Open-AE and Colectic offers scholarships to improve the teaching and digital skills of professionals

For improving the teaching and digital skills of professional people in Punt TIC centres and other areas of formal and non-formal competence under the framework of the Open AE project, Colectic offers a modular course to help people dynamic people and digital trainers to develop free customized training based on open source software and open educational resources.

Open AE ‘ and Colectic want to offer an opportunity to participate in the previous training during which the subject will be tested and the contents will be adjusted.

For select the training content, an investigation has been carried out with the objective of establishing the necessary competences so that the professionals with the profile of digital trainers can continue doing the work they do in better conditions. One of the elements of the investigation has been the ‘focus group’ held on March 29, where people involved in the ICT Point Network participated.

It will be held in Barcelona , from 13 to 17 May with a full-time duration. People living in more than 100 km from Barcelona will receive a scholarship of € 710 for diets, accommodation and travel (limited places).

At the end of the project, the curriculum will be available in an open and free way so that anyone can use it throughout Europe, developing if necessary their own version, the one that best suits the needs of their group.

To register, you can send an email to open-ae(a)

Open AE is a European project that aims to promote free software in the field of non-formal adult education through three main challenges.

  • Promote access and learning through open educational resources .
  • Promote open source technologies in the non-formal education sector to support advanced education and education professionals and adult learners.
  • Go to trainers that work in the non-formal education sector to strengthen digital skills and skills .

4 innovations we owe to open source

Matt Asay wrote an interesting commentary about the open source innovations. Most common answers to the question about which innovation has been contributed by the open source range from Linux to Kubernets and some other projects.

Matt took a different approach and listed:

  • Legal innovation
  • Process innovation
  • Tool innovation
  • Business model innovation

Learn more about them here.

Image: Image: uriz, Getty Images/iStockphoto

Colectic asks for the collaboration of e-facilitators for a European project

They will have to participate in a ‘focus group’ that aims to discover what training needs digital trainers and facilitators have. The call is part of the European project Open AE, in which the entity participates, and which seeks to promote free software in the field of non-formal adult education.

The focus group aims to build a resume to work learning digital skills using open technologies and free . The curriculum and tools that will be developed will be aimed at trainers and facilitators  and will be completely free.

In order to make a good diagnosis of the skills needed for professionals with the profile of trainer and digital facilitator to continue doing the work they do with better conditions, Colectic asks facilitators of the Red Punt ICT participate in a ‘focus group’. Those interested in doing so must fill out this online form by March 29th. Colectic will contact them to specify the date, time and place for the face-to-face meeting. In return, they will be offered free training (to all those who collaborate)

Open AE  is a European project that aims to promote free software in the field of non-formal adult education through three main challenges.

  • Promote access and learning through open educational resources .
  • Promote open source technologies in the non-formal education sector to support the advanced training of adult education professionals and students.
  • Aimed at trainers working in the non-formal education sector to reinforce digital skills and competences .

Do you want to be trained in “Open-AE” technological sovereignty?

With the aim of creating awareness and deepening the use of technological tools based on software and open source educational resources, we offer digital facilitators and trainers online training on technological sovereignty through the CampusLab de Punt TIC within the framework of the Open-AE project.

Technology is not just a tool. It reproduces power relations in design and development decision-making, while at the same time building its own imaginaries and transforming reality in a profound way. We have been told that the direction in which this change is heading is already marked, but it is not true. Only the public can redirect it.

Aiming to empower and help people facilitators and trainers digital in the use of digital tools open source , we offer a free training intensive for 60 hours

There are many contrasting quality open source (FLOSS ) tools that exist today. With this training, you will learn to take advantage of the freedoms granted to us by free software and prepare material for the activities of your point. We will study some of the most popular in different fields.

The course will be held through the CampusLAB training platform of Punt TIC and will be available from March 30 to June 30, 2020. Participants will receive an accreditation from the Punt TIC as they have completed this training action. You can register here


  1. The DigCompEdu framework for a shared and open education
  2. The emergence of copyleft and FLOSS licenses
  3. E-Learning and FLOSS
  4. Online entrepreneurship with FLOSS tools
  5. Wikidata
  6. How to create a Fablab

Open-AE is a European project that aims to promote free software in the field of non-formal adult education through three main challenges.

  • Promote access and learning through open educational resources.
  • Promote open source technologies in the non-formal education sector to support the advanced training of adult education professionals and students.
  • Aimed at trainers working in the non-formal education sector to reinforce digital skills and competences.

2020 State of Open Hardware

OSHdata, an independent project that launched in 2020, started by taking a look back and generating a static report about the state of the Open Source Hardware (OSH) ahead of the 10th Annual Open Hardware Summit in March 2020.

OSHdata’s findings are for the community. For the founders, engineers, developers, artists, customers, suppliers, and all the other stakeholders who make this community what it is.

The report is authored by Harris Kenny and Steven Abadie, two members of the Open Source Hardware community who have contributed to the certification of dozens of products over the past five years

The authors envisioned five different use cases of the OSHdata report (in alphabetical order):

  • Certified a product
  • Considering certifying
  • OSH customer
  • Researcher/Press
  • Supplier/Reseller

You can find the report here.

