Requirement Study for Sri Lanka National Spatial Data Infrastructure Project (NSDI) – ICTA/GOSL/CON/IC/2016/27

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Scope of Services

Published in the Daily news on 29th April 2016 and 03rd May, 2016

Expressions of Interest including all requested information must be delivered no later than 1500 hrs on May 18, 2016

 

All Children Coding Initiative

All Children Coding Initiative

Developing, problem-solving and computational-thinking skills in the context of learning fundamental computer science concepts, the program sets students on a journey to become well prepared for life and careers in the contemporary world. And this program devote to giving every student in every school the opportunity to learn computer programming

1.    Development of Curriculum
2.    Island wide Teacher training Program
3.    Community forum for Code Volunteers  ( Initiate  a pool of volunteers )
4.    “ Init Coder “national competition.

How does our All children Initiatives works

How does it works: Development of Curriculum
–     Target Age group 6 to 17 years.
–    Delivery through school coding / IT clubs.
–    The proposed curriculum is based on an innovative approach that integrates computational thinking and creative thinking to improve student learning performance.
–    It is developed on a model consisting of 4 levels. Each level represents a specific set of grades. Level 1 includes Grades 1 and 2; Level 2 includes the Grades 3–5; Level 3 includes the Grades 6–8 and Level 4 includes the Grades 9–12.
–    The suggested age group for each level is in line with the National Education Strategy.

 

Level Recommended Age group Recommended School Years Recommended Teaching time
Level 1 6 to 7 Grade 1 and 2 >= 32 hrs.
Level 2 8 to 10 Grade 3 – 5 >= 32 hrs.
Level 3 11 to 13 Grade 6 – 8 >= 32 hrs.
Level 4 14 to 17 Grade 9 – 12 >= 32 hrs.

Island wide Teacher training Program
Mode of Delivery;
i.    4 schools per district will be identified based on demography
ii.    2 teachers per school will be identified (IT teacher primary & secondary, or a maths teacher). A total of 200 teachers.
iii.    They will be trained as master trainers on the developed curriculum.
iv.    Subsequently each master trainers will train 20 + teachers which will cover around n 4000 teachers island wide

Formation of Community Code Volunteers

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Code Volunteering is powerful force that can help in the classroom, or for somebody who can inspire their students by talking about the breadth of possibilities with computer science. Large number of (60+) volunteers have been registered to conduct western province school reach program. The program will spread throughout the country in future.

National wide coding competition Program

Init code national completion based structure:
•    District wise coding competitions
•    Island wide coding competition
•    Finalists will receive a qualified training programme sponsored by ICTA
•    Teachers of the Finalists will  receive awards

objectives

1.    To improve the logical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills of children
2.    To build a next generation of innovators
3.    To provide the basic computational concepts .

 

 

In Essence

“1.    Improve the logical & creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills of children
2.    To build a next generation of innovators
3.    Increase the level of computer literacy in the country”

This project will target 60,000 school children, trained 200 Master trainers (Teachers), another 4000 school teachers on coding.

Video Conferencing Facilities to Ministries & Government Organizations

Video Conferencing Facilities to Ministries & Government Organizations

Among many of the projects deployed with a vision to Digitize the Government of Sri Lanka, Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) will implement the ‘Video Conferencing Facility’ in ministries and departments.
Ministers, secretaries and government officials involved in the strategic decision making process of the government require frequent travel between Government institutions to hold meetings. This involves high expenditure on travel where valuable time is spent on the road.  Once considered too expensive and complex for everyday use, secure video conferencing is now affordable and easy to use.  Therefore, using the latest technology available, ICTA will implement a video conferencing facility which, along with relevant training, will pave way for faster decision making by ministries and departments. It will help these government organizations to minimize the cost and time and to improve the productivity, allowing them to serve citizens more effectively.
In phase 1 of the project, 100 government organizations will be facilitated with the facility. Selected government organizations will include ministries, department and prominent government institutions.

The main objective of this initiative is to improve productivity and efficiency of the Government services by using the latest technology. ,
Video conferencing is an ideal way to conduct all types of meetings. Among many of its advantages, videoconferencing can be arranged when the same government official cannot be in two locations at the same time. In In addition to budgetary considerations, a videoconference eliminates the time of travel for all parties involved. With reference to safety considerations, a videoconference deposition can be arranged easily, eliminating the difficulty of making travel arrangements and coordinating schedules.
ICTA is looking forward to complete phase one of this project by the end of year 2017.

objectives

To improve the efficiency, speed-up decision making, reduce costs and save time of the Ministers and Government officials to better serve the Citizens by adapting Video Conferencing solution within the Ministries and Government organizations.

