[Linux-aus] Papua New Guinea Open Source Community

Peter Lawler linux-aus at bleeter.id.au
Mon Jan 13 19:19:43 EST 2014

When the next LCA's were announced, and although I like the idea of 
heading back across the ditch, the thought occurred to me about to what 
degree LA's involved are with other communities around the region, not 
just with New Zealand. That's to say, my precise though was 'I wonder 
when will LCA go to Nouméa or, more realistically, PNG?'

So. I wonder if the new committee would consider, somehow, funding a 
development position to look into how LA can help regional people and 
bodies prepare grant requests. The initial stage of any communities 
asking another for a bit of help can frequently be the hardest. Not that 
I can speak for Mr Manu, but if he's in the early stage of setting up a 
group asking for event details, multiple milestones, etc. might be 
jumping the gun a bit and putting him off.

Now, I don't mean to suggest Mr Manu's plan/idea be rejected at all. Nor 
do I wish to sound like some patronising whitey (although I can be 
rather good at that even when I don't intend it). However, I can't help 
but wonder if this is not a rather excellent opportunity for LA to 
consider the situation and utilise Mr Manu's application as a first step 
to further relations in the region with other Open Source people. Over 
time, LA have amassed a great body of knowledge amongst it's members. 
Yet to me it does seem very AU/NZ focussed.

That's just my initial though. Not having applied for LA grants before, 
I don't think I have much to contribute to this application. I'd like to 
think maybe some organisers of other groups, or past conferences, who 
have received grants can help out here immediately. But yes, a little 
more detail in the current application would certainly be required. 
What, precisely, has already been covered by yourself and Bianca.


But as I indicate above, I think it'd be kinda grand if the committee 
could consider the 'broader picture', for want of a better term, as 
somewhat a matter of urgency so that we may help Mr Manu along, as well 
for future requests that may come in or people from the region who 
merely want to be involved but feel... left out.


(Rambling lots because ... see previous thread. Humble apologies!)

On 13/01/14 18:41, Linux Australia Secretary wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> With my Linux Australia secretary hat on, I offer the following;
> As a matter of due diligence for each grant request I confirm the
> identity of the grant requestor and that they are a member of Linux
> Australia as per the grant policy at;
> http://www.linux.org.au/projects/grants
> I can confirm that Mr Isaac Manu is a LMS Administrator at University of
> Papua New Guinea, Open College
> http://www.upng.ac.pg/oc_home.html
> However, I cannot find a record of membership via the membership list at;
> http://linux.org.au/membership
> With my Linux Australia *member* hat on, I offer the following;
> This grant *does* fall within our community's values, however with great
> respect I would like to recommend that this grant request be withdrawn
> and resubmitted at a future time, with the following changes;
> - Membership number of the requestor
> - Specific information about the plan to set up the Open Source
> Community, such as a list of goals, milestones, stakeholders, programs,
> events etc
> - More specific information about the hardware to be purchased
> - How the success of the grant would be measured
> This would allow the grant not to be rejected per se, and invites
> comments/contributions from the wider community on how the grant could
> be better formulated.
> What are the thoughts of others?
> Kind regards,
> Kathy
> On 10/01/2014 11:20 PM, Iceh Mahn wrote:
>> Date: 10th January 2013
>> Project Name: Papua New Guinea Open Source Community
>> Aim of Project: Establish Open Source Community in Papua New Guinea
>> Person Responsible for Request: Isaac Manu - University of Papua New Guinea
>> Request:
>> 1. Training / Assistance to setup Open Source Community
>> 2. Overhead costs such as some bit of hardware, or bandwidth for an
>> open source project
>> 3. Resources such as web space, hosting, mailing lists
>> Thank you
>> Isaac Manu
>> PNG Open Source Community
>> Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PNGOSC/
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