Tuesday, February 28, 2012

To celebrate forty years of School of Social Sciences, "Conference on Democracy Pluralism and Justiceis"; 29 February - 2 March 2012

Celebrating 40 years of School of Social Sciences
Conference on Democracy Pluralism And Justice:  Challenges for India in a Changing World
29 February – 2 March 2012
Venue: Committee Room 1, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Session One - Wednesday • 29 February
    • Democracy, Inclusion, Participation
  • Session Two - Wednesday • 29 February
    • Constitution, Laws and Democratic Norms
  • Session Three - Thursday • 1 March
    • New Landscapes of Inequality
  • Session Four - Thursday • 1 March
    • Shifting Social Dynamics
  • Session Five - Friday • 2 March
    • The Political Economy of Value, Distribution and Development: Commemorating Krishna Bharadwaj's contribution to social sciences
All are cordially invited

Monday, February 27, 2012

CfP: Conference on Mobile Web Initiative in India; 15th March 2012, New Delhi

Conference on Mobile Web Initiative in India

15th March 2012

India Habitat Center, New Delhi

Organized by W3C India and IAMAI

India continues to be one of the world's fastest-growing telecommunications market due to a progressive regulatory regime, huge capital outlays for network expansion by operators, reductions in tariffs and cost of handsets. Accessing internet through mobile is seen as the future, hence enabling Indian languages on the mobile with parallel efforts enhancing the languages content on the web coupled by the development of various standards supporting these initiatives and our participation in such a global platforms is the ultimate long term goal. Interoperability is the key issue so that the dissemination of multilingual news and information can be handled seamlessly across service providers and variety of mobile available in the market. Creating Web content that works well on mobile devices is challenging for the majority of today's Web content creators, since most of them are more accustomed to creating content for desktop devices.
This conference will cover various issues and challenges like presentation issues, mobile keypads, text transmission etc in mobile web in Indian languages. The Conference seeks to inform practitioners about the potential challenges which can be encountered during the implementation of mobile applications in Indian languages. This conference also covers the future actions that could accelerate the adoption and impact of W3C standards in the development of mobile applications in Indian languages.

Objectives of the Conference :
1. The Conference seeks to inform Technology developer/Service providers about the potential challenges which can be encountered during the implementation of mobile applications in Indian languages.
2. The current challenges and barriers that limit the potential impact of mobile technology in development.
3. Development of M-Governance in India and its approaches to mainstreaming mobile delivery of services.
4. The future actions that could accelerate the adoption and impact of the mobile platform for development

Programme Sessions
Inaugural Session:
* Importance of local language in internet and mobile adoption.
* Moving away from exclusive to inclusive web with Indic;
* Opportunities in Local languages
Session 1 : "Challenges of Indic Adoption on Mobile Web
* Technology for enabling Indian Languages on Mobile Platform * Lack of multi standard interoperability
Session 2:"Best Practices for building Indic Web content for Mobile Web"
* Lack of Local Language support on commonly visited websites
* Lack of Discoverability of existing websites
Session 3 :"Enabling mobile & wireless handheld devices in Indian Languages"
* Indic as key to handset adoption
* Standardization in Text transmission in Indian Language
* Current barriers, challenges and limitations for rendering vernacular content
* Best practices of delivery in Mobile device in Indian languages
Session 4 :"Technology Demo for Deployment of Mobile Based Services"

Call for Speakers
To submit your request to be a speaker please send an email to w3cindiaoffice-dit@nic.in with the Subject Line:" Mobile Web Initiative in India" conference speaker submission. In the email be sure to include your contact information as well as the topic and abstract you are interested in speaking on.
We are looking for presentations that address the following topics :
1. Standardization of mobile keypads
2. Standardization in text transmission(SMS,MMS,IM) in Indian languages
3. Fonts and rendering issues in Indian languages
4. Current barriers and challenges in mobile web for Indian languages
5. Limitation of mobile devices while deploying mobile applications in Indian languages
6. Accessibility of mobile devices, services and content for people with disabilities
7. Best practices for delivery web contents in mobile devices in Indian languages
8. M-Governance in India
9. Mobile-OK Certification/Checker for Indian languages.

