > [image: cid:image002.jpg@01CC3802.AAD7C820] > > > > *Visit our new Abt Technology Showcase * > > > > > > > ------------------------------ > > This message may contain privileged and confidential information intended > solely for the addressee. Please do not read, disseminate or copy it unless > you are the intended recipient. If this message has been received in error, > we kindly ask that you notify the sender immediately by return email and > delete all copies of the message from your system. > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "ICT4D Principles" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to ict4d-principles+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com. > To post to this group, send email to ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com. > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout. >

I love y’all’s optimism, yet I feel compelled to point out that this discussion reminds me of https://xkcd.com/927/

Wayan

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On Feb 3, 2016, at 15:39, Giulio Coppi giulio.coppi@gmail.com wrote:

Well Siobhan,

I do understand your point, but in my opinion you are missing two issues in the current situation:

  1. HTH is not just a simple repository for ICT4D initiatives. As you said, everybody could do this, and you have plenty of those in the internet. The initiative I am working on is already vetting and proposing content which is available and ranges from DIY to high tech, in water and sanitation, ICT, 3D printing, Health, and os on and so forth. the idea is to offer the broadest spectrum of options not only to people like you, who already know what they’re looking for, but most of all to small ngos or even communities with little or no budget, using open source material. As it has correctly been stated above, everyone with basic knowledge of the current humanitarian tech would know that such a platform does not exist yet.

  2. You are a consultancy company, and you have a need for profit and running a budget. Our initiative is based on open source resources and very limited funding, and it is studied to be sustainable even with extremely limited money. Proof is, it is currently evolving only thanks to in-kind contributions by partners who believe in a Open Source humanitarian world.

I hope to have answered to your doubts, and thanks for your inputs!
g

On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 3:19:11 PM UTC-5, Siobhan Green, Sonjara wrote:
With all due respect and with no criticism of your work…

Aren’t we basically trying to solve a content problem with more websites and databases?

There are many repositories for ICT4D initiatives – I built one myself! But building the website is the easy part; finding content, curating/vetting it (when appropriate), and MOST IMPORTANTLY – updating and maintaining the content on an ongoing basis – that is the hardest part.

Github and other similar repositories are littered with dead projects – aka abandon-ware. I have tried to use open source modules in Joomla and Drupal that looked awesome but were really half built and not supported and I wasted a lot of time (and money!). Heck, I just got sucked into a “Ghost Site” - GroupSpaces - an online membership platform that seems to have zero employees, but it still has users and is taking credit cards!

What are we offering the ICT4D community that is better than a google search? If we need up-to-date and accurate content on open source ICT4D tools, who is paying for the time to perform content collection and curation? The ICT Inventory I mentioned was paid for by USAID who paid for a researcher, had several full time staff at USAID to manage the original data collection, and had high level support from USAID senior management (and a deadline for the report to Congress). It was still a ton of work and when the project ended, so did data collection.

Crowd-sourcing content is very hard to do without a lot of passionate people with a lot of time on their hands – even Wikipedia struggles and they have less than 1% of their billion users contributing content for free. And they lack balance in their editors based on gender, nationality, and language. Managing volunteers can be a full time job. Quality is a real issue too – you need contributors to be knowledgeable, and ironically, the very people with the most amount of information are usually the ones with the least amount of time to contribute their work to a crowdsources repository. This is assuming they even know about it to begin with. So if you do decide to crowdsource, marketing and technical support are large labor costs that need to be taken into account.


Siobhan Green

Sonjara, Inc.

Digital Solutions that Serve the Greater Good

Tech Evaluation | Tech Consulting | Rapid Web and Mobile App Dev

207 Park Ave, B6, Falls Church, VA, USA

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From: ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com [mailto:ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Giulio Coppi
Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 2:55 PM
To: ICT4D Principles ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com
Subject: [ICT4D Principles] Re: A simple suggestion to Advance Principles 6, 7 and 9

Good afternoon everyone,

We are developing a project that seem to answer to your needs, thanks to a partnership with the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University and a young Digital Media company.

