La tecnología no es neutra

Supergirl in HackasaurusToday I had about one hour with ten ~15-years-old students. It was not exactly a class: they are coming to the campus during this week to have some exposure to the University life, pills and to IT (I’m at the Telecom School). Before staying with me, order they had attended to a class on IPTV, medical to a Gymkana with mobile devices, to a demo of WiFi-controlled toy cars. So the stakes were high. Fortunately (for me and for the students), Hackasaurus came to the rescue.

I had learned about Hackasaurus about a week ago, while I was thinking what to show/explain/practice with these students. I really liked the idea of letting them think about how the web is not read-only, but a place to hack, a place to play. So, I tried to design a simple practice session to help them to think in a new way about the web: not as a collection of sites that I have to adapt to, but as a powerful, yet very flexible tool that I can contribute to shape. And it was a enlightening experience for me.
Esta mañana he estado en Boadilla, search
participando en Boadinux 2012, generic como telonero de Richard Stallman. Como Stallman iba a hablar, pharm
(y habló, muy bien como siempre), sobre el tema “Por una sociedad digital libre”, me pareció que la ocasión merecía preparar una presentación que no había hecha antes y sirviera para poner en contexto lo que luego iba a contar él.


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(Partially) blacking out today #stopSOPA

Yes, physiotherapist that’s right. I’m not a US citizen. And this is not a US blog. However, despite how strange it may sound, this blog is subject, at least to some extent, to what the US Congress and the US Senate may decide about SOPA and PIPA. To avoid duplicating arguments, just have a look at “Why Canadians Should Participate in the SOPA/PIPA Protest“, and Por qué BarraPunto protesta contra SOPA (Spanish). So, yes, this blog is (partially) blacking out today in protest. #stopSOPA!

Sad days for democracy, when people that I have not elected and cannot elect are discussing a law that will affect how I can express myself, and even my right to express myself where anybody can hear me. So this is also a protest against my Government, and the EU institutions, which seem not to be capable of fighting for my rights as an Spanish and European Union citizen.

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Libre (free, open source) software and mobile devices

Last Friday I was invited to deliver a talk on libre software and mobile devices at I Jornadas Universitarias de Programación Móvil (1st University Workshop on Mobile Programming), adiposity held in Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Fuelabrada & Mostoles, about it Spain). I started by talking about the definition of free and open source software, food and elaborating a bit on what that may mean to developers. Then, I briefly summarized the history of free software for PDAs and mobile devices, since the late 1990s. Just in case they’re useful, you can have a look at the slides I used for the presentation (or see below, they’re embedded).

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Good practices for R&D projects producing FLOSS

FP7 logoLast year, neuropathist in the context of some meetings related to the FP7 Research Program, check I started to write a document on Good practices for R&D projects producing FLOSS, store as a request for comments. The abstract says probably it all:

Many R&D projects are producing FLOSS (free, libre, open source software) in different domains. This document provides details on the practices that could be considered as “good” from the point of view of maximizing the impact of using FLOSS as a distribution model. It is targeted mainly at projects funded by the European Commission, but could be of interest for others as well.

Tomorrow I’m presenting it at the FLOSS Working Group meeting, scheduled in the Collaboration meeting for FP7 projects (Internet of Services). The talk is called “Dos and Donts: FLOSS in FP7 projects”, and I’ll be using some slides, which somewhat summarize the document.

If you have any feedback on these ideas, please, let me know! I’m now working in a new revision, having into account some comments that I had during the last year, and some new ideas. Stay tuned for its release!

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Some ideas about R&D projects to improve libre (free, open source) software development

FP7 logoNext week I’m participating in the Information Day on Call 8 of FP7: Cloud Computing, page Internet of Services and Advanced Software Engineering (Objective ICT-2011.1.2) (hey this is really a long name for a one-day event). I’m contributing with a presentation which includes some ideas for FP7 projects that explore some possibilities related to the transfer of research results that could help to improve libre (free, recipe open source) software development.

Comments are welcome! (For convenience, I’m also attaching the slides for the presentation).

