On Wednesday 15th the Interim Board of the SELF Project came together in Amsterdam. Representatives from the Catalan Open University and from the Indian Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education came together at the Free Knowledge Institute to discuss the next steps. In short, the SELF Project has completed its EC-funded period, and a second phase lies ahead, where SELF is completely in the hands of the community.
We had a wonderful experience in July, when we met with so many people in Barcelona. People from all over the world came together to work towards a more sustainable and free society. Sharing an interest in free software, free educational materials and peer production. Especially that combination was seen as a niche, and enriching for most participants. We hope to see more editions of the FKFT Conference in the future!
Barcelona, Spain. July 15-17, 2008
The Free Knowledge & Free Technology (FKFT) Conference, organised by the Open University of Catalonia and the SELF Consortium, is the first international event focused on the production and sharing of free educational and lifelong learning materials on Free Software and Open Standards.
SELF team Netherlands matures into foundation
Amsterdam, January 17 2008
Yesterday a new foundation was launched aiming to stimulate a society in which technology, educational materials, and cultural and scientific works can be freely shared. The organisation receives the support from the Internet Society Netherlands, an association for internet professionals.
Last Saturday December 15th we came together with a group of people from various backgrounds to discuss about the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project and setting up a grassroots chapter in the Netherlands. People from SELF and the Free Knowledge Institute were there, Rop Goinggrijp, hacker, business developers, content people, hackers and journalists.
The first copy of the Open Source Yearbook 2007-2008 is handed over by the editor Hans Sleurink to the Statesecretary of the Ministry of the Interior. The book covers the main activities of the year 2007 of Free Software in the Netherlands, including the complete actionplan of the Dutch government. A case study of the Spanish region Extremadura is included by David Jacovkis and Wouter Tebbens.
mid-2007 the Free Knowledge Institute moved into the former Volkskrant building (main Dutch newspaper) in Amsterdam. The building is self-organised by small groups and organisations from mainly the cultural and technology sector. An incredible positive energy goes through Amsterdam since the start of this project....!