Open Systems for Government Projects – Bournemouth 22/01/08

BCS Dorset are holding an event on Open Systems for Government Projects on Tuesday 22nd January 2008 at Bournemouth University, which looks likely to include a fair amount of open source content.  Hope to see you there! Mark Elkins, Treasurer OSSG.


Defence software systems have traditionally been proprietary, closed systems. However, the government is increasingly keen to utilise open systems as a means to reduce vendor lock-in and improve reusability. This talk will take a broad look at open systems for government projects, including the forces that are driving the move to open systems, comparing open system and open source routes to meet the customer’s objectives, the characteristics that make a system open, and how to achieve those characteristics in practice. Examples are drawn from recent experience within BAE Systems.


Peter Hammond started out as a materials scientist, before changing career direction and joining BAE Systems in the late 1990s. Since then he has worked on a number of defence related systems, large and small, with particular interests in component architectures, real-time systems, and agile methods.


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


The lecture theatres are near Poole House — a six storey building containing main reception. Walk past the bookshop, students union shop on the left and Barclays bank on the right. Through the doors and down the steps. The lecture theatres are on the left. There are signs to the lecture theatre, and also ‘BCS meeting this way’ signs.


7.00 for 7.30 p.m. start

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