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The Open Your World Forum is scheduled for Thursday, May 27th, beginning at 8:45 a.m. EDT. Bookmark this page for the latest information on the day's schedule, speakers, and presentation topics. Be sure to register for the event if you haven't already done so.
8:45 a.m. - Welcome & introductions, Michael Tiemann
9:00 a.m. - Dr. David Upton, Chair of Operations Management, Oxford University
10:30 a.m. - 15 MINUTE BREAK
10:45 a.m. - Matt Jadud, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Allegheny College
12:15 p.m. - 15 MINUTE BREAK
12:30 p.m. - Q&A: Creative Commons and the Music Industry, Daniel James, director, 64 Studio Ltd.; Curt Smith, solo musician, singer and songwriter as well as co-founder of Tears for Fears; and musician Brad Sucks
1:15 p.m. - The Stimulus and Standards, Dr. John Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School and chair of the US Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel
2:00 p.m. - 15 MINUTE BREAK
3:00 p.m. - Open Source License Compliance, Richard Fontana, Open Source Licensing and Patent Counsel, Red Hat, Inc.
3:45 p.m. - 15 MINUTE BREAK
4:45 p.m. - The Open Source Way: Creating and nurturing communities of contributors, Karsten Wade, Sr. Community Architect, Red Hat, Inc.
Session abstracts and speaker bios
Free and Open Technologies: A Policy Update from the European Union
Abstract: Leading technology policy experts Graham Taylor of OpenForum Europe and Karsten Gerloff of Free Software Foundation Europe will explore recent developments and trends in free and open source software policy throughout the European public sector. In this complex policy space of European institutions and member states, postures towards Free Software and Open Standards are fluid and constantly evolving. The session will highlight both current problems and key opportunities for leadership.
Karsten Gerloff is a cultural scientist by training and a technologist out of passion. He gives Free Software a voice in the discussion about the rules for the information society. Karsten specialises in policy work with the United Nations and the European Union.
Graham Taylor is Chief Executive of OpenForum Europe, which is not-for-profit, independent of any organisation and was launched in March 2002 to accelerate, broaden and strengthen the use of Open Source Software in business and government. With some 30 years of experience in the ICT industry, prior to OFE Graham Taylor was a Director at ICL, most recently as Managing Director of the Smart Card business. In parallel to OFE he also runs a consultancy business providing mentoring support to European software companies.
Session title & abstract TBD
Presenter: Matt Jadud, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Allegheny College
Matt is passionate about the design and development of usable languages for embedded control. To this end, he his carries out human-centered research regarding how beginners learn to program as well as technical explorations of parallel languages for tiny computers.
Most recently, he and his collaborators have launched concurrency.cc, a rallying point for parallel programming on the popular Arduino platform. Matt keeps himself busy as a member of the faculty at Allegheny College as well as chasing around a now very mobile baby boy.
Wikimedia: Strategic Planning the Open Source Way
Abstract: How does a movement consisting of millions of people all over the world develop a five-year strategic plan? If you're Wikimedia, the only way is the Wiki Way. Eugene, who has been leading this process for the Wikimedia Foundation, will describe the motivations, the process, and the learnings from doing strategic planning in a totally open, collaborative way.
Presenter: Eugene Eric Kim, Principal, Blue Oxen Associates
Eugene is the cofounder and principal of Blue Oxen Associates, a consultancy focused on helping groups maximize their collaborative potential. He has developed collaborative strategies for a number of organizations, including NASA, Institute for International Education, and Socialtext. He's currently leading Wikimedia's open strategic planning process. He is also a thought leader in the collaborative tool space, focusing especially on wikis, digital identity, and usability. In addition to his work at Blue Oxen Associates, Eugene serves on the boards of the Leadership Learning Community, the Open Source Applications Foundation, and WiserEarth. He received his A.B. in History and Science from Harvard University.
Q&A: Creative Commons and the Music Industry
Daniel James is the director of 64 Studio Ltd, a company developing custom GNU/Linux multimedia products for OEMs. He was the founder of the linuxaudio.org consortium, which promotes the use of GNU/Linux and Free Software in the professional audio field. Daniel is the author of Crafting Digital Media (Apress).
