Engineering Group promotes the Italian open source software across the world

Date: October 25, 2010

Also this year Engineering Group organizes the fOSSa Conference in collaboration with INRIA

Rome, 25th October 2010 – For the second consecutive year Engineering Group organizes the fOSSa Conference, taking place from 8th to 10th November in Grenoble (France), in collaboration with INRIA, the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control.

The Free Open Source Software for Academia conference is supported by various organizations, in addition to INRIA and Engineering Group, including Eclipse Foundation, IRILL, Fraunhofer Fokus, Plume, QualiPSo, the EMSI Ecole de Management in Grenoble, and it is sponsored by HP Open Source Division and Linux Magazine.

Considering that nowadays open source software is playing a crucial role within the most important organizations and ICT companies, the event aims to reaffirm open source fundamental values, based on innovation and research in software development.

This year the conference presents the open source phenomenon as a new social paradigm, aiming at answering the following two questions:

  • how does open source work
  • how can we build its future, creating a common useful ecosystem, supported by academia, industry and citizens.
To this end, the event faces four main topics: development, innovation and research; education, with a particular focus on the role of universities; the democratization that open source software can bring to citizens and the public sector; the community growth.

Engineering Group has committed itself not only in organizing the event, which includes speeches by some of the most important open source actors such as Apache, Arduino, Debian, Eclipse, Gnome, Red Hat, Ubuntu, FossBazaar, but also in involving some important Italian representatives, giving them the opportunity to present the prominent resources that Italy offers in this domain.

Participants include Fiorello Cortiana, formerly Senator of Italian Republic and member active in the Internet Bill of Rights debate, who opens the session on open source in public organizations with a keynote speech; Roberto Di Cosmo, professor at University Paris Diderot who opens and chairs the session on education; Marco Fioretti, writer and popularizer on impacts of digital technologies on society who faces open data and open government themes and the Arduino project, an open source prominent project, started in Italy, for the realization of interactive objects and environments, introducing the open source approach in the hardware context.

Engineering Group participates in many sessions. Gabriele Ruffatti chairs the conclusive panel of the education track. In the workshop session, Davide Dalle Carbonare gives a speech on Agile Project Management in the open source domain and on Spago4Q, the open source platform for project monitoring. Moreover, Andrea Gioia will present the GeoBI initiative, which is currently leading the realization of an open source stack on Location Intelligence. Matteo Melideo supports a workshop on the results of the European research project QualiPSo, which involves Engineering Group, some Italian Universities and the Italian Open Source Competence Center. Finally, the SpagoWorld team gives its organizational and operational support.

"This is a new occasion for Engineering Group to give international visibility to the prominent resources that Italy offers, going beyond its own products – states Gabriele Ruffatti, Engineering Group's Architectures & Consulting Director, Research and Innovation Division and founder of the SpagoWorld initiative. Moreover, this allows the company to give a tangible contribution to some crucial topics, such as the education for young people as well as the growth of transparency and democracy in public sector and among citizens. This aims to build a collective experience which goes beyond the mere technological approach and which draws its inspiration from open source practices".

For all details on the event, agenda and registration:

Everyone can already participate in the event, by suggesting questions to speakers through the public forum, accessible from the event website.

Engineering Group
Engineering Group is the major Italian player in IT design, outsourcing, product and consulting services on all vertical markets, with more than 6,300 people and 40 offices in Italy, Belgium and Latin America. Engineering Group’s Research & Innovation department, relying on 250 researchers and technologists of international standing, includes the Open Source, Business Intelligence and SOA Competence Center, which manages the SpagoWorld initiative, including the open source projects SpagoBI, Spagic, Spago4Q and Spago.

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