The Open Source Software Communities and Rejuvenation of Technical Education and Innovation Project (OSSCOM) is an international project that aims to setup linkage between academic institutions and enterprises to support transformative technical education and rejuvenation, build Open-Source Software (OSS) hubs and communities, enhance technology access to societies at large, and boost economic development. OSSCOM enables the achievement of these objectives by establishing technology centers to provide coordinated support and resources for developing and enabling an environment for large-scale OSS technology outreach and its use in academic institutions and enterprises. By attracting higher education (HE) institutions and industrial partners from the Middle East and Europe, OSSCOM will be a large OSS capacity building, entrepreneurship, and technology support project in the region.
OSSCOM road map is to establish links with enterprises for relevance of ICT education; setup OSS technology hubs to provide support to communities and promote innovation and business acceleration; develop OSS technology resources; facilitate the adoption of OSS as feasible alternatives to proprietary software; and create entrepreneurship incubators and business start-up facilities. OSSCOM approach is comprehensive and wide-ranging in geographical coverage in the Pan-Arab region and Europe. Activities will span the whole cycle of integration, from setting up links with enterprises and establishing specialized OSS technology centers to the integration of OSS into education and learning systems and transformation of innovation and business startups. OSSCOM will play an important role in disseminating OSS resources, providing technical support, and creating awareness at the policy level in the region towards a national move to adopting OSS technologies and making available affordable technologies to citizens.