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Zope Europe Association at the First Holland Open Software conference

by Nicolas Bossut last modified 2007-01-19 12:27

Xavier Heymans, Zope Europe association CEO, give a talk at the First Holland Open Software conference (HOSC) held on May 2005 in Amsterdam

HOSC invited some renowned speakers, both practitioners and scientists representing different disciplines and covering the wide plethora of dimensions of open source, open standards and open content. The conference is organised to demonstrate that professionnal open solutions are widely available and the organisers hope provide a platform for promoting open software. The presentations approach open software from different angles.

One topic is about organizational aspects of OSS communities :

Many of the larger open source communities connect hundreds if not thousands of individuals with different interests, backgrounds and motives. Many of these people are volunteers who are not paid to participate in the communities. Furthermore, many never get to see each other in real life. They meet virtually, on the Internet. Yet they are able to collectively develop software that is highly complex, that has proven to work and that is viewed as a viable alternative in today’s software market. The question that underlies this track of the conference is: ‘How?’ How do individuals in the communities collaborate and coordinate their activities? An understanding of this question is relevant for all those people that are thinking of adopting OSS or that want to become involved in OSS communities.

To understand how OSS communities are organized a number of well-known OSS representatives talk about their experiences in the communities :

  • Ruben van Wendel de Joode, Assistant Professor at Technische Universiteit te Delft
  • Tineke Egyedi, Senior researcher at Technische Universiteit te Delft
  • Olivier Sessink, Project leader Bluefish
  • Dirk-Willem van Gulik, President Apache Foundation
  • Xavier Heymans, CEO Zope Europe association
  • Arthur Buijs, Independent IT advisor and co-leader NL
  • Ton Roosendaal, Blender Foundation

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