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Sessions at TransferSummit 2011 on Thursday 8th September

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  • Plenary: Innovating in Government ICT

    by Mark O'Neill

    The distinctive name "skunkworks" originated during World War II when the P-80 Shooting Star was designed by Lockheed’s Advanced Development Projects Division in Burbank, California. Today a "skunkworks project" often operates with a high degree of autonomy and is unhampered by bureaucracy. It is typically developed by a small and loosely structured group of people who research and develop a project primarily for the sake of radical innovation. It might be surprising, therefore, to learn that the UK Government has created an IT Skunkworks.

    The Government Skunkworks has been established to develop low-cost, fast and agile ICT solutions. It is a significant part of the Governments strategy for levelling the procurement playing field by providing a new channel for SMEs and entrepreneurs to participate in government ICT with new and innovative solutions. Skunkworks is working to develop an environment for SMEs to test their solutions to ensure compatibility within government’s future standardised cloud environment.

    By adopting and agile methodology, actively working with SMEs and using open standards and open source technology the Governments skunkworks will bring the advantages of open development and open innovation to Government systems. In this special plenary session Mark O'Neill will discuss how and why the Government created a skunkworks environment.

    At 9:30am to 10:20am, Thursday 8th September

  • EBay: From closed to open

    by Julian Harty

    Even large established closed source companies with extensive mission critical IT requirements are turning to open source. They are recognising that open collaboration provides their business advantages through community based processes that have wide ranging benefits such as reducing cost or enhancing innovation.

    For example, eBay Inc. are a highly successful e-commerce company with a large scale online marketplace and related businesses. Now, eBay is starting to open up by releasing some of their mature internal projects to the wider community. At the same time the company is more actively engaging with the open source project communities that are a fundamental part of their IT infrastructure. This presentation explains why eBay are going open and explores key steps they are taking towards creating a culture of openness within their IT division

    At 10:30am to 11:10am, Thursday 8th September

  • How old dogs are learning (and teaching) new tricks

    by Danese Cooper

    Open Source continues to show up in interesting places. Earlier this year the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced it's intention to launch a software project aimed at providing better tracking and progress measures for all K-12 students in the US. Because the project is huge in scale and yet intended to be self-sustaining in 3-5 years, it is stipulated to be Open Source from it's inception. Learn how old dogs are learning (and teaching) new tricks in the US.

    At 10:30am to 11:10am, Thursday 8th September

  • The economics of innovation in mobile technologies

    by Andrew Savory

    The mobile landscape has changed quite dramatically over the past few years, with the emergence of new mobile platforms and a significant shift toward open source in mobile technologies. What are the key economic drivers for this shift, and what are the lessons that can be learnt from the mobile industry's adoption of open source?

    This talk will draw on Andrew's experiences as Open Source Manager for the LiMo Foundation. It will look at how and why open source has become commonplace in mobile platform development, and the advantages and pitfalls of using open source.

    At 10:30am to 11:10am, Thursday 8th September

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  • Community Anti-Patterns

    by Steve Lee

    Nurturing a diverse community and keeping it healthy is at the heart of open development and is a requirement for effective open innovation. However, it is not always easy to spot and avoid problems before they cause damage. In the worst case key community members could leave, causing damage that can be hard to repair.

    Anti-patterns are damaging or counter-productive practices or patterns of behaviour that are sometimes seen in communities. Many anti-patterns are born from the best of intentions, but result in a polar-opposite outcome. This talk explore's Dave Neary's collection of common anti-patterns and possible cures/treatments.

    At 11:30am to 12:10pm, Thursday 8th September

  • Levelling the playing field: Why bother?

    by Mark Taylor

    Why the government wants to level the playing field for open source

    At 11:30am to 12:10pm, Thursday 8th September

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  • Principles of IP Management

    by Rowan Wilson

    There is an array of Open Source licences out there, each with subtle, but often important, differences. Understanding the appropriate licence for your project and knowing your responsibilities with respect to components you reuse is critical to the success of any project developing or reusing Open Source products. Furthermore in order for users to adopt and reuse your code you must be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary rights to distribute under the chosen license. This presentation will cover each of these aspects of IP management in an open source project.

