TeachingOpenSource.org: Get on the List Fri, Mar 6. 2009
FSOSS in a Drawer Thu, Nov 13. 2008
For those looking for video of the FSOSS sessions: we're working on loading and editing the tapes as quickly as possible -- but there's 126 of them, so it's going to take a while!
Watch for video links on the FSOSS 2008 site starting next week.
Mike Hoye is Awesome Thu, Nov 6. 2008
Mike Hoye was awesome at FSOSS this year. Not only did he speak and arrange and MC two sessions of Pecha Kuchas, he also designed the wonderful FSOSS T-shirt (modelled front and back by Greg DeKoenigsberg below). I had intended to acknowledge Mike as the shirt designer in the program but somehow missed it -- my sincere apologies. Thank you, Mike, for everything!
Photo credit: James Boston (CC-BY-NC-SA)
Teaching Open Source - Getting on the Same Page Thu, Oct 30. 2008
Last week at FSOSS we had a great track on Teaching Open Source. Greg's solid blog post from yesterday outlines some of the challenges and has set the ball rolling on a "Coalition of the Willing" (which I've expanded slightly -- you've got to love wikis).
I believe that Code Development is a form of Research, and that Open Source is Peer-Reviewed Publication. If those two statements were widely accepted, teaching Open Source would be a lot more paletable to many university professors. We must advance that position while accommodating the transition: in comments on Greg's posting, Dr. Jef Spaleta noted the need for a peer-reviewed journal on Open Source. I believe this could be a very positive interim step. (Jef, are you going to make it happen?)
In the shorter term, we need to ensure we understand one another when talking about teaching Open Source, and its become painfully obvious that the participants in many conversations are not even on the same page in terms of what it means to teach Open Source. In an attempt to help sort this out, I've created a rough sketch of a taxonomy of Open Source education. Please take a look and join the discussion.
FSOSS Begins Thu, Oct 23. 2008
FSOSS 2008 begins in two hours. It's exciting to see months of preparation come to fruition as over 300 open source leaders, developers, users, and thinkers come together. I'm particularly excited about the Teaching Open Source track.
If you want to follow along at home, there's an FSOSS Planet and Flickr Tag in addition to the web site. We'll be shooting 126 hours of video over the next two days, which will eventually make it onto the web too.
Whether you say "Eff-Sauce" or "Free Software and Open Source Symposium", register now! Fri, Sep 26. 2008
Once again the Free Software and Open Source Symposium will bring together a diverse group of developers, leaders, and thinkers in Open Source and Open Content. FSOSS 2008 will run October 23-24 at Seneca@York, Toronto. Early Bird discount are available until the end of the month -- next Tuesday -- but even the regular registration is a bargain :-) See the FSOSS website (http://fsoss.ca) for details.