Festival Latinoamericano de Instalación de Software Libre (FLISoL)

The biggest free software festival in Latinoamerica (FLISOL) will take place on the 9th of April

It aim is to promote the use of free software, explaining its philosophy, latest developments and support available.

For those ones who speak Spanish, there willl be an online streaming version. I will be presenting Sloodle at the Festival.
See more information at: http://flisol.info/ and for the virtual sessions: http://flisol.info/FLISOL2011/flisolvirtual

ESRC Doctoral studentships in Scotland

If anyone is thinking ahead to PhD, ESRC doctoral awards are now available in Education here at Edinburgh and across Scotland, via the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. See more at:


Deadline is 3 May. Anyone considering going on to PhD in this or later years should have a chat with one of the programme team about their ideas and plans.

FolioSpaces offer free eportolio spaces

Looking for a web platform for my final assignment for the IDEL course I have come accross FolioSpaces, which offers a free portfolio space in a Mahara platform.

I have use Mahara since its beginnings and helped to translate it into Spanish. I find it a very smart platform based on open source and supporting multiple pluggins, such as GoogleApps, Embebly, The Europass Portfolio, etc. It also supports the LEAP2 standards.

The cons are that in the free option of FolioSpaces there is some publicity added to the views.

Happy Norooz


Norooz (نوروز) marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Iranian year. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox (the start of spring in the northern hemisphere), which usually occurs either on March 20 on March 21. Norooz celebrated in many countries and regions such as Iran, Northern Iraq, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Albania, Georgia, the countries of Central Asia such as Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. it is also celebrated among various other Iranian and Turkic people in Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, India, Northwestern China, the Caucasus, the Crimea, and the Balkans.

Haft Sîn (Persian: هفت سین) or the seven ‘S’s is a major traditional table setting of Norooz, the traditional Iranian spring celebration.Today The haft sin table includes seven specific items starting with the letter ‘S’ or Sīn (س) in the Persian alphabet. The items symbolically correspond to seven creations and holy immortals called Amesha Sepanta protecting them. The seven elements of Life, namely Fire, Earth, Water, Air, Plants, Animals, and Human, are represented.