High Tech Humanitarians (HTH) is the first free online platform dedicated to open source humanitarian innovation, a solution to facilitate universal access to life-changing technology. HTH has a lean, simple structure and appearance to facilitate access from any kind of device, even if running on a very slow connection as it is often the case in low resources settings. Once fully functional, the platform will offer users worldwide the broadest collection of Open Source tools for social impact and humanitarian action (the Toolbox), as well as the possibility to start collaborative projects in the Labs to transform existing tools, or to create new ones that will later enter the Toolbox.

The project is running in Beta version and adopts a temporary custom template, while the Labs are being designed and integrated in the system. We estimate that a pilot version of the fully functional platform will be running for public testing already in early March, depending on technical process and available support. In the meantime, the community is already quite active on Twitter (@HumanTechRev).

HTH is strictly non-profit and free-content, and will most likely be presented to the UNICEF fund, as well as to similar call such as the HIF and the GIF, among others.

As a founder of the initiative and focal point for the IIHA, feel free to get in touch in me. It would be a pity to duplicate efforts while we can work together to create the best solution. On my side, I am ready to discuss any issue and potential collaboration to improve the platform.

Sincerely,

Giulio Coppi | Humanitarian Innovation Fellow,

Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
Joseph A. Martino Hall | Fordham University
45 Columbus Avenue,
New York, NY 10023 | www.fordham.edu/iiha

Join the initiative for open humanitarian innovation!

Mobile: (+1) 347 658 87 82

On Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 4:14:55 PM UTC-5, brian_sokol wrote:

A thought for the community:

Principles 6 (Use Open Source, Open Data etc.) and 7 (Reuse and Improve) are linked, Open solutions are prime candidates for reuse and improvement. Principle 9 (Be Collaborative) is also linked, since reuse and improvement of a solution is a key form of Collaboration.

However, it may be hard for people to easily locate Open Source solutions that might be a starting point to meet their needs.

Thus, I suggest the following:

  1.  Someone should add an inventory of Open Source solutions with descriptions, links to the codebase, and other meta information to the DigitalPrinciples site.  This could be combined with a list of projects, funders, implementers, countries where some version of the code is being used.
    
  2.  We should consolidate around one platform (i.e. GitHub) posting Open Source projects.  Once there are enough there, we can reach out to  Github to create a showcase for ICT4D, to group them together, to make them ore easily accessible from that direction.
    

See link for GitHub showcases https://github.com/explore

The main benefit of this would be facilitating advancement of both principles, as well as other principles since each iteration would likely improve a tool in other areas such as design and scalability.

A side benefit of this is a built in metric on how many Open Source solutions are built and how much they are used, and the extent of re-use of solutions could be a success metric for Principles 7 and 9. In general broad reuse and improvement of tools to meet similar challenges across organizational, national, and funder boundaries would be a huge indicator of the success not only of Principles 7 and 9 but of and the Digital Principles concept in general.

What do others think?

Brian Sokol | Director, Client Technology Center | Abt Associates

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Three little words for folks with some history with the “one list to rule them
all” debate: health un bound…

··· On Wed, Feb 03, 2016 at 4:42 PM, Wayan Vota < wayan@wayan.com [wayan@wayan.com] > wrote: I love y'all's optimism, yet I feel compelled to point out that this discussion reminds me of https://xkcd.com/927/ [https://xkcd.com/927/] Wayan -- ----------------------------- Wayan Vota Mobile/WhatsApp: +1.202.746.8269 Twitter/Skype: @wayan_vota On Feb 3, 2016, at 15:39, Giulio Coppi < giulio.coppi@gmail.com [giulio.coppi@gmail.com] > wrote:

Well Siobhan,
I do understand your point, but in my opinion you are missing two issues in the
current situation:

