FOSS Road - Central Asian Camp on Free Software Migration

extract from report posted 2005

Dushanbe, Tajikistan - Oct 13-Oct 17, 2005

During Summer Source we got to know three amazing people from Tajikistan: Asomiddin Atoev, Kamol Obidov and Talat Numanov. They were very excited about transferring to their home country all the FOSS knowledge they gained in Croatia. When they returned to Tajikistan, they did very well in creating a linux training centre and advocating for FOSS on all possible levels. We saw Talat again at Asia Source and during the final plenary session he promised that he would organise a Source Event in Dushanbe. When we met again in Tajikistan four months later Talat, Aso and Kamol gathered their energy and experiences and planned FOSS Road - Central Asian Camp on Free Software Migration inviting Tactical Tech to co-organise the event in Dushanbe.

This workshop - which extended to Tajikistan's neighbouring countries - was organised for those who are interested in the utilization of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for civil society, the academic community, and public and private organizations. This event was held in one of the most beautiful gorges of Tajikistan in Varzob canyon near Dushanbe - the capital of the country.

The overall goal of this initiative was to promote utilization of FOSS in activities of public organizations, educational establishments and civil society representatives that enhances reliability, self-sustainability and legality of many ICT projects that have been implemented and/or to be implemented in the countries of the region (Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan).

FOSS Road belongs to the family of Source Events organised by Tactical Tech in the past.