Donna Benjamin | 3 Mar 12:15 2009
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Strategic ICT Advisory Service submissions

Submissions to the Strategic ICT Advisory Service 

http://www.educationau.edu.au/jahia/Jahia/home/pid/757

Education.au is inviting peak bodies across the education
and training sectors to provide a submission that will be
used to inform the content of a report on emerging
technologies and their implications for the education and
training community. 

This report has been commissioned by the Department of Education,
Employment & Workplace Relations (DEEWR).. This document provides
the context and discussion questions related to the invitation for
submissions ..

2.1 Questions 

2.1.1 Theme 1 

Implications of continuously emerging technologies for learning/learners 

•  What will learning look like in a student-centred demand driven model? 
•  What will learning environments look like?  
•  What are the implications for curriculum and assessment? 

2.1.2 Theme 2  

Implications of continuously emerging technologies for professional 
learning and educators 

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Silvia Pfeiffer | 4 Mar 04:19 2009
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Support for OpenMediaNow

At the recent LCA, Rob Savoye from OpenMediaNow gave a talk about how
patents around media codecs need a thorough analysis to clear free and
open source codecs from the threat of submarine patents and in order
for FOSS projects to work legally with proprietary codecs.

With the help of the $1K donation of FOMS as announced at LCA, Rob is
now setting up a new site where the patent work will happen and is
seeding it with copies of documents from S.F. or D.C., where the
patent repository is for all the documents that aren't online.

**This is your chance to help out!**

Rob is looking for a volunteer system administrator and a volunteer
drupal administrator that can donate some of their spare time to help
set up and prepare the site, such that lawyers and other experts can
contribute patent analysis and prior art easily.

If you are interested and qualified, please email me and I will put
you through to Rob.

It's a really worthwhile cause that will open more opportunities for
Linux on the Desktop and Rob is the right person to attack
and resolve these issues.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Cheers,
Silvia.

Some background information:
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Silvia Pfeiffer | 3 Mar 01:37 2009
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Support for OpenMediaNow

At the recent LCA, Rob Savoye from OpenMediaNow gave a talk about how
patents around media codecs need a thorough analysis to clear free and
open source codecs from the threat of submarine patents and in order
for FOSS projects to work legally with proprietary codecs.

With the help of the $1K donation of FOMS as announced at LCA, Rob is
now setting up a new site where the patent work will happen and is
seeding it with copies of documents from S.F. or D.C., where the
patent repository is for all the documents that aren't online.

This is your chance to help out!

Rob is looking for a volunteer system administrator and a volunteer
drupal administrator that can donate some of their spare time to help
set up and prepare the site, such that lawyers and other experts can
contribute patent analysis and prior art easily.

If you are interested and qualified, please email me and I will put
you through to Rob.

It's a really worthwhile cause and Rob is the right person to attack
and resolve these issues.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

Cheers,
Silvia.

Some background information:
Rob is well connected in the FOSS community and also with lawyers. For
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Donna Benjamin | 6 Mar 06:52 2009
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Next OSIA Melbourne Meeting: Thursday 16 April

Next OSV/OSIA meeting

http://osia.net.au/melbourne-16apr2009

"Open Source GeoSpatial Software - Introduction and Business Case"
 by Roald de Wit of Lisasoft - http://www.lisasoft.com/ 

Venue: Innovation  <at>  257 Level One, 
Emirates House, 257 Collins Street, Melbourne CBD
Time: Arrive from 7pm for a 7:15pm start Presentation
RSVP: donna [at] cc.com.au

Roald will present an overview of some of the main Open Source
Geospatial applications that are available. He will also explain why
Australian governmental agencies are moving towards Open Source
alternatives for their geospatial applications and infrastructures.

Roald is a software engineer/team lead for LISAsoft, a geospatial
systems integration, software development and consulting company. His
main area of expertise lies in the visualisation of geospatial
information through innovative and user friendly interfaces using
web-based thin clients.

Join us afterwards for Noodles and Sushi at Shuji Sushi 250 Flinders
Lane, followed by a beverage at the Charles Dickens Tavern downstairs at
290 Collins Street.
Pia Waugh | 10 Mar 00:49 2009

Press Release: FOSS4G Call for Abstracts

Hi all,

Thought this would be of interest to the community :)

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The Organising Committee would like to welcome all interested participants
to submit abstracts for presentations for the Free and Open Source Software
for Geospatial conference (FOSS4G), being held in Sydney, Australia October
20-23. FOSS4G offers participants an opportunity to learn from and share
your knowledge, experience and ideas with a group of like minded individuals
representing a wide array of industries, governments, technologies and
nationalities.

