Open Source in use in business: case studies and building a business around Open Source

Open Source Schools Unconference – Nottingham 20/07/09

The Open Source Schools community, a project supported by Becta, is delighted to invite teachers and technical staff who use, or are interested in, open source software to participate in a friendly, informal day of sharing enthusiasm, experience, and expertise at NCSL’s Conference Centre in Nottingham, on Monday 20 July, 10.00 to 16.00.

Places are free for those working in schools or local authorities and for those presenting; there’s also the chance to stay at NCSL the night before for those interested.

We hope as many delegates as possible will be willing to offer presentations or facilitate discussions.
Topics are likely to include: Moodle, Open Source netbooks, design software, teaching programming, management information systems, and whatever you would like to talk about! Unconferences, such as TeachMeets and BarCamps, owe their success to their participants rather than organizers.

However, to inspire you and provoke discussion we have two keynote speakers:

Graham Attwell, Director of Pontydysgu, is well known in the field of technology-enhanced teaching and learning. Graham’s recent work focuses on new applications and approaches to e-Portfolios and Personal Learning Environments and use of social software for learning and knowledge development.

George Auckland, Head of Learning Innovation, BBC Learning, whose experience and expertise spans the original ‘open source’ education computer, the BBC Micro, and the most recent BBC open source project, BBC Open Lab.

There are further details at

To register, create an account on our site, making sure you tick the ‘Unconference 09’ group., or join ‘Unconference 09’ via the groups menu if you’re already registered.

To offer a session, simply create a proposal at

OpenStreetMap and CloudMade – Open Licensed Geo Data – London 27/04/09

Cloudmade will give a talk about the OpenStreetMap project, how open licensed geo-data is being created in an open community, and how it can be used, on 27th April 2009 from 1800 hours for the Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) and the Geospatial Specialist Group at the BCS Central London Offices, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA.

To book a place to attend this event through OSSG please email your name to the events coordinator

For further information please contact Mark Elkins at

Free buffet and refreshments available.

OSSG AGM 2009 – London 14/05/09

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) will be held on 14th May 2009 from 1800 hours at the BCS Central London Offices, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA.

Please send nominations for all OSSG Committee member posts to Mark Elkins at

The procedure governing elections is set out in the OSSG Constitution at

An event TBC is due to commence immediately after the business of the AGM has been concluded.

Free buffet and refreshments available.

For further information please contact Mark Elkins at

Association for Survey Computing (ASC) / Market Research Society (MRS) Open Source Technology – London 23/09/08

The Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) are supporting an event on 23rd September 2008 starting around 1800 hours with Association for Survey Computing (ASC) and Market Research Society (MRS) considering the use of Open Source in the survey process.

This event will be a discussion and debate about Open Source Software in a ‘Question Time’ format with a panel of 4 informed members (from the Survey industry + OSSG). Drinks and a buffet will be provided.

Venue: The Old Doctor Butler’s Head, 2 Mason’s Avenue, City of London, EC2V 5BT

To book a place to attend this event (free to OSSG members) please email your name to the ASC administrator as places are limited.

Further details can be found at the MRS site here: and at the Asc site here:

Opportunities for cooperation between business and UK universities using Open Source that might benefit the UK economy – London 15/04/08

A workshop style event will be held on Tuesday 15th April 2008 from 1100 hours by the British Computer Society (BCS) Open Source Specialist Group (OSSG) regarding opportunities for cooperation between the business world and UK universities in projects and ventures involving Open Source software and methodology that might benefit the UK economy. If you would like to participate in this event then please contact Mark Elkins at

Participants will include:

Aidan McGuire of Blue Fountain Systems Ltd Supply2Gov Award Winner 2007, BCS Award Winner 2006.

Dave Crossland currently undertaking the MA Typeface Design programme at the University of Reading and plans to pioneer a “free software foundry” business when he graduates.

Cornelia Boldyreff Ph.D., FBCS Professor of Software Engineering, Department of Computing and Informatics, Lincoln University and OSSG Events Co-ordinator.

Andrew Back MIEEE MBCS CITP of BT Osmosoft an Open Source innovation unit within BT. Andrew is an Open Systems Engineer and a Member of OSSG.

Peter Merchant Programme Leader, BSc Business Information Systems Management, Bournemouth University.

Mike Trotman of Datalucid Limited who is a member of UKUUG, BCS, and the Association of Survey Computing (ASC) Committee.

Mark Elkins MSc MBCS who is studying for a PhD at Solent University and is the Treasurer of OSSG.

Other participants are expected from the BBC and RedHat.

Venue: BCS Central London Offices, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA

Map & directions:

Time: 1100 to 1730 hours

To book a place to attend this event please email your name to the events coordinator.

Free buffet lunch and refreshments including wine available.

For further information please contact Mark Elkins at

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Vista, Open Source, procurement, and the environment

