Richard Poynder | 10 Apr 18:39 2006

Interviews with Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond and Lawrence Lessig

The Basement Interviews

For anyone interested, recently published in-depth interviews with 
Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond and Lawrence Lessig are now available 
at the following URLs:

Richard Stallman:

Eric Raymond:

Lawrence Lessig:

Further details about The Basement Interviews can be found at:

Richard Poynder
Freelance Journalist 
Riccardo Mazza | 12 Apr 10:05 2006

Deadline extension: Workshop on Free and Open Source Learning Environments and Tools (FOSLET06)

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***DEADLINE EXTENSION: April 19, 2006***

  ** Call for papers **

Workshop on Free and Open Source Learning Environments and Tools

In conjunction with the Second International
Conference on Open Source Systems.
June 10th 2006, Como (Italy).

Web-based Learning Environments supported by Course Management Systems,
(also known as Learning Management Systems) have become a valid solution
for institutions, schools and universities wishing to deliver e-learning
or support blended-learning activities. Learning Environments are used
to distribute information and content material to students, prepare
assignments and tests, engage in discussions, and manage distance classes
without any time and space restrictions. During the last few years,
several institutions have moved from commercial/proprietary solutions to
Free and Open Source (FOS) environments. The increasing popularity that
FOS solutions for e-learning are enjoying is partly due to the absence
of license costs, and partly to the great adaptability and interoperability
of FOSS solutions, also in relationship with the development and adoption
of Learning Technology Standards, such as the Shareable Content Object
Reference Model (SCORM) and the IMS Global Content Packaging specifications.
These latter aspects can make it easier to integrate FOS e-learning
solutions in the institutional setting and foster the adoption of innovative
teaching and learning solutions.

The workshop will focus on solutions, practices, and experience of FOS
Learning Environments that give particular emphasis to two perspectives:
1- Interoperability, including course content migration, metadata, and
standards implementation.
2- Adaptability and integration, including LMS fine-tuning to specific
organizational requirements, integration into the teaching activity,
costs and management.

The workshop encourages submissions on all topics related to Free and
Open Source Learning Environments including (but not limited to) the

- Interoperability and implementation of standards among Learning
- FOS Learning Environments architectures, configurations, and
- Learning & Content Management Systems, repositories
- Metadata models and mapping
- Interoperability use cases, experience reports of interoperable
educational systems
- Cost models of commercial/proprietary and FOS e-learning solutions
- Good practices of integration of FOS solutions into real institutional
- Technical, financial, institutional, organizational, and design issues

- Submission of papers (NEW DATE):     April 19, 2006
- Notification of acceptance:     May 5, 2006
- Submission of final papers:     May 19, 2006
- Workshop date:         June 10, 2006

- Luca Botturi, Faculty of Communication Sciences, University of Lugano,
- Riccardo Mazza, Faculty of Informatics, University of Lugano, Switzerland.
- Stefano Tardini, eLearning Lab, University of Lugano, Switzerland.

- Jesus G. Barahona, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
- Lorenzo Cantoni, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland
- Ernesto Damiani, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
- Vania Dimitrova, University of Leeds, UK
- Richard F. Kenny, Athabasca University, Canada
- Kinshuk, Massey University, New Zealand
- Federico Flueckiger, University of Applied Sciences of southern
- Jaime Villante, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers
that are not being considered for publication in any other place.
The workshop language is english, both for papers and presentations.
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, in PDF format and
formatted using the ACM camera-ready templates available at
All accepted papers will be published in the workshop proceedings
and published through the workshop website.
Papers cannot exceed 8 pages in length. Papers must be submitted
electronically through the conference website

Luca Botturi, Riccardo Mazza, Stefano Tardini
NewMinE Lab
Via G. Buffi, 13
CH-6900 Lugano (Switzerland)
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