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Schedule: Emerging Topics sessions

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Location: Portland 252
Damian Conway (Thoughtstream)
Average rating: ****.
(4.77, 35 ratings)
The Vim editor incorporates a full programming language, with which you can reconfigure just about any aspect of its interface and functionality. This half-day tutorial explores the core syntax and semantics of that scripting language. If something about the way Vim works has annoyed or frustrated you, you'll leave this tutorial with the knowledge and understanding needed to fix it. Read more.
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Location: D136
Arch Robison (Intel), Robert Reed (Intel)
Average rating: **...
(2.93, 14 ratings)
This tutorial explains the complexities of concurrency and how open source tools can simplify threading for performance and scalability. Illustrative examples will show how to design once and reap the benefits in current and future hardware architectures. Read more.
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Location: E143/144
Joe Born (Neuros Technology Intl, LLC)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
Neuros, in partnership with Texas Instruments, has developed an open multimedia set-top box platform (and device) using contributions from many community projects. This tutorial will discuss the platform and give an introduction on the many ways you can participate in developing for this platform. Read more.
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Location: Portland 256
Francesco Cesarini (Erlang Solutions Ltd)
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 20 ratings)
This tutorial covers the basic, sequential, and concurrent aspects of the Erlang programming language. You will learn the basics of how to read, write, and structure Erlang programs. The target audience are software developers and engineers with an interest in server-side applications and massively concurrent systems. Read more.
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Location: D137
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Laika is an open source testing framework that is changing the certification process for electronic health records (EHR) in the U.S. Hear about EHR data standards, the testing process, how to test an EHR, how to get involved, and the impact of FOSS on Health IT. Read more.
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Location: Portland 252
Cliff Schmidt (Literacy Bridge), Danese Cooper (Open Source Hardware Association), Mark R. Shuttleworth (Canonical Ltd.), Derek Keats (The University of the Western Cape), Bobbi Kurshan (Curriki), David Wiley (Brigham Young University), Brian Behlendorf (CollabNet, Mozilla Foundation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 9 ratings)
In the wake of the "Cape Town Declaration," more and more open source people are thinking about applying open source principles to Education. This panel discussion will introduce exciting concepts and some of the thought leaders in the Open Educational Content movement. There will be opportunities to learn about getting involved. Come get inspired!! Read more.
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Location: Portland 255
Hyrum Wright (WANdisco, Inc.), Robert Grant (University of Texas at Austin)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
Hydra is a wireless multithop networking testbed, created completely from open source components. Designed to be modular and easily expandable, Hydra allows networking researchers and enthusiasts to implement by physical layer and MAC protocols quickly, and cheaply, and test them over real wireless channels. Read more.
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Location: E146
Average rating: ****.
(4.17, 12 ratings)
How do we make our web services scale in an era of decentralization, increased participation, real-time expectations, and polling-based architectures? Using Jabber/XMPP's PubSub extension and OAuth is one model. This talk covers examples including Flickr and Fire Eagle and how to build data services with XMPP PubSub. Read more.
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Location: D137
Derek Keats (The University of the Western Cape)
Free and Open Source software is often seen as a largely Western and predominantly male phenomenon. This talk explores experiences of FOSS development in an Africa-led project to build capacity, and extends our understanding of FOSS to other cultures and societies, and shows how collaboration around FOSS can foster innovation and contribute to development in Africa. Read more.
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Location: D139/140
Zak Greant (LexPublica)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 6 ratings)
Free Software and Open Source are understood to be reshaping technology. What is less understood is how critical FOSS is to the future of free societies. During this session, we'll examine the past, present and future of our freedoms, stopping along the way to visit ancient god-kings, hacker heretics, long-dead muftis, and our first computers. Read more.
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Location: E146
David Ascher (Mozilla Messaging), Dan Mosedale (Mozilla)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
An update on Mozilla's new efforts in messaging and email, including a status report on Thunderbird 3, the next generation of the email client built on the same platform as Firefox. Read more.
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Location: D137
Thomas McGonagle (Bentley College/CSC Inc. )
Average rating: *....
(1.00, 2 ratings)
In one year we have seen the release of the XO laptop, Asus's EEE PC, and Nokia's third generation Internet tablet. Open source software and wireless technology provide a tremendous opportunity for low cost Internet access infrastructure and end user access in Urban North America and Rural Africa. Research on this topic will be presented. Read more.
