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Monday, May 26, 2008

Day Two : The 2008 Africa Media Leadership Conference: “Doing Digital Media in Africa: Prospects, Promise, Uganda 2008

How can African Traditional Media can tap into new Social media and blogs
Dave Duarte, leading South African Blogger

outline
1. Online attention economy
2. Social media and blogs
3. Value Creations in the WWW( Wild Wide World)

If every thing is free online, what is not free, according to Dave
a. Trust
b. Brand
c. Authenticity

He suggested that we are living in the area of the new 4ps
of
1. peer to peer
2. participation
3. predictive modeling
4. personalization

He said the elements value creation WWW are
- Revelation
- Plasticity
- Aggregation

POINTERS TO TWO SITES
MUTI

Muti is a community site, dedicated to African content, which is driven by users posting interesting links which are then rated and discussed by others.


AMATOMU

Amatomu www.amatomu.com/ is a blog search engine and article aggregator, focusing on blogs published in South Africa.




CONCLUSION
the more you share, the more you win

Day Two : The 2008 Africa Media Leadership Conference: “Doing Digital Media in Africa: Prospects, Promise, Uganda 2008

Accessing Software from Open Source - the case of Nika Content Management System
Prof Guy Berger


In his discussion, he took a the following key areas :

1. The scope of CMS
2. Tech must be slave not the master
3. Open Source
4. NIKA
5. Lessons
6. Conclusion


CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (CMS)SCOPE


Six dimensions of CMS
1. "content" platform agnostic, "media assets"
2. Databased - searchable, multi- publish
3. A- Z all the work flow not only publishing to the web component which is T-Z
4. Knowledge Management - generation, coding, refinement
5. DRM - Digital Right Management - capital assets
6. EM - Enterprise Management including Customer Management System

STARTING YOUR CMS
You can start small but it is important to have a vision and have the big picture in mind at the outset


TECH MUST BE THE SLAVE NOT THE MASTER

Your strategy must drive your CMS not technology driven
the technology can do almost every thing but you have to drive it in order to achieve your goal in implementing your CMS.
One area is taxonomy which is linked to your strategy rather than technology
Who is responsible for tagging your content? what tags or labels are most appropriate, these questions must be answered in organizing content as part of your CMS.

OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE(OSS)

- examples : Apache, Firefox, Open Office, GIMP, Scribus, Dupal

not all open source are free and not all free software are open source
the key about the open source is the source is available and free to modify
You need in house developer to harness the power of open source
A lot of news organizations are using Open Source such as Dupal including New York Observer



NIKA DIGITAL NEWSROOM ( NIKA means "TO GIVE")

This CMS was developed by Vincent Maher at University of Rhodes
PHP(OSS) and cold fusion at earlier stages (2005)
had a mobile version as well and receiving input from mobile phone as well

NIKA OSS PILOT WORK FLOW 2007
Lessons
- timing and training
start simple function and progressively scale up

TRIAL IN 2008
- Grocott's Mail - replace chatoic folders
Use Gallery 2(OSS) for image management
Still to come for Nika are features such as mobile, social networking, video, etc

CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE FUTURE
1. Need better management and consultation
2. Need policy on archives, DRM, metadata
3. Automation vrs customizing for web/phone
4. How much complicity and clicks to incorporate in the CMS
clicks before content is posted online,the smaller the clicks the better
some times it took 18 clicks for some system
5. Static vrs dynamic, intelligent CMS
static limits creativity whereas an intelligent can learn and helps stimulate innovation and creativity. The aim is to go for a more intelligent CRM



CONCLUSION
movement to dispersed computing and there is no need to built a lot of online tools now
One idea is to build your own CMS using freely available online tools but the free CMS means not DRM and it may not work well with bad internet connections which is the case in Africa.
NIKA CMS is scheduled to be available for demonstration at Highway Africa 2008 and may be available in year 2009.