    At 11:30am to 12:10pm, Thursday 8th September

  • Symbian: collaboration, open, closed, dead?

    by Stephen Walli

    The quickly changing landscape of mobile technologies, products and services requires a continuous adjustment of the business and development models built around them. The Symbian operating system is an excellent example of this need to constantly readjust. Symbian started life as a closed and proprietary software product built by PSION in the late 1980's. In 1998 Symbian Ltd. was formed, a joint venture between world leading mobile technology companies. In 2008 Nokia acquired Symbian Ltd and in 2009 created the Symbian Foundation. The Symbian code was fully open sourced in early 2010, whilst the Symbian Foundation closed its doors in late 2010. Today the code is available via a Nokia platform and its future is uncertain since Nokia have entered into a collaboration deal with Microsoft.

    In this talk Stephen will examine why Symbian has moved from a single vendor closed model, through a closed collaborative model and on into an open collaborative model. Stephen will also look at some of the challenges facing mobile companies with respect to adopting an open innovation model, using the history of Symbian to illustrate some of the potential pitfalls for companies in this space.

    At 11:30am to 12:10pm, Thursday 8th September

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  • Providing mobile accessibility through collaboration

    by Julian Harty

    The rapid development of mobile devices is putting powerful computing and communications power in the hands of consumers, but lack of universal design and accessibility considerations can leave people facing specific personal and environmental challenges without proper access. For example, few devices provide good support for people that are unable to use touch screens or keyboard which might be the case when operating machinery or some other physical restriction. However, open innovation between projects can help address these accessibility gaps by sharing alternative interface components. This talk explores various examples including an open source ebook reader whose accessibility features were enhanced by adopting the advances made in another open hardware project.

    At 12:20pm to 1:00pm, Thursday 8th September

  • Why share?

    by Nick Burch

    Why would a company want to share its intellectual property in the way that an open development model requires? When a succesful software company, such as Alfresco, releases the program code for it's products as open source there must be a solid business reason for doing so. What is that reason?

    For Alfresco the decision has paid off. in 2010 CIO magazine named Alfresco as one of "Twenty Companies to Watch" while the companmnies customer list is impressive. In this session Nick Burch will look at the benefits sharing can bring. It will look at how the open development model has enabled Alfresco to reduce costs and increase innovation. This in turn as enabled the company to enter a market that was previously dominated by multi-billion £ organisations. Perhaps the most important lesson to be learned is that the sharing model is a critical part of this success of Alfresco's products, in this talk we will look at how other companies might be able to produce similar results.

    At 12:20pm to 1:00pm, Thursday 8th September

  • Would you buy an open source company?

    by Bertrand Delacretaz

    Why would anyone buy a software company that makes 95% of its source code available for free on the Internet? In the traditional model of jealously guarded trade secrets, such a company would be worth nothing.

    Yet, in October 2010, Adobe bought Day Software, a small Swiss company selling content management products which are extensively based on freely available and permissively licensed code from several Apache Software Foundation projects.

    This demonstrates that the value does not lie in the bits: source code is worth nothing without the skills required to integrate, maintain and evolve it over its whole lifetime.

    What's valuable is the team behind the code. Their collective experience in creating solid software together. Their experience in working with loosely-coupled teams of volunteers from around the globe. The know-how of those who are able to integrate the open source parts into a coherent product that can be sold, supported and maintained for a long time.

    In this session, Bertrand Delacretaz explains why Day Software chose to base so much of its core software on open source projects, how open development brings value inside the company as well as outside of it, and how open source and open development help increase your team's value.

    At 12:20pm to 1:00pm, Thursday 8th September

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  • Keynote: Open Science, Open Data, Open Source

    by Tony Hey

    This talk will examine the implications of the current explosion of scientific data, the challenges of data-centric collaboration, and the need for new and more powerful tools to visualize and explore this data. We begin with a survey of some of the open source tools that Microsoft Research is creating in collaboration with the scientific community and are donating the Outercurve Foundation, an open source foundation supported by Microsoft. The combination of open tools and services with open data is leading to major opportunities for new ways of organizing and exploring data, and hold great promise for delivering scientific discoveries in new and exciting ways.

    At 2:10pm to 2:50pm, Thursday 8th September

  • Building accessibility through large ecosystem innovation

    by Marco Zehe

    Mozilla Firefox is one of the most popular browsers on the planet, and it is fully open source. One of the goals of this browser is to ensure that the web remains free and open to everyone. Consequently Mozilla are very keen on ensuring that it can be used efficiently by everyone and in every situation.

