- fOSSa is a conference about trends in Free/Libre Open Source Software, Open Sciences and beyond…
- fOSSa participants (past editions) includes many leaders of the Openness mouvement :
- The participation to this conference is FREE like in free beer. Places are limited.
Themes for the 2015 edition
Crowding Scientific Research?
Crowd Teaching ? Open Education Ressources ? How to CO-CREATE open education content for our future society?
Open Education Resources (OER) represent today a proposal supported by international institutions like UNESCO or the OECD. The goal it to make courseware accessible, reusable, mixable.The OER movement run parallel to those of open software & many lessons from one field can be applied to the other:
- What are the technological challenges?
- How are they accepted?
- Who are the stakeholders & where are they leading us to?
- Can private companies identify business models consistent with OER?
- What are the particular issues with Francophone OER (Ressources Educatives Libres, REL).
These are some of the questions to be discussed during this session. This session is planned on the 23rd Sept. 2015 – 2PM-6PM.
Do It Yourself Village ! Come & Hack
Want to participate to the Village and show your projects ?
Transitions Squared: Converging the digital & the ecological transitions?
Fing, an independent think/do tank on digital transformations, has developed an open, annual program called “Digital Disruptions”, that tries to identify digital issues and come up with meaningful answers. This year, Fing and Inria will focus work together on the digital and the ecological transition convergence with 1- a foresight & creative workshop on What are the digital levers of the ecological transition ?
- Ecology by design: A new paradigm for ICT?
- Green IT: Green washing, or a lever of the ecological transition?
- ICTs and ecology: Part of the problem, or part of the solution?
Citizen Clouds : Towards a more decentralized internet ?
Nowadays, Internet services rely mainly on centralized physical infrastructures, such as large scale datacenters as it greatly simplifies the deployment of software services since such physical infrastructures are always online but this is at a cost of being a single point of failure and privacy issues.
Recent trends in industry have seen the creation of multiple data centers geographically scattered and interconnected with fast private networks to better serve the user needs and cope well in case of power outage, network failures, or natural disasters.
These trends can be further developed so that cloud services can be hosted at home using low-power and persistent computing systems. Such an approach has always been possible in theory using personal computers. However, energy consumption, and thus energy cost prevented it to practically happen.
Rapid evolution of smartphone technologies is changing the situation very quickly. It is nowadays feasible to design very low power computing systems using smartphone components (such as ARM based processors or Intel based low power processors). 2015 has seen a spectacular number of announcements for PC sticks, mini or nano-PCs. Such machines consume few watts (typically 3-5 watts), while providing very good performance when using multicore processors and thus can be always-on with an energy cost below 10€ per year.