Microsoft is partnering with ITU to develop a new solution called “ITU Global View.” It will integrate and make easily viewable ITU’s existing data sources on the implementation of the WSIS goals and associated ICT for development accomplishments to date.
Based on Microsoft Virtual Earth technology, ITU Global View is open to all stakeholders – donors, governments, private and civil sectors – and allows users to check status, identify gaps and avoid overlap in collaborative efforts and progress on ICT for development programs around the world. It will display global trends and activities (like broadband penetration in Africa), and then narrow its focus to continents, countries, towns, and indeed specific locations (like a school or a hospital) to visualize (through photography, video, data, etc.) any given project as the data is populated over the coming months and years.
The application will be hosted and maintained by ITU and will be available to all interested users, as the single source of all future information on the ongoing progress of WSIS goals implementation. ITU will also provide a facility for organizations to submit their development projects for publication within ITU Global View.
A pilot of ITU Global View will be demonstrated at the Connect Africa Summit, 29-30 October 2007, in Kigali Rwanda, during the opening plenary, and be available for review for everyone in the booth area for demonstration and training of how to input and view information. Once finalized, the application will be uploaded and made available through the ITU website.
WSIS action lines related to this activity: Theme 3. Access to information and knowledge
Theme 4. Capacity building
Theme 7. ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life
Theme 12. Achieving WSIS targets (PoA, Section B)
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