 

In Essence

Improved Government decision making process and save overall annual spending on conducting meetings and save valuable time of Ministers and Officials.

Phase 1 will be cover 100 government organizations to implement video conferencing facility.

Empowering Government Ministries

Empowering Government Ministries

ICTA will facilitate the implementation of ICT infrastructure solution at the selected Ministries for effective, efficient and secure use of ICTs within the Ministry and expand the services through the Lanka Government Network 2.0 and Lanka Government Cloud service platform.

It is proposed that present ICT infrastructure facilities at government ministries need to be upgraded with necessary Hardware, Wireless Network and Software resources to improve the efficiency, cyber security, and reduce the cost. The present ICT facilities at the ministries are inadequate to support the day to day activities. In the 1st phase of this project, selected number of ministries will be benefited by providing wireless network with Wi-Fi in all the divisions to access network resources faster and securely. By enabling the wireless facility at the Ministries, the executives and the staff would be able to access the network system anywhere within their respective Ministry complexes.

Following are the selected Ministries that will be empowered by this project:
•    Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Consulates
•    Ministry of Finance
•    The Presidential Secretariat
•    The Prime Minister’s Office
•    The Temple Trees

objectives

To facilitate the implementation of Wi-Fi network and ICT infrastructure solution at the Ministries for effective, efficient and secure use of ICT and expand the services through the Lanka Government Network 2.0 and Lanka Government Cloud service platform.

 

In Essence

Establishment of reliable, efficient, secure and cost effective ICT infrastructure solution at the  Government Ministries for a better communication, information sharing, document management and email collaboration to deliver high quality services.

Strategic government institutions including Presidential Secretariat, The Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Enhancement of Telecentres/Nenasalas

Enhancement of Telecentres/Nenasalas

Since its implementation in year 2015, Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) has established 1005 Telecentres branded as ‘Nenasala’. According to a survey conducted by the ICTA, approximately 55% of the Nenasalas are currently operational and provide IT training and information services to their community. Based on the same survey, it has been identified the fact that Nenasalas are still serving as resource centers for the rural community and therefore it is vital to further support Nenasalas to deliver efficient and effective service to the community.

To further empower and strengthen the operational Nenasalas, ICTA will conduct a series of capacity building and skills development training programs for Nenasala operators.

objectives

•    To enhance the existing Tele-centres/Nenasalas and enable deliveries of enhanced services
•    Promote educational initiatives
•    Develop/design and implement enterprise version Telecentres/Nenasalas for high value services

In Essence

This program will create an empowered and capable Nenasala workforce that ensure successful management of the Nenasala centers. Further it will grant financial sustainability of the nenasala by  providing services to meet the needs of the community with the aim of providing better access to knowledge and business opportunities.

440 Nenansala Operators

Training Programs
To meet the objectives, ICTA will conduct two types of training programs to benefit Nenasala operators:
1.    Capacity, Skills & Entrepreneurship Development Training for Nenasala Operators
2.    Mobile Application Development Training Program for Nenasala Operators – 2016

Capacity, Skills & Entrepreneurship Development Training for Nenasala Operators
The ICTA has initiated to conduct Capacity, Skills and Entrepreneurship development training program for the Nenasala operators.
The objective of this assignment is to improve knowledge and skills on management, soft skills, entrepreneurship, personal computer hardware and networking of Nenasala operators to ensure better management of Nenasala centres. The knowledge and skills provided will ensure that the Nenasalas are financially sustainable and provide services that provides the community with better access to knowledge and business opportunities.
The training program is designed to train340 (three hundred and forty) Nenasala operators.
It will be delivered in two modules:
Module 1: Essential skills for better management of Nenasala centres and Technical skills training
•    Duration:  total 60 hours will be covered.
•    240 Nenasala Operators will be trained in the areas of 5S methodology, Book keeping, M&E, Marketing & Business Development, Soft Skills, Personal Computer Hardware and Local Area Networking.
Module 2: Entrepreneurship Development training
•    Duration:  total 16 hours will be covered.
•    100 Nenasala Operators will be trained.
Total Duration of the project is 5 months and this training program shall be complete by August 2017.