Presentations are open to all those interested and will comprise a 30 minute
slot which includes hand-over, introductions and 5 minutes for questions.
Presentations will be selected which have a strong "Open Geospatial" theme
to them. The committee is looking for a mixture of technical and
non-technical presentations. 

The FOSS4G Press release can be found at:
http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2009_Press_Release_7

Cheers,
Pia

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Stewart Smith | 10 Mar 01:53 2009
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Re: Support for OpenMediaNow

On Tue, Mar 03, 2009 at 11:37:22AM +1100, Silvia Pfeiffer wrote:
> At the recent LCA, Rob Savoye from OpenMediaNow gave a talk about how
> patents around media codecs need a thorough analysis to clear free and
> open source codecs from the threat of submarine patents and in order
> for FOSS projects to work legally with proprietary codecs.

I've mentioned this privately before, but now on list (also for
discussion). This is something that I'd like to see LA be able to
support financially.

What I believe it'll come down to is the budgeting session at the
upcoming LA council f2f. We have to make sure we have the room in the
budget before we go spending it :)
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Stewart Smith
James Purser | 10 Mar 05:58 2009
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[Fwd: [H-GEN] Kernel Conference Australia - Call for Papers]

Received this the other day and thought there may be some people on this
list who might be interested.

Please not that it is not an exclusively Linux Kernel conference and is
rather an opportunity for Kernel hackers from a wide range of different
backgrounds and operating systems to sit down and compare notes.

James Purser

Kernel Conference Australia 2009

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Call for Papers
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Conference dates:	15, 16, 17 July 2009
Location:  		Queensland Brain Institute at
			the University of Queensland

Homepage:		http://wikis.sun.com/display/KCA
http://wikis.sun.com/display/KCA/KCA2009+-+Call+for+Papers

Original presentations focused on Open Source kernels and the technologies
which we find within those kernels are solicited for submission to the first
Kernel Conference Australia (KCA 2009). 

Papers may present theory, techniques, applications and practical experiences
on a variety of topics including, but not limited to: 

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Silvia Pfeiffer | 10 Mar 23:49 2009
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Re: Support for OpenMediaNow

On Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 11:53 AM, Stewart Smith <stewart@...> wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 03, 2009 at 11:37:22AM +1100, Silvia Pfeiffer wrote:
>> At the recent LCA, Rob Savoye from OpenMediaNow gave a talk about how
>> patents around media codecs need a thorough analysis to clear free and
>> open source codecs from the threat of submarine patents and in order
>> for FOSS projects to work legally with proprietary codecs.
>
> I've mentioned this privately before, but now on list (also for
> discussion). This is something that I'd like to see LA be able to
> support financially.
>
> What I believe it'll come down to is the budgeting session at the
> upcoming LA council f2f. We have to make sure we have the room in the
> budget before we go spending it :)

Stewart, that's awesome! The more the community contributes, the more
the big guys like Google and Mozilla will feel compelled to also
contribute. :)

In addition, Pia had the idea of running a campaign across Australia
to encourage people to contribute personally - after all, uninhibited
multimedia on Linux is a very attractive goal. If anybody would like
to help set up a page/site for such a campaign, please contact me or
Pia.

Cheers,
Silvia.
Stewart Smith | 11 Mar 01:41 2009

Re: Support for OpenMediaNow

On Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 09:49:07AM +1100, Silvia Pfeiffer wrote:
> In addition, Pia had the idea of running a campaign across Australia
> to encourage people to contribute personally - after all, uninhibited
> multimedia on Linux is a very attractive goal. If anybody would like
> to help set up a page/site for such a campaign, please contact me or
> Pia.

This is an area where LA infrastructure could be quite useful. There's a
payment gateway, ability to host web sites. The LA admin team would be
the people to talk to about how we could go about this (Steve, Andrew?)
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Stewart Smith
Steve Walsh | 11 Mar 02:32 2009
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Re: Support for OpenMediaNow

Stewart Smith wrote:
> This is an area where LA infrastructure could be quite useful. There's 
> a payment gateway, ability to host web sites. The LA admin team would 
> be the people to talk to about how we could go about this (Steve, Andrew?)
This should be doable via the ever-feature-increasing Linux Australia 
webstore. Let me have a play with the package and I'll get back to you 
off list.

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Steve Walsh
RHCE
Vice President / SysAdmin Team member- Linux Australia
Networks and Technology - Linux.conf.au 2008
Evil Network bunny - Linux.conf.au 2009
Geek Emeritus (you fool! You glorious fool!) - Linux.conf.au 2010

Gmane