Day Two : The 2008 Africa Media Leadership Conference: “Doing Digital Media in Africa: Prospects, Promise, Uganda 2008

Prof Guy Berger on DIGITAL LITERACY FOR AFRICAN NEWSROOM

How do you find information which is useful for your newsroom ?
the presentation addressed this question by looking at
* Monitor hot topics

1 Do the web
a. Google alerts
b. Web TAB
c. RSS
- via your browser
- via email
RSS FWD www.rssfwd.com/
- via dedicated RSS reader
www.newsgator.com
www.netvibes.com
Google Reader
when an old site does not have RSS, then you can make use of a convertor for example,
www.feedlity.com
2. Yahoo pipes
filter, aggregate content and mash up as well
http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/
www.feedity.com/
use of online translation to manage the feed as well for other languages
3.online communities :communities of interest
joining a communities of interest, with like minded and provides information important for you
technorati www.technorati.com/
face book community of interest
social booking www.del.icio.us.com

find useful info from the rubbish on the web
so go out and multiple

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Africa Media Leadership Conference 2008 opens

Africa media leadership conference 2008 opens with opening addresses by Francis Mdlongwa, , Director of Rhodes University Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership, South Africa and Frank Windeck, Director of KAS Sub-Sahara Africa Media Porgramme, South Africa
Key Note by Prof, Guy Berger, Head of Rhodes University's School of Journalism and Media Studies, South Africa on the changing landscape of the media online

Monday, May 19, 2008

SECOND NATIONAL ICT 2008 AWARDS HELD

 

The Ministry of Communications in conjunction with the ICT Community organised the second national ICT Awards 2008 at the Accra International Conference Centre. It was a night of celebration, excellence and innovation. The awards ceremony was attended by 400 persons from the ICT community, business, academia and industry in the presence of dignitaries including His Excellency President John Agyekum Kuffour (represented by Hon Kan Dapaah, MP, Minister of Defence), the Hon Deputy Minister of Communications, Frederick Opare-Ansah, Hon Kojo Armah, MP and chair of the Parliamentary Select Committee and Mr. Yoofi Grant of Databank chaired the awards night programme.

 

In a speech read on his behalf, His Excellency The President John Agyekum Kuffour said, " I am proud of our performances in the sector as a nation and I am even proud of the excellence that some Ghanaians have exhibited in the sector". The performances of the Ghanaian hardware and software engineers have demonstrated that when it comes to the use of brainpower, the Ghanaian is a force to reckon with. Today when the names of the "Great in the Industry" the geniuses, are published a number of Ghanaian names feature".

 

During the programme a minute silence was held to commemorate the memories of three personalities of the ICT community who had been lost namely – Guido Sohne, software guru, Julianna Kaufmann, a Telecom expert and Fred Nutsugah Secretary to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Communications.  In his speech, His Excellency President John Agyekum Kuffour said " I convery my condolences to the bereaved family, friends and compatriots of the late Guido Sohne, the distinguished software engineer who made a mark on the International Scene.

 

The awards, which took place on Saturday, May 17, 2008 as the world celebrates World Telecommunications and Information Society Day, rewarded individuals/companies in 13 (thirteen) catergories with the flagship award being the ICT Personality Of The Year 2007, which went to Mr. Akwasi Pianim Osei.  His citation read, "Tonight we are here to acknowledge ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Akwasi Pianim Osei, one of the leaders in the field of ICT in Ghana. IT Consultant for the planning, procurement (involving major tenders), and implementation of real time banking packages and related services for Ghana's top financial institutions and team leader in the implementation of computerization projects and studies in various government, public, and private sector organizations over the past 20 years. Based on these many achievements by Akwasi Pianim Osei, The Ministry of Communications and the ICT community in Ghana has unanimously agreed to confer the prestigious ICT Personality Of The Year award to Akwasi Pianim Osei for his leadership in advancing ICT in Ghana.

 

Other award winners include

  1. TELECOM COMPANY OF THE YEAR - TIGO with KASAPA as first runner up and MTN as second runner up.
  1. TOP CAFÉ OF THE YEAR went to SMART INTERNET & MULTIMEDIA with CYBERCITY INTERNET as first runner up.
  2.  TOP ICT TRAINNING INSTITUTION went to IPMC with NIIT as first runner up while KNUST COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT was awarded second runner up
  3. INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR – the winner was BusyInternet with Zip Net and Netafrique Ltd coming as first runner up and second runner up respectively.
  4. TOP ICT FOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECT OF THE YEAR – the winner was Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) with CEPS(GNET) as first runner up.
  5. BUSINESS PROCEESING COMPANY (BPO) OF THE YEAR – the winner was ACS-BPS
  6. TOP GOVERNEMENT ICT PROJECT OF THE YEAR – the winner was Office of the President, Ghana ICT Project, first runner up Computerised School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) and the second runner up is National Fibre Optic Project.
  7. GUIDO SOHNE TOP SOFTWARE COMPANY OF THE YEAR – the winner was Rancard Solutions, with Somuah Info System as first runner up and B system was awarded second runner up.
  8. TOP HARDWARE COMPANY OF THE YEAR – went to IPMC with Masai as the first runner up
  9. TOP ICT START UP PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR went to Justice K.B Annan
  10. LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD went to Busy Internet for their pioneering work in the provision of shared Internet Access through the

establishment of a world class cyber café which has set the highest standard for Ghana's cyber café industry and beyond

The winners of Ghana ICT awards will be entered into the African ICT Achievers awards scheduled to take place in South Africa.

