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Open Source Requirements Elicitation Workshop – London 08/01/09 3

The Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) will be holding a one day workshop on Open Source Requirements Elicitation from 1030 on Thursday 8th January 2009 at the BCS Central London Offices, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA.

Papers and posters for presentation are being sought along with a call for those just wishing to attend and participate. It is envisaged that the workshop will consider:

(1) What is the state of the art in Requirements Elicitation for Open Source Software?

(2) How Open Source methodology might best be used in Requirements Elicitation generally?

Those currently presenting papers at the workshop include:

Ian Alexander, Scenario Plus http://www.scenarioplus.org.uk and Chair of the BCS Requirements Engineering Specialist Group (RESG) whose forthcoming book ‘Discovering Requirements’ is soon to be published by Wiley in February 2009.

Mark Elkins, Chair and Treasurer of OSSG who is currently undertaking research at Solent University involving requirements elicitation.

There will also be presentations by:

Conrad Taylor, Chair of the Electronic Publishing Specialist Group (EPSG) and Kemi Adeboye, Southbank University – Usability is a Requirement – how easy is it to achieve in Open Source projects?

Cornelia Boldyreff, Professor of Software Engineering, University of Lincoln – OSS Software Engineering meets Social Networking: Building Communities. This will include detail of some of the work being carried out by the Centre for Research in Open Source Software (CROSS) at Lincoln.

For further information please contact Mark Elkins at mark_elkins@bcs.org

There will be no fee to participate in this event and a free buffet and refreshments will be available during the day.


3rd International Workshop on Foundations and Techniques for Open Source Software Certification

Over the past decade, the Open Source Software (OSS) phenomenon has had a global
impact on the way software systems and and software-based services are developed,
distributed and deployed. Widely acknowledged benefits of OSS include reliability,
low development and maintenance costs, as well as rapid code turnover. Linux distributions,
Apache and MySQL serve, among many other examples, as a testimony
to its success and resilience.

However, state-of-the-art OSS, by the very nature of its open, unconventional, distributed
development model, make software quality assessment, let alone full certification,
particularly hard to achieve and raises important challenges both from the
technical/methodological and the managerial points of view.

This makes the use of OSS, and, in particular, its integration within complex
industrial-strength applications, with stringent security requirements, a risk. And,
simultaneously an opportunity and a challenge for rigourous, mathematically based,
methods in software analysis and engineering.

In such a context, the aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from
academia and industry who are broadly interested in the quality assessment of open
source software projects, ultimately leading to the establishment of coherent certification
processes, at different levels.

Following the success of the two previous editions (collocated to ETAPS’07, in
Braga, and OSS’08, at IFIP WCC, in Milan, respectively), the workshop will focus
on formal methods and model-based techniques that appear promising to facilitate
OSS certification. Both foundational, methodological and pragmatic issues will be
addressed, through both standard technical communications and reports on concrete
case-studies and experimental data.

Contributions are expected to foster a broad debate on OSS assessment and certification,
integrating techniques and elements from areas as different as

  • product and process certification
  • certification standards
  • formal modelling and verification (model checking and theorem proving)
  • software quality and reverse engineering
  • static analysis, testing and inspection
  • safety and security certification
  • language design and evolving systems
Workshop format and certification
The one-day workshop will feature invited talks, a pannel discussion and contributed
paper presentations. All contibutions, in the form of either full technical papers
or short position papers, will undergo a peer-review process. All papers should be
written in English and not exceed 10 pages.
Publication
Accepted papers will be published in Electronic Communications of the EASST. Publication of selected papers in a journal is currently under negotiation.
Important dates
Submission deadline: 9 January, 2009
Acceptance notification: 6 February, 2009
Where and when
York, UK – 28 March 2009 –
Satellite Event of ETAPS 2009
See also
http://opencert.iist.unu.edu/ for further details, including organising committee, review panel and all updated information

UKUUG Perl Tutorials – London 25/02/09 to 26/02/09

UKUUG (in conjunction with O’Reilly) presents:

Introduction to Perl – 25th February 2009

Advanced Perl Techniques – 26th February 2009

Tutor: Dave Cross

(Venue:  Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London WC1B 5BB)


Day 1: Introduction to Perl – 25th February:

This one-day course is an introduction to Perl for complete beginners. No
knowledge of Perl is assumed, although attendees will have a slight advantage
if they have some knowledge of at least one other programming language. At
the end of the course, attendees will have enough knowledge to write a number
of useful Perl programs, together with details of where to go for more
information.

Day 2: Advanced Perl Techniques – 26th February:

Perl has come a long way since the “scripting language” which powered most of
the world wide web in the 1990s. There are many ways to build applications in
Perl. In this course we will look at some powerful techniques which are used
by the best Perl programmers in the world. This one-day course is aimed at
programmers who have been using Perl for some time but who may not be
completely up to date with the latest Perl techniques. At the end of the
course attendees will have a number of modern Perl programming techniques to
their programming toolkit.

Each day starts at 09:30 – ends approx. 17:00 each day

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