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November 9, 2009

I've finally decided to eat my own dog food in the sense that I'm moving to an open source blog platform (although Typepad {via Moveable Type} went open); I also want to consolidate my web properties. The new blog is a work in progress -- then, aren't they all. I'm also in the process of redirecting

November 5, 2009

16:00 November 7--8 2009 (this weekend), Karlsruhe, Germany The programme includes various introductory talks and numerous exciting demos and experience reports around SMW: Further demos/break-out sessions can be planned during the event. Or you can just add your own demo to the bottom of the programme page. We will also have quite some discussions about the next steps of SMW and its extensions. See you in Karlsruhe! Cheers, Markus Krötzsch Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute AIFB Englerstraße 11 (Geb. 11.40), 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany phone: +49 (0)721 608 7362 fax: +49 721 608 6580 email: web:
02:00 Tuesday, December 8, 2009 8:30am Ballroom 1 Opening Remarks Co-Host: Tony Perkins, Founder, AlwaysOn Co-Host: Arden Pennell, Program Director, AlwaysOn 8:45am Ballroom 1Keynote: What is Really Happening to the VC Industry? Bill Gurley, Partner, Benchmark 9:15am Ballroom 1 The VC Industry in Transition -- What's Next for Sand Hill Road?Experienced VCs Discuss The Future of the Asset Class, as LPs, Banks and Markets Undergo Changes Moderator: Packy Kelly, Partner, KPMG Todd Chaffee, General Partner, Institutional Venture Partners David Cowan, Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners Dixon Doll, Co-founder & General Partner, DCM Deepak Kamra, General Partner, Canaan Partners 10:00am Break 10:20amBallroom...

November 4, 2009

Workshops: May 11 & 14, 2010, New Orleans, LA Summit: May 12-13, 2010, New Orleans, LA Program: Dear Lean, Six Sigma and Process Improvement Colleague, WCBF have been leading the way with the biggest and best Lean, Six Sigma and Process Excellence Summits for the last 8 years. I am writing to give you advance notice of our latest event, the 9th Annual Lean, Six Sigma and Process Excellence in Healthcare Summit which takes place in New Orleans on 11-14 May 2010. This will be the biggest and the best Summit ever for Lean, Six Sigma and Process Improvement...
The 2009 Nonprofit Software Development Summit is just a few weeks away, taking place in Oakland, California. We'd love to have more NOSI energy in the circle! You can check out the latest session list at We invite your help in spreading the word; please tweet it, blog it, Facebook it to your networks. Hashtag #devsummit, New sessions are being added each week, and we invite you to add a session and share your own nonprofit software development experiences, or to request a session to address your questions about nonprofit software. Please join us for this year's Dev...
Submission Deadline - Friday, January 15th, 2010 Code Generation 2010 is seeking high-quality session proposals covering any aspect of MDSD (including Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs), Model-Driven Architecture (MDA), Software Factories, Domain-Specific Modeling, Generative Programming, Software Product Lines and related areas). For full details and instructions on how to submit a session please click here. Sessions could cover topics such as: Tool and technology adoption Defining and implementing modeling languages Code Generation and Model Transformation tools and approaches Language evolution and modularization Domain Analysis and Domain Engineering Meta Modeling Runtime virtual machines versus direct code generation Flexibility in code generation Approaches to...

October 31, 2009

The openSUSE-Medical project ( is seeking developers and additional packagers. The distribution is an openSUSE sub-project aimed at doctors and medical staff and will include various open source software applications for medical use. The developers plan to start reviewing a list of open source healthcare software ( for inclusion in the distribution and adding packages to openSUSE (), once enough packagers are on board. More details about the sub-project can be found on the openSUSE-Medical wiki and their repository ( has already been posted. Those interested in joining the sub-project are encouraged to email Sascha Manns ( to join the...

October 30, 2009

*alphanumerics in parens are purplenumbers 5th in the series of a 3-month annual event by and for the Ontology Community. This Summit is co-organized by Ontolog, NIST, NCOR, NCBO, IAOA, ... (more, coming!) (22PR)* What's New: (22PS) Preliminary organization work is now on-the-way - see: /GettingOrganized (22PT) The 2010 NIST Interoperability Week is going to be on the week of 15-Mar-2010 (22PU) Our 2-day OntologySummit2010_Symposium has now been scheduled for March 15 & 16, 2010 (Monday and Tuesday), and, like the previous years, it will be held at the NIST campus at Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA. (22PV) Objective: (22PW) Theme: "Creating...

October 26, 2009

Team, We’ll begin our bi-weekly calls on Thursday, November 5th. The time will be 1 pm eastern, with the bridge information below. I realize not everyone will be able to make each call, sowe’ll do the best we can. I’ll try to send out an agenda for each call at least 24 hours in advance. Look forward to speaking with each of you on a regular basis. Thank you. -Anthony Gold Conference Dial-in number: 616-597-8000 Participant Access Code: 817841# Occurs every 2 weeks on Thursday effective 11/5/2009 until 7/29/2010 from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM (GMT-05:00) America/New_York.

October 16, 2009

Today we are happy to report that we are ready for the next phase in our mission to establish a more effective voice supporting the use of free and open source software in the U.S. Federal government. Since our launch more than 1,250 individuals and organizations have joined OSFA and that is what we would like to discuss with you today. We've set up working groups for specific policy areas where free and open source software can help. Maybe you're an educator? Maybe you have ideas on how open source can help solve our healthcare crisis? Maybe you're a transparency...