Mobile Application Development Training Program for Nenasala Operators

ICTA has initiated “Mobile Application Development Training Program” to provide essential knowledge and improve skills of Nenasala operators in the field of mobile technology. Mobile application development is a fast-growing industry and it is expected that this training module will help Nenasala operators to explore new business opportunities and enhance their knowledge on this subject.

The trainings and workshops were delivered to selected 100 Nenasala operators, from around the island.  The total number of participants was divided into 5 groups (with 20 per each batch).  The program conducted in both Sinhala and Tamil mediums was held as a 2 day residential training session

Cross Government Digital Document System

Cross Government Digital Document System

ICTA will implement the “Cross Government Digital Document Management System with the vision of “digitization of government services where they can play a vital role in transforming national infrastructure through innovative technologies, to kick start the economy and provide great customer experience”,.

The project
With this computer based document management system, ICTA will empower 80 organizations can digitize their documents and stored them in computer storage for the purpose of tracking and management. This will allow them to provide an efficient and effective public service to citizens.
The cross government digital document management system will also be integrated with the Lanka Government Network (link), which will enable the interconnected government organizations providing the opportunity to obtain and access government documents. Storage facility for the project will be provided through the Lanka Government Cloud (link).
During the first phase of the project, ICTA is looking forward to implement the system in 20 government organizations including, President’s Secretariat, Prime Minister’s office, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Department of Motor Traffic.

The problem that will be solved
It is a notable fact that the use of paper and documents is very high in the government sector. There are number of organizations that are battling with mountains of paper files which are stored in locked office rooms. This has created major issues to the respective government organizations, some of the challenges includes, decaying of important documents, lack of storage space, no mechanism to retrieve important documents in time and also the financial loss they have to endure as a result of allocating good office space as storage space for files and documents.
The benefits
This project will help the government to securely manage the ever-increasing paper documents.  Upon completion, government organizations will be able to digitize and securely store all their documents via the proposed government digital document management system. Further they will be able to search, retrieve and share any documents with the assurance that the security of the respective documents is ensured. With this project, the operational expenditure and processing time of the government service will be drastically reduced and it will guarantee the efficiency and effectiveness of the public services as well.
ICTA is look forward to complete and implement this project by the year 2018.

 

In Essence

“Increased Higher efficiency and productivity in the government
Eliminate unnecessary expenditure.
Elimination of misuse of government funds
Lower corruption in transactions due to availability of data electronically
A more satisfied citizen services by the government”

A total of 80 government organizations will be implemented with Cross Government Digital Document System. Project will be implemented in four phases. Phase 1 will cover 20  government organizations.

National Data Center

National Data Center

 

Why build a National Data Center (NDC)

As a requirement of the Government’s policy to make information resources widely available and accessible to all, it has become necessary to build a National Data Centre infrastructure to facilitate the consolidation and aggregation of all the Government’s key computing infrastructure in secure, highly available and resilient facilities.

About the NDC

The National Data Centre infrastructure will consist of a primary Data Centre and secondary data center, fully replicated facility in the information technology interior of the country. The proposed data center will be a Tier 3 Data Center that will cater to legacy bare metal caging, standard rack-space consolidation, and cloud services consolidation. The National Data Center (NDC) will consolidate all hardware and software resources in to a single location, with the aim of offering central hosting and managed services for all the institutions of the Government including cost effective software application solutions.

Benefits of NDC

NDC will enable access to the e-Government services reliably, efficiently and securely. ICTA will study and design the NDC by considering impact to environment, costs, suitable locations for primary Data Center and Secondary: disaster recovery center, implementation methodology, resource requirements, security, efficiency, reliability and overall architectural designs.

National Data Centre will be a priority as the electronic data requirement by Government organizations and Citizens will be high. The Data center will save costs towards decentralized operations in maintaining and purchasing hardware and software. Overall, the Government data will be located at a central location for consumption and analysis. Further, the NDC will lead the country towards digitized economy and improved levels of efficiency, while joining hands with the new and emerging world and preventing all forms of corruption and irregularities.