E-Publishing Seminar during 20th Biennial New Delhi World Book Fair

W3C India and FIP bring the E-Publishing Seminar during 20th Biennial New Delhi World Book Fair
March 1-2, 2012
Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

The publishing industry has been witnessing a paradigm shift from print to digital publishing. With increasing costs of production and print, the industry is making a strenuous effort to deal with the demand for digital content as opposed to print.
How will India become an e-Publishing base in the near future? To answer this question, we need to know what we have to offer from India and how the capacity of the publishers can be enhanced to meet the challenges of the future.
This requires a capacity building initiative in e-Publishing for the entire publishing eco system including publishers, printers, authors, distributors, mobile devices and ebook reader manufacturers, etc.; through this event we are trying to address this issue.

W3C India and Federation of Indian Publishers with SPH Consultancy & eServices Pvt. Ltd. brings to you E-Publishing Seminar. The event is split in two half days of deliberations to offer a better understanding of:
• How e-publishing technologies and market developments will create opportunities for book publishers and printers,
• How Authors can benefit by new approaches in ePublishing of Self-Publishing and On Demand Publishing.
• How the Publishing ecosystem can offer ePublishing on Mobile devices including Tablets, Reading Devices and Smartphones.
• How Publishers and Authors could use e-Distribution Mechanisms to monetise their Book inventory
• Content Discovery in the Age of Tablets, E-readers and Google

The ePublishing event is targeted to introduce the new concepts, tools and technologies and developments in the digital publishing space.
This event is being organized in the same venue of the DELHI WORLD BOOK FAIR, namely-International Trade Fair exhibition grounds at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on 1st- 2nd March 2012.
Day 1 : March 1, Hall No 6, Conference Room No. 2, Time: 11-1 PM
Day 2 : March 2, Hall No 14, Conference Room No. 3, Time 1-5 PM

The event is targeted for the entire publishing eco system including Publishers, Printers, Authors, Distributors, Service providers, Academia, E-publishers etc.

The e-Publishing event is jointly organized by W3C India, Federation of Indian Publishers and SPH Consultancy & eServices Private Ltd.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. Led by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and CEO Jeffrey Jaffe, W3C's mission is to lead the Web to its full potential. The Indian W3C office (W3C India) is the national contact point for W3C activities in India.
The Federation of Indian Publishers is the representative body of publishers in English, Hindi and other regional Languages with its membership from all over India, representing more than 80 percent of the publishing industry. All the leading publishers of the country are tits direct members, other publishers being represented through various local associations.
SPH Consultancy & eServices Pvt. Ltd. is an innovative provider of high quality Value added Information Services on IT enabled services, software products, cutting edge solutions with specific focus on e-publishing, e-marketing, education/training, hospitality and travel.
The event is being exclusively promoted by S-Media Group which is a B2B media house that focuses on five verticals–printing, publishing, signage, newspaper and pet industries. The publications are a proven medium to develop integrated business and marketing solutions amongst its readers.
The event would have the following sessions;
DAY 1- March 1, 2012 11.00 AM to 1.00 PM
1. Inaugural Session
2. e-Publishing and e-Distribution
3. e-Content Creation & New Technologies

DAY 2- March 2, 2012 1.00 PM to 5.00 PM
4. Introduction Session
5. e-Publishing
6. e-Publishing Standards & Educational e-Publishing
7. e-Content Creation, New Technologies & Self Publishing
There is no participation fee but the registration is compulsory for the event. Please register for the event in advance to avoid disappointment, as the seats are limited.

Monday, February 20, 2012

2013 Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright Fellowships for Indian Citizens

2013 Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright Fellowships for Indian Citizens

Greetings from the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), the Fulbright Commission in India!

I am happy to inform you that USIEF has announced its annual competition for Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright fellowships for Indian citizens for the academic year 2013-2014. Open to Indian students, academics, teachers, policy planners, administrators, and professionals, these fellowships are offered in all disciplines. Application due dates begin July 16, 2012. USIEF expects to offer approximately 100 Fulbright-Nehru fellowships for Indians in 2013.

Details about the fellowship programs, application procedure and guidelines, and the selection process are posted on the USIEF website http://www.usief.org.in. Please refer interested individuals to the USIEF website.

I appreciate your efforts to spread the word about Fulbright-Nehru and other fellowship opportunities.

