[fosscomm] Some suggestions for the policy

jitendra jituviju at gmail.com
Tue Jul 28 23:33:34 PDT 2009


 Suggestions

to

ICT Policy

by Prof Jitendra Shah

(version 29July, 11 AM)


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(section title :Promote )

Student-oriented learning by way of facilitating exploratory learning,
making available different styles of learning, providing choice to student,
providing flexibility in age, time, pace breaking geographical barriers

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5.4 Enabling Infrastructure

To enhance the maintenability, preference will be given to thin clients i.e
network based terminals which are immune to virus attack and which have some
local computing power without moving parts (say on flash memory etc) thus
requiring less electricity.

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6.1.2 Given the diversity of the country’s educational, linguistic and
social situation, there

exists a need for a wide variety of digital content and resources for
different subjects,

curriculum, ages/grade levels and languages.

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   1.

         The content may be shared across the states if not globally. Hence
         state shall support only such text content as will conform to
open standards
         i.e
         1.

            Open standards i.e royalty free, non-commercial, publicly
            maintained, as specified in Recommendations of the Expert Committee
            appointed by GOI on Interoperability in E-Governance
Framework version 1.5(
            IEGF) which is similar to the definition of European Commission
            2.

            Encoding standard: Unicode
            3.

            Font stanadrd : Open, non-proprietary, royalty free standard
            4.

            Any non-open standard used may have an interim status for not
            more than a year during which time state shall devise open
standards for
            encouraging creativity and eliminating monopoly.
             2.

         Internationalised and localised : i.e in subjects like mathematics,
         science etc where the core content is not the language , the
language part
         must be separable and replaceable by translations in another
language and
         the language-specific content should be manitained in such a
way , from
         version to version that simple tools should be able to
extract, translate
         and replace the language.
         3.

         Content shall be maintained in a version-controlled system so that
         collaborative development is possible. Different state
authorities may be
         able to choose versions and maintain some portions
independently (fork)
         while utilising the core (as stem).



   1.

      Development of Content
      1.

         Even students will be encouraged to contribute to the content.
         Creativity shown and work done in creating content may be
suitably rewarded
         , including as part of project work.FOSS tools may be made
available to them
         for this.
         2.

         Integration with the MHRD's projects on Mission of ICT in education
         will be sought to gain from the learnings and tools that can be shared
         3.

         Higher educational institutes will be specifically and
         systematically involved so that young persons , both teachers
and students
         can bring the fresh air of new knowledge to overcome
limitations if any , in
         the school systems. Suitable financial incentives will be
utilised based on
         properly accounted useful efforts and tangible outcomes.
         4.

         A system of collecting requirements of demand will be maintained on
         the web in a transparent manner. A ToDo list of requirements will be
         maintained . Open process of bidding and allotment for
content generation
         will be established . Multiple agencies may develop the
content and same may
         be evaluated through an open process of evaluation , moderated by a
         committee .
         5.

         Contributors, including domain experts, teachers etc will be
         encouraged to create free e-content. Their popularity and
other idices of
         evaluation will help in allotting to them work for generation of fres
         content at State's expense.
         6.

         Contents will include
         1.

            e-books
            2.

            animations
            3.

            lessons
            4.

            exercises
            5.

            interactive games
            6.

            models and simulations
            7.

            videos
            8.

            Presentation slides
            9.

            plain text materials
            10.

            graphics
            11.

            Any combiations of the above



Jitendra
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