  1. HTH is not just a simple repository for ICT4D initiatives. As you said,
    everybody could do this, and you have plenty of those in the internet. The
    initiative I am working on is already vetting and proposing content which is
    available and ranges from DIY to high tech, in water and sanitation, ICT, 3D
    printing, Health, and os on and so forth. the idea is to offer the broadest
    spectrum of options not only to people like you, who already know what they’re
    looking for, but most of all to small ngos or even communities with little or no
    budget, using open source material. As it has correctly been stated above,
    everyone with basic knowledge of the current humanitarian tech would know that
    such a platform does not exist yet.
  2. You are a consultancy company, and you have a need for profit and running a
    budget. Our initiative is based on open source resources and very limited
    funding, and it is studied to be sustainable even with extremely limited money.
    Proof is, it is currently evolving only thanks to in-kind contributions by
    partners who believe in a Open Source humanitarian world.

I hope to have answered to your doubts, and thanks for your inputs! g

On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 3:19:11 PM UTC-5, Siobhan Green, Sonjara
wrote:With all due respect and with no criticism of your work…

Aren’t we basically trying to solve a content problem with more websites and
databases?

There are many repositories for ICT4D initiatives – I built one myself! But
building the website is the easy part; finding content, curating/vetting it
(when appropriate), and MOST IMPORTANTLY – updating and maintaining the content
on an ongoing basis – that is the hardest part.

Github and other similar repositories are littered with dead projects – aka
abandon-ware. I have tried to use open source modules in Joomla and Drupal that
looked awesome but were really half built and not supported and I wasted a lot
of time (and money!). Heck, I just got sucked into a “Ghost Site” - GroupSpaces

  • an online membership platform that seems to have zero employees, but it still
    has users and is taking credit cards!

What are we offering the ICT4D community that is better than a google search? If
we need up-to-date and accurate content on open source ICT4D tools, who is
paying for the time to perform content collection and curation? The ICT
Inventory I mentioned was paid for by USAID who paid for a researcher, had
several full time staff at USAID to manage the original data collection, and had
high level support from USAID senior management (and a deadline for the report
to Congress). It was still a ton of work and when the project ended, so did data
collection.

Crowd-sourcing content is very hard to do without a lot of passionate people
with a lot of time on their hands – even Wikipedia struggles and they have less
than 1% of their billion users contributing content for free. And they lack
balance in their editors based on gender, nationality, and language. Managing
volunteers can be a full time job. Quality is a real issue too – you need
contributors to be knowledgeable, and ironically, the very people with the most
amount of information are usually the ones with the least amount of time to
contribute their work to a crowdsources repository. This is assuming they even
know about it to begin with. So if you do decide to crowdsource, marketing and
technical support are large labor costs that need to be taken into account.


Siobhan Green

Sonjara, Inc.

Digital Solutions that Serve the Greater Good

Tech Evaluation | Tech Consulting | Rapid Web and Mobile App Dev

207 Park Ave, B6, Falls Church, VA, USA

www.sonjara.com [http://www.sonjara.com/] | www.fakoli.org [http://www.fakoli.org/] | www.griot.us [http://www.griot.us/]

Email : sio@sonjara.com [sio@sonjara.com] Skype : sewgreen

O : +1 571-297-6383 ext 101 or D : +1 (571) 421-1069 M : +1 703 981-9982

From: ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com [ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com] [mailto: ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com [ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com] ] On Behalf Of Giulio Coppi
Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 2:55 PM
To: ICT4D Principles < ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com [ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com] >
Subject: [ICT4D Principles] Re: A simple suggestion to Advance Principles 6, 7 and 9

Good afternoon everyone,

We are developing a project that seem to answer to your needs, thanks to a
partnership with the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at
Fordham University and a young Digital Media company.

High Tech Humanitarians (HTH) [http://www.hthumanitarians.org/] is the first free online platform dedicated to open source humanitarian
innovation, a solution to facilitate universal access to life-changing
technology. HTH has a lean, simple structure and appearance to facilitate access
from any kind of device, even if running on a very slow connection as it is
often the case in low resources settings. Once fully functional, the platform
will offer users worldwide the broadest collection of Open Source tools for
social impact and humanitarian action (the Toolbox), as well as the possibility
to start collaborative projects in the Labs to transform existing tools, or to
create new ones that will later enter the Toolbox.

