Archive for May, 2011

Service of the week: Laws online Government of Antigua and Barbuda

May 17th, 2011 No comments

This is a compedium of Antigua and Barbuda law up to 2009 presented in a very easy to navigate format.  The index of laws is in text format in alphabetical or chronological order with a chance to navigate by letter.

This is an example of a government using the web to present its citizens with a thorough look not only at the laws, but also the bills that are currently under review.

The documents are in PDF format and even though they contain bitmap images instead of text, the latest version of Adobe Acrobat is able to identify text without problems.

Selected text from a law document at the Antigua and Barbuda Law website

The search engine is also quite good in that, even if documents are in PDF format, the links lead you to the exact page of the keyword being queried.

This website is a must for anyone researching Caribbean history as documents can be used to get additional context.  For example, I found a law related to the incorporation of the Moravian Church in 1982, confirming its role in Caribbean faith.

Let’s hope that other governments can follow this example.

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Service of the week: Scheduled activities for the Guyana Linux Users Group

May 1st, 2011 No comments

Judging by the recent pick up of activity at the  Guyana Linux Users Group website, we can see that Drupal and network security skills are in high demand at the moment.

The links section provides insight into the connections of the organization.  We can find out, for example that there is a Caribbean-wide organization called FLOS Caribbean for the advancement of open source software in the area.

Guyana Linux Users Groups activities around may 2011

The service can be accessed by selecting Activities, the first option in the main menu on the GLUG’s website

Let’s hope that with the increase in notoriety of their work we can also see some more activities to benefit their local communities.  How about organizing a lobby group to push for the inclusion of open source software in the One Laptop per Family (OLPF) project as it was recently suggested by the Sunday Stabroek newspaper in Georgetown.  An organization like GLUG would be the ideal technical driver for the economy-driven approach that OLPF is looking for.