October 11, 2009

co-located with FOIS, KR, AAMAS, ICAPS, NMR, and DL MODULARITY, as studied for many years in software engineering, allows mechanisms for easy and flexible reuse, generalization, structuring, maintenance, design patterns, and comprehension. Applied to ontology engineering, modularity is central not only to reduce the complexity of understanding ontologies, but also to facilitate ontology maintenance and ontology reasoning. Recent research on ontology modularity shows substantial progress in foundations of modularity, techniques of modularization and modular development, distributed reasoning and empirical evaluation. These results provide a foundation for further research and development. The workshop follows a series of successful events that have...

October 10, 2009

Fibonacci, the International Open Source magazine released on 28th September, 2009. The feedback received from the community for the magazine is highly encouraging for all of us. In order to promote the message of open source far and wide, we further wish to make the magazine reachable especially to those who are not much aware about this global movement. The role played by the FOSS community in making up of the magazine largely led to its success. Please further help us attain our objective of spreading knowledge unrestrained by forwarding this mail to anyone you believe needs to know about...

October 8, 2009

We’re seeking the greatest, most innovative minds in our community for mind-altering, life-changing discussions. We are reaching out to key community members and requesting their suggestions regarding potential speakers for our events. For our first event, our theme is innovation in health care and collaboration. If you have in mind a person in your network that is truly a world-class innovator in their field, please contact us here. What is TED? TED ( is a small nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”. It started in 1984 as a conference bringing together the greatest minds from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design....

October 6, 2009

Conmergence blog rolled passed 150,000 pageviews. It's read in well over a hundred countries. Yep, I know -- surprised me, too. Then again, there was this very nice review|pointer earlier at the former the HIT Transition Weblog: Conmergence - Perhaps the ultimate HIT wonk blog? Sometimes Ed Dodds' posts are long and thoughtful, sometimes he re-posts public notices, or puts in a two-word recommendation to an external site. Lots and lots of long lists of names, chapters, external links, etc., leave you in a quagmire of thought you wish you had time to slog around in. The net result is...

October 2, 2009

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ in Middle Tennessee, 200 years ago Thomas Campbell was a lone voice crying out in the wilderness, calling for the unity of believers based on the commitment to Jesus Christ shared by all Christians. He decried the divisions that separated believers and reminded them of God’s gift of One Church. The fall of 1809 saw the publication of this clarion call in the form of his Declaration and Address; a breathtaking vision of Christians loving, worshipping and serving together in every locality-allowing the Spirit of Christ to form themselves into humble servants. That call...

September 19, 2009

General conditions The OsiriX Plugin Award is intended to encourage the development of image processing and image analysis tools as plugins that can extend the features of the Open Source OsiriX platform. It is intended to promote and extend the use of OsiriX and its plugins in clinical institutions and medical research. Plugins could be developed for image processing, image enhancement, segmentation, visualization and image navigation, as well as specific quantitative analysis and data extraction that are applicable for specific clinical applications or research support. A list of proposed projects is provided and updated regularly allowing candidates to choose from,...

September 18, 2009

This year a special eHealth Day will be held on 11 November as part of W-JAX 09, the leading conference for Java, Enterprise Architecture and SOA, that takes place in Munich from 09-13th November. The eHealth Day will have sessions dealing exclusively with Java technologies, architecture and solutions for the healthcare market. eHealth experts from companies like Abraxas Informatik AG, achelos GmbH, and Ocean Informatics as well as ICW AG will take you inside their innovative eHealth solutions. Discover how these leading eHealth specialists are already implementing groundbreaking solutions for the eHealth sector. Learn about the challenges involved and the...

September 17, 2009

ICELW 2010 - June 9th-11th, 2010 Teachers College, Columbia University New York, NY ICELW is an international conference focused specifically on e-learning in the workplace. With researchers and practitioners coming from around the globe--and from both university and business backgrounds--the ICELW community works to improve online learning so that it makes a measurable difference in workplace performance and morale. By uniting the corporate and academic worlds, ICELW is creating a new synergy--one with the unique capability to realize the vast potential of e-learning in business, industry, and government. ICELW 2010 will incorporate an increased focus on demonstrations of successful e-learning,...
The Intelligent Information Processing conference series provides a forum for engineers and scientists in academia, university and industry to present their latest research findings in any aspects of intelligent information processing. This time, we especially encourage papers on knowledge discovery, intelligent Web, intelligent agents, machine learning, autonomic reasoning, intelligence science etc. We also welcome papers that highlight successful modern applications of IIP, such as biomedicine, e-Services, e-Learning, business intelligence. IIP2010 attempts to meet the needs of a large and diverse community. Topics of IIP2010 include, but are not limited to: Autonomic computing Automatic reasoning Automatic translation Bayesian networks Belief revision...
May 6-7, 2010 - Amherst, Massachusetts A two-day University of Massachusetts Amherst conference jointly hosted by the: Department of Political Science Science, Technology, and Society Initiative (STS) Journal of Information Technology & Politics (JITP) Qualitative Data Analysis Program (QDAP) National Center for Digital Government (NCDG) KEYNOTE & DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS Eric von Hippel is Professor and Head of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. He specializes in research related to the nature and economics of distributed...