Creation of contents

Orientation of proposal

Governmental programmes must ensure that content is rich and varied and not determined by commercial and administrative motives. Programmes must ensure the diversity of contents adapted to the realities and needs of different groups and categories of the population.

The basic principles of content creation and development programmes should : 1. be based on studies of the needs of groups and categories (the elderly, cultural communities, the unemployed, young persons, the handicapped, etc.) ; 2. favour and support calls for tender for the creation of original contents and the digitisation of already existing contents on other media (text, video, etc.) ; 3. support the development of databases and on-line diffusion of innovations and contents with cataloguing standards and specialised search engines. The programmes should encourage the creation of contents with local features just as much as thematic portals and contents that contribute to grouping knowledge and expertise in given areas of activity and on socially useful subjects : social economy companies, women’s groups, senior citizens, rural interests, consumer organisations, community health, etc.).

Using finance, technical expertise and research, promote the creation and sale of technological tools (hardware and software) at low cost adapted to local needs for low wage earners and certain categories (the handicapped, etc.) [cf. Chebucto Suite in New Scotland, Canada].

Contribute towards creating a culture of freeware to encourage creativity and counter dependency on the technology and contents distributed by monopoly groups.

Encourage the use of commercial software with free source codes in public and training programmes, especially in the school system. The same applies to the research and development of such tools, their diffusion and appropriate training to use them.

Posté le 4 octobre 2002

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