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Location: Portland 251
Chris DiBona (Google, Inc.), Leslie Hawthorn (Elasticsearch)
Average rating: ***..
(3.53, 19 ratings)
In this talk, DiBona and Hawthorn will review last year's open source activities from Google. This will feature an in-depth look at this year's Summer of Code, with over 1000 students taking part, and their high school program. Read more.
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Location: F150
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 8 ratings)
For the graphically minded members of the Linux community, this talk explains and demonstrates how high-quality animation can be achieved using purely open source tools. We'll explore different physical media and open source tools for generating individual images, then learn how to turn those images into one-of-a-kind, completely open animation. Read more.
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Location: Portland 255
Joe Brockmeier (Red Hat), Ross Turk (SourceForge, Inc.), Jono Bacon (Canonical Ltd), John Mark Walker (Gluster), Jeremy Hogan (Hyperic, Inc.) Moderated by: Joe Brockmeier
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 5 ratings)
Over the past ten years nothing has impacted business more than community. Whether through the openness of software development spurred by Linux or the dismantling of media empires through blogging, the rise of communities has been the driving force in how we work and live today. For open source developers, what has to happen to maintain and grow the communities they've built? Read more.
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Location: D138
Evan Prodromou (StatusNet Inc)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Identi.ca is an open source microblogging platform built to embrace open standards. It's a Twitter you can fix. Hear the story from its creator and find out how Identi.ca changed the microblogging game overnight. Read more.
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Location: Portland 255
Danese Cooper (Open Source Hardware Association), Rishab Aiyer Ghosh (UNU-MERIT), Harshad Gune (Symbiosis International University), Martin Michlmayr (Hewlett Packard), Nnenna Nwakanma (NNENNA.ORG), Bruno Souza (SouJava), Alolita Sharma (Wikimedia Foundation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 6 ratings)
It's been 10 years since the term open source was coined in the U.S., and in that time transparent commons-based software development has changed the face of the U.S. software industry. But what impact has open source had outside of the U.S.? This panel will introduce you to five people who report on the reach and impact of open source worldwide. Learn how we're changing the world!! Read more.
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Location: D138
J Aaron Farr (JadeTower)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 6 ratings)
Learn about open source efforts in China. Every culture and economy provides unique opportunities and challenges to open source software adoption and China is no exception. In this session we'll investigate what particular progress has been made, what difficulties remain, and what may lie ahead. A short overview of the China software industry will also be presented. Read more.
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Location: Portland 252
Dawn Foster (Puppet Labs), Danese Cooper (Open Source Hardware Association), Allison Randal (DrugDev, Inc.), Audrey Eschright (Elevated Code / Stumptown Syndicate), Sulamita Garcia (Intel), Nnenna Nwakanma (NNENNA.ORG), Stormy Peters (GNOME Foundation), Silona Bonewald (SLC), Erinn Clark (.), Zaheda Bhorat (Open Source/Standards)
Given the open source movement, the popularity of social networks, and new tools for collaboration, more people are looking for ways to build community. The Art of Community came about because we wanted to write a book about community using a wiki so that a community could grow around the book. A different author leads each chapter, and you will hear from many of them during these lightning talks. Read more.
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Location: Portland 255
Average rating: ****.
(4.79, 14 ratings)
Before open source, software was technology. Open source changed that. Now, software is a liberal art. That's the real revolution. A talk on the place of open source software in the 2500 year history of the liberal arts. Read more.
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Location: D138
James Stanger (VCampus Corporation )
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
Although many universities support open source projects, few actually teach them as primary business and IT tools. Why? This report discusses why schools from Beijing to Glasgow still consider open source a (lesser) alternative. We'll also consider steps the open source community can take to convert universities—the primary recruiting ground for web and software developers—to open source. Read more.
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Location: Portland 255
Jamie Taylor (Metaweb), Colin Evans (Metaweb), Toby Segaran (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 11 ratings)
Wikipedia is a significant source of raw material for the machine learning and knowledge extraction community, but working with Wikipedia's export and markup structures is a cumbersome task everyone who wants to work with this data must endure. This session introduces the open data community to WEX, a pre-parsed, annotated, relational data set that facilitates easy-access to Wikipedia data. Read more.
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Location: D138
Van Lindberg (Haynes and Boone)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
New open source projects are starting each day. Maybe your code will redefine computing—if you can avoid a few simple mistakes that would keep your project on the sidelines. This session will cover ten simple things that you should do every time you start a new open source project and help you avoid a mountain of trouble later. Read more.
