fOSSa - Free Open Source Software for Academia

2015 Conference Edition

23-24-25 September 2015, Nantes, France.

What is fOSSa?

be open, be engaged !

fOSSa 2015 is over :-) It was a nice & creative moment, see you next year :-) videos will be soon published, meanwhile you can check the past videos here.

Do It Yourself Village ! Come & Hack

  • WikiHouse, Mozilla Fr, Poppy, Framasoft, 3D printing, Mood Hat, LabFab Rennes …
  • More than 15 projects ! Check the list of participants here

Crowding Scientific Research?

Open science is today beginning to take a new turn, revolutionizing how scientific research is achieved. So far, open science boilt down to providing open access to the results of research (open publications, open data, open code …). Recently, some initiatives have taken it one stage further by opening and crowdsourcing the process of knowledge creation itself…
This  session will explore these new directions where the process of discovery is being reinvented!
This session is planned on the 23rd Sept. 2015 – 2PM-6PM.

Crowd Teaching ? Open Education Ressources ? How to CO-CREATE open education content for our future society?

Blacksburg High School moving to Middle School

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:

These are some of the questions to be discussed during this session. This session is planned on the 23rd Sept. 2015 – 2PM-6PM.

Open Design

With the democratization of the free open source movement, the genesis of digital machines such as 3D printers and laser cutters, the production of objects raises new questions, new challenges:
This theme will present & address new ways of working & collaborating in the designers’ domain. 
This session is planned on the 24th Sept. 2015 – 9AM-6PM.

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 ?

This session is planned on the 24th Sept. 2015 – 2PM-5PM.
2- a Keynote by Daniel Kaplan & a Debate on:
This session is planned on the 24th Sept. 2015 – 6PM-8PM.

Citizen Clouds : Towards a more decentralized internet ?

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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.