Daily archives: September 29, 2010

UKUUG Perl Events – London 15/02/11 to 18/02/11

UKUUG & O’Reilly are pleased to announce details of the following forthcoming events:

Intermediate Perl – 15th & 16th February 2011

Advanced Perl  -  17th & 18th February 2011


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

2 day Intermediate Perl (including practical session)
NOTE:  All delegates will need to bring a laptop with a recent version of Perl installed.

Description: This course is aimed at people who have done a little Perl programming and who want to add another dimension to their Perl knowledge. This is the knowledge that separates real “Perl programmers” from people who simply “use Perl”.

Course Outline:
* Types of variable
* Strict and warnings
* References
* Sorting
* Reusable code
* Object orientation
* Testing
* Dates & times
* Templates
* Databases
* Further information

2 day Advanced Perl (including practical session)
NOTE:  All delegates will need to bring a laptop with a recent version of Perl installed.

Description: This course is aimed at people who have a lot of experience with Perl. It teaches many of the latest and most powerful techniques being used by Perl programmers. The exact contents of this course will change as new techniques are introduced.

Course Outline:
* Perl 5.10 & 5.12
* Advanced testing
* Handling exceptions
* Profiling & benchmarking
* Catalyst
* Object Oriented programming with Moose
* Web development with Plack

Tutor: Dave Cross is the owner of Magnum Solutions Ltd, an Open Source consultancy company based in London. In 1998 he started london.pm which has grown to be one of the largest Perl Mongers groups in the world. He nominally led the group until September 2001. Between August 2002 and June 2006 he was the Perl Mongers User Groups Co-ordinator for the Perl Foundation. Dave is a regular speaker at Perl and Open Source conferences and is often invited to present tutorials alongside the main conference. He is the author of “Data Munging with Perl” (Manning, 2001) and a co-author of “Perl Template Toolkit” (O’Reilly, 2003). Dave lives in SW London. The rumours about gold-plated cats were never true.

Visit the UKUUG web site at:  http://www.ukuug.org/events/perl2011/ for delegate costs and on-line booking form.


Early-bird rates available until Friday 28th January

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

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?


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


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


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


For hotel information and reservation form, click here.

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