Social Impact of IT
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NCC's mission to make effective use of ICT in the UK extends to the social impact of ICT. Previous activities have included a special interest group of leading metropolitan authorities with an interest in e-communities and the UK's first conference on ICT and Regeneration.
NCC has been in consultation with the Home Office since 2001 in order to identify strategies to increase the use of ICT in the voluntary and community sectors. This led to the creation of an ICT Consortium, http://www.ictconsortium.org.uk/. The Home Office approved the proposals in 2005. In addition to sharing ICT best practices across sectors NCC will work with other organisations to explain the potential of Open Source solutions and develop a sector specific Open Source support service.
Accessibility and Open Source
Ensuring that people have the option to use ICT requires the technology to be accessible, sometimes requiring customisation from the standard products. A key strength of OSS is that it can be customised. This gives technical staff considerable power to incorporate accessibility features. At the same time there are may be versions of the software, requiring some experience to select the best product for a particular situation. The National Computing Centre and Abilitynet are working to establish the Accessible and Open Support Service (AOSS) service which will ensure that the potential benefits of Open Source software are available to all.
More on Acessible and Open Support Service.
Midlands Open Source Technology (MOST)
NCC conceived an initiative to trial the deployment of Open Source systems in a number of small community and charitable organisation in the West Midlands. In 2004 funds were granted to the Birmingham Voluntary Services Council to undertake this work with assistance from Open Advantage and NCC. The lessons leant from this work have led to further funds being sought to extend the scope of this work.
Groups Using Media and the Internet (GUMI)
During 2004 and 2005 NCC conducted a project, funded from regional and EU innovation funds, to work with community organisations on the creation of digital video distributed on the Internet. This led to a printed toolkit, a CD and web based tools including video and software products. These are available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or from the web site www.ourvideo.org. All products are available either as open source software or under Creative Commons licences as appropriate.