|| ||"John McCreesh" <jpmcc-AT-openoffice.org> |
|| ||announce-AT-openoffice.org |
|| ||Come to Italy for the OpenOffice.org Annnual Conference |
|| ||Thu, 1 Oct 2009 08:08:42 +0100 (BST)|
|| ||Article, Thread
Registration officially opens today for the OpenOffice.org annual
international conference 2009 (OOoCon), to be held in the beautiful and
historic city of Orvieto, Umbria, Italy. Following pre-conference meetings
on Nov.3rd, the main OOoCon events run from Nov 4th-6th. The Conference
will include presentations not only from OpenOffice.org individual
contributors, but also from the main commercial players in the
OpenOffice.org / OpenDocument Format (ODF) world, including Sun
Microsystems, IBM, Redflag 2000, Novell, and Microsoft.
The main conference theme this year is "OpenOffice.org and Free/Libre Open
Source Software (FLOSS) in Education", with case studies, best practice,
and research results. In other tracks, members of the OpenOffice.org
Renaissance project will explain how they are aiming to improve the User
Experience of OpenOffice.org, and compare their approach with their
opposite numbers from Lotus Symphony and RedOffice. Workshops will
encourage attendees to join in this activity, help in the QA process, or
join the OpenOffice.org developers.
There will also be a series of sessions around ODF, the ground-breaking
international open standard for storing office software files. Commercial
adopters of the standard will explore how ODF is living up to its promise,
including presentations from Sun Microsystems (StarOffice), Microsoft
(Microsoft Office), RedFlag (RedOffice), and IBM (Lotus Symphony).
The draft Conference Programme, published today, provides abstracts and
speaker biographies for the conference sessions. People interested in
attending are urged to visit the Conference web site
http://www.ooocon.org, download the draft Programme, and register to
secure a place at the conference. Registering in advance helps the
Conference organisers know how many people are coming, and saves
congestion on the first day. Registration costs 10 Euro standard, with a 2
Euro concessionary rate.
The organisers wish to record their thanks to this year's sponsors:
Platinum: AICA, EurOffice, IBM, and Sun Microsystems; Gold: Oracle,
Redflag 2000, and Yacme; Silver: Engineering without whose generous
support OOoCon could not take place. Sponsorship opportunities are still
available - please see the 'Sponsors' link on the website.
The Conference Team
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