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Re: Inviting coding collaboration
This is great. I would like to contribute to this
Count me in. (Starting after July 18)
--- Supreet Sethi <supreet@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Dear All,
> We would like to share some ideas about possible
> between anyone interested in coding and the work
> that is taking shape
> within Sarai.
> One of our projects that especially demands
> addressing by programmers
> - and will benefit a lot of people - is the
> CyberMohalla. Cybermohalla is a project that is
> primarily trying to
> develop a computing culture within non-elite social
> spaces. Our first
> experimental lab has been set in the basti adjoining
> the LNJP hospital
> (between Ajmeri gate and Delhi gate).
> Some possible areas of collaboration:-
> 1) Network based collaborative tools - by this we
> mean tools that are
> very easy to use and fun to play around with. These
> tools would make
> it possible for different users within the network
> to work together
> and create content. Basically, tools that facilitate
> a play with
> image, text and if possible sound. Over a period of
> time these tools
> could be available over the Internet as well.
> 2) Programming tools for beginners - This is
> especially keeping in
> mind that the first (and even later participants) of
> CyberMohalla are
> young people, and people who have no past experience
> with computer
> cultures, but would/could be excited at the idea of
> going beyond the
> veil. At the least, it will make programming a point
> of conversation
> among many people who otherwise would not enter it
> because of having
> missed formal education. We can publish both CDs
> and the manuals
> in large numbers and do workshops to continuously
> develop these tools.
> 3) Games reflecting our conditions and environment -
> These could be
> simple games involving, say, crossing the ITO
> criss-cross, or
> Daryaganj crossing. In that sense, they would help
> comment on the
> experience of being a pedestrian in the city.
> These could later develop into serious games
> involving complex
> movement within the city.
> 4) A good Hindi desktop - Perhaps it is already
> available, and
> someone merely needs to inform us of the details...
> 5) A Database Interface - that makes for the
> visualization of an
> image-sound-text database's internal schema and
> allows the user to
> navigate with ease.
> The procedure:
> 1) Our Public Project Space will be open to the
> programmers - we have
> 4 linux boxes, and hope to have 2 more very soon.
> 2) We will be willing to host intensive workshops,
> where design and
> development plan for the project can be further
> worked out by all the
> 3) We are committed to covering material costs
> (travel, books,
> photocopies, etc.) as well paying out a decent
> honorarium to the
> project participants.
> What interests us is that in collaboration we can
> create possible
> approaches and possibilities that will facilitate
> the establishment of
> an interesting computing culture. A culture that
> speaks to a wider
> audience by creating social software (in absence of
> a better
> term!). All the software that will be generated
> will be put under
> GPL and we would be very keen to support a long term
> development plan
> for each/any of these softwares.
> If there are any other suggestions and ideas, we
> would be happy to
> begin joint thought on those as well. Student
> projects are
> especially welcome.
> Sarai Media Lab
> Monica Narula
> Sarai:The New Media Initiative
> 29 Rajpur Road, Delhi 110 054
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