Daily archives: May 15, 2008

UKUUG – Open Tech 2008 – London 05/07/08

Open Tech 2008, from UKUUG and friends, is an informal one-day conference about technology, society and low-carbon living, featuring Open Source ways of working and technologies that anyone can have a go at.

You can pre-register your ticket now at www.ukuug.org/events/opentech2008/registration to allow you to jump the queue and pay your fiver on the door. The last two times we did this, we sold out in advance, so you are strongly advised to pre-register.

With 3 concurrent sessions, The line-up features:
* Open Rights Group – 2 years, 344 days on
* mySociety – WhatDoTheyKnow.com launch, and other goodies
* Overthrowing Government on a Budget, Keeping Track of
the CIA’s Rendition Flights, Tracking Arms Dealers
with Python and Bits of String
* Ben Laurie and friends on network security
* Danny O’Brien’s Living on the Edge
* AMEE, and Open Source Solar Heating
* Saving money and reducing carbon through Green IT
* Getting people involved with online media

Totalling 60 talks across 3 sessions covering 9 hours, there’s plenty in the programme for everyone including Rembrandt, Pr0n and Robot Monkeys, and all that’s just in one session!

Venue: ULU, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY

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Using Moodle tutorial (Organised by UKUUG & O’Reilly) – London 30/06/08

The Using Moodle tutorial will cover how to:

  • Create a course in Moodle and add content, such as worksheets or links to websites
  • Use forums, chats and messaging for communication and collaboration
  • Set up assessment activities, with the option of students receiving instant feedback
  • Manage students and monitor their participation
  • Give students additional roles, such as forum moderator or, if necessary to restrict access

There will be opportunities throughout the tutorial for delegates to ask questions, and you’ll need to pay attention as questions may be asked too!

Delegates will be given a copy of the book “Using Moodle” plus supplementary materials describing how to make use of Moodle’s roles and permissions system.

Tutor Biography: Helen Foster is a Moodle administrator for the site with the most users (over 400,000 with more than 500 new users daily) – moodle.org – and is a facilitator for the Using Moodle course, which provides free 24-hour support for Moodle users worldwide. Helen now works full-time for Moodle as the Community Manager.


Please note places are limited and early booking is essential. Early bird booking deadline is 13th June, final booking deadline is 24th June 2008

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

For further information please visit: http://www.ukuug.org/events/moodle/

Open source in the mainstream: legal implications – London 03/06/08

Competitive pressures in software-enabled industries and the need to get new products to market ever more quickly mean that corporate use of Open Source Software is now the norm. Open Source is a boon to the CIO, but what are the legal risks? What’s the proportionate response for internal procedures and for dealing with suppliers and distribution? Richard Kemp and Mark Henley, two of the UK’s leading experts on Open Source legal issues, offer practical guidance on how best to maximise the benefit and minimise the risks of using Open Source Software.


  • Positioning the issues;
  • Current legal issues;
  • Source code auditing in practice;
  • Case study; and
  • Discussion, case study answers, Q&A

18.00-18.30: coffee/tea and registration
18.30-20.00: speaker presentations, case study and Q&A
20.00-21.00: networking and light refreshments

Speaker profiles:

Richard Kemp, Kemp Little LLP: Richard is senior partner at Kemp Little and one of the UK’s top technology and communications lawyers. He has a particular reputation for developing commercial and innovative legal solutions to the business challenges of technology development, application, implementation and regulation.

Mark Henley, Kemp Little LLP: Mark is a technology lawyer in Kemp Little’s Commercial Practice. He has worked on a wide range of ICT projects in both the private and public sectors, from some of the world’s largest PFI and PPP procurements to Internet start-ups. Mark regularly lectures and writes about the legal issues associated with OSS and has advised on a wide range of related matters – from analysing the use of GNU/Linux in embedded systems to assessing investment opportunities in businesses dependent on OSS.

Speaker: Richard Kemp and Mark Henley, Kemp Little LLP
Date: 03 June 2008, from 18:30 to 20:00
Venue: Kemp Little LLP, Cheapside House, 138 Cheapside, London EC2V 6BJ

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