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Location: E146
Michael Voss (Intel)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
Learn about new features in Intel® Threading Building Blocks (Intel® TBB), an open-source C++ library that simplifies parallel programming for multi-core. Read more.
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Location: F150
Nathan Yergler (Creative Commons), Asheesh Laroia (Creative Commons)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
liblicense provides a small, lightweight library for implementing the Creative Commons Rights Expression Language (ccREL) in applications. This talk will provide an overview of ccREL, liblicense, and how it is being used to integrate with Ubuntu applications. Embedded license metadata support for applications such as Eye of Gnome and Rhythmbox will be demonstrated, with source code. Read more.
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Location: D137
Vik Olliver (The RepRap Project)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
The RepRap Project has developed an open source design for a 3D fabricator that can print all its own custom components as well as utilitarian objects. It is cross-platform and uses a completely open source toolchain. It wants to evolve into an even more useful device, but needs to acquire a vital component -- you. Read more.
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Location: E146
Randall Farmer (We Also Walk Dogs)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
Whether you agree with MoveOn.org's politics or not, they've clearly been a force in internet democracy, with over 3 million members, tens of millions of dollars raised, and over 7 million phone calls made in get-out-the-vote operations. This talk examines how they do it, with a focus on web application design and the special needs of political organizations. Read more.
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Location: E145
Bryan O'Sullivan (Serpentine Green Design)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
The Haskell programming language has grown rapidly in popularity over the last several years. In this tour, we'll introduce you to some of its most seductive aspects: expressiveness, elegance, and versatility. Just as vital is the community around the language: we'll show you the mix of people and ideas that make Haskell uniquely appealing. Read more.
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Location: D136
Tomas Frydrych (Openedhand Ltd), Paul Cooper (Intel)
Average rating: ****.
(4.71, 7 ratings)
Clutter is an OpenGL-based toolkit by OpenedHand that facilitates the creation of visually rich, dynamic user interfaces. Its simple and clear API, tailored toward minimal effort manipulation of 2D objects in 3D space and time, allows the application designer to concentrate on the UI. Want to see iPhone-like interfaces done with a few lines of code using Free Software? This is the talk to be at! Read more.
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Location: E145
Curt Tilmes (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 6 ratings)
This presentation will discuss science data processing of Earth climate data from two projects at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and the evolution from large scale proprietary Unix platforms and traditional commercial databases to open source solutions based on Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL, and Perl. Read more.
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Location: D137
Tom Anderson (Agilent Technologies)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Satisfy your urge to create a clever new gadget or circuit! Use open source CAD tools to reduce the cost of creating open source hardware. See working examples of open source hardware, and understand how it is designed, simulated, fabricated, and distributed. Learn how to solve the challenges of low-volume manufacturing and distribution. Satisfy niche markets with your own invention. Read more.
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Location: Portland 251
Brian Aker (MySQL), Rob Lanphier (Wikimedia Foundation), Stephen O'Grady (Redmonk), Theodore Ts'o (Linux Foundation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
Are software projects dominated by a single company still open source, or is an OSI-approved license good enough? Does a project need to be "organic" to be truly open source? What does "organic" even mean in this context? Panelists with a range of viewpoints will discuss these topics. Read more.
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Location: Portland 252
Keith Beattie (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Dave Glowacki (UW-Madison), John Jacobsen (NPX Designs, Inc.)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 5 ratings)
The developers of the data acquisition component of the IceCube project present how they are using open source software to collect data from the world's largest neutrino detector buried across 1 cubic kilometer, 2 kilometers down, in the ice under the South Pole. The astrophysical importance of the project and the experience of traveling to and living at the South Pole will also be discussed. Read more.
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Location: Portland 255
Benjamin Mako Hill (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
This talk will present work on RubyVote and Selectricity -- voting technology designed for quotidian elections. It will describe why focusing on everything but government- and state-based elections may be the open voting technology community's best tactic and and why free software and open source tools are an essential piece of that puzzle. Read more.
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Location: D136
Louis Suarez-Potts (Oracle / OpenOffice.org)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
I examine the debate concerning the ISO office suite formats, the OpenDocument and yet-to-be-published Office Open XML, and the more general politics of free and open source software now that it has become a significant player on the desktop and the focus of government attention worldwide. Read more.
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