Meeting/Seminar on Promotion of Free and Open Source Software in Pakistan

LISolutions® in collaboration with University of Waikato, New Zealand, organized a seminar/meeting cum Hi-Tea on “Promotion of Free and Open Source Software in Pakistan” at Islamabad Club on Friday August 6, 2010.

Mr. Shafiq Rana coordinator- LISolutions® shared with the participants about the aims and objectives of the organization. He also talked about the trainings/seminars and workshops organized by the organization on voluntary basis for the LIS professionals.

Meeting/Seminar on Promotion of Free and Open Source Software in Pakistan

New Zealand Digital Library Project, University of Waikato has selected LISolutions® as National Node for the Greenstone Digital Library Software in Pakistan. It is further to share with immense pleasure that LISolutions® (Pakistan) has elected as a Vice Chair of Digital Library Network in South Asia which is an honor for us.

Mr. Ata ur Rehman discussed about the activities related to the promotion of Free and Open Source Software by LISolutions® especially Greenstone Digital Library Software and Koha in Pakistan. He shared his ideas and roadmap for upcoming activities to promote the FOSS movement in Pakistan. He requested to the participants for their support to conduct the various events for LIS professionals in collaboration with LISolutions®. He extended the services of LISolutions in digitization process on voluntary basis so that the collections may be brought online.  LISolutions can took selected collections as pilot project(s)  to publish them on the web on voluntary basis.

We are pleased to share with you that all the participants extended their support and most of them became the members of LISolutions® to get support regarding the GSDL and other FOSS applications in future.

We are very grateful to our respectable teachers, senior professionals, and friends for their trust and cooperation to establish such professional platform in Pakistan. We invite all of you to join us for the capacity building of LIS professionals in Pakistan as well as in South Asia.

We invited the LIS professionals for this meeting from Peshawar, Lahore, Bahawalpur and Islamabad; the following were the participants:

S.No Name Designation Organization
1 Ch. Muhammad Nazir Director General National Library of Pakistan
2 Afshan Amir Director-IRC US-IRC, Islamabad
3 Yaqub Ali President PLA (FB)
4 Saleem Ahmad Librarian Supreme Court of Pakistan
5 Saima Qutab Librarian DG Mines and Minerals, Lahore
6 Lt Col. Khush Muhammad Library Incharge National Defence University
7 Muhammad Rafiq Awan Chief Librarian IUB, Bahawalpur
8 Mirza Waseem Baig Librarian EME – NUST
9 Muhammad Rafiq Acting Chief Librarian Inetrnational Islamic University
10 Pervez Irfan Acting Chief Librarian Quaid-e-Azam University
11 Naveed Ahmad Librarian PNRA
12 Muhammad Sajid Mirza Senior Librarian Inetrnational Islamic University
13 Sadaf Saeed Archive Officer Dunya TV
14 Humaira Khan Librarian NDC
15 Farasat Shafi ullah Librarian PakLAG/NUST
16 Umar Farooq Reference Specialist US-IRC
17 Maqsood Ahmad IT Professional LISolutions/IUB, Bahawalpur
18 Sher Afzal Librarian HITEC, Taxla
19 Zahid Iqbal Deputy Librarian Riphah International University
20 Azeem Khan Marwat Librarian/Asst Director FDE Colleges
21 Maqsood Ahmad Shaheen Reference Specialist US-IRC
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