Open Source Software Quality in Practice – Southampton, 27th October 2005


The British Computer Society (BCS) Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) proudly announces a meeting on Open Source Software Quality in Practice to be held on 27th October 2005 from 6pm to 9pm at Southampton Solent University formerly Southampton Institute, HC024, Herbert Collins Building, East Park Terrace, Southampton SO14 OYN (7 minutes walk from Southampton Central Railway Station). A buffet and refreshments will be available during the evening in HC019. The main speakers will be Mark Taylor, Executive Director of the Open Source Consortium, which is currently at the centre of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) sponsored Open Source Academy; and Dr Graham Oakes, a Systems Engineer with over 20 years worldwide private and public sector experience. Professor Margaret Ross will say a few introductory words on behalf of BCS Hants Branch and the Quality Specialist Group whose support at this event includes a free prize draw available to all those attending to win a free book. There will also be free demonstrations available of VMware running on Southampton Solent University PC’s, which allows multiple operating systems including Linux and Windows to run simultaneously on the same PC. This is in fact the first OSSG event to be supported by a BCS Branch and/or another Specialist Group and also the first of many planned events to be held outside London since the inauguration of OSSG earlier this year.

Mark Taylor is the founder and Executive Director of the Open Source Consortium (OSC), which has a membership of more than 80 of the leading Open Source businesses in the UK.

The OSC has a dual purpose: (1) To do business with the UK Government and Public Sector; and (2) To act as the two way communication vehicle between Government and the Open Source community and emerging Industry.

The OSC is currently at the centre of the ODPM sponsored Open Source Academy. More details about the OSC can be found at http://www.opensourceconsortium.org.

Dr Graham Oakes set up his own independent consultancy, Graham Oakes Ltd, in 2003 to help organisations use technology to achieve their business goals. Contact details for Graham can be found at http://www.grahamoakes.co.uk. Prior to going independent, he was Director of Technology at Sapient Ltd, where he set up and managed project review processes for the fixed-price/fixed-time projects Sapient delivered to clients such as BP, Hilton International, Vodafone and the Office of the eEnvoy.

Prior to working for Sapient, he set up and managed the project review process for Sony/Psygnosis’ portfolio of 60 development projects, with an annual budget of £50m. His client list includes Amnesty International, Cisco Worldwide Education, The Open University, Oxfam, Intermediate Technology Development Group, MessageLabs, and Sapient Ltd.

A signed certificate awarding BCS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Points for attending this event will be made available at the venue.

For more information about this event please contact Mark Elkins via email address mark_elkins@bcs.org or phone 023 80 319560.