|FROM ||David Sugar
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [hangout] Back from Trinidad
Incidently, I have just returned from speaking at the FLOS conference in
Trinidad. For those who may have missed this recent trip, I was invited to
Trinidad to speak about GNU Alexandria
(http://www.gnu.org/software/alexandria/lsm2003/index.html), which basically
applies GNU Bayonne as one means to deliver e-government services for the
I also had some very useful discussions with their National Library and
"Information System" Authority (NALIS) about the potential for deploying free
software to enable accessibility for the blind, both in terms of GNU
Alexandria, and in regard to setting up special pc's at all their branches
using Blinux and similar "Linux for the Blind" distributions and tools. I
have the impression that the leadership in "NALIS" do understand the mission
of their library system is to provide access to the largest ammount of
material to the broadest possible population on an equal basis. In addition
to the possibility of doing a GNU Alexandria pilot program in Trinidad, we
may look at replicating such services through UNESCO to other similarly
positioned nations in the world.
I think Robin Miller has an overall excellant summation of this conference on
newsforge. I think there is more about it on the LinuxJournal site as well.
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