||Abebe Rorissa, ASIS&T Faculty Advisor, University at Albany Student Chapter
||Have a project you want to talk about? Jump up and say your piece! (Every talk will be 90 seconds. Sign up at the Registration Table when you arrive.)
||Open Source Business Models
||Will Schroeder, Kitware, Inc
Way of the Source is more than a social or philosophical movement, it leads
to competitive business models that are now making a significant commercial
impact. Inherently open source business models are based on providing
services, and engage broad communities to deliver technology with advantages
in cost, speed, and agility. In this presentation, Dr. Will Schroeder,
co-founder and CEO of Kitware, will describe the company’s business model
that has resulted in profitable growth with over 100 employees, and an
international business presence.
||Using Technology to Open Access to Academic Scholarship: The Case of the CIOS
||Tim Stephen, University at Albany
presentation on the efforts of the Communication Institute for Online
Scholarship to create systems for more open access to scholarship. Our work has been to pioneer the use of
information technology in the service of a scholarly discipline, opening
access to its ideas and scholarly resources worldwide. CIOS
exists in contradistinction to the efforts of for-profit publishers to
leverage monopoly control of science
literatures in order to extract large profits from selling access. The CIOS
has been experimenting with innovative information technologies in the
service of scholarly communication
since 1983, more than a decade before the launch of the world wide web. CIOS is the creator/publisher of the first
electronic scholarly journal in the social sciences and is currently
supported by more than 200 university libraries from the US and throughout
||Open Source Quality Processes
||Bill Hoffman, Kitware, Inc.
of the promises of open source is that it produces higher quality software.
This is due to the many eyes theory which states that as more people have
access to source code, the quicker bugs are found and fixed. Although this is
true of very popular packages, not all open-source software receives as many
views as the Linux kernel. However, there are open-source tools and processes
that enable developers to easily share and test software no matter the
community size. This talk will describe open-source tools to manage, build
and test software in a comprehensive software development process. Git,
CMake, CTest, and CDash will be discussed as ways to create high quality
software, reduce the cost of maintenance, and maximize community involvement
in the process.
||Open Source Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Cloud Computing
||Todd Deshane, Xen.org
||Cloud computing is catching on in a big way in industry, government, and academia. One of the main reasons for increased adoption is that most of the underlying cloud technologies are open source. This talk will give an overview of these key open source components. The focus will be on infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and in particular technologies such as Xen and OpenStack. Come and learn about these technologies and how you can get involved with these open source projects.
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||Open Source in Healthcare
||Luis Ibanez, Kitware, Inc.
|| The US spends 18% of GDP in Healthcare. This is $ 2.6 Trillion a year. Just in the past six months the cost of health care rose by 2% of GDP, and increment close to $280 Billion. This recent increment is larger than the revenue of the entire software-for-sale industry. Despite this heavy investment, the US ranks 18th in measures of health care quality worldwide. Many alternatives are currently being pursued to
reduce the cost of health and to raise its quality. One of these alternatives is the widespread adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems. In this space, the best EHR deployed in the US is the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA). This system has been developed internally at the VA starting in the early 1970’s and has been refined since then to become excellent at
managing the inherent complexity of health care information. An Open Source environment is currently being created for VistA, (www.osehra.org) with the long term goal of building an integrated EHR to be shared between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. In this talk we will present the relevance of this ongoing effort as piece of critical national infrastructure, and we discuss how you can get involved in this transformative Open Source community.
||Creating a Virtual Brain Model Learning Resource using Open Source Software
||Tara Lindsley, Ph.D., Albany Medical College
of the most challenging learning objectives in the medical neuroscience
curriculum is to understand the complex spatial relationships of functionally
important structures buried deep inside the brain, especially those that are
too small to resolve on an MRI. This
presentation will describe how a team of students and educators at Albany
Medical College used open source software as a platform to create a program
that allows the user to build 3D virtual models of the human brain showing up
to 80 different structures. The models
can be zoomed, rotated 360° and varied in color and opacity, then saved or
printed as study aids. The presentation
will include a brief demonstration of the program. Bring your laptop and try it!
||Magento: Open Source E-Commerce
||Chris Kotfila, Burst Marketing
over 60,000 merchants transacting 25 billion dollars annually Magento is one
of the largest platforms for e-commerce on the web. Not only is Magento a
success globally, it is also one of
the most dynamic and interesting examples of an open source model for
corporate profitability. Having had
extensive experience working with Magento professionally I would be
interested in giving a technical presentation on some of the innovative parts
of Magento's software architecture and how it has addressed a number of short
comings in other e-commerce and content management systems.
||Open Source in Education
||Luis Ibanez, Kitware, Inc.
|| In January 2011, the analyst firm Gartner estimated that by 2016, open source software will be included in mission-critical software portfolios within 99% of Global 2000 enterprises. Despite this widespread adoption of Open Source as a standard engineering practice, the higher education system in the US has not caught up with properly training managers and engineers on the fundamental principles that make the Open Source economic models work. Since 2007, as part of the initiative that also created the Rensselaer Center for Open Source (RCOS), Kitware partnered with RPI faculty to offer a course of Open Source Software Practices. The sixth edition of this class is currently being taught in the spring 2012. In this class, students get exposed to: basic principles of economics, models of peer-production, social principles of collaboration, legal basis of copyrights, patents and trademarks, principles of software licensing, and the human motivation aspects of cooperation. Simultaneously, students get to develop skills on the practices of Open Source communities including: revision control systems, mailing lists, forums, wikis, code peer-review systems, software quality control and documentation. The class includes real-world interaction with large scale open source projects, in which students get to contribute to further the goals of the given project. In this talk we will present the content of the class and share the good and bad experiences with what we have tried. We will also talk about how similar classes could be created in other higher education institutions.
||Linux and the Student Hands-On Experience
||Seth Chaiken, University at Albany
the last 4 times we taught the CSI400/500 Operating Systems course, open
source software, chiefly the Linux Kernel with critical support from the Gnu
software critical to Gnu/Linux systems, provided a very valuable case study. In the 2 hr/week laboratory, every student
practiced C programming under Gnu/Linux, installed the OpenSuse distribution
on his or her own virtual machine, built the whole Linux kernel (or in some
semesters, got a working build tree), made kernel modifications and rebuilt
the kernel, and experimented with various other kernel modifications by
building and installing kernel modules. The lab work also included
"treasure hunting" and "reverse engineering" by searching
through and reading fragments of the Linux kernel sources. Some of these search-and-report activities
done in teams, which then reported their results to the lecture meeting of
the whole class. The fact that one of
the leading contemporary operating systems is free and open enables courses
like mine to introduce the real software that currently runs probably most of
the World Wide Web and give our students hands-on experience and confidence
with the corpus of software typical of modern systems and applications.
||Indexing Legislation with Lucene
||Graylin Kim, New York State Senate
New York State Senate's OpenLegislation service allows for multifaceted, full
text searching across legislation for the 2009 and 2011 sessions. Learn how we use Lucene, an open source
full text search engine, to power this service and open the New York Senate's
legislative process to the public.
This demonstration will show the basic steps of configuring Lucene, adding
documents to the index, performing queries on the index, and viewing the
results on the front end.
||Lillian Shafer, Chair, University at Albany Student Chapter ASIS&T