The project is running in Beta version and adopts a temporary custom template,
while the Labs are being designed and integrated in the system. We estimate that
a pilot version of the fully functional platform will be running for public
testing already in early March, depending on technical process and available
support. In the meantime, the community is already quite active on Twitter
(@HumanTechRev).

HTH is strictly non-profit and free-content, and will most likely be presented
to the UNICEF fund, as well as to similar call such as the HIF and the GIF,
among others.

As a founder of the initiative and focal point for the IIHA, feel free to get in
touch in me. It would be a pity to duplicate efforts while we can work together
to create the best solution. On my side, I am ready to discuss any issue and
potential collaboration to improve the platform.

Sincerely,

Giulio Coppi | Humanitarian Innovation Fellow,

Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
Joseph A. Martino Hall | Fordham University
45 Columbus Avenue,
New York, NY 10023 | www.fordham.edu/iiha [http://www.fordham.edu/iiha]

Join the initiative for open humanitarian innovation
[http://www.hthumanitarians.org/] !

Mobile: (+1) 347 658 87 82

On Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 4:14:55 PM UTC-5, brian_sokol wrote:

A thought for the community:

Principles 6 (Use Open Source, Open Data etc.) and 7 (Reuse and Improve) are
linked, Open solutions are prime candidates for reuse and improvement. Principle
9 (Be Collaborative) is also linked, since reuse and improvement of a solution
is a key form of Collaboration.

However, it may be hard for people to easily locate Open Source solutions that
might be a starting point to meet their needs.

Thus, I suggest the following:

  1. Someone should add an inventory of Open Source solutions with descriptions,
    links to the codebase, and other meta information to the DigitalPrinciples site.
    This could be combined with a list of projects, funders, implementers, countries
    where some version of the code is being used.

  2. We should consolidate around one platform (i.e. GitHub) posting Open Source
    projects. Once there are enough there, we can reach out to Github to create a
    showcase for ICT4D, to group them together, to make them ore easily accessible
    from that direction.

See link for GitHub showcases https://github.com/explore [https://github.com/explore]

The main benefit of this would be facilitating advancement of both principles,
as well as other principles since each iteration would likely improve a tool in
other areas such as design and scalability.

A side benefit of this is a built in metric on how many Open Source solutions
are built and how much they are used, and the extent of re-use of solutions
could be a success metric for Principles 7 and 9. In general broad reuse and
improvement of tools to meet similar challenges across organizational, national,
and funder boundaries would be a huge indicator of the success not only of
Principles 7 and 9 but of and the Digital Principles concept in general.

What do others think?

Brian Sokol | Director, Client Technology Center | Abt Associates

O: 617-349-2532 | C: 857-928-2002 | www.abtassociates.com [http://www.abtassociates.com/]

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This is really helpful. We’re fostering innovation in Africa and the Philippines – I’ll share with our colleagues there.

Rev. N. Neelley Hicks
Director, ICT4D Church Initiatives
United Methodist Communications
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··· From: ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com [mailto:ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Robert MacTavish Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 8:32 AM To: Nathaniel Calhoun ; ICT4D Principles Subject: RE: [ICT4D Principles] Re: A simple suggestion to Advance Principles 6, 7 and 9

Great suggestion/vision Nathaniel… long overdue.
The UNICEF Innovation Fund is now accepting submissions: http://www.unicefinnovationfund.org/#about-page
Please circulate widely – I think this idea is a winner

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Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 4:14 AM
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Subject: [ICT4D Principles] Re: A simple suggestion to Advance Principles 6, 7 and 9

I really hope this happens. I know UNICEF just launched an open source venture fund (http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-02/01/unicef-innovation-fund-startups-dates). I can imagine a tiny consulting business that helps to connect NGOs with the relevant open source code and undertakes to pull together and showcase high quality resources.

