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Open Source Developers Conference 2011, Examining the role of open source technologies in Canberra

By eleybourn - 28 September 2011 8

The Open Source Developers Conference (OSDC) is a not-for-profit conference bringing together developers, technologists, & advocates working in various fields leading toward open technology – including software, open data, mobile technologies, visualisation, cloud computing, programming languages, system administration, licensing and open source in government. This year, starting November 16th, the Open Source Developers Conference is coming to the Australian National University in Canberra from Wednesday 16th November to Friday 18th November 2011 and WE WANT YOU.

OSDC is a great way to meet your peers, share your knowledge, and improve your skills.

Now in its 8th year, the OSDC has brought together leaders in open technologies from across different industries and from around Australia. This year’s keynote speakers will be;

  • Senator Kate Lundy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural affairs. In 2010, Senator Lundy was awarded “the most influential person changing the world of Internet and politics” and accepted the award at the World eDemocracy Forum in France.
  • Damian Conway, a prominent member of the Perl programming language community, a proponent of object-oriented programming, and the author of several books on the topic. Mr Conway has won the Larry Wall Award three times for his contributions to Perl.
  • Brian Catto, Director of Architecture and Emerging Technologies with AGIMO. Brian will be talking on Open Source in Government.
  • Jon Oxer, labeled as Australia’s Geekiest Man. Jon’s keynote will be a light-hearted exploration of the future of open source in non-software fields.
  • Tony Beal, Deputy General Counsel – Commercial, Australian Government Solicitor. Tony will be closing the conference with a look at the legal implications and solutions for open source software developers.

Other speakers include; Pia Waugh (Open Government), Arjen Lentz (Blue Hackers), Steve Dalton (Java), Robin Sheat (Koha), Rusty Russell (CCAN) as well as several presentations on how Government agencies are using open source technologies.

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8 Responses to
Open Source Developers Conference 2011, Examining the role of open source technologies in Canberra
EvanJames 12:58 pm 28 Sep 11

That’s a very good line-up of people. Should be a good event.

milkman 12:46 pm 28 Sep 11

johnboy said :

Cloud computing is a buzzword de jour.

But basically it means that the processes and data of your computing are (you hope) seamlessly spread over redundant machines so there won’t be a single point of failure.

But mostly what spectra said.

Cloud computing is very vague, and mostly marketing speak. It is a way of allowing large IT service providers to provide centralised services (which is a cheaper model and more aligned to most bigger players’ global service delivery models).

Genuine cloud computing is not very common, and often not suitable for government due to limitations in the security model that comes with such a deployment.

poetix 12:40 pm 28 Sep 11

johnboy said :

Cloud computing is a buzzword de jour.

But basically it means that the processes and data of your computing are (you hope) seamlessly spread over redundant machines so there won’t be a single point of failure.

But mostly what spectra said.

Sounds like ‘passing the buck’.

johnboy 12:37 pm 28 Sep 11

Cloud computing is a buzzword de jour.

But basically it means that the processes and data of your computing are (you hope) seamlessly spread over redundant machines so there won’t be a single point of failure.

But mostly what spectra said.

Spectra 12:34 pm 28 Sep 11

poetix said :

So you can probably tell me what cloud computing is?

A marketing term designed to make you think your data is much safer and your web server much more robust than it really is.

poetix 11:44 am 28 Sep 11

Spectra said :

Other speakers include [list of awesome people and topics]

And me! But that’s probably not a huge selling point, if I’m honest 🙂

So you can probably tell me what cloud computing is?

Deref 11:33 am 28 Sep 11

🙂 Excellent! I’ll be there!

Gubmints around Australia are making us miss out on the biggest global IT opportunity there is – not to mention wasting millions of dollars lining the pockets of foreign multinationals and keeping our IT systems insecure. It’s a bloody disgrace.

Spectra 11:04 am 28 Sep 11

Other speakers include [list of awesome people and topics]

And me! But that’s probably not a huge selling point, if I’m honest 🙂

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