IDLELO 5 2012: Call for Papers*
IDLELO 5, the fifth biennial meeting of the Free Software and Open Source
Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) will be held on *March 19-23, 2012*, in Abuja,
Nigeria. The 2012 Idlelo Program Committee thus invites proposals for papers
and presentation of on the use of Free and open Source Software (FOSS), and
Information and Communication Technologies(ICT) in general, to help attain
the MDGs. Members of FOSSFA may submit more than one paper or presentation
Sessions usually consist of three thirty-minute presentations, and proposals
should be geared to that length. A different format for some sessions may be
chosen by the Programmme Committee after the proposals have been reviewed.
Session organizers may wish to propose different formats for their sessions,
subject to Programmme Committee approval.
*Themes*: The theme of Idlelo 5 is: *“Free and Open Source Solutions for
Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.”* Under this
rubric, IDLELO 5 will bring IT and FOSS experts from all over the African
continent and the world to discuss the use of FOSS and ICTs to help the
attainment of the MDGs in the following areas.
1. *Governance (e-government, advocacy, etc)*
2. *Poverty Alleviation (business, innovation, job creation, mobile
3. *Education (open educational resources, open learning, virtual
learning, online universities)*
The Programme Committee seeks innovative proposals and sessions and hope to
see cross-disciplinary participation wherever possible. For both the
commissioned and the open sessions, we are looking for the broadest possible
range of proposals of topics within and across all the disciplines.
*Selection procedure*: Papers and Presentations will be evaluated for
promise of quality and significance of topic. Session organizers make an
initial selection of papers and submit a plan to the Programme Committee,
which makes final decisions by *18th January 2012*. Notification of
acceptance or rejection will take place shortly thereafter.
The proposal must have two parts: (1) a cover sheet containing the
proposer’s name, professional status, postal address, home and office
telephone numbers, fax number (if available), e-mail address, and paper
title; (2) a second sheet containing the proposer’s name, session for which
the paper should be considered, paper title, 250-word abstract, and
audio-visual equipment requirements. If the proposer will be at a different
address when decisions are announced in March, that address should be
*Submissions*: Proposals should be submitted to the Programme Committee
The Programme Committee solicits papers for the sessions listed below. For
information about a specific session, contact the session organizer.
1. Government Roundtable
- *Organizer: Ms. Dorothy Gordon *
- *Co-Organizer: Diego Okenyodo*
2. Poverty Alleviation
- *Organizer: Samer Azmy *
- *Co-Organizer: Cyril N. T*
- *Oganizer: Katim S. Touray *
- *Co-Organizer: Seun Ojedeji*
4. Health Organizer
- *Organizer: Francis Ohanyido*
*Other topics*: The Programme Committee welcomes submissions on other topics
and will organize additional sessions to accommodate the best submissions.
*Session proposals: *The Programme Committee will consider proposals for
entire sessions if their subject matter does not conflict with that of other
sessions. Please consult with the Programme Committee chair before preparing
a proposal. Session proposals require the same information as individual
paper proposals; abstracts for the papers in the proposed session will be
evaluated by the Program Committee.
*Audio-visual equipment:* Requests for audio-visual equipment must be made
with the proposal.
*Student Prizes:* Special awards will be given to some students for papers
judged meritorious by the program committee. To be eligible for an award
students must, of course, be members of the FOSSFA and, once their proposed
papers have been accepted for inclusion in the program, must submit complete
papers to the Programme Committee by *30th January, 2012*.
*The deadline for submission of proposals is 10th January, 2012. Please do
not send proposals to session organizers*
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