The Web has transformed not only the way we approach modern day science, but a number of other facets of the research cycle: tools for analysis, mediums which now serve as “information inputs”, how we exchange ideas and even discover knowledge. Yet despite the pieces being there, changing practice is like trying to shake a castle.
by Wesley Chun
An update from last year's well-received public service talk, we'll discuss the evolution of Python & answer common FAQs. There are those who worry that Python 3 is backwards-incompatible to Python 2. We address that issue, discuss what the main differences are, mention migration, the roles of 2.6/2.7 & other transition tools, and conclude with an update on what has been & yet needs to be ported.
Go 1 is a stable version of the Go Programming Language that will be supported for years to come. In this talk, Rob Pike and Andrew Gerrand outline the major highlights of the release and discuss the details behind some specific libraries and tools. They show that Go is not just a language, but a cohesive programming environment for producing high quality software.
Our current public education system was built using industrial age
thinking, and is now struggling to adapt to modern educational
needs. Open Source philosophieshave given us an information age of
prosperity. Recent developments mean we can finally use "open source
thinking" to transform our educational system into a 21st century
success- but it won't look much like it does today.
by Brian Capouch
Pastfinder is a prototype system developed by the software engineering class at Saint Joseph's College to keep track of a wide variety of geolocated historical assets. Based on Open Source tools, it was used to develop an online "virtual cemetery" which represents Independence Cemetery, a large pioneer graveyard in Jasper County, Indiana.
The Geospatial Web has grown from a niche of government and expensive commercial vendors to a broad and open ecosystem of data, tools, and formats that are easily accessible by anyone to analyze, visualize, and even update. This talk will cover the tools and capabilities of open geospatial tools as well as technical side of open geospatial formats and great sources of open geodata.
Meet, discuss and learn about open translation and localization tools that you can use to make your application or service accessible to users globally.
16th–20th July 2012