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Re: [libreoffice-marketing] Certification project


> Ian,
>
> thank you for your email. We will, in the near future, open a
> discussion on business and certification on behalf of TDF. Thank you
> for your ideas!
>
> Best,
> Charles.
> PS: for some reason I felt that the LDV Transfer had run out of money?

LDV TOI is alive and kicking. statistically there is a 30% chance of an
application being successful but I have had 2 out of 3 so far. We applied
for two grants this year, one for developing an OOo qualification and
another for Special Needs. The Special needs was accepted and the OOo one
turned down but I think that was more because they didn't want to give one
small organisation 2 grants. We also have feedback and more time to plan
this time. In fact people in other countries could apply separately so its
possible to hedge our bets and if say two grants are successful we get
600k not 300. There are also transversal grants under key activities and
development of innovation direct from Brussels but they are more difficult
with more competition. Smaller grants for teacher training and study
visits are possible too. Now I know how this system works it is possible
to get maybe millions of Euros to LibreO development one way or another
from grants but also I think that a sustainable income from selling
training and certification is possible on an eventually bigger scale. I
have done a lot of work on this over the last few years which is why I
haven't been on the lists. It's really good to see we finally got a
Foundation set up.

> Le Sun, 17 Oct 2010 14:44:07 +0100,
> Ian <ian.lynch@theingots.org> a écrit :
>
>> I'm calling for anyone interested in a means of generating a
>> sustainable and substantial revenue for the new Foundation to attend
>> a meeting at the end of January probably in Germany. This will be a
>> preparatory meeting for submitting a Transfer of Innovation
>> application to the EU for 300,000 Euro to support training and
>> business development of LibreOffice certification. National Agencies
>> in the EU will pay expenses up to 1000 Euros for attending the
>> meeting. (Google for national agency Leonardo Da Vinci Transfer of
>> Innovation in your country language) Ideally we would have a partner
>> from each EU member state. We already have partners in Romania,
>> Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain but others are welcome from
>> these and other countries. Grants have to be applied for 8 weeks
>> before any meeting which is why I'm proposing late January.
>>
>> At this meeting we can decide the basic strategy and I will train all
>> delegates as assessor trainers and how to use the technology to
>> collect evidence and award certification. I will have accredited the
>> certification through the UK regulators by this time (it's in progress
>> but bureaucracy takes time :-) ) which also references it to the
>> European Qualifications Framework which is the highest priority this
>> year for the EU Lifelong Learning Programme.
>>
>> The impact depends on your support! This is how ECDL/ICDL started and
>> they did 9 million certificates last year in 43 countries. This is
>> easily enough to sustain the Foundation independently but we need it
>> to scale and for that we need to extend to as many countries as
>> possible as quickly as possible. If you ever dreamed of setting up
>> your own business based on FOSS this could be the opportunity you
>> have been waiting for. We can also provide help and support with
>> market strategy. We have already been successful in getting 2 grants
>> for INGOTs and certificating learners with Special Needs so we know
>> what to do.
>>
>
>
>
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Follow-Ups:
Re: [libreoffice-marketing] Certification projectMarc Paré <marc@marcpare.com>
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Re: [libreoffice-marketing] Certification project"Charles-H. Schulz" <charles.schulz@documentfoundation.org>
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