The server is based on the use of free software, it runs multiple applications using low-capacity computer equipment, which requires very little maintenance and eliminates the risk of data loss. This platform, launched and supported by the M@ison de Grigny, as part of its solidarity portal, facilitates collaboration and sharing between associations, the local community, and educational institutions in France and Burkina. It is also being developed in Mali and associations from the solidarity portal have adopted it as their shared management tool and collaborative workspace. In Africa, the goal of the project is to mobilize skills to manage this kind of platform.
Using exclusively recycled materials (computer equipment and servers), users are not faced with any restrictions in terms of maintenance and upkeep. Therefore, this project contributes to environmental conservation and provides access to computer equipment and expands the uses this type of equipment. The platform was developed using free software; the technical concept is therefore in line with the objectives of the solidarity portal’s associations since facilitating access to digital technology is a priority in solidarity action.
Free off all problems related to maintenance and data saving, users can concentrate on making use of digital technology for collaboration, education, and any other uses they may dream up. For example, in Koupela, 140 km fom Ougadougou, the population has demonstrated an interest in digital tools. In this region, 99% of internet users, including high-school and university students, connect from internet cafés. This contributes to the increased risk of data loss, and does not provide users with storage space to conserve their data in cases of viruses, power outages, etc.
This solution uses free software, which makes this service low cost and therefore, easily deployable. Many different uses can be developed such as, education, training, development, economic, etc.; the only limits to its application are imagination and perhaps, in some circumstances, the constraints of the free culture economy.
The answer: To reduce the digital gap between the North and South that is, between Europe and Africa. As well as, the desire to facilitate collaborative exchanges between associations, institutions. And, finally, social and economic actors on both continents.
Within the framework of developing collaboration between Koupéla, Burkina Faso and Grigny (69), in France, the M@ison de Grigny has led several missions to develop the use of digital technology in the two cities. These initiatives very quickly encountered difficulties in terms of maintenance in Koupéla, as well as in the offices of the twinning committee in Grigny. The application provides users with a personal space for storage that is accessible from anywhere in the world and can be shared with many other people, thus allowing users to save a significant amount of money. Launched in Toulouse by the DOTRiver society, it provides students with a space, a mobile office, which allows them to work with application, video editing software and instant message from home or internet cafés. A solidarity initiative launched by associations with the goal of mobilizing financial resources and providing youth in the south with access to the server and a workspace. This initiative pools the efforts of these associations.
-The server eliminates the need for powerful hard ware: a basic PC is sufficient;
-Maintenance is no longer necessary: in the case of a power outage, data can be retrieved.
Solidarity is just a click away.