 

The 3rd National ICT award is scheduled to take place on Saturday 16th May 2009.

 

www.ghanaictawards.com 

 

Ends

  

 

 

Second ICT awards Held

President John Agyekum Kufuor on Saturday said the healthy partnership between the private sector and Government was yielding positive strides in the development of Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and services in the country.

"We have seen that ICT brings us together, it expands and improves education and agricultural production, helps in health delivery and provides empowerment especially for the girl child," President Kufuor noted in a speech read for him by Mr Albert Kan Dapaah, Minister for Defence at the second ICT awards night in Accra.

He said government would continue to provide an enabling environment to support the activities of all communications service providers to ensure that citizens are not denied the benefits of technology no matter their location.

Dr Benjamin Aggrey Ntim, Minister of Communication, said the objective of this year's award was to create greater awareness of the role of ICT in the public services and the development process within the framework of the information society.

He said government decided to institute this awards scheme to acknowledge the various roles being played by institutions and individuals towards the promotion, learning and usage of ICT.

Some 13 awards were presented to deserving individuals and institutions with the top ICT personality of the year going to Akwasi Pianim Osei.

Tigo mobile network won the top telecom company of the year award with the prize for the top ICT training institution of the year and top hardware company of the year going to IPMC.

The top ICT for development project of the year went to the computerized school selection and placement system (CSSPS) while the Office of the President ICT project won the top government ICT project of the year.

Busy Internet won top internet service provider and a lifetime achievement awards.

Ran card limited won the top software company of the year, while Cyber city internet won top internet café of the year and Justice K.B. Annam being adjourned the best ICT start up company, individual division. Microsoft Company won the best foreign entity prize.
GNA

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Africa’s media bosses examine emerging digital media platforms

 
Press Release

JOHANNESBURG, May 15 – Leaders of Africa's news media meet in Uganda in a week's time for an annual summit focusing on how the continent is embracing new media technologies to serve the changing needs and interests of their customers.

 

The senior editors and CEOs of media firms stretching from South Africa, Namibia and Swaziland in the south to Kenya and Ethiopia in the north and from Senegal and the Ivory Coast in the west will meet in Kampala for three days from May 25 for their Africa Media Leadership Conference.

 

The conference is co-hosted by Rhodes University's Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership (www.spiml.co.za/www.spiml.com) in South Africa and Germany's Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation (www.kas.de/).

 

"This year's conference is looking at a range of digital media platforms that have emerged and continue to emerge around the world and the challenges that face media companies in Africa in adopting and adapting these platforms for their competitive advantage," said Francis Mdlongwa, Director of the Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI).

 

"Given the breath-taking technological changes which are re-shaping and even redefining the entire media industry, we felt that Africa should pause, take stock, look at what works and does not work in our part of the world and why, and plan ahead," he added.

 

The SPI is Africa's only university-level institution offering high-level media management and leadership training programmes to both practising and aspirant media leaders from across the continent. It runs a post-graduate programme in media management and leadership and a series of certificated management programmes for senior editorial and business media managers.

 

Frank Windeck, the head of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung's Sub-Sahara Africa Media Programme, the sponsor of the Africa Media Leadership Conference series, said: "These meetings give Africa's top media people a unique opportunity to network at the highest level and to examine key industry and other issues which concern them and to seek practical solutions by examining case studies drawn from Africa."

 

The conference will be attended by 40 media executives.

 

The conference series was launched by the SPI and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in 2002 to promote high-level interaction among Africa's media chiefs and to seek  practical, innovative and creative solutions to challenges faced by the African media.  

 

The conference meets annually in an African country, and past conferences have debated topics such as Revenue Generation for Robust African Media (Cape Town, South Africa); South Meets East: Strategic Challenges for African Media (Nairobi, Kenya);  Managing Media in Recession (Mauritius); and Policies and Strategies for Media Viability (Maputo, Mozambique).