USIEF thanks you for your support and cooperation. 

With best regards


Sarina Paranjape

Sarina Paranjape
| Senior Program Officer (Indian Program) | United States-India Educational Foundation | 12 Hailey Road | New Delhi 110 001 | Phone: +91 11 4209 0909 | Fax: +91 11 2332 9718 | E-mail: ip@usief.org.in| Website: http://www.usief.org.in/

NEW! 2013-2014 Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright fellowships for study, research, teaching and professional development in the U.S. APPLY NOW! For details CLICK HERE

Thursday, February 9, 2012

NSF Science and Engineering Indicators 2012

Science and Engineering Indicators 2012
National Science Board/ National Science Foundation, USA

A broad base of quantitative information on the U.S. and International science and engineering enterprise

  • Elementary and Secondary Mathematics and Science Education
  • Higher Education in Science and Engineering
  • Science and Engineering Labor Force
  • Research and Development: National Trends and International Comparisons
  • Academic Research and Development
  • Industry, Technology, and the Global Marketplace
  • Science and Technology: Public Attitudes and Understanding
  • State Indicators
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

New UNDP Book "Technological Cooperation and Climate Change: Issues and Perspectives"

Technological Cooperation and Climate Change: Issues and Perspectives

Working papers presented at the MoEF-UNDP Consultation on Technology Cooperation for Addressing Climate Change

New Delhi: UNDP, 2011
Table of Contents
  • Foreword by Ministry of Environment and Forests
  • Foreword by UNDP
  • Chapter 1 : Technology Cooperation for Addressing Climate Change by Preeti Soni
  • Chapter 2 : Climate Technology Needs for India by Ambuj Sagar
  • Chapter 3 : Mechanisms for International Cooperation in Research and Development in the Area of Climate Change by Carlos M. Correa
  • Chapter 4 : Climate Change, Technology and IPR by Martin Khor
  • Chapter 5 : Enabling Policies for Technology Transfer in the Context of Climate Change by Biplove Choudhary and K.M. Gopakumar
  • Chapter 6 : International Financing Instruments for Meeting Technology Needs by Martin Krause

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Just published "ISIS Current Bibliography of the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences, 2011"

ISIS Current Bibliography of the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences, 2011

Source: Isis, Vol. 102, No. S1, 2011 Current Bibliography (December 2011), pp. i-327

Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of The History of Science Society

The Isis Current Bibliography of the History of Science was begun in 1913 by the historian of science George Sarton as part of his new journal Isis. It seeks to provide, each year, a comprehensive survey of the most recent work done in the history of science and allied fields. It covers all time periods and all disciplines and strives to be truly international in scope. Below, readers will find information on the use and structure of the bibliography as well as directions for access to the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine database, which includes this bibliography, and to other bibliographic sources in the history of science and related fields.
As with all such projects, there are limitations, and certain fields of study are not fully covered. In addition, the many journals that are peripheral to our field cannot be surveyed each year. There is sometimes a longer lag time for works published in those forums as well as for works published by presses outside of North America because access is often more difficult. Individual contributions are always welcome.

New in 2011
Once again the bibliography has expanded. Like last year, the volume contains over 4100 classified entries and over 1000 reviews. What makes this volume physically much larger, however, are the contents lists that accompany the edited book entries. There are 2000 chapters included in this volume and almost half of them are classified.
The bibliography also has greater diversity this year. At the end of last year, I made an appeal to the membership of the History of Science Society to send me citations. I received so great a response that my assistants and I have not been able to enter all of them yet. Frequently, one citation led to several others when we would discover a book or a journal that had articles besides the one we went to get.
I wish to thank all of those contributors, and I apologize to you if your entries didn't make it into this year's bibliography. Rest assured that they will appear next year. Let me make a further appeal for contributions. If you know of works that should be included, don't hesitate to contact me.
A new and growing bibliography that I have helped build this past year is the World History of Science Online website, http://www.dhst-whso.org/. This past summer, I worked with two graduate students to develop a classification structure for internet resources. My assistants found, described, and classified over 300 items. During the next few years, this site will grow as a bibliography for scholarly online resources in history of science. This site is supported by the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science/Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPS/DHST).

Stephen P. Weldon, Editor

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