OSC at Open Source Search, Cambridge
Flax are sponsoring Open Source Search Cambridge 2009, a free event on 29th September that offers a chance to hear informal presentations from users and developers of open source search systems.
A handful of places remain (at the time of writing) for any and all members of the open source search communities to register. Details of the event are here.
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OSC at FUSIS
Fusis have organised a Partner Camp – a day for VARs and clients – on 30th July 2009 and generously given the Open Source Consortium an opportunity to promote membership.
Ubuntu, Zimbra, op5, IBM and Novell will be there. It’s free to attend and it’s in Covent Garden.
Details are here.
OSC on BSI IST/41
The Open Source Consortium is to become a member of the BSI IST/41 committee.
Details of IST/41 are described here. It works on the UK’s submission to the ISO on DIS 29500 (Office Open XML, or OOXML).
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OSC calls on MEPs to adopt the EIF
The Open Source Consortium calls on MEPs to adopt the European Interoperability Framework.
OSC Members, and others, who wish the use of information technology to be improved throughout Europe should write to their MEP candidates inviting them to support the European Interoperability Framework.
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Guardian Activate Summit 2009
OSC Members are entitled to a discount at the Guardian Activate Summit 2009 – Politics, economics, technology and society: Building a better future through the internet.
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BBC and IPTV: Project Canvas
The BBC Trust invited the Open Source Consortium to respond to their proposals on Project Canvas, a joint venture partnership to help enable the delivery of internet protocol television (IPTV).
Gerry Gavigan, the OSC’s chairman, has prepared and submitted that response. The BBC’s consultation paper does not address some of the most influential market-related and standards-related issues, which are specified and explained in the OSC’s response.
And the OSC recommends that Project Canvas’ specifications should be fully open, published and properly used by the project, so that anybody can provide solutions on any platform.
The OSC’s Project Canvas response in full [PDF]
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Conference: Open source in the public sector
Gerry Gavigan of the OSC is speaking at the conference “Open source in the public sector: Making savings, increasing flexibility”.
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UK Govt Action Plan
The Open Source Consortium has written to the Minister for Digital Engagement about the Government Action Plan for Open Source, Open Standards and Re–Use to request a meeting to explore the wider issues surrounding the use of FLOSS.
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BBC and IPTV
The BBC Trust invited the chairman of the Open Source Consortium to its event on 26 February, launching a public consultation on the BBC’s proposal to develop a joint venture partnership (project “Canvas”) to help enable the delivery of internet protocol television (IPTV).
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UK COI update
The UK’s COI (Central Office of Information) has issued Browser testing guideline TG117 [link (new page)] this January. It has been updated to substantially address the OSC’s issues with their previous direction during public consultation.
Their guideline is “for all website managers, web developers and web testers delivering public sector websites…” and includes the following statement: “The guidance on minimum technical standards highlights the importance of developing websites to standards to ensure browser accessibility.” The OSC welcomes this.
The OSC is specifically acknowledged in the new guidance.