Community Server Add-ins

If you’re looking for Community Server Add-ins, look no further than CS Addins – your one stop resource for Community Server extensions, skins, modules and other extensions. As quoted from the Community Server site, Community Server is the award winning platform for rapidly enabling online communities and includes all the integrated tools, such as discussion forums, email lists, newsgroups, weblogs (blogs), file galleries, content management, and more to help enable you to create your community presence quickly and easily.

100 Best Places to Work in IT 2006

Temple University has just been ranked one of the top 100 places to work in IT. This year we were ranked number 72 on the list. The full list of companies can be viewed at Computerworld’s report on Best Places to Work in IT. This is the second consecutive year that Temple University has been ranked.

Here’s the brief snapshot of Temple University as obtained from Computerworld:

Total employees: 5,433
Total IT employees: 242
IT employee turnover in 2005: 4.5%
IT employee promotions in 2005: 5.0%
Training days offered per IT employee in 2005: 5
Training budget per IT employee in 2005: $1,500
Percentage of IT managers who are women: 33%
Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 29%
Percentage of IT staff who are women: 29%
Percentage of IT staff who are minorities: 39%

What’s special

This Philadelphia university enrolls more than 34,000 students and has 17 schools and colleges. Recent technology initiatives include the development of identity management, data warehousing and disaster recovery systems as well as a tool for tracking research projects. IT workers also received enhanced training in Oracle, Linux and Microsoft software. Temple offers family tuition benefits, including full undergraduate tuition for dependent children, access to health club facilities and participation in a full range of university programs. The IT group has its own internal training department that provides courses to help individuals develop in their chosen areas of expertise. Recently, 14 IT staffers completed TCP/IP training and 40 completed project management training.

Open Source in Zambia

If you’re interested in free and open source software in Zambia then you definitely need to register and sign up at OpenSourceZambia. Supporters of open source software in Zambia have really come together to launch the OpenSourceZambia site and have already got a pretty active discussion list. From the site:

OpenSourceZambia exists to promote the knowledge and use of open source software in Zambia. Open source software presents many benefits to users, from the low cost of acquisition (it is typically given away free), to the security advantages of having the source code available, to the fact that those with the interest can develop their skill in information technology by using it. In a developing country, all of these aspects are crucial advantages of open source software over proprietary alternatives.

More than that, the open source way represents a collaborative, generous and community-oriented way to get things done, and this software development methodology is carried over into how people learn and interact. OpenSourceZambia aims to become a focus, in Zambia, for developing the community of people interested in the benefits of technology for themselves, and for encouraging the international open source community to assist in the advancement of open source software in Zambia.