I’ll watch this space to see if anyone surfaces who is ready to put in the legwork!

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Ah, looked into it. They only want applications from those from Programme Countries. So no one based in the US.

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From: ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com [mailto:ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Siobhan Green
Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 3:28 PM
To: Nathaniel Calhoun natecalhoun@gmail.com; ICT4D Principles ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com
Subject: RE: [ICT4D Principles] Re: A simple suggestion to Advance Principles 6, 7 and 9

Providing consulting services for the foreign assistance community around ICT4D is actually exactly the sort of work that Sonjara performs. We have our own internal resources we capture, but as a small business, we don’t have the R&D funds to cover something exhaustive. Are you suggesting that Unicef would be open to paying for content curation and vetting as part of building an inventory?


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Subject: [ICT4D Principles] Re: A simple suggestion to Advance Principles 6, 7 and 9

I really hope this happens. I know UNICEF just launched an open source venture fund (http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-02/01/unicef-innovation-fund-startups-dates). I can imagine a tiny consulting business that helps to connect NGOs with the relevant open source code and undertakes to pull together and showcase high quality resources.

I’ll watch this space to see if anyone surfaces who is ready to put in the legwork!

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Well, any effort worth doing needs a budget, even if it is made up of labor hours; otherwise you are at risk of wasting people’s time and not getting anything done. People need to pay their rent, so they need to be paid for their time, somehow. Or they will be forced to do something that pays the rent. Especially people with skills that are in high demand and can make more money elsewhere.

I have been on the board of several small local community based non-profits. I don’t care what you are doing, you need a budget and to manage your finances or you won’t have any resources to manage.

And the small crowdsourced model for resource mobilization is very very hard and has serious challenges for sustainability.

This is why most major open source projects have some sort of corporate backing or created a foundation to provide support and organizational direction. I believe this is why these different projects are successful - because they have major resources available to them to invest in them - to build, market, advocacy, and maintain the project.

Firefox - Mozilla Foundation
Mysql - oracle owns it
Drupal - lots of support from Sony BMI
Linux - supported by IBM, Redhat, and other for profit firms
Eclipse - Originally built by IBM, now has its own foundation.
PHP - zend leads the development

Also, what is wrong with making money? Profit turns into R&D, training and professional development, sponsorship of non-profits, hiring new staff, and seed capital for investment in new products and services.

It is a reward for the substantial risks entrepreneurs take (usually with their savings and borrowing from credit cards or friends and family). Without that opportunity for reward, many would not take the risk - they at least need to be repaid enough to pay back the debt and the interest.

The difference with the non-profit world is we call left over money after expenses “retained earnings”. These are used in exactly the same way, including as a hedge against risk.

While I commend your passion, and I wish you the best of luck, these efforts are often based on the passion and vision of one person.

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··· -------- Original message -------- From: Wayan Vota Date: 02/03/2016 4:43 PM (GMT-05:00) To: ICT4D Principles Subject: Re: [ICT4D Principles] Re: A simple suggestion to Advance Principles 6, 7 and 9

I love y’all’s optimism, yet I feel compelled to point out that this discussion reminds me of https://xkcd.com/927/

Wayan

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On Feb 3, 2016, at 15:39, Giulio Coppi <giulio.coppi@gmail.commailto:giulio.coppi@gmail.com> wrote:

Well Siobhan,

I do understand your point, but in my opinion you are missing two issues in the current situation:

  1. HTH is not just a simple repository for ICT4D initiatives. As you said, everybody could do this, and you have plenty of those in the internet. The initiative I am working on is already vetting and proposing content which is available and ranges from DIY to high tech, in water and sanitation, ICT, 3D printing, Health, and os on and so forth. the idea is to offer the broadest spectrum of options not only to people like you, who already know what they’re looking for, but most of all to small ngos or even communities with little or no budget, using open source material. As it has correctly been stated above, everyone with basic knowledge of the current humanitarian tech would know that such a platform does not exist yet.

