eGovernance in India

Improving eGovernance in INDIA

Open Source Software Resource Centre

Posted by egovindia on June 19, 2006

Open Source Software Resource Centre

 http://www.ossrc.org.in/

Successive governments in India have realized that to uplift the masses in India, it is essential that India leverage its IT prowess. IT can provide the uplift through better citizen services, improved and easily accessible education, jobs creation, enhanced ability to export IT services etc. This raises formidable challenges of accessibility and affordability of computing at large scale. Open Source software with its favorable economics and community based development model is ideally suited to address these challenges. It is in this scenario that the IBM Corporation, in partnership with Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai (IIT-B) and the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), is establishing the Open Source Software Resource Centre (OSSRC). OSSRC's goals are to develop, adopt and disseminate solutions, education and content that use open standards in support of India's economic development plans. The OSSRC is expected to be a nerve centre for Open Source Software (OSS) activities in the country.

Objectives:

  • Foster significant OSS development and promotion of Open Standards in India
  • Develop high-quality training programs around OSS technology
  • Development and adoption of OSS based authoring tools, mark-up languages, teacher training and content repository
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