fOSSa 2010 Free Open Source Software Academia Conference Grenoble France.

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Education / Public Sector

To look at the future
Responsible: IRILL – Paris Diderot – Roberto Di Cosmo

Computers & software are becoming pervasive, and are having directly or indirectly a significant impact on almost all aspects of our modern life: it comes as no surprise that computer & software have an impact on education too. Academia has an important role to play at several levels…
- We need to educate the teachers,
- We need to teach all university students,
- We need to teach IT students how to work in an environment that i
s becoming dominated by Free & Open Source software.

In the Education track of Fossa 2010, we will try to advance the debate on all these levels, by bringing together people that have first hand experience gained during early experiments in the past years, as well as people working to improve on what is currently done.

Instead of traditional technical conferences, the different presentations will follow a “lightning talk” style to allow a greater freedom of movement and exchange of ideas.


Free Coffee & Registration

Title & Organisation


09:00 Lightning Talks

IRILL – Research & Innovation on Free Software (pdf)
Roberto Di Cosmo
09:30 Computer Science
for everybody
Introducing Computer Science in High School (pdf) Gilles Dowek
Free Software & collaboration for undergraduates (pdf) Ralf Treinen
10:15 Free Software
in the IT Curriculum
Report on the Free Technology Academy experience (pdf) Franco Iacomella
Wouter Tebbens
The COMETE project at Evry with the Mozilla foundation (pdf) Didier Courtaud
Judith Benzakki
11:00 Students hands-on
experience in FOSS projects
Summer of Code Projects
Google summer of Code: Experiences and Beyond (pdf) Albert Cohen & Olivier Berger
The OW2 programming contest in China: A success story (pdf) Alexandre Lefebvre
11:45 Unconference Panel Connecting Communities Gabriele Ruffatti
You can ask your own questions!
12:30 Free Lunch
Public Sector
To democratize FOSS to public service & citizens
Responsible: Fraunhofer Fokus – Yuri Glickman
Our society becomes more & more open. That concerns & involves all of us. One of the aspects of this tendency is the activities undertaken by public organizations to become more transparent to the citizens. The informational technologies play very important role in this process, but…What is the value of FOSS in it? - How FOSS is used in modern public organizations?
- How can the FOSS community help public organizations to become more open?
- How can FOSS itself become more open to public organizations and citizens?
- What is the role of academic FOSS community in those processes?

All these questions will be discussed at the session “FOSS for Public Services” following a “lightning talk” style to allow a greater freedom of movement & exchange of ideas.

14:00 Lightning Talks For a sustainable cognitive ecosystem Fiorello Cortiana

Open Government (pdf) Joern von Lucke

Potential & risks of Open Data & Open Government for transparency in politics (pdf) Marco Fioretti
15:15 FLOSS in Public
Administrations Today
Europe’s public administrations’ use of open source for their desktops (pdf) Gijs Hillenius

Open Source & GreenIT for eGovernment (pdf) François Letellier
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 Innovative solutions for
public services
POZNAN FLOSS-based municipal services (pdf) Bartosz Lewandowski

17:15 Unconference Panel Open Source for Open Public Services Gijs Hillenius

You can ask your own questions!

Yuri Glickman
Marco Fioretti
Fiorello Cortiana
18:00 Wrap-up + Contest
18:15 End
Free Cocktail!
18:30 AlpesJug – BIRD OF FEATHER Special GUEST & TALK!
Jason Van Zyl … the father of MAVEN!

Jason is the founder and CTO of Sonatype, the Maven company, and founder of the Apache Maven project, the Plexus IoC framework, and the Apache Velocity project.

Jason currently serves on the Apache Maven Project Management Committee. He has been involved with the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) for seven years, helped to found Codehaus, a well-respected incubation facility for open source community projects.

Presentation HERE

More information soon: Keep tune!