  2. You are a consultancy company, and you have a need for profit and running a budget. Our initiative is based on open source resources and very limited funding, and it is studied to be sustainable even with extremely limited money. Proof is, it is currently evolving only thanks to in-kind contributions by partners who believe in a Open Source humanitarian world.

I hope to have answered to your doubts, and thanks for your inputs!
g

On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 3:19:11 PM UTC-5, Siobhan Green, Sonjara wrote:
With all due respect and with no criticism of your work…

Aren’t we basically trying to solve a content problem with more websites and databases?

There are many repositories for ICT4D initiatives – I built one myself! But building the website is the easy part; finding content, curating/vetting it (when appropriate), and MOST IMPORTANTLY – updating and maintaining the content on an ongoing basis – that is the hardest part.

Github and other similar repositories are littered with dead projects – aka abandon-ware. I have tried to use open source modules in Joomla and Drupal that looked awesome but were really half built and not supported and I wasted a lot of time (and money!). Heck, I just got sucked into a “Ghost Site” - GroupSpaces - an online membership platform that seems to have zero employees, but it still has users and is taking credit cards!

What are we offering the ICT4D community that is better than a google search? If we need up-to-date and accurate content on open source ICT4D tools, who is paying for the time to perform content collection and curation? The ICT Inventory I mentioned was paid for by USAID who paid for a researcher, had several full time staff at USAID to manage the original data collection, and had high level support from USAID senior management (and a deadline for the report to Congress). It was still a ton of work and when the project ended, so did data collection.

Crowd-sourcing content is very hard to do without a lot of passionate people with a lot of time on their hands – even Wikipedia struggles and they have less than 1% of their billion users contributing content for free. And they lack balance in their editors based on gender, nationality, and language. Managing volunteers can be a full time job. Quality is a real issue too – you need contributors to be knowledgeable, and ironically, the very people with the most amount of information are usually the ones with the least amount of time to contribute their work to a crowdsources repository. This is assuming they even know about it to begin with. So if you do decide to crowdsource, marketing and technical support are large labor costs that need to be taken into account.


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From: ict4d-principles@googlegroups.commailto:ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com [mailto:ict4d-principles@googlegroups.commailto:ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Giulio Coppi
Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 2:55 PM
To: ICT4D Principles <ict4d-principles@googlegroups.commailto:ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com>
Subject: [ICT4D Principles] Re: A simple suggestion to Advance Principles 6, 7 and 9

Good afternoon everyone,

We are developing a project that seem to answer to your needs, thanks to a partnership with the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) at Fordham University and a young Digital Media company.

High Tech Humanitarians (HTH)http://www.hthumanitarians.org/ is the first free online platform dedicated to open source humanitarian innovation, a solution to facilitate universal access to life-changing technology. HTH has a lean, simple structure and appearance to facilitate access from any kind of device, even if running on a very slow connection as it is often the case in low resources settings. Once fully functional, the platform will offer users worldwide the broadest collection of Open Source tools for social impact and humanitarian action (the Toolbox), as well as the possibility to start collaborative projects in the Labs to transform existing tools, or to create new ones that will later enter the Toolbox.

The project is running in Beta version and adopts a temporary custom template, while the Labs are being designed and integrated in the system. We estimate that a pilot version of the fully functional platform will be running for public testing already in early March, depending on technical process and available support. In the meantime, the community is already quite active on Twitter (@HumanTechRev).

HTH is strictly non-profit and free-content, and will most likely be presented to the UNICEF fund, as well as to similar call such as the HIF and the GIF, among others.

As a founder of the initiative and focal point for the IIHA, feel free to get in touch in me. It would be a pity to duplicate efforts while we can work together to create the best solution. On my side, I am ready to discuss any issue and potential collaboration to improve the platform.

Sincerely,

Giulio Coppi | Humanitarian Innovation Fellow,
Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
Joseph A. Martino Hall | Fordham University
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On Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 4:14:55 PM UTC-5, brian_sokol wrote:
A thought for the community:

Principles 6 (Use Open Source, Open Data etc.) and 7 (Reuse and Improve) are linked, Open solutions are prime candidates for reuse and improvement. Principle 9 (Be Collaborative) is also linked, since reuse and improvement of a solution is a key form of Collaboration.

