18.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in Beirut

Free open source software workshop

In cooperation with the Lebanese Center for Research and Development (CERD), and the Arab Center for Free and Open Source Software (Ma3bar), UNESCO Beirut organized an awareness workshop on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

Within the framework of the UNESCO’s Communication and Information (CI) sector, and under Access to Knowledge and Open Educational Resources objective, this workshop is to create awareness among users and partners on how to use free open source software, develop it and adapt it for organizational use. The workshop that took place on the 10 October 2013 targeted 30 trainers from the Lebanese Center for Research and Development.

Four universities’ representatives (Arab Open, Notre Dame, Kaslik, Francophone Agency, Balamand) in addition, of course, to Ma3bar and UNESCO Beirut participated within the workshop session. Each representative highlighted the organization’s experiences and expertise within the FOSS field.

UNESCO CI programme officer, Mr. George Awad, talked about UNESCO long experience within the FOSS field, its resources as well as success stories from around the world within the fields of Education, Science, Culture and Information. 

There will be a series of follow up workshops to include more participants not only from CERD but also other governmental bodies.

Last, it is worth mentioning that Ma3bar is an Arab regional center for Free and Open Source Software initiated by UNESCO Regional office in Beirut, UNDP and hosted at Balamand University.  Ma3bar consists of a group of universities working in the FOSS field and in particular, Awareness, training and development.

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