Archive for March, 2009
Earlier this month the Dgroups Foundation was established in the Netherlands. After early years incubated by Bellanet/IDRC as a project, Dgroups members decided that a legal entity was needed at the heart of the partnership.
The intention is to keep the Foundation small and smart: It will have a Board elected from members of the partnership. More operational activities like platform hosting, support, and communication among the members will be contracted to others.
The next meeting of the Dgroups partnership is in April 2009 where some important further governance and strategic decisions will be taken.
Organizations interested in joining Dgroups can find more information online. We welcome any non-governmental, governmental and inter-governmental bodies and any other type of organization that shares the objectives of the Foundation.
On February 13th, we ‘closed’ the original Dgroups installation hosted in Canada – switching to the new platform. By February 20th, all the data was fully migrated to Switzerland.
How many made the migration?
Our colleagues at WA research report: “As of today we have 122,187 users registered in 2,227 ‘active’ and 440 ‘archived’ Dgroups (however, some 17,707 of these do not seem to belong to any of the migrated groups, and we know that some email accounts are no longer active).
Every day we receive between 1,800 and 3,200 messages for dgroups.org, and send out between 50 and 90,000 to members.
So, despite a large cleanup of Dgroups late in 2008, the total graphs continue their generaly upward trend – this may change however after we further review and remove inactive email accounts.
This week, Maarten Boers and Peter Ballantyne were in Switzerland to meet with WA Research on the status of the Dgroups migration process. We also met with Dgroups members Helvetas and Swiss Development Cooperation.
Helvetas has so far been gradually introducing and using Dgroups into its activities. It also acts as sponsor for the very active KM4dev Dgroup – where people discuss and share knowledge sharing and knowledge management experiences in the development sector.
In its earlier days within Bellanet, SDC provided support for the platform – helping to ensure it would be both a tool providing specific services as well as a wider common good for the development community to benefit from. SDC colleagues indicated that they intend to continue their membership of Dgroups, particularly making use of it to facilitate communication and exchange in their thematic networks. They indicated they might consider providing additional funds to support the further development of the platform and its outreach into communities in developing countries.
View our presentation to SDC colleagues:
On April 15 and 16, members of the Dgroups partnership will meet in The Hague to review progress and plans.