JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES
NOMINATION TO THE AFRINIC BOARD
This year, two seats will be vacant on the AfriNIC board. They are for the Western Africa sub-region (Primary and alternate - Mandate: 2007 to 2010 and for the Northern Africa sub-region (Primary and Alternate- Mandate: 2007 to 2010)
STUDENTS INVITED TO JOIN OPENMRS PROJECT
The developers of OpenMRS, an open source medical records system aimed at medical informatics efforts in developing countries, have been accepted as a mentor organisation for the Google Summer of Code.
They are inviting student developers to peruse their projects and, if interested, apply. Student applications must be made by March 26. As well as being an opportunity to improve one's coding skills, it is also a chance to help in the battle against HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria in developing countries.
OpenMRS formed in 2004 as a open source medical record system framework for developing countries. OpenMRS is a multi-institution, nonprofit collaborative led by medical informatics research organisation, the Regenstrief Institute and Partners In Health, a Boston-based philanthropic organisation.
AIMS WORKSHOP ON VOLUNTEER COMPUTING
The AIMS workshop on Volunteer Computing for Africa will introduce participants to state-of-the-art open source software technologies behind distributed computing and cyber-volunteerism on the Internet. Participants will gain hands-on experience with these technologies, so that they can harness the power of volunteer computers worldwide for their own research or to support research of their colleagues in universities and research labs across Africa. Volunteer computing is a new and rapidly growing trend that can help in efforts to tackle some of the major humanitarian challenges faced by Africa, and can also bridge the digital divide by putting African researchers at the centre of international humanitarian projects.