Regional Newspapers Learn Benefits of OpenSource Software for Publishing

12 November 2008

More than eighty employees from 10 Kazakhstan regional newspapers have participated in workshops for free and open source software (FOSS) use as part of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for small newsrooms project. The project was supported by UNESCOs International Programme for the Development of Communication and implemented by the Kazakhstan Newspaper Publishers Association.

The workshops were held August-September 2008 and covered topics such as developing web-based newspaper editions, substituting pirate software with FOSS and customizing free software for specific publishing needs in the newsroom. Participants quickly learned how OpenSource applications can be efficiently used for all content processes, advertisement preparation, newspaper design and layout.

Artem Goryainov, a trainer-consultant and IT-coordinator of the Civil Initiative on Internet Policy, stressed the importance of the ICT for small newsrooms project for regional newspapers in Kazakhstan. The implementation of such projects contributes increased interest in FOSS and its wider use in the publishing industry. Making the choice to use free open software, small outlets can significantly minimize economic and legal risks connected with the use of unlicensed software.

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