Daily Archives: 10/01/2010

International Women’s Day – Competition

International Women’s Day – Competition

Last year in Dublin I ran a Girl Geek Day event to celebrate Ada Lovelace day.  It was an afternoon of discussions where we got some feedback on issues we faced at college, in the workplace and how we thought we could help one another.

This year, the Ubuntu Women project has decided to celebrate International Women’s Day in a unique way.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is marked on March 8 every year. It is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Started as a political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries (primarily Russia and the countries of former Soviet bloc). In some celebrations, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love to the women around them in a way somewhat similar to Mother’s Day and St Valentine’s Day mixed together. In others, however, the political and human rights theme as designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.

What we are doing is going to collect  stories from people who are involved in the project. Everyone gets involved in different ways, and we want to hear your story.  Were you involved in your LoCo before this, a member of a different team, heard about Ubuntu in college, or were you looking for help an answers with a project you were working on.  No story is going to be there same. Your story is important to us, as a community so we can share it with others, and encourage them to join and take part.

To hear how you got involved, shows us there are numerous ways to stumble into our world and take part.  This is what we want to hear about.

Now, how do you do it, how can you take part, here’s the information, read it and do circulate it. Share it amongst your friends.

There will be two (2) prizes up for grabs. One (1) prize pack will be given to the story that the community votes is their favourite. One (1) prize pack will be given to a randomly drawn entrant. Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu Community Manager will be drawing this entrant in a videocast, and announcing both winners to the world on March 8th.

Please email your stories to ubuntuwomen.competition at gmail.com by UTC  23:59 22nd February 2010.

By submitting a story, you acknowledge that it will be posted on the Ubuntu Women website under the Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivatives [0] licence. If you prefer that your story be posted under a less restrictive licence such as Creative Commons Attribution [1] or Public Domain [2], then feel free to let us know when you submit. All stories are to be non-fiction and of a family-friendly nature. The  organisers also reserve the right to interview prospective winners over
the phone or other voice chat at their discretion.

We will celebrate International Women’s Day by announcing the winners, who will receive gift packs (which are still in negotiation — we will announce when it is confirmed!).

[0] http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/
[1] http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
[2] http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain

Looking forward to reading all the stories about how you got involved in Ubuntu! Remember it can be any length, it can be about anything you want, don’t feel your story has to be technical to enter! We just want to hear it from you!

Open Source Hardware and Software Seminars/Workshops

Open Source Hardware and Software Seminars/Workshops

The hackerspace in Dublin TOG are running a series of seminars and workshops showcasing Open Source as part of Engineers Week.  On Monday 8th of February they have a seminar showing how to create a  circuit board using open source tools. The cost of commercial software is usually the big barrier to entry in designing your own circuit boards.Did I say this was free? All the seminars they are running for this week are free but you need to prebook your place.

On the Wednesday 10 of February, they are also showing open source hardware with the Arduino Platform. The  Arduino is
a microcontroller that has become very popular with artists and electronics tinkerers alike. The seminar is an introduction to Arduino and a great chance for people to make a start with Arduino. Again this event is free.

On the weekend, Sunday 14th of February, they are having a hands on Arduino workshop. Where people will be doing all sorts of things with Arduino’s. In the afternoon you can get you chance to build your very own Arduino. There is a materials fee for the workshop.

These events are being organised by the folks over at TOG.  All of the information is here.  As they pointed out you do need to register for a place at these workshops.

Open ACS / .LRN for Ubuntu – Lucid

Open ACS / .LRN for Ubuntu – Lucid
Open ACS / LRN For Ubuntu

Open ACS / LRN For Ubuntu

Firstly some background, I work for an Irish company who use the Open ACS tools, when I heard about this development I thought I’d share it with others. OpenACS (Open Architecture Community System) is an advanced toolkit for building scalable, enterprise-level web applications.  It is also the foundation for the e-learning platform .LRN.  The system is used by many organisations worldwide, including:

  • Greenpeace International
  • Pharmaceuticals International Network
  • Project Open ]po[
  • Young Americas Business Trust
  • Galileo University, Guatemala
  • Harvard, JFK School of Government, USA
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
  • Quest Computing, Ireland
  • Arts Council England, UK
  • Los Angeles Unified School District, USA
  • Ministério do Desenvolvimento Indústria e Comércio Exterior, Brazil
  • Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria
  • University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • University of Valencia, Spain
  • Spanish National University for Distance Education (UNED), Spain
  • DigitalOne, Hong Kong
  • Bir Zeit University, Palestine
  • Elearning Network of Australasia (ElNet)

OpenACS features a collection of pre-built applications and services that you can build on to create a custom web-site or application.  OpenACS uses a built-in, simple, string-oriented, scripting language, efficient multi-threading, simple and abstracted database access and connection pooling. OpenACS is derived from the ArsDigita Community System (ACS), developed by ArsDigita (now part of Red Hat).  Since going open source in 1999, the OpenACS community has developed packages for user/groups management, content management, e-commerce, news, FAQs, calendar, forums, bug tracking, full-text searching and many more.

A vibrant and productive community has sprung up around OpenACS and there are many volunteer contributors as well as commercial companies able to provide support, hosting, and custom development. Extensive documentation and a Wiki, complemented by a “Getting Started” Tutorial are available.  Many of the production users are actively funding and contributing work back to the project. Formal, consensus driven governance has been established (with semi-annual elections) which ensures the project serves the needs of its constituents.

Install OpenACS on Ubuntu from the community repository.  OpenACS will be available as an official Ubuntu package in the middle of February.