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OSC joins Information Standards Board for Education, Skills and Children’s Services

OSC joins Information Standards Board for Education, Skills and Children’s Services

All part of our commitment to open standards

We’ve just been invited to participate in the standards work of the Department for Education. It’s all part of the required level of commitment to standards development that doesn’t seem to be fully understood at the centre of government.

This work isn’t exciting, is voluntary effort and is essential. It certainly requires more ongoing commitment than a couple of meetings with policy lightweights.

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Making Open Data Real

It all depends on what you mean by “Open”, Minister

In August 2011 Cabinet Office launched a new consultation Making Open Data Real (MODR) and the accompanying publicity all seemed good. We were particularly impressed by the intent expressed by the Minister for the Cabinet Office both in the forward to the consultation and in a radio programme discussing the initiative in which he acknowledged that MODR was about “letting go” and that the outcome was unpredictable but would lead to greater transparency and accountability.

So, that was the headline, what about the detail?

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Open Source Hardware Camp 2011

Open Source Hardware Workshop

Thursday 27 October 2011, 09.30-18.00, London WC1

Inaugural Open Source Hardware Camp for a hands-on day of three parallel workshops, with short plenary sessions in the morning and afternoon:

  • Practical 3D Printing
  • Building the Internet of Things
  • Collaboration in OSHW

A low cost event organised by by our friends the Open Source Hardware Group.

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Open Source Software Meets Open Source Hardware

Open Source Software Meets Open Source Hardware

Monday 17 October 2011, London

Introducing the OpenRISC 1000 project, focusing particularly on the role of open source software. Involving hardware leads to some interesting open source licensing problems, which will be addressed in the presentation

17 October 2011, 17.30-21.00, London WC2 – Free to attend and open to all

OSC member Jeremy Bennett of Embecosm is presenting at this free event hosted by our friends the BCS Open Source Software Group which will be held at the BCS headquarters in London.

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Govt IT – A Recipe For Rip-Offs

Government and IT- “A Recipe For Rip-Offs”

Today, the Public Administration Select Committee published its findings from its Inquiry into Government IT.

The Inquiry was started in December 2010 so has the seven month wait been worthwhile?

Titled “A Recipe For Rip-Offs”(HTML) or (PDF) it’s certainly asking to be read. The OSC submitted three sets of evidence so we were keen to read it.

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