The Open Source Resource Center’s achievements from 2003-2008 have been published in the article, entitled “Pakistan’s First Open Source Resource Center” in Teletimes International magazine’s July/August 2008 issue.
- Training Workshops
- Migration/Adoption Projects
- Collaboration with Universities
- Collaboration with Commercial Open Source Companies
- National and International Collaboration
Collaboration with Universities
The OSRC is collaborating with the following universities on various different projects, the current status of which is given below:
- Sir Syed University: The OSRC conducted an Open Source Security Tools training workshop at Sir Syed University, Karachi. It aimed to develop awareness regarding the basic concepts in IT security, with a focus on using open source security tools. Over 40 participants represented organizations such as IBA, SUPARCO, PSEB’s member companies, Bahria University, and Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences. Sir Syed University volunteered its 60 computers’ laboratory at the professionally-managed event. The OSRC also conducted its PostgreSQL training workshop in Sir Syed University, Karachi.
- Punjab University: FOSSAC, a four-day mega-event was jointly organized by OSRC and the university, at which 6000 people were given training on basic Linux installation and the open source philosophy.
- University of Peshawar: The OSRC conducted Linux installation training workshops for both the faculty and the students.
- University of Balochistan: The OSRC conducted a Linux training workshop for the faculty and final year students.
- University of Engineering, Taxila: This migration plan has been implemented and is running smoothly.
- FAST-NU: The OSRC conducted LAMP training workshops for its faculty, IT staff and final year students in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar.
- Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences: The university served as a venue for 179 participants to be trained in LAMP technologies.
- COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore: A series of workshops and seminars, along with an open source alternative to be deployed as a LAN, is currently in the planning stages. The OSRC has convinced CIIT to use open source in its operations. Another aim is to introduce a Computer Science course related to licensing in order to spread awareness regarding terms of privacy and various OSS licenses.
- Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad: The OSRC conducted a PostgreSQL training workshop at Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad.
- Institiute of Space Technology, Islamabad: The OSRC conducted an Open Source Security Tools training workshop at the Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad. Its objective is to develop awareness regarding the basic concepts in IT security.
- University of Central Punjab, Lahore: The OSRC conducted a PostgreSQL training workshop at University of Central Pujnab, Lahore.
- NUST-NIIT: The OSRC conducted an advanced training workshop on the Linux kernel for the university. The OSRC and NIIT jointly organized the launching ceremony of SAGE, an open source multi-agent system, and encouraged the developers to participate in AMMAS 2005. The participants won laurels for Pakistan by winning second position in the competition.
Collaboration with Commercial Open Source Companies
The OSRC is collaborating with the following private sector companies on various different projects; the current status is outlined below:
- TechnoEd: The OSRC conducted its Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) training program in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi with the collaboration of Techno-Ed (Pvt.) Limited, a Red Hat International-recommended local partner. It aimed to convince companies, public/private organizations, institutes and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to migrate to a more cost-effective open source working environment.
- Enterprise DB: The OSRC launched its 2-day, free-of-cost Open Source Database Management System Training Program, in collaboration with EnterpriseDB Corporation, USA, in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, using PostgreSQL, a powerful, open source object-relational database system.
- PING Systems: The OSRC’s LAMP training contract aims to strengthen commercial open source ventures in Pakistan.
- Emergen Consulting: The OSRC and Emergen Consulting have jointly provided support in the UAAR migration project, and are planning to conduct specialized OSS trainings in collaboration with IBA and ABM.
- Arpatech: Arpatech has provided training material for the OSRC’s LAMP project.
National and International Collaboration
The OSRC has proudly represented Pakistan at various international forums, and formed business linkages between Pakistan and newly emerging markets on many occasions:
- RedHat International: The OSRC conducted its Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) training program in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi with the collaboration of Techno-Ed (Pvt.) Limited, a Red Hat International-recommended local partner.
- International Open Source Network (IOSN): PSEB attended FOSSAP 2005, a policy-level conference, in Cambodia.
- Ubuntu, Canonical, South Africa: The OSRC, PSEB and the Free and Open Source Software Foundation of Pakistan (FOSSFP) arranged a business meeting in 2006 in Lahore. The Chief Executive of the organization, Mr. Mark Shuttleworth, met various people belonging to Pakistan’s IT industry. The objective of his visit was to explore the new ideas and interest of both sides in expanding business and to make new contacts in Pakistan. FOSSFP is now managing the Ubuntu chapter in Pakistan.
- Tactical Tech, Netherlands: The OSRC participated in Asia Source 2005 in Bangalore, India. Contacts were also established with IOSN, Bella Net, and SAP International. Contacts for regional languages localization were also made by the OSRC.
- Center of the International Cooperation for Computerization (CICC): The OSRC’s officials have been regularly invited to participate in various Asia OSS Symposium and training workshops, which have been held in China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Thailand. The Project Manager of the OSRC is a member of the roundtable of the Asia OSS Symposium. The OSRC is working with other Asian countries’ representatives to build a regional open source resource center. The CICC conducted training on open source in Pakistan in collaboration with the OSRC, which took place in September 2006. Both are also working together to build a team of master trainers to train users all over Asia. An official from the OSRC was also selected for the Asia OSS master trainers’ workshop, which was held in Singapore in September 2006. A total of 22 trainers were selected from the Asia-Pacific region.
- South Asia Partnership (SAP) International, Nepal: The OSRC participated in a Networking for Peace workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal in July 2005. The OSRC is currently analyzing the migration of SAP Pakistan.
- MySQL Users Conference and Training: Two officials from the OSRC were invited to participate in the conference and workshop in California, USA in April 2006.
- Conference on Hacking and Security CHASE-2006, 22nd December 2006, Lahore, Pakistan: The OSRC presented details of the initiatives being taken by the OSRC and the Government of Pakistan for the freedom of software and the promotion of open source.
- LinuxAsia, 31st January-2nd February 2007, Delhi, India: Pakistan chaired the roundtable of South Asian countries. OpenOffice required help in formulating a team for testing its Urdu version.
- 2nd Asia OSS Master Trainers’ Workshop, 5-9 February 2007, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The emphasis of the workshop was on conducting Research and Development (R&D) in open source technologies, which, in turn, can result in greater foreign direct investment in the country.
- 8th Asia OSS Symposium, 13-15 February 2007, Bali, Indonesia: The rector of a state university in Indonesia will contact the OSRC for the translation of OSRC’s open source toolkit in the “Bhasa, Indonesia” language. Cambodia is interested in hiring a trainer of open source technologies such as Java from Pakistan. The OSRC is in contact with the Government of Cambodia for further actions in this regard. CICC, a division of Ministry of Trade, Japan has agreed to send two master trainers on an all-expenses-paid trip to Pakistan for specialized open source training, which OSRC planned to conduct in April 2007.