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Software libre en los procesos de aprendizaje prácticos

logo LliurexHoy estoy en Valencia, human enhancement en el IV Congrés de Programari Lliure de la Comunidad Valenciana, en el que contribuyo con una presentación que hemos titulado “Software libre en los procesos de aprendizaje prácticos” (transparencias). El breve resumen que he preparado sobre la presentación es:

“Hay muchas disciplinas que requiren un proceso de aprendizaje práctico
muy apoyado en el uso de programas de ordenador, y otras más en las que
su uso puede ser de considerable ayuda. En estas situaciones, el
software libre aporta ciertas características, aún relativamente
desconocidas, que lo hacen especialmente adecuado en muchos escenarios
reales. Esta ponencia detalla estas características, las
ventajas y desafíos que plantea el software libre en procesos de
aprendizaje prácticos, y expone alguna experiencia real que las
ilustre.”

A ver si le gusta y/o le resulta interesante a los asistentes…

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Software libre y Universidad en la Libre Software World Conference

Libre Software World Conference logoHoy voy a la Libre Software World Conference, cost en Málaga. Por la tarde, store participo en una mesa redonda sobre Software Libre y Universidad. Estaré en buena compañía, buy con representantes de Oficinas del Software Libre de tres Universidades. Tendremos un ratito para una breve exposición de partida, en la que espero poder usar las transparencias que he preparado (bueno, o una parte de ellas, que son muchas), y hablar un poco sobre cómo veo el software libre en mi entorno universitario, y en las Universidades en general. Comentaré la situación docente en el GSyC, mi departamento (incluyendo los laboratorios docentes y el Moodle que usamos), la situación de investigación en LibreSoft, mi grupo de investigación, y muy brevemente, el máster en software libre con el que estamos tan ilusionados ;-).

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Copyleft, obras libres, cláusula nc…

Approved for Free Cultural Works logoEstá empezando a ser habitual que algún colectivo emprenda el camino de publicar sus obras “con copyleft”, no rx y que alrededor de ello se abran interesantes debates sobre la licencia a usar, ampoule
sobre el concepto “copyleft”, la idea de obra libre, las distintas licencias de Creative Commons, y sobre todo la cláusula “nc” (no comercial). Viéndolo desde el mundo del software libre, suena a la situación a primeros de los 90, cuando teníamos debates muy similares. Como desde entonces ha llovido mucho, y algunos ya hemos recorrido ese camino, me ha parecido que podría, quizás, ayudar a enriquecer el debate si aporto algunas ideas sobre estos temas. Allá vamos.
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The differences of researching FLOSS

OpenWorldForum logoToday I’m in Paris, tadalafil attending the Open World Forum. Apart from the talks, panels and stuff, a lot of interesting people around. Here, I’ve participated in the panel Trends in Open Source Research, chaired by Tony Wasserman, and with Giancarlo Succi and Dirk Riehle as co-panelists. My introductory talk was about “The differences of researching FLOSS“, where I tried to explain the why free, libre, open source software is allowing researchers to follow the practices recognized in other disciplines as “scientific”. Among them, doing reproduceable research, and doing it on a large number of cases. I also commented on the role of repositories with data about FLOSS development (such as FLOSSMetrics and FLOSSMole) in helping researchers and other interested parties to focus on data analysis, avoiding the burden of data retrieval (which in many cases is challenging in itself).

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Seminario sobre modelos de negocio de empresas de software libre en la EOI

Hoy jueves 16, patient
a las 17:00, salve
organizamos un seminario sobre modelos de negocio de empresas de software libre, en la EOI de Madrid (Ciudad Universitaria). Vendrán Jorge Ferrer (Liferay) y Álvaro López Ortega (Octality) a contarnos su experiencia, en primera persona. Nos hablarán sobre sus empresas, su relación con el software libre, sus modelos de negocio, y otros temas relacionados. La entrada es libre, y la sesión se grabará y transmitirá por streaming en el canal USTREAM de la EOI.

[Actualización, 10:40: Me dicen que por problemas de última hora no va a poder transmitirse por streaming, aunque sí se grabará. Lo siento 🙁 ]

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Impulso de negocios con software libre

Hoy estoy en Mérida, stomach en la inauguración del Centro de excelencia de software libre José de Espronceda (CESJE). Y me han dado la oportunidad de participar con una presentación, web “Impulsando los negocios con software libre” (material: transparencias). En ella he tratado de resumir cómo el software libre puede usarse para potenciar negocios, seek tanto los relacionados con la producción de software como los relacionados con su uso.

En particular me interesa el caso de los negocios donde el software libre es un posibilitador, una herramienta que permite nuevas opciones y una mejora de la competitividad y las perspectivas de sostenibilidad. Cada vez más el software es un elemento que influye en la estrategia y el crecimiento de las empresas. En muchas de ellas, de hecho se ha convertido en el factor que puede ser o más limitante o más potenciador. Es ahí donde las características principales del software libre permiten una nueva relación de la empresa con los programas que necesita, una relación donde el control ha pasado, en gran medida, a manos del cliente (frente a los productores de esos programas). Esa es la raíz de la conveniencia del software libre en muchos negocios, y ese es el cambio disruptor que ya está siendo aprovechado ahí fuera.