<meta content=" 2.0 (Linux)" name="GENERATOR" /><meta content="mark" name="AUTHOR" /><meta content="20070422;10391900" name="CREATED" /><meta content="mark" name="CHANGEDBY" /><meta content="20070422;11112600" name="CHANGED" /> </p> <style type="text/css"> <!-- @page { margin: 2cm } P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm } --> </style> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">With the advent of Microsoft Vista it seems to me that there are now some particularly good environmental reasons (which ought to be of critical importance given the Government’s climate change led commitments) to choose/procure Open Source alternatives such as the Ubuntu Linux Operating System. Reason’s for this include:</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">(1) Vista’s heavy hardware requirements, which means that more powerful machines are needed. These tend to consume more power.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">(2) The manufacture of new machines needed to run Vista, which by its very nature means some environmental impact will be felt.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">It could be argued that this is a pertinent example of where the environment and the goals of capitalism conflict. This is because capitalism is constantly seeking growth and thus computer hardware manufacturers will like any other business tend to seek growth, which is something shareholders (including pension funds) generally push for . Thus some form of environmental restraint is required by business as we currently know it, but the way the system is stacked this is not likely to have a good impact on such things as the pensions crisis. Of course Open Source ways of achieving things might actually be better than what capitalism can achieve, but I guess this can be discussed another time. However, (if you have the time and inclination) please feel free to browse some on my past thoughts around this on this website at:</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western"></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">and</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">(3) The environmental impact of disposing of machines that are unable to run Vista.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">Outside of the above environmental arguments are the timeless considerations of cost. That is the savings that can be leveraged by using lower specification machines that consume less power, not having to buy new equipment, and not having to pay for the disposal of Vista redundant machines. The latter point includes the security issue of making sure that information on the hard drives of such machines is removed, which can be of very high importance given some of the sensitive information stored on public sector machines.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm" class="western">Mark Elkins</p> </section> </section> <hr class="featurette-divider __loop"></div> </article> <article id="post-100" class="row-fluid grid-item post-100 post type-post status-publish format-standard category-business category-article tag-article thumb-position-top rectangular czr-hentry"> <div class="grid__item"> <section class="tc-content span12"> <header class="entry-header"> <h2 class="entry-title "><a href="" rel="bookmark">Open Source Software and the Business Context – a survey</a></h2><div class="entry-meta"><a href="" title="12:27 pm" rel="bookmark"><time class="entry-date updated" datetime="2006-07-13T12:27:16+01:00">13 Jul, 2006</time></a>  in <a class="" href="" title="View all posts in Business"> Business </a> / <a class="" href="" title="View all posts in OSSG Article"> OSSG Article </a> tagged <a class="" href="" title="View all posts in article"> article </a> <span class="by-author"> by <span class="author vcard author_name"><a class="url fn n" href="" title="View all posts by David Nutter" rel="author">David Nutter</a></span></span> (updated 383 days ago)</div> </header> <section class="entry-summary"><p>Please contribute to a better understanding of the professional use of open source software, through a straightforward, online questionnaire.</p> <p>The questionnaire will feed into a Westminster University research project, and can be be completed at <a title="Open Source Software survey for Westminster University, London." href=""></a> – thank you in advance!</p> <p>NB. This survey has also been advertised in the eBCS bulletin dated 12 July 2006, under the title of <em>Open source software – hype or reality?</em> .</p> </section> </section> <hr class="featurette-divider __loop"></div> </article> <article id="post-18" class="row-fluid grid-item post-18 post type-post status-publish format-standard category-accessibility category-agile category-business category-e-government category-education category-knowledge category-legal category-licensing thumb-position-top rectangular czr-hentry"> <div class="grid__item"> <section class="tc-content span12"> <header class="entry-header"> <h2 class="entry-title "><a href="" rel="bookmark">Archived mailing lists</a></h2><div class="entry-meta"><a href="" title="6:02 pm" rel="bookmark"><time class="entry-date updated" datetime="2006-06-15T18:02:22+01:00">15 Jun, 2006</time></a>  in <a class="" href="" title="View all posts in Accessibility"> Accessibility </a> / <a class="" href="" title="View all posts in Agile Methods"> Agile Methods </a> / <a class="" href="" title="View all posts in Business"> Business </a> / <a class="" href="" title="View all posts in E-Government"> E-Government </a> / <a class="" href="" title="View all posts in Education"> Education </a> / <a class="" href="" title="View all posts in Knowledge"> Knowledge </a> / <a class="" href="" title="View all posts in Legal"> Legal </a> / <a class="" href="" title="View all posts in Licensing"> Licensing </a> <span class="by-author"> by <span class="author vcard author_name"><a class="url fn n" href="" title="View all posts by David Nutter" rel="author">David Nutter</a></span></span> (updated 5164 days ago)</div> </header> <section class="entry-summary"><p>As part of the migration from Plone to WordPress and related pieces of software, the old mailing lists have been extracted from Plone and archived. 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Posting is restricted to committee members. </dd> <dt><a href=""></a></dt> <dd> A members discussion list, though we would prefer members to discuss issues using the blog comment pages. </dd> </dl> <p>The old mailing list archives may be found here:</p> <dl> <dt><a href="">Committee Forum</a></dt> <dd>Committee discussion </dd> <dt><a href="">Business</a></dt> <dd> Discussion of issues surround business and open source. </dd> <dt><a href="">Member Forum</a></dt> <dd>Member event announcements </dd> <dt><a href="">Licensing</a></dt> <dd>Licensing discussion </dd> <dt><a href="">eGovernment and Open Source</a></dt> <dd>Discussion of Open Source in eGovernment </dd> <dt><a href="">Knowledge Management and Open Source</a></dt> <dd> Using open source for knowledge management </dd> <dt><a href="">Agile Methods and Open Source</a></dt> <dd> Relationship between Agile Methods and Open Source </dd> <dt><a href="">Legal Issues surrounding Open Source</a></dt> <dd> Discussion of legal issues involvng Open Source </dd> <dt><a href="">Accessibility and Open Source</a></dt> <dd> Discussion of Accessiblity in Open Source </dd> <dt><a href="">Education and Open Source</a></dt> <dd> Use of Open Source in Education </dd> </dl> <p>Apologies for any duplicate messages etc. The archives were produced by screen-scraping the old Plone site. 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