Communication Platforms

Collaborative platforms in the cloud are essential enablers for a global opens source community. There are a plethora of providers for different solution available, each having their own advantages and challenges. Unlike Opens Source Software, which can be copied and installed locally for free, the use of those platforms are very often not for free as the provider has high investments in hardware infrastructure and internet bandwidth. The decision in favour of a certain platform for the openIMIS Initiative is guided by a few simple questions:

  • Does the platform provide the needed functionality?

  • Does the platform provide a sustainable future for the initiative, should there be no donor funds available?

  • Will the platform integrate into the existing landscape or will it create administrative overhead?

Currently the following platforms are in use:

Function

Product

Platform

Costing Model

Status

Function

Product

Platform

Costing Model

Status

Issue Queue

Jira

Atlassian

Free OS Scheme

in use

Wiki

Confluence

Atlassian

Free OS Scheme

in use

Source Code Repository

git

GitHub

Free OS Scheme

in use

Documentation Repository

git

GitHub

Free OS Scheme

in use

Dokumentation Server

readthedocs

readthedocs.org

Free OS Scheme

in use

Virtual Conferencing

JITSI

jitsi.org

Free

in use

Virtual Conferencing

Skype classic

Microsoft

Free

fall back

Virtual Conferencing

Skype for Business

Microsoft

GIZ corporate licence

GIZ internal

Virtual Conferencing

Teams

Microsoft

GIZ corporate licence

GIZ internal

Forum

Groups

Google

Free

in use

Shared Folders

Drive

Google

Free

in use

Forum

slack

slack

unknown

rejected

Web Server (demo server)



Hetzner

paid service

in use

Social Media

Twitter

twitter.com

free

in use

Social Media

youtube

Google

free

in use

Web Server (web site)



godaddy

paid service

in use

Translation Management

localize

lokalise.com

Free OS Scheme

in use

Instant communication + Virtual Conferenting

Discord

https://discord.com/

free (with possible paid version)

in test (https://discord.gg/XZB2ygTa7P )