I went to Open Tech 2009

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Open Tech 2009 was an enjoyable and enriching Saturday on a July summer’s day in Bloomsbury.

Held at the University of London Union, the one hour sessions were mainly broken down into three individual talks.

Some of the sessions I attended:

  • Beyond Bad Science – The always entertaining Ben Goldacre on applying scientific methods to debunk dubious claims and proposing how the contribution of scientific bloggers could be aggregated.
  • Digital archaeology of the microcomputer 1974-1994 – Steve Goodwin took a fascinating look at the problems of preserving both the of our home computer legacy – the propriety nature of the hardware and software of the time, and the difficulties it’s caused subsequently, is surely a lesson for the future in accessing data currently being generated.
  • One Click Orgs: lightweight legal structure for community groups – An introduction and demonstration of an early beta of One Click Orgs by Charles Armstrong which is being developed to provide a legal support structure for volunteer and community projects.
  • Why our internet liability laws are broken – Francis Davey outlined the state of the UK law (not good) and possible ways to fix it.

The union bar ensured there was plenty of socialising both during and after the event!

Open Tech: highly recommended – I plan to be there next time.

Telegraph blogs move to WordPress

The Telegraph has moved their blogs from a propriety system to WordPress.

The background is outlined by Keith Anderson in the Guardian PDA.

In 2007 the company behind the Telegraph’s previous closed propriety blogging system went into receivership, leaving the client somewhat up the creek.

Needless to say, this is not a situation that would apply to WordPress, with many individuals and companies across the country available to support the platform, one of which, InterConnect IT, contributed to developing the Telegraph system.

Dave Coveney, of InterConnect IT, is scheduled to speak at this year’s WordCamp UK.

I’m going to Open Tech 2009

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I’ll be attending Open Tech 2009, the “informal, low cost, one-day conference on slightly different approaches to technology, democracy and community”, on Saturday 4 July 2009.

The schedule is looking good.

If you’re going to Open Tech 2009, I’ll see you there!

WordCamp UK 2009 tickets: discount about to end

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The availability of discount tickets for WordCamp UK 2009 ends at midday (UK time) on Monday 1 June 2009.

At this time the ticket price increases from £25 to £35.

The current draft of the running order shows the range of sessions over the two day event in Cardiff, which include the involvement of:

The running order is subject to change, with any available slots at the opening of WordCamp UK being filled by attendees using a BarCamp grid.

I’m proud to be co-ordinating the event again, ably assisted by subscribers to the WordCamp UK mailing list.

For further details see the WordCamp UK 2009 blog.

Update Monday 1 June 2009 at 1859: Due to the ticket site being unavailable earlier today, the sale of £25 discount WordCamp UK 2009 tickets has been extended to 2359 (UK time) on Tuesday 2 June 2009.

Formula 1, Button and the BBC

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Jenson Button’s immaculate Formula 1 victory from pole this weekend against the glamorous backdrop of Monte Carlo prompts me to look at the BBC coverage.

Monte Carlo is the sixth Formula 1 race covered by the BBC since it gained the TV rights from ITV at the end of the last season.

The Corporation already had the UK radio rights, which, along with the inherited live streaming rights and the red button channels showing practice sessions and alternative race coverage, a true multi-platform service has been provided.

The BBC Formula 1 site has provided the hub for all of the coverage, which, now we’re just over a third of the way through the season, has proved to be of a very high standard.

The coverage was always going to improve on ITV, just by the absence of ad breaks, but with BBC Sport obviously expending a lot more time and effort on scene set items and background material, it has produced one of the most polished sports productions in recent years.

Matt and Mike at WordCamp UK 2009

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Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, WordPress founding developers, will be at this year’s WordCamp UK in Cardiff on 18-19 July 2009.

WordCamp UK is the informal annual gathering of WordPress publishers, designers and developers based in the United Kingdom.

For the second year I’m coordinating the event organisation on the WordCamp UK mailing list.

The WordCamp UK 2009 blog, built by Simon Wheatley and Laura Kalbag, will be keeping everyone up to date with developments.

Tickets are now on sale (organised by Joe Quinlan) with an early bird discount price of £25 before 1 June 2009.

We’re currently looking for additional sponsorship, with microsponsorship starting at £70.

I went to BarCamp London 6

BarCamp London 6 in Lego

Spent the weekend of 28-29 March 2009 at the excellent BarCamp London 6 at The Guardian offices in the swish new Kings Place building in London N1.

Here’s some of the sessions I participated in:

Two days of varied and fascinating sessions, millions of Lego pieces, a great bunch of attendees and crashing overnight after beer and pizza resulted in a great weekend.

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