 

 

Issued by:

n      SPI Director Francis Mdlongwa (email: f.mdlongwa@ru.ac.za; mobile phone +27-(0) 83-629-2312; office phone +27-(0) 46-603-8781; fax +27-(0) 46-622-9591)

 

n      KAS Director for Sub-Sahara Africa Media Programme Frank Windeck (email:Frank.Windeck@kas.de;  office phone +27-(0) 11-214-2903)


Please contact either Francis or Frank for any further information on the Africa Media Leadership Conference.

 

 

 

                                                       ENDS   

Africa Media Leadership Conference 2008

May 24-27: Imperial Royale Hotel,
           Kampala, Uganda


Saturday, May 24:

Arrival of delegates (throughout the day)

9pm: Dinner for delegates hosted by KAS Uganda

          Welcome Remarks: Yusuf Kiranda, Uganda KAS Programme Officer  

 

Sunday, May 25:

9.30 am: Welcome Remarks: Francis Mdlongwa, Director of Rhodes University's Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership, South Africa

 

9.45 am: Welcome Remarks: Frank Windeck, Director of KAS Sub-Sahara Africa Media Programme, South Africa

 

10 am: Peter Mwaura, leading East African journalist, media consultant and university journalism lecturer, former editor-in-chief of several international and regional media: "Africa's Rapidly Changing Media Landscape: Where And How Do We Go From Here?"

 

10.30-10.45 am: Coffee/Tea Break

 

Session Chair: Felicity Duncan

10.45 am: Converged Newsrooms: A Case Study from East Africa: John Bundotich, Group Managing Editor, Standard Media Group, Kenya

 

11.15 am: Converged Newsrooms: A Case Study from Southern Africa: Elizabeth Barratt, Managing Editor, City Press, South Africa

 

11.45 -12.45pm: Discussions on presentations by two speakers

                         

1-2pm: Lunch Break

 

Session Chair: Ingo Capraro

2 pm: Converged Newsrooms: A Case Study from West Africa: Kwami Ahiabenu, head of Ghana's PenPlusBytes Media, Ghana

 

2.30pm: Converged Newsrooms: A Case Study from Europe: Matthias Hufmann of "Schweriner Volkszeitung", Germany

 

3-3.15pm: Coffee/Tea Break

 

3.15-4.30 pm: Discussions on presentations by two speakers

                  

4.30-6.30pm: Informal networking

7pm:               Dinner

 

Monday, May 26

 

Session Chair: David Smith

8.30 am: Mobile Media Platforms that Work for Africa: Eric Obino, senior editor, Nation Media Group, Kenya

 

9 am: Mobile Media Platforms that Work for Africa: Phillip Besiimire, MTN representative in Uganda

 

9.30-10.30 am: Discussions on presentations by two speakers

 

10-30-10.45 am: Coffee/Tea Break

 

Session Chair: Jimi Mathews

10.45 am: Measuring New Media Audiences and Turning Them Into Money: Riaan Wolmarans, Editor of Mail and Guardian Online, South Africa

 

11.15 am: Measuring New Media Audiences and Turning Them Into Money: Robert Kabushenga, Chief Executive of New Vision Media, Uganda

 

11.45-12.45 pm: Discussions on presentations by two speakers

 

12.45pm-1.45pm: Lunch Break

 

Session Chair: Kwami Ahiabenu

1.45pm: Content Management Systems for Africa's Converged Media: Professor Guy Berger, head of Rhodes University's School of Journalism and Media Studies, South Africa

 

2.15pm-2.45pm: Discussions on presentation by speaker

 

2.45-3pm:       Coffee/Tea Break

 

Session Chair: Kwami Ahiabenu

3pm: Accessing Software From Open Source: Digital Literacy for African Newsrooms: Prof Guy Berger, Head of Rhodes University's School of Journalism and Media Studies, South Africa

 

3:30pm-4.15pm: Discussions on Berger's presentation

 

Session Chair: Sazikazi Thabede

4.15pm: How African Traditional Media Can Tap Into New Social Media and Blogs: Dave Duarte, leading South African blogger

 

4.45-5.45 pm:    Discussions on presentation by Dave Duarte

 

5.45-6.30 pm:    Informal networking

 

7pm:                 Dinner

 

 

 

Tuesday, May 27

 

Session Chair: Mike Daka

8.30am: Online Journalism in West Africa: A case study from Senegal: Mamadou Koume, Director of Senegal's Press Agency

 

9-9.30 am: Discussion on presentation by Mamadou Koume

 

