BBC and Apple
We have started a complaint with the BBC that editorial guidance needs to be enforced more rigorously in order to avoid product advertising in editorial. Long time readers of this website might be interested to know that this time, it’s not Microsoft.
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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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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 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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Silver lining: how the cloud is transforming government IT
Wednesday 12 October 2011, London
We will be presenting at the inaugural Huddle government cloud conference
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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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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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Dragons succumb to power of Open Source
Congratulations to OSC members Tactix4 and 5 Ways who have won the Healthcare Challenge Prize organised by the government ‘skunkworks’ innovation hub DotGovLabs
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Open To The Public – sessions
On 30 June 2011, a discussion meeting investigating open approaches to education and training in the public sector was organised by OSC member TDM Open Source Services and our friends the BCS Open Source Software Group
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