Oman Launches Capacity Building Programme in Free and Open Source Software

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Through this programme, the organisers seek to promote awareness, training, consultation and technical support in free and open source software in the country.

 The Oman Information Technology Authority (ITA) and the College of Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), have jointly launched a new capacity building programme to sharpen the skills of students and professionals in free and open source software (FOSS) technologies.

The newly launched ‘Oman Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Platform’ is an initiative among a number of FOSS capacity building programmes organised by SQU and ITA.

Through this platform, the organisers seek to promote awareness, training, consultation and technical support in free and open source software in the country.

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Programme Agenda

The agenda of this new initiative includes awareness on free and open source software history, concepts, business models and local initiatives; specialised training in different free and open source software technologies; free and open source software consultation for government and private organisations; and technical support on different free and open source technologies.

The capacity building programme in FOSS aims to develop human and research competencies through hands-on projects related to the needs of different institutions, said Eng. Khalil bin Ibrahim Al Ma’awali, Executive-Projects, ITA.

He added that the free and open source software portal would serve as a source of knowledge, promote awareness and provide a number of awareness-raising and specialised workshops on free and open source software.

 

(With inputs from Times of Oman) 

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