[Telecentres] Telecenter Statistics

Osama Manzar osama_manzar at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 22 19:57:05 BST 2004

Barbara's intervention is good to be added to the proposed exercise of
data collection. If the collection of data happens, it is always good to
incorporate more fields than just finding the number of telecenters in
each country and region...

May be Matyas can help us make a table with necessary fields which can
be shared here to be adopted by all of us to collect the data on numbers
of telecenters as well as other information.

Best regards,

Digital Empowerment Foundation

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:telecentres-bounces at wsis-cs.org] On Behalf Of Barbara Fillip
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2004 6:37 PM
To: telecentres at wsis-cs.org
Subject: [Telecentres] Telecenter Statistics

Hello everyone,

I am not opposed to the idea of collecting information about telecenters
worldwide to get an idea of how many there are, but I would recommend
having a clearly articulated rationale for doing so as well as a clear
idea of the costs involved in trying to keep track of that number over

Why do we need to know the number of telecenters?  What is the
information that we really need most?  The total number, the number and
location in each country?   As with any data collection effort, it can
become quite overwhelming, so I would strongly recommend a strategy that
focuses on real needs.  How is that data going to be useful?

Do telecenters need to know where other telecenters are so that they can
more easily work together?  That assumes that they are not competing. 

Would some of this data be useful to help donors identify geographic
areas that are not covered by telecenters or similar public access
points and where they could develop a coordinated strategy?  Am I just
dreaming of donor coordination based on good global data about
telecenters or is it realistic?

Just questions!

Barbara Fillip, Ph.D.
Information and Dissemination Coordinator
DOT-COM Alliance
(202) 884-8003
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