Como siempre, doy la bienvenida a cualquier comentario que puedas tener sobre todo esto…

[Una nota sobre la presentación del CESJE. Ha quedado claro, una vez más, el apoyo institucional que tiene el software libre en Extremadura. Y no sólo porque el presidente de la Junta de Extremadura ha participado en el acto, sino porque claramente este nuevo centro está inscrito en la política de la Junta en el campo TIC. Desde luego, puede que a largo plazo la apuesta de Extremadura por el software libre salga de una forma o de otra, pero está claro que están teniendo la valentía sostenida de diseñar una política tecnológica que sienten como necesaria.]

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Yes, people do read PhD thesis! (at lease some)

Wikipedia logoWell, anesthetist I know PhD thesis are in many cases good pieces of work, where people put really a lot of effort, and which usually are well written, and are quite insightful and all that. However after writing one, supervising some, reviewing some more, and reading even some more, I still wonder really how many people (in addition to the author, supervisor and reviewers) do actually read even a good thesis.

Of course I’m not talking here about the really exceptional thesis, which is a must in all citations in the field, which opens new avenues for research and all the pack. It’s clear that a lot of attention is obtained in some, exceptional cases. But how many people read the even best-than-average thesis? I guess that in the days prior to the Internet, that was really a small buch of people. Do you remember those days? You had to come down to the library and ask them to get you a copy of the thesis (in paper, or course), or contact and convince the author to mail (I mean, snail-mail) you a copy, or maybe get the Department where it was presented mail you that copy. Even if the thesis seemed interesting, well, not that many people would follow that process. And certainly no one outside research institutions would do that.

Internet has changed this process completely.

And not only because now you can get the PDF in a matter of seconds, but also because now it is possible to spread the word about an interesting work, and let it be known not only to academics, but to anyone interested in the field.

I knew all this… in theory. But thanks to Felipe Ortega, I’ve seen it working in practice.

I had a lot of fun advising Felipe on his thesis, Wikipedia: A Quantiative Analysis. For both of us, this was a new field, which let me explore new opportunities for some of the methodologies we were using to study FLOSS development. And as I said, was the opportunity to have a lot of fun. Once the thesis was complete, I knew Felipe had produced a big pile of good stuff. But I had no idea about what was about to happen.

And what happened was that people really started to read the thesis. Thanks to Felipe’s presentations in some conferences, but over all thanks to the availability of the PDF text, people could appreciate what he had written, and started to talk about it. You know, talking these days include (or maybe means) blogging and web-based information. And of course also more traditional presentations in workshops and congresses, and even good old press releases. A first wave of attention was caused by those, in two different groups: researchers studying Wikipedia (as could be expected), and Spanish media (thanks to press releases). Well, you know, both Felipe and me happen to be located in Madrid, Spain.

But the buzz about the results on how Wikipedia was performing attracted the attention of the regular media, via an article in WSJ. And the press coverage worldwide was enormous.

I guess everything would have stopped here, if people could not read the thesis after knowing about it. But they could. And therefore, they could get to the facts, and not only to the summaries journalists and bloggers were preparing. And the thesis started to have readers… A lot of them. Some, even write about it in some detail, such as WikiXRay and Statistics on Wikipedia. And some, meta-discuss what happens with thesis are easily available, as The importance of the PhD thesis in a connected world. Of course, you have also reactions from Wikimedia Foundation, and Wikipedia itself provides related data, and discussions on some specific results, and all that. To some point, the studied object has entered the discussion, which is quite interesting. Which is an interesting by-product of what happens when the thesis is online…

Well, all in all, now I have the proof that people (in fact, many people) actually do read thesis nowadays. Or at least some thesis 😉

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Virtual 3D worlds and libre software

While attending an inteteresting talk organized by e-Madrid, surgery I’ve learned about libre (free, page open source) machinery for building 3D virtual worlds.

I already knew about Croquet, mind but it seems to have evolved a lot since I last installed it. And now they are also building Cobalt, also libre, which aims to be a platform for constructing, accessing, and sharing hyperlinked virtual workspaces for research and education, based in Croquet.

OpenSim is a 3D Application Server which can be used to create a virtual worlds. It can be accessed via clients such as Hippo or the Second Life client. In fact, it seems that you can build the kind of worlds that you may find in Second Life, although it is not aimed to be a clone of it. You can use an already established server for a quick evaluation, but apparentely installing it to have your own server is not that difficult.

Open Wonderland is a platfor for building and running 3D virtual worlds. It seems to be oriented to developers, since part of the building implies Java programaming. A lot of modules provide ready-to-use extensions.

It has been a good surprise to me to see that this area is already being colonized by libre software. I’m going to find time to test all of these. Meanwhile, if you know some other alike libre project, or have comments about the ones in this post, please let me know.

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