What content might we put on the flash drives?
- I have purchased a dozen USB flash drives to send to our participants in
Africa (and potentially to other places with marginal Internet access,
please speak up!) My purpose is to understand how much they might be
sold for and what they might be used for. Here in Lithuania I can buy
256 MB flash drives for $9 and 512 MB flashdrives for $11. And we have
an opportunity to buy 300 flash drives for about $5 each directly from
Shenzhen, China. Whereas in many places in Africa the cheapest flash
drives sell for $30. So we want to practice selling them and learn more
about the market and the capability of our network. This is also a step
towards organizing the manufacture of a device for displaying the
contents of a flash drive and editing them with a standard keyboard.
Furthermore, this is an opportunity to publish content which might be
shared in Africa. What do we suggest we put on these flash drives?
They should include a combination of our own concerns and those of our
African participants. Here is what we have considered so far:
Thank you to Sasha Mrkailo for helping!
I will make a CD-ROM and distribute that and portions can be put on the
We will certainly have available the activity of our lab:
- Our email archive, about 20,000 letters and 200 MB.
- Our wiki, http://www.worknets.org, about 3,500 pages and 100 MB.
- Our chat transcripts, http://www.worknets.org/archive/, less than 3 MB
- Our food stories http://www.myfoodstory.info 5 MB text plus photos
- Our videos, or at least some of them!
Note that the materials need to be in the Public Domain or encourage
sharing. Among the copyleft licenses, for the purpose of distributing
content, the GNU FDL license (used by Wikipedia) and the Creative
Commons "attribution" licenses are fine. The Creative Commons
"noncommercial" and "share alike" licenses are not. Unfortunately, we
can't use many good sites because of copyright restrictions.
Our African participants Samwel Kongere, Fred Kayiwa, Helen Mahoo,
Josephat Ndibalema, David Mutua, Wendi Losha Bernadette, William Wambura
have endeavors that I think reflect their interests:
* Health: AIDS, Malaria, Community clinic
* ICT: Assembling computers, Internet, InternetCafe, Video, Websites, WiFi
* Economics: Aid, BottomUp economy
* Rightful living: Brickmaking, KnowledgeWork, Shoes, Crafts
* Inclusion: Deaf, Orphans, Refugees, Street Children, Women, East
Africa regional network
* Education: Literacy, ICT for Education
* Agriculture: Integrative Farming, Poultry, Beekeeping, Urban Agriculture
* RuralUrban: Kibera, Neighborhoods
* Local languages: Kiswahili
* Values: Motivation, Selfishness, Sports
We should also share materials that reflect our own interests including:
* Appropriate technology
* Community currency
* Global villages
* Renewable energy
* Flu pandemic
* Loving God
This will help us engage each other.
Below are some resources that we have so far. Please add your ideas! I
especially would like to include more works on:
* Appropriate technology
* Textbooks for children
* Local languages
* Computer tutorials for hardware (assembling computers, setting up
wifi) and software (using computers, making websites, simple programming)
Thank you! I will send out the flash drives some time next week, and
then we'll keep adding to our collection. If you know of any
collections so far that's a great help. I was a bit surprised that One
Laptop Per Child doesn't have any collection yet, they are just
organizing themselves, I think.
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