Dear AFRIK-IT Listers!!!
Insect@thon is on! On 14 and 15 August, 15 school teams from 11 regions
in Namibia will participate in a globally unprecendented event at the NIIT
Training Centre in WIndhoek.
The target of the Insect@thon is to computerize *70,000* hand-written insect
catalogue records (comprising 11 data-fields) in *two* days (14-15 August),
employing 15 school teams of 6 students each, 28 PCs, two Macs, and some
innovative database capture screens developed by us using FileMaker Pro.
Please note that *ten* of these school teams have not had *ANY* previous
The Insect@thon event is almost entirely sponsored by the local corporate
community (40 local corporate sponsors to date), with exception of firstworld
school software subsidy and airtickets for the winning Insect@thon team to
visit Sweden in April next year to computerize hand-written Namibian insect
records at some key museums in Stockholm and Lund:-).
Subsequent school involvement by way of the internet, e.g., adding more
biodiversity records to our webtop databases, or creating
biodiversity/environment-oriented web pages will be rewarded with credit
points - points which will allow the schools to obtain additional
equipment, software, internet subscriptions, payment of telephone bills,
etc. We expect that this incentive should provide continuity to the
We have sourced *appropriate software* - NewDeal software - which will
work very elegantly on older, non-Y2K compliant computers. Corporate
capital equipment write-off schemes will effectively provide a continuous
stream of computers and peripheral equipment in the years to come,
including Y2K compliant gear within the next 6 - 12 months:-).
If you would like more background on the Insect@thon and our museum's
searchable webtop databases, please take a look at
The event can be seen live from Saturday morning (08h00 local time GMT +
1hr) onwards by way of a web camera courtesy of the PC Centre at
Please join us at the eye of the storm!:-)
Joris @ Insect@thon