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FSOSS2010

openPETRA: A free and easy-to-use administration software package for non-profit organisations

in Community, FSOSS, FSOSS2010, Misc

Location

Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 9" N, 79° 22' 54.0012" W

I will present the open source project openPETRA (www.openpetra.org), which is in ongoing development and released under the GPLv3 license.

The goal of openPETRA is to provide an easy-to-use software system for the administration of non-profit organisations. It is an integrated solution for contact management, personnel, accounting, donor services, conference organisation and more.
The software will support organisations of various sizes and is multi-user, multi-site, multi-currency and multi-language enabled; therefore it will be usable in many contexts and across the globe. It will specifically support international, distributed organisations with offices in many countries.
The vision of openPETRA is to be an established administration software solution for non-profit organisations, offered without a licence fee.

Background:
openPETRA is an initiative of OM (www.om.org), a Christian missions organisation. It is a new package based on PETRA, an established product in OM for many years. PETRA is an in-house developed, bespoke product. OM has a need to replace it because it is built on a quickly ageing, proprietary technology platform and decided to do a complete re-write based on current technologies and on non-proprietary software. OM also decided to open it up and generalise the software so it can be useful for many non-profit organisations. So openPETRA was launched in March 2009 - an open source project, which is something completely new for OM.

Because we are still learning different aspects of developing open source software, we are interested in getting to know people who have experience in open source projects. We are actively seeking to engage with contributors - organisations and individuals - to build a community of developers, supporters and users, with the goal of making this project a success for many non-profit organisations.

Event: 
FSOSS
Speaker: 
Christian Kendel

Pointstream - Rendering mass point cloud data using WebGL

in FSOSS, FSOSS2010, Graphics, WebGL, Programming
WebGL

Location

Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 9" N, 79° 22' 54.0012" W

Images are viable products being sold on the web through sites like Corbis Images. The next step in advancing the technology would be 3D imaging. Currently, there is no open method or library that helps to render images that have been scanned with 3D imaging equipment. In conjunction with Arius3D, we have developed Pointstream in order to deal with large amounts of point cloud data obtained from scanned 3D imaging.

Event: 
FSOSS
Speaker: 
Mickael Medel

Cloud Computing and Open Source Tools for Teachers

in Education, FSOSS, FSOSS2010, Cloud Computing

Location

Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 9" N, 79° 22' 54.0012" W

This session will demonstrate free, open source and cloud tools invaluable to teachers and how they could be used in the classroom. Further, they’ll invite participants to brainstorm how these tools could be used in their classroom (virtual or otherwise).

Event: 
FSOSS
Speaker: 
Kevin Pitts
Jennifer Peters-Lise
Bhupesh Shah

Freebase and the semantic web

in Database, FSOSS, FSOSS2010, Misc

Location

Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 39' 9" N, 79° 22' 54.0012" W

Freebase.com is the world's most ambitious, open-licensed, semantic database of all knowledge.
I would like to talk about the project, which is barely known, though has the capacity to change the internet dramatically.

My work over the past few years, all open sourced, has focused on integrating the freebase structure into
the web experience
http://vimeo.com/13992710

After discussing what freebase is, and how it works, I will talk about
the work i've done concerning integration and augmentation of wikipedia, question answering, argument mapping, wikipedia citation analysis, and mapping relationships between webpages.

I aim to share my excitement about the free organisation of human knowledge.

Event: 
FSOSS
Speaker: 
Spencer Kelly