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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A couple of slides on open source hardware licensing

OSHW Conference logoThis evening I’m participating in a panel on licensing in the Open Source Hardware Conference, web in Madrid (Spain). I’ll have like 5 mins. for a very short presentation on the matter. So, cialis 40mg I’ve prepared a couple (literally) of slides, commenting about the Open Source Hardware (OSHW) Definition 1.0, and about some of the licenses most commonly used for OSHW. The most important concept I will try to stress is that these licenses in fact cover the design (and more specifically, the expression of the design, that is, the plans), and not the hardware itself. This may cause some difficulties in enforcing copyleft clauses, for example. Some side aspects (but also important!): relationship with patents, and relationship with software licenses. Too much for 5 minutes, but well…

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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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Sobre obras libres en la Semana de Obras Libres

En un rato participo en la Jornada de obras AV libres, check en el campus de Fuenlabrada de la URJC. La jornada se inscribe en la Primera Semana de Obras Libres, stomach que se está celebrando estos días. Mi intervención tratará de explicar qué son las obras libres, y cómo se inscriben en los cambios en las tecnologías de proceso y transporte de la información que tanto se han acelerado durante las últimas décadas. Después comenzará la parte interesante: visionado, audición y comentario de obras libres (o como dice el programa, “reflexión y debate”: mucho mejor expresado). Por si interesan, aquí quedan las transparencias que espero usar.

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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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Free software community for Prince of Asturias Awards

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consider supporting and spreading the word about this initiative. Time is short: support is needed before March 16 2011.]

CENATIC (a Foundation promoted by the Spanish Ministry of Industry and several Spanish regional governments) is coordinating the proposal of the free software community as a candidate for Prince of Asturias Awards. For those of you outside Spain, maybe those awards are little known, but in Spain, many Spanish-speaking countries, and some other parts of the world, they are really famous. Prince of Asturias Awards are awarded once every year, in several categories, and are probably the most prestigious among those awarded in Spain. The awards, granted by the Prince of Asturias foundation, get a lot of media attention, and the winners have a lot of public exposure, being something akin to the “Spanish Nobel Awards”.

From the point of view of somebody interested in explaining free software and its advantages, the main reason to support free software community as a candidate is in fact this public exposure. In case of becoming a candidate, and of course more if the community is finally awarded, free software will be in mainstream media for several days. Of course this would help a lot to improve the general knowledge and awareness about it, its advantages, and its status as a viable option in many realms.

The candidature needs not only Spanish support: anyone who wants to support can do it, by filling in your data in the form in the left column of the CENATIC campaign webpage and/or by sending support letters (either individual or in the name of institutions, see a model in the same webpage). The more, the better: your support is needed!

Have in mind that the very idea of focusing on the community as a whole, and not on any specific persons or institutions which may have contributed a lot to the success of free software is intended. It highlights how the real important actor in free software this is this international community, composed by people with different interests, with different backgrounds, cultures, personal situations, working together (by design) to improve the world by producing an IT infrastructure available for everyone to use and improve.

Do you think the free software community, as such, deserves recognition and public exposure? Contribute to the success of the campaign by supporting it, and spreading the word.

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