ICTA will support, operate, and maintain the NDC on behalf of all the Government and will provide all necessary supporting ICT services to all the ministries, departments and other government organizations and institutes. Therefore, all government organizations will be relieved of the burden of hosting their own applications and obtaining speedier and secure networking facilities which will allow them to increase productivity of their services to the citizens.

It is expected that this project set up will be completed in and implemented by 2019.

objectives

By establishing the Government Data centre it is proposed to reduce costs towards hardware and software resources and decentralized operations. The Government Data centre will consolidate all hardware and software resources in a single location and enable access to the services in reliable, efficient and secure managed by Government organizations to offer Citizen Services. Government Data centre will hold Government data of all the Government institutions and offer software application services.

 

In Essence

Improved efficiency, reduced costs in providing Government services efficiently, securely and reliably to the all the stakeholders of the Government.

All government ministries, departments and organizations

Sri Lankan Startups @ 4YFN / MWC 2016 in Barcelona, Spain

Mobile World Congress 2016, the largest mobile tech expo in the world was held from the 22nd to the 25th of February 2016 in Barcelona, Spain with the participation of over 100,000 attendees from 204 countries around the world. The attendees include the top C level personnel of all leading mobile organizations in the world, decision makers, consultants and all leading international media. A part of the Mobile World Congress, is the 4 Years From Now event which is a startup focused event that happens alongside MWC since 2014. This year the 4YFN was attended by 12,500 attendees including MWC attendees and had nearly 500 exhibiting startups all the way from the United States of America in the Western part of the world to Taiwan and South Korea in the Eastern part of the world.

Also, participating at 4YFN were 10 Sri Lankan startups facilitated by the Spiralation program of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka. Arimac Lanka, Enhanzer, ErbenLab, Evensel-IT, Kaawo, Katha, LiveRoom, PayMedia, PickFi and SquareMobile were selected by ICTA through an application and evaluation process to exhibit and participate in the event. Sri Lanka being an emerging startup ecosystem was exhibiting our talent among mature ecosystems such as Tel Aviv and Paris.

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Sri Lankan Startup Delegation at 4YFN | Pic via Spiralation Facebook Page

The startups were able to meet with potential clients, probable investors, future partners and also talk to people to validate their ideas and improve their offerings. Further, the participants were also able to take part in various workshops and listen to over 200 speakers talk on various startup related topics from starting up a business all the way upto how to exit.

A highlight this year was the selection of Kaawo as one of the 15 finalists of the 4YFN IBM Global Mobile Innovators Tournament. Kaawo tweaked their collaborative storytelling platform as a on demand internet radio service which saw them being one of the 5 finalist in the Smart Homes and Buildings category. A Sri Lankan startup being on a global startup competition stage alongside USA, Russia, Canada and Indonesia was a refreshing sight.

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The Kaawo team at 4YFN | Picture by Ahamed Nishadh

 

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The Kaawo team along with the other finalists of the Global Mobile Innovators Tournament | Picture by Ahamed Nishadh

 

Spiralation and the Sri Lankan delegation to 4YFN would also like to thank the Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Barcelona, Spain Mr. Augustin Llanas Armet for visiting the pavilion and meeting with the delegation as well as hosting everyone for dinner on the 25th of February in Barcelona.

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At the end of the 3 day event, the startups were able to meet a number of people that would help them grow their businesses in various way. Some startups have already forged partnerships and started discussions with potential clients before they returned to Sri Lanka after the mission.

The Spiralation Tech Startup Support Program by the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka provides various types of support for technology entrepreneurs and early stage technology related companies for developing their start-ups. The program includes but not limited to seed funding, trainings, networking sessions, business promotion opportunities locally and internationally, encouragement programs, hackathons, etc. The aim of Spiralation is to promote, encourage and support technology related entrepreneurship and innovation within Sri Lanka.

If you are a startup in Sri Lanka and would like to be notified about future opportunities available through Spiralation and ICTA, please visit www.spiralation.com and add your details to the Sri Lanka Startup Database. You can also join us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/spiralation to keep yourself updated on the latest in the Sri Lankan startup scene.

 

e-village

e-village

The e-Village concept initialized with a pilot project in a small village in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka – Mahavillachchiya. The village, with limited access to resources and few opportunities for its youth benefited greatly when ICT was introduced. Through dedicated teachers, individuals and organizations, the village youth were empowered with the knowledge and skills needed to access the means for a better quality life. An example of the impact the partners contribution and efforts have made on the village was secondary level students were commissioned to design websites and were earning more than their parents who are mostly farmers.