9.30 am: Is Africa's Regulatory Regime Ready for New Media? A Case Study from East Africa: Emrakeb Assefa, senior Ethiopian editor and journalism lecturer

 

10-10.30 am: Discussions on presentation by Emrakeb Assefa

 

10.30-10.45am: Coffee/Tea Break

 

Session Chair: Gerald Johr  

10.45am: Telkom Media Ventures Into Africa: Jimi Mathews, head of Telkom Media 

 

11.15-11.45 am: Discussions on presentation by Jimi Mathews

 

11.45am:  Launch of KAS/SPI Online Media Book entitled "Revenue Generation for Robust African Media: Practical Ideas, Experiences and Innovations of Frontline Managers" by Frank Windeck, Director of KAS Media

 

12 am:        Closing Remarks: Frank Windeck, Director of KAS Media

 

12.15 am:   Closing Remarks: Francis Mdlongwa, Director of SPI

 

12-1 pm:    Lunch Break

 

3-4.30 pm:  Tour of New Vision Media Group, Kampala

 

4.30-6.30 pm: Informal Networking

 

7 pm:                     Dinner

 

END OF CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Public Voting For Second National ICT 2008 Awards Opens

The public voting for the Second National ICT Awards 2008 to be held
on Saturday May 17, 2008 as the world celebrates World
Telecommunications Day and Information Society Day has opened. The
awards is being organized by Ministry of Communications and Ghana's
ICT industry stakeholders.

Members of the general public can vote either by going to
www.ghanaictawards. com or send the full name of their choice to
1419(all mobile networks in Ghana) via SMS until 13th May 2008.
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The categories opened for public voting are as follows:

1. ICT PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

· NII NARKU QUAYNOR

· ENGR MRS FLORENCE SERIKI

· AKWASI PIANIM OSEI

· DR HARRIET SOMUAH

· SAQIB NAZIR

· SAMUEL QUARSHIE

2. TELECOM COMPANY OF THE YEAR

· TIGO

· MTN

· KASAPA

· ONE TOUCH

3. TOP CAFÉ OF THE YEAR

· SMART INTERNET & MULTIMEDIA

· CYBERCITY INTERNET

4. TOP ICT TRAINNING/INSTITUTI ON

· KNUST COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPARTMENT

· IPMC

· NIIT

· KiNET

· DZODZE CHILDRENS RESOURCE CENTRE

The winners from the second national ICT awards would be entered into
African Achievers Award to be held in South Africa. The awards night
slated for the evening of 17th May 2008 will be a celebration of
excellence in Ghana's ICT sector.

Ends

Monday, May 05, 2008

THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT ON GHANA’S ICT CALENDER

2ND NATIONAL ICT AWARDS 2008 – CELEBRATIONS, EXCELLENCE, INNOVATION

 

DATE: 17TH MAY SATURDAY 2008 (World Telecommunication and
Information Society Day

 

VENUE: ACCRA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTER

 

TIME: 19:00 PROMPT

 

DRESS: FORMAL/TRADITIONAL

 

 

TO RESERVE A SEAT OR PURCHASE A TICKET


TICKET COST: 25 GH CEDIS ONLY

 

CONTACT

  1. Front Desk, Busy Internet, Ring Road Accra, Tel : 021-258528
  2. Mr. Desmond Boateng, MOC,  021-685608
  3. Festus William – 0244-386042
  4. Front desk, Ghana Multimedia Centre, High Street, Accra 021-689580

 

E-MAIL ghanaictawards@gmail.com  

Website:  www.ghanaictawards.com

 

COME AND ENJOY BYTES OF FUN


Friday, May 02, 2008

Two done, two more to go

Long time since I posted to this blog
busy busy
well, finished up with two projects
1. successfully completed an online course in "How to Build a Web-Based Course" from University of Toronto, it was very difficult since I was always pressed for time during this course. Glad that I pulled it through
2. Contributed the Ghana section on a study by PANOS entitled “RADIOS & ICTs IN WEST AFRICA: CONNECTIVITY AND USES- Ghana study”

New projects
writing two conference papers
1. delivering a paper on Designing and facilitating interactive online course using Web 2.0 tools at the 3rd International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training will take place from May 28 to 30, 2008 in Accra during the themed session on : Designing and delivering e-learning
2. the two paper is "Converged Newsrooms: A Case Study from West Africa". at the 2008 Africa Media Leadership Conference to be held in Kampala, Uganda, from May 25 to 28. theme "Doing Digital Media in Africa: Prospects, Promises and Problems".
more later