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Today is the early deadline for FOSS4G NA & EclipseCon 2015

Next March 9th to 12th, FOSS4G NA & EclipseCon are coming together at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, California. For one low price, attendees can attend any presentations or workshops/tutorials from either conference.

Today, Monday November 3rd, is the early bird deadline for the call for papers for both conferences. The final deadline is November 17th.

A friendly reminder that speakers who get their talks accepted get a free full access pass to the conference!! Submit your proposal today at either:

  1. FOSS4G CfP – for anything geospatial related including open source software and open data.
  2. EclipseCon CfP – for anything Science, IoT, Development Tools, and other topics covered on the CfP Page.

Also co-hosted with the larger conferences include some very interesting theme days:

  • Science Day, featuring open source software for Scientific research
  • PGDay, featuring presentations on the PostgreSQL database
  • IoT Day, featuring presentations exploring the Internet of Things
  • CDT Day, featuring presentations on C/C++ development
  • Polarsys Day, covering embedded system development for safety critical systems such as aviation, space, and energy

A case study in being creepy

Apathy is easy. Especially on the Internet. There’s so much “shit going down” that looking the other way and not getting involved is often necessary to avoid being overwhelmed. Not this time.

Last week, my partner was annoyed with how her hair was behaving and felt it was overdue for a trim. She posted a headshot of herself for a before and after sequence. Soon afterwards, some random jerk posted:

“Wow. I had no idea how breathakingly beautiful you are. Just…wow….”

A compliment, but a creepy one. Not surprisingly this made her uncomfortable. In my opinion a big part of it was the comment was made in a tone that was inappropriate for their level of familiarity (pretty much zero). It was something I, as her partner for 22 years, might say. I’ve earned the right & trust to say it. This person clearly had not. It was an electronic invasion of personal space. Further, this person felt they had the right to publicly voice how physically attractive (or not) they felt she was. I want to educate my fellow men. No, we don’t have that right. It is highly inappropriate and creepy to overstep like this.

This person then went on to further reinforce my opinion that they have broken attitudes towards women with this comment:

“Theres a stunning redhead next to me as I wait for the car to be serviced. Boyfriend or not, I can’t help myself from staring at her…”

Whether a woman has a boyfriend or not does not change inappropriateness. It is pretty crap that this guy feels otherwise.

The attitude that this guy can just help himself and stare if he finds some woman attractive and her comfort be damned is not OK. That he felt comfortable publicly gloating about it is even worse.

Men, we need to hold ourselves and especially each other to a higher standard. And just because it happens all the time doesn’t make it OK.

EclipseCon & FOSS4G NA CfP now open

Next March 9th to 12th, the FOSS4G & EclipseCon North America 2015 conferences are co-hosted at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame California. Attendees can go to any talk or workshop of their choice for no added cost.

The Call for Papers for each is now open!
EclipseCon NA

Submitting a proposal is painless and involves filling out a simple web form.

We’re keen to see what kind of mad cross pollination of ideas comes from bringing so many smart & creative people together!

p.s. As a thank you, speakers receive a free pass to the conference.

Don’t be “that guy”

Dear FOSS4G goers,

I would like to share a brief public service announcement.

I know the conference is very stimulating and exciting. I know Portland is a very cool city. I know the evening parties often involve alcohol consumption. People are often exhausted from the conference, travel, and jet lag. It can be hard to keep a grip on appropriate inhibitions. But please don’t over do it and lose your grip.

Please try and remember your manners and basic human decency so that everyone can have a good time and feel welcome & comfortable.

Thank you & enjoy the conference.

p.s. Kudos to the Portland organizing team and thank you for huge amount of work you’ve done so that we can enjoy a great conference!

Program Committee selected for FOSS4G North America 2015

On July 17th, we announced that Rob Emanuele would be program chair for FOSS4G North America 2015.

I am very pleased to announce that he has picked the program team that will select the program for the conference. And it is a wonderful team. The team brings a diverse set of expertise and perspectives.

Thank you Rob, and thanks in advance to Kate, Andy, Regina, Beth, and Jody for putting together a great program for next March 9th to 12th!

Logo selected for FOSS4G North America 2015


Our logo contest has concluded and our conference committee have selected a winning logo.

The logo continues the compass point theme from the past two FOSS4G North America conferences in Washington D.C. & Minneapolis. It also pulls in the ribbon theme from the global FOSS4G. The bridge is a nice reminder that the event will be held in Burlingame, a short distance from San Francisco. The conference runs March 9th to 12th, 2015.

Congratulations to PixelNodes, the winning designer. And thank you to 99designs for hosting the contest.

The myth of the volunteer open source developer

An interesting cluster of articles from last fall drew my attention. One from November entitled “FOSS and the Sublimation of Commodity Fetishism” is an interesting look some factors that others have cited contribute to diversity issues. In short, not everyone can afford to work for free on open source software.

The author writes:
“The participants in F/OSS communities are, in fact, compensated for their labour. Not with money, but with social capital.”

The not compensated with money part is misleading. I’d like to revisit the social capital part in another post later.

A more recent article by Matt Asay, rebutting Quentin Hardy’s “Open Source and the Challenge of Making Money“, notes that a great deal of open source is developed by employees of companies such as Google, Amazon, Linkedin, Netflix, and others. They do so because their products and services they sell are based on open source rather than selling the open source software directly.

Simply put, the core team in large open source projects tend to be professionals rather than volunteers.


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