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Call for Oman Free and Open Source Software Platform
February 12, 2019 | 10:14 PM
by ONA
Free and Open Source Software Conference 2019, the first of its kind in the MENA region concluded in Muscat on Tuesday. -ONA
 
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Muscat: The participants of the Free and Open Source Software Conference 2019 commended the efforts of government agencies and academic institutions in supporting free and open source software in the Sultanate.



It was recommended to strengthen these efforts and raise awareness of this software in various educational institutions and in public and private institutions.

The participants commended the good organisation of the conference and its success and they called for its continuation every two years to increase awareness of free and open source software and its role in modern digital technologies to keep up with the developments during the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

They also commended the Oman Free and Open Source Software Platform, which was announced at the opening of the conference.


The participants recommended that this project should be strengthened by launching a national free and open source software support centre in Oman, in partnership with the public and private sectors.

This can start as a non-profit institution that builds upon global experiences.

The two-day conference, the first of its kind in the Mena region, was jointly organised by the Communication and Information Research center (CIRC) at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and the Information Technology Authority (ITA), represented by the Digital Society Development Division to support the Free and Open Source Initiative (FOSS).

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