Day 3 Details >>>

Roberto Di Cosmo
  • Roberto Di Cosmo ( holds a PhD in Computer Science and is currently Computer Science professor at University Paris Diderot, after teaching for almost a decade at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and spending a few years at INRIA.
  • He has been actively involved in research in theoretical computing, specifically in functional programming, parallel and distributed programming, the semantics of programming languages, type systems, rewriting and linear logic.
  • Following the evolution of our society under the impact of IT with great interest, he has been a Free Software advocate, contributing to its adoption since 1998 with the best-seller “Hijacking the world” (, seminars, articles and software.
  • He has created the Free Software thematic group of System@tin in October 2007, and coordinates the Mancoosi european project dedicated to improving the quality of GNU/Linux distributions.

IRILL – Research & Innovation on Free SoftwareIRILL

Mr Gilles Dowek
  • Directeur de Recherche à l’INRIA
  • Professeur à l’Ecole polytechnique.
  • Participation à plusieurs Emissions scientifiques sur Arte, France 5, France Culture, …
  • Conférences au Palais de la Découverte, à la Biliothèque Nationale, à la Cité des sciences et de l’industrie, …
  • Publication de plusieurs livres. Traductions en allemand, espagnol, italien et coréen.

What should we teach in high school computer science classes to make the students free ?

As France, after many other countries, is going to start teaching computer science in high school in 2012, many ideas are proposed for the content of such a course.
In this talk I suggest that the choice of this content should aim at developing the understanding, and thus the autonomy, of the students.

Mr Albert Cohen
  • Albert  is a senior research scientist at INRIA Saclay (Paris) and a part time associate professor at École Polytechnique, France.
  • His research aims at scaling the performance of computational applications over generations of computer architectures, with an emphasis on optimizing compilers for high-performance and embedded systems, deterministic parallel programming, automatic parallelization, and parallel runtime systems.
  • He graduated from École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and received his PhD from the University of Versailles in 1999.

Google summer of Code: Experiences and Beyond

This talk would address the challenges of demystifying the innards of computing systems to students with very little programming experience (based on Android). Then, for those specializing in CS or ECE, We will discuss/share our experience with the Google Summer of Code program (for GCC-related work) and how this approach could be adapted and integrated to current curricula.

Mr Ralf Treinen
  • I google, you google, …

Free Software & collaboration for undergraduates

Ralf Treinen will give a talk on his course to non IT undergrads on free software, and/or report on how participation to the Debian project happens for non IT experts. Thus… the presentation will pinepoint the following topics:

- teaching non IT undergrads,
- how to participate in Free Software by reporting bugs,
- writing documentation,
- discussing the agenda of the evolution of a project and more.

Mr Alexandre Lefebvre
  • France Telecom
  • OW2 Consortium
  • OW2 Technical Council Chairman

The OW2 programming contest in China: a success story

For the second time in 2010, OW2 and Scilab have organized a joint open source programming contest targeted at Chinese students and supported by leading Chinese universities. We will present the OW2 programming contest, describe its organization, how it fits within the OW2 ecosystem, links with Scilab, benefits for OW2 projects, members and the contestants, as well as our feedback for improvements.

Mr Franco Iacomella
  • Franco Iacomella studies and research in the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), in Argentina.
  • He is focused in project design and visual communication.
  • He is also involved in social and political projects related with public access to knowledge and cultural diversity.
  • He works in FLACSO (Latin American School of Social Sciences) and is consultant for the Universitat Oberta of Catalunya (UOC).
  • He has been working in the “Free/Open Culture” field for the last 8 years, being a member-contributor of a big number of world wide known institutions, projects and initiatives like: GNU Project, Free Software Foundation Latin America, Gleducar NGO, MIA, Free Knowledge Institute, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), SELF Project, Open Web Foundation and others. In the FTA he act as WP6-1 Leader and WP3 member.
  • Organisation: Free Knowledge Institute, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
  • Roles: FTA Communications coordinator, WP6 Leader

