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Hi Italo,

Yes, I live in Mumbai. Thanks for the link. I went through all the slides, which have very valuable information. This will be useful to make a policy decision at the final stages. Slides on the importance of training are very important. I would go to the extent of saying that most people do not use more than 5% of commercial software (which are often very expensive), and hence, can easily be met by equivalent open source software.

I would like to know more about certification methods available to test the competency in LibreOffice - although not required for the current workshop, we can use it in our other training programmes.

For the immediate workshop, I guess that simple text and data entry for LO Writer and Calc are only required. For this, we plan to use the Marathi dubbed tutorials given here: Although created for LibreOffice 3, these are good enough for beginners. We have this series in about 20 languages.

Use of Marathi font is important in the current instance. The workshop participants are likely to use the inscript keyboard. We plan to do a (1) pre-workshop survey, a (2) post-workshop survey, and a (3) follow-up survey, after about two weeks to check the ease of shifting to LibreOffice. To make the proposed transition simpler, we are exploring LibreOffice on Windows first. If this works out, they will consider shifting to Linux.


On 29/11/16 8:58 PM, Italo Vignoli wrote:
Hi Kannan, from your email address I suppose you are based in India, but
to help you I think it would be nice to have more information about the
local government body, the environment they are active in, how many
employees they have, etcetera. In order to organize a workshop in order
to convince them to migrate to LibreOffice, you need to present a large
number of information not only about the project but also about the
quality and the security of the software, the document format, and only
at the end about the application. You can find a number of slide decks
at the following address:

We can also organize a hangout to discuss the workshop face to face. It
is not easy to provide all the necessary insights by email, and talking
is probably the best solution for the success of the workshop.

Best, Italo

On 29/11/2016 12:36, Kannan Moudgalya wrote:
We are about to conduct a LibreOffice workshop to a local government
body.  Depending on its success, LibreOffice may be adopted in a big way
in the local government.
If there are recommended ways to conduct such workshops, I would like to

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