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Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware - Software the Wiki Way

in SC2011 - Software Developers' Haven, Video, Misc
With over 1000 features and preferences, Tiki is the Open Source Collaboration & Content Management System with the most features. It is also one of the largest open source communities with over 250 code contributors and a new commit every hour. How can such a large code base with so many contributors function cohesively and work together to create a great piece of software?

Nelson Ko and Pascal St-Jean, both active Tiki developers and consultants, will dive into the ins and outs of the Tiki Community and present the pros and cons of the Wiki Way of Software Development. Along the way comparing Tiki’s evolution to that of Wikipedia’s, highlighting the bumps in the road, the growing pains and benefits of such an open and collaborative development model.

 

Event: 
SC2011
Speaker: 
Pascal St-Jean
Nelson Ko

Lecture Broadcast and Capture using BigBlueButton

in SC2011 - Software Developers' Haven, Video, Misc

BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system for distance education. It's goal is to enable remote students to have a high-quality learning experience.  The #1 requested feature we've had over the last year is to integrate record and playback of a session.


Fred Dixon and Richard Alam, two of the BigBlueButton committers, will describe the architecture and implementation of record and playback as well as demonstrate the integration with Moodle to show how an educational institution can use BigBlueButton to setup virtual classrooms, record lectures, and provide students access to the recorded content from within the Moodle interface.

 

Event: 
SC2011
Speaker: 
Fred Dixon
Richard Alam

Why We Need to Open-Source The Monetary System

in SC2011 - Software Developers' Haven, Video, Misc

The on-going financial crisis have led a growing number of people to raise questions about our monetary system. This talk will cover, at a high level, some of the major flaws that are inherent in the current sytem's design, along with looking at specific examples of projects that are attempting to create "open-source" monetary systems".

Specific topics include:

Problems with the Current Monetary System
Close source vs. Open Source Monetary Systems
Monoculture vs. Polyculture monetary System
Debt-based vs. Obligation based monetary system
Monetary System Design Issues
BitCoin
Examples of "Open-Source" Monetary System

 

 

Event: 
SC2011
Speaker: 
Tim Inkpen

What does the financial crisis have to do with software?

in Government, SC2011, Misc

All present-day monetary systems and their supporting analytical systems are implemented in the form of computer programs, and all but the tiniest fraction of money is purely digital. In "Code is Law", Lawrence Lessig has observed that these computer programs and databases are the de facto official operational translations of legislation, regulations, policies, standards and agreements. A computer program is defined in copyright legislation and trade agreements as a type of “literary work” that exists as “a set of instructions or statements, expressed, fixed, embodied or stored in any manner, that is to be used directly or indirectly in a computer in order to bring about a specific result”. Rather than being neutral algorithms, they are literary works with a social purpose.

Event: 
SC2011
Speaker: 
Joseph Potvin