Report on the Free Technology Academy experience


Mr Wouter Tebbens
  • Wouter Tebbens is co-founder and serves currently as president of the Free Knowledge Institute and is director of the Free Technology Academy.
  • Between 2006 and 2008 he was coordinator of the European Commission’s FP6-funded SELF Project (Science, Education & Learning in Freedom) to design a platform for the collaborative construction of educational materials.
  • He achieved a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Twente (Netherlands).
  • He has worked in various functions in Europe, Argentina and Spain. In 2002 he founded the company offering services based on free software to SME companies.
  • Between 2004 and 2007 he presided the working group on Free/Libre/Open Source Software at Internet Society Netherlands.
  • The Free Knowledge Institute:
  • The Free Technology Academy:

Report on the Free Technology Academy experience


Cortiana2 Mr Fiorello Cortiana, Milano 1955

  • Graduate of the Università degli Studi of Milan in Modern Literature
  • Regional Administrator in Lombardy 1992/1994
  • Member of Italian Parliament as Senator 1996/2006
  • Member of the Italian Delegation, as Senate representative, at the WSIS (World Summit on the Information Society) of the United Nations, Geneva/Tunis
  • Member of the Italian Advisory Committee on the Internet Governance and of the Italian Delegation at the IGF (Internet Governance Forum) of the United Nations

For a sustainable cognitive ecosystem

The “Share the Knowledge” is the condition and the method of relationship for the cognitive production today. A relationship in which science, cultures and practices of the biological sphere are related with those of the anthropological sphere through their different expressive languages in the interconnected/interactive digital age.The sharing as a condition of contamination and then for new combinations in the production of cognitive value is an approach supported by UNESCO and UN WSIS resolutions, and by the Lisbon Agenda of EU on Knowledge Society. We need to recognize the knowledge, the Net, the rules, the whole cognitive ecosystem as commons to be capable of future. Understanding the change from Darwin to the Lisbon Agenda.

In the knowledge society, the production of value and distribution models are made more effective through collective processes, not linear ones, where all players can access the interactive network and knowledge without discriminatory conditions.

The Nature of Knowledge calls for a reflection around the inescapable epistemological background necessary to form a culture of complexity, so that there are no dangerous simplifications of complex processes in which the relationship between the historical time and biological one is, at the same time, local and global.

We need a permanent connection into the time of biological space, so that the interactive network is an extension of the social relationship, introductory and not alternative to the physical relationship, a viral one not a virtual one.

“Rights as a common good and the commons as a right” this is our first priority for bridging the world economic backwardness and spreading knowledge with the Internet.

Jörn von Lucke
Joern Von Lucke
  • Born in Bielefeld in 1971.
  • After completing his university entrance certificate in Konstanz in 1990, he studied business information science at the University of Mannheim.
  • In 1999, he obtained a doctorate from the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer, where he also assumed a professorship in 2007 with a thesis on high-performance portals for public administration.
  • For two years, he worked for the Federal Administrative Office on the conceptual further development of the portal, amongst other things.
  • Since January 2007 he has been a research associate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) in Berlin, and,
  • Since January 2009 he has been managing the “Deutsche Telekom Institute for Connected Cities” (TICC) and holds the associated professorship for Administrative and Business Information Systems at the Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen

Open Government

Mr Marco Fioretti
Marco Fioretti
  • Freelance writer, activist & teacher about open digital standards, Free Software, digital technologies & the their relations & impact on education, ethics, civil rights & environmental issues.
  • Member of & OpenDocument Fellowship
  • Co-autor of Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice (O’Reilly, March. 2010, see
  • Currently working on research project “Open Open Data, Open Society: openness of public data in EU local administrations”,
  • Most recent teaching engagements:
    - “Digital Cultures and NGOS” (online course for, see
    - Open Government course at UIMP Santander (summer 2010),
  • Linux Journal Contributing Editor
    - Home page with list of publications:
    - Webzine:

Potential & risks of Open Data & Open Government for transparency in politics

Current digital technologies and communication network will have huge impacts on the renewal of national and local Public Administrations. On one hand, proper usage of these technologies isn’t simply a very efficient way to cut costs: it can and should transform the very nature and role of the same administrations in modern society, as well as their relationship with citizens.On the other hand, opening too much Public Sector Information or moving government services online can be almost useless or even cause problems, if most citizens are unable to take advantage in these opportunities, or have no interest in them. How often does this happen in Europe?