ICTA replicated this successful model in other villages across the country. Villages with limited resources and opportunities for their youth were identified, and provided with ICT facilities for e-learning, e-commerce, and other services. ICTA worked in collaboration with partners to bring in a greater resource pool of expertise and services, to develop the village and allowed for innovative social mobility amongst the members of the community.

objectives

The primary objective of the project was to demonstrate the effective contribution of an IT infrastructure in the accelerated socio-economic development. To provide increased opportunities for growth and a better quality of life for citizens in rural communities, particularly the youth, by using ICT as a tool and enabler for development.

Ketawala ICT& English Centre

An ICT & English Centre was established, as a result of the collaboration between the Information Communication Technology Agency (ICT Agency) of Sri Lanka, LearnAid and the KshasthriyaRajaputhraWeerasinghe Foundation (KRWF) of Mawathagama.

One of the responsibilities of ICT Agency was the implementation of the e-Sri Lanka Development Programme. The ICT & English Centre was a constituent element of the Ketawala e-village that established under this programme.

The objective of the project was to expand access to ICT, particularly by the youth in the rural community of Ketawala and its environs. It was also expected that there will be enhanced interaction between Tamil and Sinhalese communities living in the locality as the setting of the ICT Centre require the users to share the resources that was made available. Although the main beneficiaries of the ICT and English Language Centre were children studying at KetawalaVidyalaya, MuwankandaSaraswathi Hindu Vidyalaya, and Gonagaladeniya Primary School, school leaving youth as well as the parents of the children given access to the facilities.

The ICT & English Centre was built in a 20 perch block of land that has been donated to the project by the village temple. The site was located 6 Km from Mawathagama and was in close proximity to the Ketawala School.

The construction of the building was financed by LearnAid with private funds donated by Kuwaiti philanthropists. KRFW managed the project under the overall guidance and supervision of ICT Agency.

In Essence

  • Increased access to information and knowledge for children and adults
  • Increased awareness on the benefits of ICT and increased participation of villagers in ICT based activities such as e-commerce, e- learning etc.
  • Multi media library services to the community
  • Gradual dispersion of ICTs to neighbouring villages
  • Skilled trainers at village level

Empowered rural communities through access to information

Nenasala Project ( National Telecenter Project)

Nenasala Project ( National Telecenter Project)

The Nenasala Project is one of the projects implemented under the e-Sri Lanka Initiative. Formally known as the “Vishva Gnana Kendra Project (Nenasala)”, ICTA has incorporated it under the “Nenasala” label to introduce several models of the telecentres or knowledge centres to be established in all parts of Sri-Lanka to spread ICT services to the rural and semi-urban population.

The Project will aim to meet the infrastructure requirements in order to address the information and communication needs of rural areas in all parts of the country through the establishment of Nenasalas, and the provision of ICT based services.

As the diffusion and the use of ICTs in rural areas is limited, it is recognized that the most effective and efficient way to provide access to ICTs for rural areas will be through the establishment of Nenasalas. The main objectives of a Nenasala is to assist communities in:

  • Poverty reduction
  • Social and economic development
  • Peace building.

Since the inception of the project, a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation (M&E) approach is being implemented under the Nenasala project with the aim of measuring performance, learning lessons, and making required corrective actions.

Through building capacities and regular follow up activities, the collection of ongoing data at the Nenasala center level were promoted throughout the period. As a result, Nenasala log books were being maintained by the center operators for the purpose of maintaining the day to day administrative and usage data which will be useful for measuring the performance.

In addition, several periodic and independent evaluation surveys were also carried out under the ICTA central M&E unit, to assess the development outcomes and impacts of the Nenasala project. Furthermore, the Nenasala project management team, in collaboration with the M&E team, a regular field visits were also conducted to Nenasala center on random basis to ensure the quality of implementation.

The Nenasala Management team organize regular capacity building programmes for operators aiming to upgrade their day to day management skills as well as enabling them to improve the visibility of the Nenasala centers in the community. These programmes were systematically, monitored by the M&E team using different M&E tools

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In Essence

To improve and enhance the digital literacy among the grassroots.

There are 1005 Nenasalas being implemented island-wide.