The Free and Open Source Software Conference (FOSSC Oman) is jointly organized by the Communication and Information Research Center (CIRC) at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and the Information Technology Authority (ITA), on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) to support the national initiative on FOSS. It is a two days event and aims to promoting awareness and disseminating the use and development of free and open source software for professionals, staff, students, and the community in Oman.
The conference is scheduled for every two years. The previous events was on February 2013, 2015 and February 2017 and the main objective was always to promote the open source software. The next conference FOSSC-Oman 2019 will be on 11 and 12 February 2019 and its main theme is "FOSS as Driver for Technology Transfer, Innovation & Enterpreneurship". FOSSC-Oman targets ICT companies and professionals, researchers, faculties, staff and students and the broader FOSS community.
In harmony with the conference main theme, the organizing committee has invited a number of well-known experts who are actively involved in building careers, entrepreneurship and job creation, sustainability of open source communities, role and opportunities of FOSS in public administrations, open source for the public sector, scaling applications for global communities, business management, business information systems, e-collaboration, educational Management and other related subjects to talk in the event.
The FOSS conference is a good opportunity to discover, discuss and exchange ideas on FOSS in Oman and beyond. The event will also provide the opportunity to network different groups of FOSS users, benefit from insightful lectures delivered at the conference, and share mutual experiences and discuss potential implementations of FOSS.
The organizing committee is inviting managers, and individuals who have passion, researchers, educators, students, and experts from companies, public and private organizations to share their successes in the vast array of free and open source software that is transforming information and communication technology across the globe.
In parallel with the conference, there is an exhibition to show a case of the national and international open source solutions and products along with the creativity of the Oman Summer of Code project participants and the Oman Open Source Students. Also a number of workshops tailored with the needs of local communities have been scheduled in parallel session with conference. FOSS experts from Industry and private and government sectors will present these workshops.
The Information Technology Authority (ITA) was set up by Royal Decree No. 52/2006, promulgated on 31 May 2006, as a financially and administratively independent national authority established to lead the implementation of the e.Oman initiative and bear its national vision and objectives. ITA is responsible for implementing national IT infrastructure projects and supervising all the projects related to implementing Digital Oman Strategy while providing professional leadership to various other e.Governance initiatives of the Sultanate. ITA works with a vision to transform the Sultanate of Oman into a sustainable Knowledge Society by leveraging Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to enhance government services, enrich businesses and empower individuals.
The FOSS Initiative was launched in March 2010 during the Free and Open Source Software Symposium in Muscat. The broad objective of Free and Open Source Software Initiative (FOSSI) is to encourage innovation, boost software development talent & skills and create the necessary resources and infrastructure to increase commercialization and industry adoption.
Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), the National University of the Sultanate of Oman, provides a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, research and extension activities through its colleges and research centers.
The first batch of SQU students were enrolled in 1986 and the University is playing the role of the national house of expertise, and shoulders the responsibility of providing advanced programs, based on knowledge gained from cutting-edge research of national strategic importance. In addition, SQU’s central focus is to develop student learning, promote research and enhance faculty and staff professional development.
Sultan Qaboos University consists of nine colleges namely, the College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences, Economics and Political Sciences, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, Nursing, and Science. These colleges have specific target plans which guide them in designing their programs in their areas of specializations. Each college is comprised of highly qualified faculty members who are actively involved in teaching, research and community service.
Postgraduate teaching and research are supported by well-equipped laboratories and libraries in various colleges. In addition, a number of research centers support the educational needs of postgraduate students. These are, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System Center, Oil and Gas Research Center, Omani Studies Center, Water Research Center, Center for Environmental Studies and Research, Center of Excellence in Marine Biotechnology, Earthquake Monitoring Center, Humanities Research Center, Earth Sciences and Communication and Information Research Center (CIRC) which is the co-organizer of this event with ITA. The center’s mission is focused on contributing to research and consultancy in ICT, capacity building, setting R&D labs, organizing scientific events, building links with different research and industry units, and cooperating with academicians and researchers within and outside SQU.
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