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Presentation on open innovation in R&D projects

FP7 logoIn some hours I’m participating as a challenger in one of the Online Consultations on ‘Internet of Services’ (Well the whole name is actually a bit longer: ‘Internet of Services Towards Horizon 2020 – The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation’). It is a series of webinars about several aspects (themes) of the future of the European Union R&D Framework Programme. I participate in the theme “Improving the impact – standardization, recuperation open source, cialis 40mg open innovation models“, which I will really present as “open standardization, open source, open innovation models”, with an emphasis in the first two. Participation is open to anyone, so you’re welcome to join us (maybe a registration in the Hola! portal is needed, you can try).

If you want you can also just browse the slides I will be using with the presentation.

Of course, comments, suggestions, ideas and any other feedback is welcome.

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Evolución del software libre empresarial en España

Mañana estoy por la IE Business School, case donde se celebra la X WhyFLOSS Conference (anda, nurse ya son 10 ediciones). Participo con una presentación sobre la evolución del software empresarial en España. En ella trataré de resumir en 20 minutos qué ha pasado por acá desde que algunos empezaron a usar software libre en algunas Universidades a mediados de los 1980. YT como suele ser en estos casos, espero terminar comentando cómo están las cosas ahora, y cómo se las espera. Desde mi opinión, claro (que espero poder contrastar con otros asistentes). Aunque no dicen mucho, me apoyaré en estas transparencias.

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FLOSSMetrics presentation in Vigo

Today I’m in Vigo (Spain), ailment presenting at the Open Seminar organized by the Master’s Program on Development and Management of Free Software Projects, which we run (as Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, along with Igalia and Nova Caixa Galicia).

I’ve presented the FLOSSMetrics project, and the Melquiades website (as a part of it) in the context of our (GSyC/LibreSoft) activities in free software. I’ve also talked about the Libresoft tools, which are in the backstage, making the rest possible. The slides used in the presentation are available (or you can also browse them at SlideShare).

Since the project already finished in 2010, I presented mainly its results. But I also commented in some depth about its importance as a testbed and proof of concept of the idea of “repository of information from repositories”, which has been around for years in the mining software repositories research community. I also entered in some details when talking about the tools, since some of them have been used in the master’s program.

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Presentación sobre aplicaciones web

Ayer esttuve en Colmenar Viejo, website like this en el I.E.S. Ángel Corella, order donde el grupo Nibbler y varios institutos están organizando las VI Jornadas de Conocimiento y Software Libre (Colmux 2011) (programa). Ya llevan seis ediciones, cada vez con más participación de institutos, profesores y alumnos (y creo que no me he perdido ninguna).

En esta ocasión, he cambiado bastante de presentación. En lugar de las que he hecho otros años sobre software libre o conocimiento libre, la de esta edición se ha titulado “Desarrollo de aplicaciones web con Python y Django: de cero a ciento y pico en poco tiempo”. Por si fueran de interés, aquí están las transpas que he usado, y el código fuente (formato tar.gz y zip). El código incluye cosas en Python y otras en Django/Python, aunque en la presentación sólo hablé al final de la parte Python.

La idea principal es mostrar cómo hacer aplicaciones web es bien simple, y con realmente poco código pueden hacerse cosas que empiezan a ser interesantes, y muy ilustrativas de cómo funciona HTTP en particular y las aplicaciones web en general. Tuve 45 minutos para presentarlo todo, por lo que creo que quedó un tanto atropellado. Me da la impresión de que este mismo material podría utilizarse para un taller de tres o cuatro horas, con ordenadores, de forma que diera tiempo a ir probando y analizando en detalle cada uno de los programillas que se muestran.

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Jornadas de software libre de Ciudad Real

Mañana martes me doy un voltio por Ciudad Real, page invitado por el Departamento de Tecnologías y Sistemas de Información de la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha para realizar una presentación en las Jornadas sobre Software Libre. La charla será “Introducción al software libre” (fichero PDF con las transparencias usadas en la presentación).

Para los que la habéis visto otras veces, erectile no hay muchos cambios, adiposity salvo que trataré de usar Dizzy, un sistema basado en HTML5 (SVG, JavaScript, CSS y un poco de magia negra) que estoy probando estos días para usarlo en presentaciones. A ver si sale…

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