However, it may be hard for people to easily locate Open Source solutions that might be a starting point to meet their needs.

Thus, I suggest the following:

  1.  Someone should add an inventory of Open Source solutions with descriptions, links to the codebase, and other meta information to the DigitalPrinciples site.  This could be combined with a list of projects, funders, implementers, countries where some version of the code is being used.
    
  2.  We should consolidate around one platform (i.e. GitHub) posting Open Source projects.  Once there are enough there, we can reach out to  Github to create a showcase for ICT4D, to group them together, to make them ore easily accessible from that direction.
    

See link for GitHub showcases https://github.com/explore

The main benefit of this would be facilitating advancement of both principles, as well as other principles since each iteration would likely improve a tool in other areas such as design and scalability.

A side benefit of this is a built in metric on how many Open Source solutions are built and how much they are used, and the extent of re-use of solutions could be a success metric for Principles 7 and 9. In general broad reuse and improvement of tools to meet similar challenges across organizational, national, and funder boundaries would be a huge indicator of the success not only of Principles 7 and 9 but of and the Digital Principles concept in general.

What do others think?

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Great discussion. For any individuals who are interested in the Global
Innovation Exchange, please feel free to reach out to Alexis Bonnel at
USAID’s Global Devlopment Lab: abonnell@usaid.gov. I’m also encouraging her
to join this fantastic group as well!

Thanks,
Tucker

··· On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 3:41:20 AM UTC-8, brian_sokol wrote: > > > > Hi all > > Thanks for all of the links that were sent in. We certainly wouldn’t > want to duplicate a resource that already exists, thus creating multiple > inventories that everyone has to breaking the “reuse” principle in an > attempt to advance it. > > This would also end up creating a need for an inventory of inventories. > > However, I still have not seen an example of inventoried open source > projects, that people might easily search through before deciding whether > to build something new to meet their project needs. Or a place for people > who built something to “register” it so other people can find it. > > > > So far, the Global Innovation Exchange looks to be the closest promising. > https://www.globalinnovationexchange.org/ > > Perhaps that is another possible home for it. Though the focus there seems > to be more about matching innovators with funders. Though I could see > another menu item there to hold an inventory like this. > > Is anyone in this group involved with that site? > > > > Otherwise, what do people think of simply using Google Forms/Sheets for > registration/search That would at lest get some data captured that can be > ported elsewhere if ti proves useful and popular? > > > > > > > > *Brian Sokol* *| *Director, Client Technology Center | *Abt Associates* > > O: 617-349-2532 | C: 857-928-2002 | www.abtassociates.com > > [image: cid:image002.jpg@01CC3802.AAD7C820] > > > > *Visit our new Abt Technology Showcase * > > > > > > *From:* ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com [mailto: > ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com] *On Behalf Of *Nathaniel Calhoun > *Sent:* Wednesday, February 03, 2016 4:14 AM > *To:* ICT4D Principles > *Subject:* [ICT4D Principles] Re: A simple suggestion to Advance > Principles 6, 7 and 9 > > > > I really hope this happens. I know UNICEF just launched an open source > venture fund ( > http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-02/01/unicef-innovation-fund-startups-dates). > I can imagine a tiny consulting business that helps to connect NGOs with > the relevant open source code and undertakes to pull together and showcase > high quality resources. > > > > I'll watch this space to see if anyone surfaces who is ready to put in the > legwork! > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "ICT4D Principles" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to ict4d-principles+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com. > To post to this group, send email to ict4d-principles@googlegroups.com. > For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout. > > > ------------------------------ > This message may contain privileged and confidential information intended > solely for the addressee. Please do not read, disseminate or copy it unless > you are the intended recipient. If this message has been received in error, > we kindly ask that you notify the sender immediately by return email and > delete all copies of the message from your system. >