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Offer: INDIA: Global Info Engagement Program looking for partners

Sounds like a great partnership opportunity for our sisters in India whose organizations could use some support with data, tech and content management.

The University of Michigan School of Information is seeking partners in India for its 2014 Global Information Engagement Program (GIEP). This program is an innovative approach to learning, which partners organizations in India in an international setting with carefully selected student teams from the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI). The goal of the project is to create novel projects that deal with information problems that have broader applicability across other domains.

WHO: Teams of 2-4 UMSI graduate students will apply through a competitive process to work on the defined problems. Each group will have a faculty mentor at UMSI and a point person in the partner organization in India supervising the progress on the project.

WHAT: Student teams bring with them highly developed skills in needs assessment, application development, product design, and a deep understanding of information management. We seek projects in:

development of mobile applications
development of web-based services or repositories
development of internal library systems
research and analysis on information policy topics
digital design projects

WHEN: Winter and Summer 2014 (January - May remote consultation, May - July on-site)

HOW: Partner organizations submit projects related to the areas that are being studied at UMSI. These projects are technology or information management-related problems, that if solved contribute to the better functioning of both the organization itself, but also has broader applicability across society. Organizations are matched with a student team that has been selected based on interest, skill, and fit.

COST: GIEP is free for participating partners. All students’ expenses including travel and stay in India are fully funded through school resources.

COMMITMENT: In order to be matched with a team of students, participating organizations must be able to provide the following:
*A well developed project proposal that clearly highlights an information challenge
*A committed project lead on the organization who will work with students and provide resources and information to ensure project success
*Remote consultation to develop the project from January to May, prior to students’ field engagement in Summer 2014
*Work space for the students during their time in India

GIEP is a five-year project, starting in 2013/2014 with the India Initiative. As an outcome of this program, students will learn first-hand how to become agents of change in the global information economy.

To be submit a project idea, please fill out the following form BY SEPTEMBER 15:

For further questions, please contact the UMSI GIEP team at

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