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chip hack day

An Introduction to FPGA Programming

London, 20-21 April 2013

Organised by OSC member embecosm

A two day introductory workshop on field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA) aimed at complete beginners with no prior experience of hardware description languages (HDL) and FPGA workflows.

All original materials used in the workshop will be made available under open licences and published to GitHub.

Free FPGA development systems will be given to the first five teachers that both register and complete the workshop.

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oshug mtg April 2013

Open Source Hardware User Group Meeting

London, 18 April 2013, 6pm

This event is organised by our friends the Open Source Hardware Group

The second meeting of 2013 marking their third anniversary will feature a talk on writing embedded firmware and a panel discussion that will explore the future of open source hardware. Topics:

  • Writing firmware for the AVR: A Morse Code Beacon
  • Panel discussion: The Future of Open Source Hardware

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Information economy consultation

Govt consultation on an information economy strategy

On 7 February 2013 The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) opened a call for evidence on an Information Economy strategy. The working description is:

the part of the economy where digital technologies and information combine to drive productivity and create new growth opportunities across the whole economy

Our full response is available below, however in summary: we consider that in the same way that Cabinet Office failed in its open standards consultation to consider the consequences for the rest of the economy arising from its plans to make public services digital by default:

Overall we find the consultation to be poorly framed and fails to identify […] the interacting nature of its policy choices and account for their effects.

Here there is a similar failure to consider the interaction of the information economy strategy with online public services, specifically, the risk that poorly implemented Information Economy strategy will interact badly with the implementation of online public services, creating further blocks rather than enablers.

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Open Standards 2013

Open Source, Open Standards 2013

Thursday 18 April, London

We are pleased to be supporting Open Source, Open Standards 2013, the leading summit exploring how to take full advantage of open technology solutions across the public sector, from delivering innovative and open IT services to driving savings.


  • Open Source across government and the End User Device strategy
  • Guidance on Open Source security
  • The importance of Open Standards and interoperability
  • Open Source and the future of Digital Government
  • Implementing Open Source in Healthcare
  • Meeting the 7 Open Standards principles for procurement
  • Implementation of a council wide Open Source strategy

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Nominet consultation


Consultation on a new .uk domain name service

In October 2012 Nominet opened a consultation on proposals for a new domain service, including proposals to offer features designed to offer reassurance for end users:

verification to check a registrant has a UK address, daily monitoring for malicious software and viruses, and a digital signature which minimises the risks of a domain name being hijacked. These measures would be supported by a trustmark to give consumers a clear sign that it was a verified domain name.

Our full response is available below, however in summary: we consider that Nominet fails to demonstrate understanding of risk, is over confident in its claims for consumer protection and that the proposal has the potential to undermine the market for services based on open source software.

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Inquiry into consultation guidelines


not what you say but what you do

In July 2012 the government announced to Parliament that it was changing the consultation guidelines.

A Minister was quoted by BBC News:

The aim is to replace potentially unproductive process with real engagement with those affected.

The Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee issued a call for evidence in preparation for a meeting on 11 December 2012 where it will take oral evidence from Mr Oliver Letwin, Minister for Government Policy into the way in which Government develops and implements technology policy.

We have responded.

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Open Hardware meeting

Open Source Hardware Event

15 November 2012, London, 6.45pm

Embedded systems continue to grow in importance as they play an ever-increasing role in everyday life: more computing is done on the move as smartphone functionality catches up with desktops and services move to the Cloud; the Internet of Things is set to herald an age in which networked objects create and consume data on our behalf.

This event, organised by our friends the Open Source Hardware Group will be discussing and demonstrating a number of projects related to improving embedded system performance.

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