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Chisimba by Mind Map: Chisimba
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added some stuff to the scalability node

African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources (AVOIR)

Purpose, Capacity building in Software Engineering, in Africa, Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), Develop sustainable ecosystem supporting developement, deployment and support of FOSS products, Africa-led

Network members, Africa, South Africa, The University of the Western Cape, Senegal, The University of Chiek Anta Diop de Dakar, Nigeria, The University of Jos, Ghana, The University of Ghana Legon, Rwanda, The National University of Rwanda, Uganda, Makerere University, Uganda Martyrs University, Kenya, The University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Tanzania, The University of Dar es Salaam, Mozambique, The University of Eduardo Modlane, The Catholic University of Mozambique (Pemba), US partners, Washington State University, Other partners, Afghanistan, Kabul University, Kabul Medical University, Collaborative projects

Funding partners, Canada, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), USA, US Agency for International Development (USAID), Private sector, Sun Microsystems

Free Software Innovation Unit at the University of the Western Cape (UWC)


Content Tools

Content Management System

Wiki, Use Wiki content in any other content tool and manage it from the Wiki, e.g. Bliki, Using filters

Presentation sharing

Filters, Content mashup, Types, Internal content, Math ML, Freemind mindmaps, Wiki, External content, Mind maps, Mindmeister, Images, Flickr, Social bookmarking,, Feeds, RSS, Advertising, Google Adsense, Google Map, Wikipedia, Video, Youtube, MySpace, Google Video, Any FLV video, Audio, Any online audio

Communication Tools

Asynchronous, Internal Email, Blog, Discussion Forum

Synchronous, Chat, Instant Messaging, Realtime meeting rooms, Voice, Video, Whiteboard, Back-channel Chat, Presentation

E-Learning tools

See also Content and Communication Tools

Course designer

Course content

Problem Based Learning

Assessment, Multiple Choice Quiz, Online Worksheets, Assignment management, Essay management, Rubrics


Create an Africa-led project to facilitate capacity building in Software Engineering

Create world-class, Web 2.0 enabled software and services in the process of capacity building

Build a sustainable ecosystem for the development, deployment and support of FOSS applications based primarily around Chisimba in Africa and around the world

Create the building blocks for solid and robust web and distributed applications for E-Learning, enterprise applications, and build the capacity to deploy and support them


Obtain Chisimba via the AVOIR website



Application Architecture

Model-View-Controller architectural pattern

Modular impementation

Front controller

Bridge to other applications

Package Management

Manage installations in a web browser Graphical User Interface

Online package installation and updates via our package management server, Download and install entire system types with a single click, examples, KEWL 3.0 E-learning system, Blogging system, Content management system, Download and install modules with their dependencies via a single click, Carry out dynamic upgrades to modules as they become available on the package server, Provide the easiest management of your packages you will find in any system, Concept similar to Debian package management


Built-in support for memcached, allows for infinite scalability, Object level caching for maximum scalability, Support for multiple MemcacheD instances

Support for database clustering

Support for load balancing via round-robin DNS

Internal Caching via APC, Core module code, Frequently accessed data

LVS - Linux Virtual Server clustering