The talk will summarize the two issues above and propose some ways to solve the problems caused by the second.

Mr Gijs Hillenius
  • Gijs Hillenius has more than 24 years experience as a journalist, communicating to a variety of audiences.
  • He works and has worked for all sorts of media: daily, weekly, radio, Internet and trade magazines.
  • He pens for publications in many EU Member States, the US and Canada, including IEEE science papers and the Economist Intelligence Unit economic analysis. The past eleven years he has covered all major trends in government and enterprise IT, developments in tech science and shifts in Europe’s IT labour markets.
  • A evaluation in 2010 of his reporting for the European Commission, on the use of open source software by public administrations, likened his work to that of the BBC news.

Europe’s public administrations’ use of open source for their desktops

Lack of political support hinders open source desktop?

Of the fifteen million civil servants in the member states of the
European Union, those in education and health care not included, 105
thousand use a PC running an open source operating system. In other
words, for every thousands PCs, seven will be running an open source
operating systems. The main reason for this obvious failing of the
market for desktop operating systems and the market for office
applications, is the lack of political will.

Mr Bartosz Lewandowski
  • Bartek Lewandowski, received his master’s degree from Poznan University of Technology.
  • He has been employed by Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center in the Network Services Department since 1998.
  • His professional interests include advanced service oriented systems, web technologies and services of ambient intelligence including mobile ones.
  • He is the leading architect for the Multimedia City Guide, the official portal of the city of Poznań – a cooperative project with the Poznan City Hall.
  • He is the technical coordinator of PSNC’s activities in the QualiPSo project which aims at fostering adoption of open source software.
  • As one of the QualiPSo result a worldwide network of QualiPSo FLOSS Competence Centers has been established with a Polish node located in Poznań.
  • Bartosz is coordinator of the PSNC QualiPSo FLOSS Competence Center.

POZNAN FLOSS-based municipal services


Mr Yuri Glickman
  • Yuri Glickman is a senior researcher at Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS), which he joined in January 2001.
  • His technical and research background covers business process management, design IP network systems, testing methods for telecommunications systems and formal methods for the design, validation and prototyping of distributed systems.
  • Yuri Glickman was/is actively involved in numerous industrial and research projects for telecommunication and eGovernment systems by means of designing and testing new generation QoS networks, designing and implementing TTCN-3 based and model driven test systems following the Model Driven Architecture (MDA) approach, technical interoperability testing of open source software systems, modelling, monitoring, simulation and optimisation of business processes, design and development of a secure eGovernment and mGovernment platforms.
  • Since January 2010 Yuri coordinates open source activities at Fraunhofer FOKUS and leads the German QualiPSo Competence Centre fostering the usage and production of open source software.
  • Yuri Glickman studied Computer Science at the Electrotechnical University St.Petersburg (Russia) and received his MSc degree in February 2000. In October 2005 he received his Ph.D. from Russian Academy of Sciences.

Responsible of the Public Sector theme

Our society becomes more & more open. That concerns & involves all of us. One of the aspects of this tendency is the activities undertaken by public organizations to become more transparent to the citizens. The informational technologies play very important role in this process, but…What is the value of FOSS in it?

- How FOSS is used in modern public organizations?
- How can the FOSS community help public organizations to become more open?
- How can FOSS itself become more open to public organizations & citizens?
- What is the role of academic FOSS community in those processes?