Curt Smith is a musician, singer and songwriter, who provided the lead vocals for some of the biggest hits ("Mad World," "Pale Shelter," "Everybody Wants to Rule The World," "Advice for the Young At Heart") of Tears for Fears, the group he co-founded with Roland Orzabal in 1981. TFF continues to tour worldwide, with Eastern U.S. and Asia/Pacific dates in the works for 2010, in addition to which Smith enjoys a flourishing solo career. He released "Halfway, pleased," his most recent album, under a Creative Commons license, which he is a vocal proponent of.
Brad Sucks isn't just a one-man band--he's a one-man music production. He writes, record, and produces his songs and releases them under Creative Commons licenses. He also participates in the open source community. (You may have heard his work as the default sound set in Pidgin.) Read more at BradSucks.net.
The Stimulus and Standards
Presenter: John D. Halamka, MD, MS
John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chief Information Officer of Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), Chair of the US Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee, and a practicing Emergency Physician.
As Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic information technology serving 3000 doctors, 14000 employees and two million patients. As Chief Information Officer of Harvard Medical School, he oversees all educational, research and administrative computing for 18000 faculty and 3000 students. As Chairman of NEHEN he oversees clinical and administrative data exchange in Massachusetts. As Chair of HITSP/co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee he coordinates the process of electronic standards harmonization among stakeholders nationwide.
Session title & abstract TBA
Presenter: Michael Tiemann, Vice President, Open Source Affairs, Red Hat
Michael Tiemann is a true open source software pioneer. He made his first major open source contribution over a decade ago by writing the GNU C++ compiler, the first native-code C++ compiler and debugger. His early work led to the creation of leading open source technologies and the first open source business model.
In 1989, Tiemann's technical expertise and entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found Cygnus Solutions, the first company to provide commercial support for open source software. During his ten years at Cygnus, Tiemann contributed in a number of roles from President to hacker, helping lead the company from fledgling start-up to an admired open source leader.
Tiemann serves on a number of boards, including the Open Source Initiative and the GNOME Foundation. Tiemann also provides financial support to organizations that further the goals of software and programmer freedom, including the Free Software Foundation and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Open Source License Compliance
Abstract: This session will provide an overview of free software/open
source licensing and discuss best practices in open source license
compliance for FLOSS community projects as well as for companies making use of open source.
Presenter: Richard Fontana, Open Source Licensing and Patent Counsel, Red Hat, Inc.
Richard Fontana has been Open Source Licensing and Patent Counsel at Red Hat since 2008. Before joining Red Hat, Fontana was Counsel at the Software Freedom Law Center, where he represented and advised the Free Software Foundation throughout the process of drafting the GNU General Public License, version 3 (GPLv3).
Open Source for America
Abstract: Jeremy Allison and Terri Molini of Open Source for America (OSFA) will discuss ways to effectively engage the US federal government. OSFA was created in an effort to centralize federal outreach for open source advocates and expand the understanding and use of open source in government. Learn how you can be a part of this important effort.
Presenters: Jeremy Allison & Terri Molini
Jeremy Allison is Linux Evangelist at Google. He is a co-founder and one of the lead developers on the Samba project. Allison has been a staunch supporter of open source, and famously quit Novell after it announced its patent pact with Microsoft. He writes a monthly column for the magazine Linux Format called "The Low Point, a view from the Valley".
Terri Molini is a public/investor relations consultant with Initmarketing, the Open Source Marketing Agency. During her nearly 13 year tenure with Sun Microsystems, she served as a public relations manager with a strong focus on developers and open source technologies. She co-founded the Open Source for America coalition, and is responsible for much of the development of the website's content and design.
The Open Source Way: Creating and nurturing communities of contributors
Abstract: Unable to talk with everyone in the world and repeat the information they have distilled from decades of open source experience at Red Hat, the community leadership team decided to write a handbook.
Lead writer Karsten Wade introduces "The Open Source Way: Creating and nurturing communities of contributors", showing how this community-written handbook is a source of how-to information far beyond just software.
Presenter: Karsten Wade, Sr. Community Architect, Red Hat, Inc.
Karsten is a 15 year IT industry veteran, a long time Fedora Project contributor, and general open source iconoclast. As a member of the industry leading community leadership team at Red Hat, Karsten has seen, done, and recovered from many open community mistakes. Through mistakes, learning; through learning, advancement. By teaching and learning with others, we improve the fabric of all open source communities.
He lives in Santa Cruz, CA, with his wife and two daughters on a small urban farm, http://Fairy-TaleFarm.com.