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LibrePlanet coming up in Boston— some sessions we're looking at

LibrePlanet is on March 22-23 at MIT and the schedule was recently released. A whole lot of awesome sessions, as well as keynotes, lightning talks, and social gathering opportunities.

Here are some i especially want to attend— i swear this isn't the whole schedule!


10:55 - 11:40 | Session block 1

Building an open digital archive in India: knowledge, access and other issues

Noopur Raval
Room 155 | Thread: Applied free software
This session will discuss two case studies that involve archiving different kinds of cultural information resources in the Indian context using free software and the challenges therein. It will also discuss the possibility of collaborating and licensing issues faced in India.

13:50 - 14:35: Session block 3
Your Web apps should talk not just in English, but in español, Kiswahili, 廣州話, and অসমীয়া too

Sucheta Ghoshal
Room 123 | Thread: Movement-building
This talk aims to help web developers understand what localization is and why it is important. In this talk I will explain, how MediaWiki/Wikipedia - arguably the biggest and most localized projects on the Internet - handle internationalization, how you can do it for your own apps, via jQuery.i18n (or other frameworks), and I will also talk about, a place for free software projects to get their strings translated.

16:15 - 17:35: Workshop session 2

Mapping for social justice
Evan Misshula
Room 141 | Thread: Applied free software


11:50 - 12:35: Session block 2
1984+30: GNU speech to defeat e-newspeak

Alexandre Oliva
Room 123 | Thread: Movement-building
In Orwell's 1984, Newspeak had its vocabulary reduced so that subversive ideas could not be expressed. Likewise, user-programmable general-purpose computers are losing ground to ones that don't let users express the computations they wish to perform, unless they are available in exclusive appstores. Unable to program, users lose the freedom to improve software, and even the notion that they could! Failing to realize the importance of essential software freedoms, they fail to demand them! That's double plus unGNU! Let's fix it!

16:15 - 17:35: Workshop session 2
Lessons in tech activism

Dana Moser, Kendra Moyer, Steve Revilak
Room 123 | Thread: Activism
This session will be devoted to tech activism. We'll talk about activism to promote free software, some types of activism you can do with free software, and some of the challenges involved in getting activist groups to adopt free software.

16:15 - 17:35: Workshop session 2

IT cooperation: accessible, free, and open

Yochai Gal, Emily Lippold-Cheny, Leandro Monk
Room 141 | Thread: Movement-building
Free software and open science

Madeleine Ball, Shauna Gordon-McKeon, Jeffrey Warren
Room 155 | Thread: Applied free software
The open science movement is a grassroots and growing effort to make science publicly accessible. While securing open access to published results is the most well known open science issue, activists are also working towards: breaking down the barriers between scientist and non-scientist through participatory research and citizen science; opening up the data and methods of published studies to allow reproducible results and meta-analysis; and highlighting the importance of contributions beyond patents and papers, such as the creation of free hardware and free software tools.

In this panel, activists at the intersection of open science and free software will discuss how the two movements can learn from each other and work together. How do free software and open science differ in their approaches to shared goals of communal knowledge? What technical barriers to open science exist, and how can free software advocates help? How can open science projects build free software communities?

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