Image credit: OSHdata

United Nations goes open source

United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) has started developing new open source strategy and policy. Last month (October 2019), a new advisory board had their first in-person meeting in Helsinki in the UNTIL offices. Frank Karlitschek found this initiative remarkable for several reasons:

  • Sharing: The United Nations wants to have a positive impact on everyone on this planet. For that goal, it is important that software, data, and services are available for everyone independent of their language, budget, education, or other factors. Open source is perfect to guarantee that result.
  • Contributing: It should be possible that everyone can contribute to the software, data, and services of the United Nations. The goal is to not depend on a single software vendor alone, but instead, build a bigger ecosystem that drives innovation together.
  • Empowering: Open source makes it possible for underdeveloped countries and regions to foster local companies and expertise by building on top of existing open source software—standing on the shoulders of giants.
  • Sustainability: Open source guarantees more sustainable software, data, and services by not relying on a single entity to support, maintain, and develop it. Open source helps to avoid a single point of failure by creating an equal playing field for everyone.
  • Security: Open source software is more secure than proprietary software because the code can be constantly reviewed and audited. This fact is especially important for security-sensitive applications that require transparency and openness.
  • Decentralization: An open source strategy enables decentralized hosting of software and data. This fact makes it possible to be compliant with all data protection and privacy regulations and enables a more free and open internet.

Read more about it in Frank’s article here.

Image credits: Jason Baker. CC BY-SA 4.0. Source: Cloud, Globe. Both CC0.

Open Source Codes and the Challenge of the SDGs: An UNTIL Interview with Amanda Brock

United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) published an interview with Amanda Brock, head of the Advisory Group UNTIL established to address question of how least developed countries can access expensive computer software.

Amanda Brock has a deep experience in this area. Along with her role with UNTIL she is the European Representative of the world’s biggest defensive patent pool, the Open Invention Network and CEO of the Trustable open source project. Furthermore she is a Fellow of the OpenForum Academy, a member of OASIS Standards Open Advisory Board, a founding editor of the Journal of Open Law, Technology and Society.

Previously she was General Counsel of Canonical, one of the world’s biggest open source companies and commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, setting up its global legal team in 2008 and running this for 5 years. She has worked as a tech lawyer for over 20 years, specializing in open source for over a decade.

You can read the interview here.

Image credit and source: United Nations Technology Innovation Labs

Collectic and Open-AE project

1. Short introduction about Colectic

Colectic (formerly known as El Teb) is a non-profit cooperative that works for the inclusion, autonomy and empowerment of people and communities in the social, labour and technological fields. We understand and use technology as a tool for participation and social transformation. We work to promote universal access to ICT, by training and accompanying groups, social organizations and organizations from the Social and Solidarity Economy.

2. What is the background of Colectic in open and free technologies? 

We believe that the technology is a just a tool -a very good one- to promote autonomy and help people to be empowered; that’s why we work to promote universal access to ICT by providing training opportunities and accompanying social groups and organizations within the use of the technological services, tools and sources, and to be able to develop their own potencial.

We work into the social and solidarity economy (the opposite to the private and governed by capitalist logics one) and, as a consequence, we’re committed to encourage citizenships to be creative and not just “technology consumers”, to be capable of manage the sources they need to find answers to their own needs and motivations. We promote FLOSS, open software and hardware, because we believe that technology must be a common good, guaranteed and non exclusiva in the knowledge society.

In this sense, Colectic offers and favors learning spaces in groups, in the community, and in the exploration of this type of technologies (such as our digital laboratory RavalFab -where people learn to learn how to do digital manufacturing or our Omnia Room -a computers room that we dedicate to digital literacy). We not only do it in our territory, the Raval neighborhood of the city of Barcelona, but we also do an important job advising, training and providing technical assistance to telecentre networks (digital training centers), and especially to the profiles of the decision makers of the local and regional administrations and to digital facilitators and trainers.

3. Can you highlight any projects or initiatives your organisation has done in open culture or free software? How do you see your organisation contributing to the open movement? 

Besides offering learning spaces and consulting, advise and assessment, we have performed different migrations of computer’s operating system (from private networks of computers to open software network of computers), websites, productivity programs, etc. We have a long trajectory of accompaniment in the migration to free program to social entities too.

We also work on the advocacy level, as we promote the Floss culture by writting different articles in a web page dedicated to social entities and volunteers  (see

Colectic also co-organize the TecnoFESC (a fair) an space where you can find the main entities, cooperatives and companies that work in the technological world from a point of view of solidarity economy.  Through TecnoFESC you can learn to promote open, free and neutral telecommunications, sustainable management and revaluation of computer equipment and public procurement responsible for electronic equipment to improve working conditions in producing countries. You will also find providers of technological services of the social and solidarity economy and drivers of technological procommunication, and will include the strategic use of telecommunications for the development of social justice. If you’re at Barcelona from 25 to 27 October 2019, you will be very welcome.

4. What challenges with integrating free software and open source in the training of low-skills adults came up in your research? 

Colectic’s focus group participants are people who are specially sensitized in relation to the use of open technologies and open resources, and they considered that they are part of a group of privileged people who, through individual and self-directed learning strategies, have accessed a set of relevant knowledge in this environment. They promote and use this type of resources intensively.

The participants are aware that, to this day, the Catalan telecentre network (formed by more than 400 centers, more than half of them based on the exclusive use of the free and open software) uses free software for training. However, they are skeptical about the adherence of their colleagues and, especially, of the people in charge (management staff of the centers and telecentre networks project management staff) of the training centers.

In their opinion, companies, citizens and administration are very reluctant to adopt this type of open software and open educational resources.

It is necessary to generate a good curriculum based on open technologies and resources and generate strategies to keep it updated on a permanent basis, to avoid that the curriculum becomes obsolete with the passage of time.

On the other hand, they consider it is necessary the curriculum to be complete (include resources for all areas of competences) and that it must be accompanied by a guide of recommendations for its adoption. Especially institutions and governments should find it easy to implement.

What do you hope to achieve with the Open-AE project? 

We hope we will find an easy path to help people, collectives and governments to use and promote FLOSS. Building an international community will help, for sure.