Archive for April, 2011

Open Source and the UK: Liam Maxwell – London 12/05/11

Thu, Apr 14th 2011 13:02 Posted by markelkins

Liam Maxwell, Councillor and lead member for policy and performance at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, will give a talk for the Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) about Open Source and the UK at the BCS Central London Offices, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA (http://www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/london-office-guide.pdf)) on Thursday 12th May 2011, from 1800 to 2100.

This bookable event is free and open to all with buffet and refreshments. To book a place to attend please contact Mark Elkins via mark_elkins@bcs.org

Liam Maxwell is a Councillor and the Lead Member for Policy and Performance at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, where his brief includes Information Technology.

His background is as an IT Director in Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 business service companies. He is the author of Better for Less (2010) It’s ours, why we, not government, must own our data (2009) and How the Internet took Obama back to the 1950s (2008). He is the co-author, with Mark Thompson, of Open Source, Open Standards: Reforming IT procurement in Government, a report for the Conservative Party, 2008.

Open Source knowledge/skills gaps across HM Government – Part 1: Business Intelligence Software – London 21/04/11

Sat, Mar 12th 2011 21:37 Posted by markelkins

This is the 1st of several planned events being hosted by the Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) and the Young Professionals Group (YPG) that considers Open Source knowledge/skills gaps across HM Government with a Panel of Open Source Software suppliers. Part 1: Business Intelligence Software will be held at the BCS Central London Offices, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA (http://www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/london-office-guide.pdf) on Thursday 21st April 2011, from 1800 to 2100 hours.

This bookable event is free and open to all with buffet and refreshments. To book a place to attend please contact Mark Elkins via mark_elkins@bcs.org

Panel

Chair Mark Elkins, OSSG

Ben Bryant of Voodoo-IS – a Pentaho Partner

Bryan Drexler  of Jaspersoft

Martin James of Talend

James Noble of Mazepoint – a Jedox Palo Partner

Malcolm Newbury of Guildfoss will give an overview of the Debate questions (set out below) to be considered by a Panel of Open Source Software suppliers and the assembled audience.

Debates

1. What Business Intelligence (BI) Software is HMG using at the moment (to the best knowledge of the panel and audience) and what Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) could it be using for BI? Are they better than non FOSS and can they do more for less? What are the costs? Reliability? Security?

2. What training/skills are required by HMG to use the FOSS BI versions? Are there enough people out there with the skills? Are Graduates equipped with the right training?

3. What would be the ideal way of implementing FOSS BI across HMG? For example through external Systems Integrators or direct use of HMG staff?

4. What specific barriers might exist in HMG to the adoption of FOSS BI?

Med-e-Tel FLOSS in health care Conference – Luxembourg 06/04/11 to 08/04/11

Wed, Sep 29th 2010 15:40 Posted by markelkins

Benefits of Free/Libre Open Source Software
in Health Care (FLOSS-HC)

Special track on FLOSS-HC projects and initiatives at Med-e-Tel 2011

Next years Med-e-Tel are organizing the 2nd FLOSS in health care track
Please feel free to have a look at last years program. Most of the presentations are also available online at MedFLOSS.org

Call for participation

After the success of its first edition at Med-e-Tel 2010 (23 speakers, 1 keynote presentation, 1 panel discussion), the Free/Libre Open Source Software in Health Care (FLOSS-HC) track 2011 aims to create the leading European summit bringing together FLOSS-HC developers, service providers and users from all over the world to cross-fertilize Open technological, business and social initiatives to shape the future of open health care systems.

Co-organized by the European Federation for Medical Informatics Free/Libre Open Source Working Group (EFMI LIFOSS WG), the International Medical Informatics Association Open Source Working Group (IMIA OS WG) and the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH), it offers a new platform for collaboration establishment, experience exchange and a unique opportunity to foster prospective thinking towards open, collaboratively developed systems in health care.

Submissions from all areas of health care are welcome that deal with free/libre open source software. Topics of interest for this track cover various aspects of FLOSS in health informatics, including but not limited to:

  • collaborative care across the Internet
  • interoperability between different FLOSS-HC systems
  • free access to shared medical knowledge and Evidence Based Medicine (EBM)
  • second opinion and support for training
  • software solutions for low resource settings
  • FLOSS-HC as a strategy for software development supported by welfare organizations
  • systems for public health
  • cross-fertilization with the Humanitarian FOSS (H-FOSS) community
  • analysis of cultural differences which could require adapted software solutions
  • reuse of modular software components
  • FLOSS-HC in education

We also want to especially encourage open source software companies to provide some insights in their open source based business model, offered services and products. Potential subjects could be:

  • successful business models for FLOSS in health care
  • certification process: fulfillment of legal requirements as service
  • successful co-existance of a community maintained main-project and a vendor extended sub-project
  • license considerations: which license to choose to allow also commercial reuse in own products
  • success stories: transformation from an originally closed to an open source development approach
  • user acceptance: has “open source” already become a marketing argument?

Submission

Four types of submissions are welcome:
1. Paper
2. Poster
3. Software demos
4. Position paper

Authors that would like to submit a paper or poster should use the online abstract submission form and provide the keyword “FLOSS-HC” in their list of keywords.

For software demo and position paper submissions, authors should send their abstract (max. 1 page) to the FLOSS-HC track chair, Thomas Karopka, at tkaropka@googlemail.com.

Deadline for papers and posters: 10 December 2010
Deadline for demos and position papers: 14 January 2011

Registration

Click here to register for the Med-e-Tel conference (incl. access to the FLOSS-HC track).

Venue

Luxexpo
10 circuit de la Foire Internationale
1347 Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Click here for a local area map.

Hotels

For hotel information and reservation form, click here.

Questions, suggestions and expressions of interest to participate are welcome at:

tkaropka@googlemail.com
info@medetel.eu

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