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Reflections on crowdsourcing the OpenPress logo

Posted on October 14, 2009 · Posted in Personal

The experience of crowdsourcing the logo on 99Designs was interesting, fun and ultimately quite exhausting. For the record, we are happy with the logo that we have and, as we're moving forward with the project, are finally starting to show it to people.

Digital Textbook Initiative in California

Posted on October 13, 2009 · Posted in SF Fellow

I was quite excited to see a press release from the Office of the Governor for the state of California: Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation Furthering Digital Textbook Initiative. But then I noticed one of the components signed off: SB 48 by Senator Elaine Alquist (D-San Jose) requires that any individual,..
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Open Assessment Bank Approval

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I will get the chance to build an open assessment bank. The community of teachers in SA is chomping at the bit for such a tool and I have had multiple requests for bank software that communities are already prepared to populate themselves. Providing the different groups with a single tool will allow them to feed off each others energy and allow us to begin with a bang. Working with existing communities also makes the tool much more sustainable.

Sam comes home

Posted on October 11, 2009 · Posted in Personal

Sam came home today.

Samuel Newlyn Blyth Horner

Posted on October 7, 2009 · Posted in Personal

Some photos of Sam for everyone to see, detailed commentary to follow: Album of his progress in the Neonatal unit, hopefully he’ll be home soon.

I want to build an Open Assessment Bank

Posted on September 23, 2009 · Posted in SF Fellow

As part of my Fellowship at the Shuttleworth Foundation I have the opportunity to try things. I've got Siyavula, OpenPress and now I'm toying with adding an open assessment bank to the mix.

Rwanda – Africa’s high-tech hub

Posted on July 25, 2009 · Posted in Personal

Despite always being a proud South African, I'll be forever jealous that SA has spent years suppressing our telecoms industry and hasn't adopted a comprehensive broadband strategy like Rwanda. The silver lining is that at least we'll have a shining example in a year or two of what is actually possible. Lets just hope Rwanda manage to pull it off.

SASOL Inzalo Foundation

Posted on July 17, 2009 · Posted in SF Fellow

The Inzalo Foundation is part of the R25.9B black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction approved by the shareholders. I found one SASOL media presentation explaining the scope of the transaction which has four major parts, one of which is the Inzalo Foundation. The Inzalo Foundation is funded by the dividends from a 1.5% share of SASOL (valued at R3.9B at the time of the media presentation).

Crowdsourcing the OpenPress Logo

Posted on June 14, 2009 · Posted in Personal

I am now a complete convert to crowdsourcing. Given my experiences with the Siyavula logo and web-design processes I think that a site like 99 Designs, that has a critical mass of designers, really provides a light-weight, cost-effective and rapid solution for most of my design needs. I will launch a contest, in the near future, to start improving the look of this site I just need to bolster the content so the purpose and scope are clearer :)

Web-design project

Posted on May 31, 2009 · Posted in Personal

Good web-design is going to be key to the success or failure of some of my upcoming projects and so spending some time immersing myself in trying to apply some of the ideas to my own site allows me to kill two birds with one stone, build my own theme and really engage with some web-design principles so that they sink in.