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Fireside Lounge Schedule

2:30pm Open Source for the Rest of Us Lillian Shafer, University at Albany The Open Source community builds amazing projects, some of them mainstream and some a little more niche. This presentation is designed as an introduction to Open Source in your everyday computing. Think you can't live without Microsoft Office? iTunes? Photoshop? There are Open Source options for each of these that provide similar functionality. Are you tired of Windows? You have options! I will demonstrate some of the major players of everyday Open Source Computing, including LibreOffice, OpenOffice, GIMP, Songbird, Audacity, Notepad++, and others, both in a Windows environment and a Linux (Ubuntu distro) one.  
3:00pm Open Source in the New York State Senate Ken Zalewski, New York State Senate In 2009, the New York State Senate began building the next generation in government applications on a platform of open source software.  Today, our new constituent information system, nysenate.gov website, and OpenLegislation services run on a variety of open source software packages including:  Drupal, CiviCRM, MySQL, Apache2, Tomcat, Java, PHP, Varnish, Lucene, and Memcache.

We'll talk about why we made the transition and our experiences building on these technologies.
 
3:30pm Briefcase: An Open Source Alternative to Google Docs  Asher Glick & Beth Towns, Rensselaer Center for Open Source Software
 http://briefcasedocs.com/
4:00pm Open Source Tools for Libraries and Archives Catherine Stollar-Peters, University at Albany
In the digital library and archive field, there are many aspects of a project that must be considered: repository software such as Omeka, Dspace, Fedora, Archivematica; Metadata Extraction Software such as NZNL Metadata Harvester, Jhove, DROID; and Object Converstion software such as Xena. How can they work together to create one digital archive or library program?  
4:30pm Break   Refreshments served in Assembly Hall  
5:00pm Open Source Hardware Student Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, University at Albany Topics for this presentation will include Open Source licensing, examples of hardware, the DIY movement, Hackerspaces, and other sources for information and projects.  
5:30pm Archon: Archival Description and Access Jenifer Kuba, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Archives are utilizing collection management and information software to provide better access to their collections. Choosing the right software however, can be a complicated and vital endeavor for providing information to the general public. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Archives and Special Collections chose the open source information management system Archon as their information software platform one year ago. From the perspective of an archivist, this session explores several aspects of how a project like this takes place with a small team.  Session components include an explanation on teamwork and a description of the various professionals involved in “making Archon work,” what archivists can do with Archon without an IT professional, and what archivists may face (good and bad) when dealing with Archon.  http://www.archon.org/ 
6:00pm Collective Congress - An Open Source Web Platform for Digital Democracy Dan Vegeto, Rensselaer Center for Open Source Software Collective Congress is an open-source web platform for digital democracy. It will provide small to medium-sized organizations with a quick and effective way to make collective decisions on a regular basis. It will also allow communities to embed democratically-controlled content in their websites. http://collectivecongress.com/
6:30pm Haiku - A Brief Look Michael Phipps, Haiku, Inc. Haiku is an open source operating system designed for the desktop. It is designed to be small, fast and easy to use. It is the only open source operating system that is its' own complete stack - the same team wrote and maintains everything from the boot loader to the desktop environment. This enables a level of integration that is unheard of in the open source operating system community. I would like to demo the operating system and discuss a little about its history and its future. http://www.haiku-os.org/
7:00pm An Introduction to Zotero Nathan Fisk, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute This presentation will consist of an overview of Zotero, a freely available open source citation management system which integrates into a number of common web browsers and word processing suites. This should be of obvious use to the UAlbany community, as nearly all those involved in academic writing must at some point rely on a system for citation management. Depending on time, this presentation may additionally discuss the differences between Zotero and the more recent Mendeley, which performs many similar functions, while focusing more on PDF indexing and archiving. http://www.zotero.org/
7:30pm Introduction to Audacity, Audio Editing Software Regina Conboy, Interactive Media Center- University at Albany Audacity is versatile program that can be used to edit sound files and convert them to various formats.  It has many of the features that are required to complete a project.  This document is designed to introduce new users to the basic features of the program http://library.albany.edu/imc/
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