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Re: Inviting coding collaboration
Please do count me in too perhaps I will be able to help in developing
sessions from the non-technical background.
Sorry for late response.
Prashant Verma wrote:
> 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
> > collaborations
> > 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
> > collaborators.
> > 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.
> > cheers
> > Sarai Media Lab
> > --
> > Monica Narula
> > Sarai:The New Media Initiative
> > 29 Rajpur Road, Delhi 110 054
> > www.sarai.net
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