    Ensuring Mozilla core is fully accessible requires working with a diverse eco system, including core developers,open source community, accessibility developers, AT manufactures, platform developers, standards groups, users; and now there's mobile as well. This talk explains how Mozilla have successfully approached this end ensured Mozilla has led on web accessibility.

    At 3:00pm to 3:30pm, Thursday 8th September

  • Licensing and Mobile technologies

    by Andrew Katz

    Intellectual Property law is never simple but open source licences go a long way to simplifying the life of a software producer seeking to collaborate with others. However, in the mobile space external factors can often limit options available. For example, app stores commonly have conditions that prevent some open source applications from being distributed while network providers seek to control software on their networks. These external forces can significantly affect the kind of development communities that can grow in the mobile space. In this talk Andrew Katz, a lawyer specializing in open source software, examines the interplay between mobile companies, community and licensing.

    At 3:00pm to 3:30pm, Thursday 8th September

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  • Take three code bases, six teams and a foundation...

    by Matt Franklin

    The Apache Rave project provides an interesting case-study for bringing together multiple academic sector projects from the EU and the US, each with an already mature code base. To this mix is added a commercial partner and the Apache Software Foundation. This union of these initial project teams will result in significant cost savings for all parties, as well as a higher quality product as the experiences of all participants are embodied in the new project code. Under the guidance of the Apache Way, the Apache Rave project will become a truly sustainable open source project that continues to server initial partners and newcomers alike.

    Rave members are also working together to reach out to other related open source projects like Shindig and Wookie, and to other potentially interested projects and developers both within and outside Apache. The goal for Apache Rave is to become a leading open-source, context-aware User Experience Platform capable of delivering a wide variety of interaction channels, using open standards technologies as OpenSocial and W3C widgets and REST based services. As Rave advances, it will add features like content integration, collaboration, personalization, and rich user application features.

    Apache Rave was initiated in 2010 at ApacheCON in Atlanta where Ate Douma, of the dutch based open source CMS company Hippo, brought together existing contributors on related projects to identify common needs and potential solutions. Some of these solutions were brought together during the first Eurpean OpenSocial Event in Utrecht (The Netherlands), and thereafter the Apache Rave project was created as an Apache incubator project.

    In this session two of the original proposers will present a potted history of Apache Rave and describe how and why the collaboration came about.

    At 3:00pm to 3:30pm, Thursday 8th September

  • Innovation and value creation in the document space

    by Don Harbison

    IBM has been engaged with open source projects for a very long time. In many ways open source is key to the companies strategy, but why is that?

    In this session Don Harbison will examine IBMs motivations and strategies with respect to open source software. Using the OpenOffice project as an example Don will illustrate the key arguments for Open Source in IBM including standards adoption, product commoditization, open innovation, resource sharing and value creation.

    OpenOffice was recently donated by Oracle to The Apache Software Foundation and IBM has committed its resources to help support the new Apache project's success, furthermore IBM has announced the contribution of the majority of its Symphony source code to the OpenOffice project. Don will illustrate why an independent, not-for-profit, software foundation was chosen, and why IBM is fully committed to the project's success.

    At 3:50pm to 4:30pm, Thursday 8th September

  • Innovation, Commoditization and Value Creation

    by Don Harbison

    IBM has been engaged with open source projects for a very long time. In many ways open source is key to the companies strategy, but why is that?

    In this session Don Harbison will examine IBMs motivations and strategies with respect to open source software. Using the OpenOffice project as an example Don will illustrate the key arguments for Open Source in IBM including standards adoption, product commoditization, open innovation, resource sharing and value creation.

    OpenOffice was recently donated by Oracle to The Apache Software Foundation and IBM has committed its resources to help support the new Apache project's success, furthermore IBM has announced the contribution of the majority of its Symphony source code to the OpenOffice project. Don will illustrate why an independent, not-for-profit, software foundation was chosen, and why IBM is fully committed to the project's success.

    At 3:50pm to 4:20pm, Thursday 8th September

  • More than a license

    by Simon Phipps

    What does authentic open source community governance look like? An open source community will involve many people gathering for their own independent reasons around a free software commons with source code licensed under an OSI-approved open source license. But there's more to software freedom than just the license. The key question any potential co-developer will want to ask is "what is the governance" - on what terms are people participating?

    At 3:50pm to 4:20pm, Thursday 8th September

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