Ms Judith Benzakki
  • Maître de Conférences à l’Université d’Évry Val d’Essonne Hors Classe (nommée en 1993)
  • Titulaire de la prime d’encadrement doctoral et de recherche dès octobre 95 (renouvelée en 1999 et 2003).
  • Membre de l’équipe LIS du laboratoire IBISC FRE 2873 du CNRS.
  • Directrice de l’IUP-Miage de l’université d’Évry depuis septembre 2006 à ce jour et de 1996 à 1999.
  • Directrice du MASTER CCI “Compétences Complémentaires en Informatique”, de Septembre 2001à 2003.
Miage evry

The COMETE project at Evry with the Mozilla foundation

Mr Gabriele Ruffatti
  • Founder of SpagoWorld and IT director at Engineering Group (IT)
  • Gabriele Ruffatti is Architectures & Consulting Director within the Research & Innovation Division of Engineering Group
  • He has held senior management positions  in project and product management, software process improvement & quality assurance and in architectural solutions definition.
  • He contributed to the development of the corporate quality system and to the achievement corporate quality certifications.
  • He is active in project management activities and software engineering coordinating projects and communities within its company.
  • He is a focus point for open source initiatives within Engineering. In 2004 he founded SpagoWorld initiative (
  • He is currently member of the SpagoWorld Executive Board and of OW2 Consortium Board of Directors (, where he promotes activities and initiatives; he is also active in the Community of Eclipse Foundation ( and in the Italian Open Source Competence Center (
  • He has signed the FLOSS CC Network Manifesto ( Interested in OS education activities, from 2006 to 2008 he was an Adjunct Professor for open source at the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science degree, University of Padua, Italy.

Connecting Communities – Chairman

Unconference panel!

Mr Didier Courtaud
  • Didier is gratuated from the Ecole Centrale de Paris in 1980,
  • He is a senior IT expert at CEA ( Commissariat √† l’Energie Atomique )  where he has developped new approches to store XML documents in databases,
  • He is also a Part Time Associate Professor at the University of Evry in the South of Paris where he is teaching Web technologies such as SVG, SMIL or XForms,
  • His research topics are : Native XML databases, Multimedia storing and retrieving, GPU usage and parallel computing,
  • He is the co-leader of the CoMETE project.

The COMETE project at Evry with the Mozilla foundation

This talk will present the CoMETe project founded by the University of Evry in partnership with the Mozilla foundation.

The topics that will be discussed are :
- Why it is important for universities to create FOSS cursus
- How the CoMETE project has been set up
- What are the courses the students must follow and what practical work they have to do
- First results of the project after one year.


Mr François Letellier
Francois Letellier
  • François Letellier is Francois Letellier is a freelance consultant on open innovation and
    open-source software.
  • He helps innovative entrepreneurs and start-ups pursue open innovation strategies, secure funding and operate successful business models.
  • He also acts as an expert for innovation support institutions, delivers higher education lectures and is
    strongly involved in communities related to open IT innovation.
  • Francois spent four years with INRIA, the French National Research Center in Computer Science and Automation, as marcom- and executive-director of ObjectWeb.
  • He previously co-founded a software engineering business where he served five years and worked for global corporations like France Telecom and Michelin.
  • Francois has a master degree in computer science and 20 years of experience.
  • Blog:

Open Source & Green IT for eGovernment

This talk will present the Open Source from Green IT point of view and focus one of some benefits for eGovernment… Freen IT!

Will Free/Open-Source software save the planet? Computers have their share of responsibility in the environmental challenges humanity is currently facing. Awareness is growing about the opportunity to think of IT in a different, more environmentally friendly, way – a concept known as “Green IT”. Computing supergiants such as Google make the media headlines when they struggle to lower their power bill – even planning to build datacenters close to nuclear powerplants. But from the planet’s standpoint, electric consumption is only the tip of the iceberg. Green IT also is a matter of electronic waste (WEEE), smart grid, open design of collective infrastructures and faster innovation rate through openness.

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