Linux User Group of Mauritius Promoting open source software in our beautiful island

26Sep/150

Opensource Web application in Collaboration with Government Agency

Posted by logan

The Data Protection Office has a self-assessment questionnaire ( http://dataprotection.govmu.org/English//DOCUMENTS/SELF%20ASSESSMENT%20PDF.PDF ) for compliance with Data Protection obligations. Doing such an assessment on paper and evaluating the results can be a cumbersome process.

Subramanian Moonesamy, Ishwon K. Sookun, Bundhoo Mohammad Nadim, Tejas Pagooah and Ajay Ramjatan volunteered five months of time and effort to develop a Privacy Compliance Assessment Webapp in collaboration with the Data Protection Office to make the process as user-friendly as possible. The Web app can be accessed at http://www.elandsys.com/~sm/privacy-mu/

DPO-webapp

 

It is the first time a group of volunteers in Mauritius develop an Open Source Software project in collaboration with a government agency. It was also to showcase responsive web design, i.e. the Webapp looks good on a desktop, tablet or a mobile.

The webapp does not store cookies, nor uses any other web tracking mechanism. Hence anyone who conducts an assessment using this webapp can do it anonymously, without any fear of being tracked.

The webapp is free software and can be freely distributed or modified under GNU General Public License.

7May/140

Running a booth at a conference

Posted by Ish

I have been an openSUSE advocate for years now & it’s always been pleasure to talk for the Gecko at events, seminars etc. Prior to that the word advocacy was much an ambiguity to me. If someone would toss about project advocacy or technology evangelism, I might not have understood at first. The advocacy I do right now, I owe a lot to the openSUSE project and folks in the community.

I was today watching the videos from openSUSE Conference 2014 and I saw Jos Poortvliet doing a presentation on “How to run a booth and present your project”. This reminded me of folks in the Linux User Group of Mauritius (LUGM), especially the new recruits, asking about what to do when we attended Infotech 2013. I was then able to share some advocacy skills and I could say everyone faired well.

openSUSE_Conference_2014

Today I realise we have so much resources within LUGM that could be a reservoir of information if properly channeled during future seminar/conferences. Some of the points Jos emphasized in his presentation are about “having content” and “knowing the audience”. Jos classifies the audience in 3 groups:

  • Newbies
  • Advanced users
  • Experts

The newbies are generally new to Linux/FOSS or might know nothing at all. For such an audience it’s always a good starting point to have a demo; like showing how to accomplish daily stuffs in Linux. Advanced users are most of the time already acknowledged to various FOSS projects and might be around with questions rather than seeking a demo. Experts are usually people having greater technical skills and might perhaps even be contributing to FOSS. They are usually the happy going folks who come to cheer & share their passion. It’s always a good thing to have some experts visiting your booth.

Within LUGM we in fact have already applied such tactics when setting booths. As seen in Infotech 2013, I attended a lot of people who were new to Linux, showed them demos on openSUSE & Linux Mint. Many students who were rather shooting questions about career propects, I was happy to clear their doubts. Whenever I felt overloaded with demos, I directed some of the audience towards other folks, like the cheerful UoM Computer Club. Some of them are kinda new to Linux too but their association with LUGM and MSCC already gave them much experience about FOSS & community, that helped them in talking to people & demo’ing cool tricks. Several other who showed up asking about licensing, we directed them to Ajay who is well versed in that subject. Kids asking for games on Linux were also directed to Ajay. Many young folks who wanted to know about penetration testing stuffs, we directed them to Nitin. That way we basically had a perfect mapping for info requests.

Jos explains several tricks about setting up a booth, the way to stand (not behind but rather in front of the table), how to start a conversation, what to do when idle etc. I believe the video will be useful to anyone who’s looking for some advocacy tips.

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