[Community_studios] Re: project in western Uganda question
tompoe at fiai.net
Wed Jun 22 20:07:15 EDT 2005
Hi, Mark and Kristin and Ms. Begumisa: Thanks for the update. We'll
monitor your site for updates. Love the work you're doing.
Open Studios has set up what might be described as a global Help Desk.
We provide technical support and training for those who want to build
and operate a community-based recording studio. For example, if Maria
(Beatrice Begumisa) was able to obtain a computer, we would then walk
her through the steps to load it with Free or Open Source Software
(F/OSS) using Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in
Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). This would enable the community to produce
high quality CDs, DVDs, public service announcements, tv shows, radio
shows, world-class fund-raising campaigns, marketing programs for small
business, even full-featured documentaries. The computer requirements
are that of a PII or better/newer. Once set up, it's just a click of
the mouse to maintain state-of-the-art. Training takes place remotely
through the use of VNC. Thus, just a donated computer, time, and effort
is all that is required of a community to be successful. Having said
that, you demonstrate just how much time and effort, and even money is
necessary in developing nations.
When the opportunity pops up, and it will, I hope you'll let us
participate with one or more computers in Uganda, or elsewhere. Ms.
Begumisa is located in Kampala, and would love the opportunity to obtain
a computer to move forward.
Charles City, Iowa, USA
On Wed, 2005-06-22 at 07:45, Mark Summer wrote:
> Hi Tom,
> I just got back from Africa yesterday evening. As for now the main
> focus is on creating the capacities required within the villages to
> use the computers to their full extend. The phone is of course very
> easy for the villagers to use, but most of them have not had much
> experience using computers and the Internet previously. In the next
> phase of the project (in about 2 to 3 month) ActionAid will introduce
> the content management system of our system to the end users. This
> allows the villagers to create their on content using a very easy
> interface. Once this phase will be on it's way we will be mirroring
> the content for the benefit of others.
> What does your organization do ?
> Mark Summer
> co-founder, Inveneo
> web: http://www.inveneo.org
> phone: +1-415-901-1969 x 1200
> FWD: 603303
> cell: +1-415-867-9751
> email: mark.summer at inveneo.org
> On Jun 21, 2005, at 6:16 AM, tom poe wrote:
> > Hello: Will your project in western Uganda, Nyamiryango and
> > surrounding
> > communities, include web sites by/for each of the communities? If so,
> > we would certainly like to know about them. This is a most exciting
> > project, and wish you continued success in your project.
> > http://www.inveneo.org/?q=uganda
> > Uganda deployment with our partner ActionAid
> > Uganda deployment goes live June 8th, 2005
> > Respectfully,
> > Tom Poe
> > Open Studios
> > Charles City, IA, USA
> > www.ibiblio.org/studioforrecording/
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