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This is somewhat of a crossposting. However, I would love to see some of the
developers of open source social network analysis software up here to give
From May 9th to the 11th, the University of Toronto will be hosting a
conference on Open Source and Free Software. Make no mistake, it will be about
the social science side of the issue and promises to be an interesting week.
More information is available on our website,
Here's the latest press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELASE February 17, 2004
Please feel free to forward to other interested parties.
Open Source Conference to Showcase Pioneers
The May 9 to 11 University of Toronto conference on Open Source and
Free Software: Concepts, Controversies, and Solutions is pleased to
announce its keynote session featuring three leading thinkers and
Eben Moglen, Columbia law school professor and legal counsel to the
Free Software Foundation, has recently described "free software" as
"a social movement with specific political goals which will
characterize not only the production of software in the twenty-first
century, but the production and distribution of culture generally".
In addition to winning the Electronic Frontier Foundation's 2003
Pioneer award for his work with the FSF, he has helped ensure the
viability of the pioneering GPL free software license.
In this panel, Moglen will be joined by Apache Co-Founder Brian
Behlendorf. Open Source Apache web servers are currently the world's
most popular choice, outnumbering all other competitors combined two
to one. Behlendorf is also the founder and CTO of Collabnet and was
one of the original engineers of Wired Online and HotWired magazine.
Behlendorf notes that Open Source technology is on the "tipping
point" between useful strategy for some business and a crucial part
of the business world's day-to-day business.
Rounding out this panel is Rishab Aiyer Ghosh, founding editor of
First Monday, the world's most widely read online peer-reviewed
journal, with over 100,000 articles download per month. Additionally,
Ghosh is programme leader at the International Institute of
Infonomics, University of Maastricht, where he was lead author of the
European Commission-sponsored FLOSS study on Free Software / Open
More information on the conference can be found at
Other sessions deal with legal, political, and policy issues;
business models; technical issues; applications to health and
medicine; and open access and open content. Early bird registration
continues until the end of February.
The Conference is brought to you by the University of Toronto
Knowledge Media Design Institute, Connaught International Symposia
Fund, Center for Innovation Law and Policy, Citizen Lab of the Munk
Centre for International Studies, Department of Computer Science,
Information Policy Research Program, and the University of Toronto
Libraries and its Resource Centre for Academic Technology. We
acknowledge the support of Communications and Information Technology
Ontario, the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies, the Linux Professional
Institute, Seneca College, the Ontario Ministry of of Economic
Development and Trade, Caseware International, Openflows Networks
Ltd, and The Commons Group.
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