[okfn-discuss] Free Knowledge, Free Technology Conference, July 15-17 2008
jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Fri Apr 25 18:27:53 UTC 2008
Just a reminder that the Free Knowledge, Free Technology Conference
deadline for submissions and early registration is this coming Wednesday
Details are below.
### FREE KNOWLEDGE, FREE TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE ### JULY 15-17 2008 ###
Free Knowledge, Free Technology
Education for a free information society
SELF International Conference 2008
First International Conference
July 15-17, 2008
The SELF Consortium and the Free Knowledge Institute have the pleasure
to invite you to spend exciting days of interaction and discussions on
one of the most important topics nowadays - education and learning in
freedom, in the paradigm of the Information technologies.
Richard M. Stallman (GNU Project and Free Software Foundation), Karel de
Vriendt (EU/IDABC) and many more well known speakers will form the
elegant mix between keynote speakers, panel discussions and parallel
tracks. Participants choose between several parallel discussions,
divided in streams on:
1. Free Knowledge and Free Technologies in society - legal issues of
Free Knowledge; who creates Free Knowledge; quality assessment in
collaborative authoring systems; the economy and social implications of
Free Knowledge and Free Technologies
2. Free Knowledge and Free Technologies in public bodies,
co-organised with IDABC and Cenatic
3. Educating in Freedom - technological aspects of e-learning; the
SELF Platform; training Free Technologies advocates; showcase of
educational materials and many more specific topics.
As part of the Conference, we are inviting you to witness the awarding
ceremony of the "Free Knowledge, Free Technology" Open Documentary Contest.
With the objective of promoting Free Software and the sharing of free
knowledge, the FKFT 2008 Conference will bring together hundreds of
people from different continents including government representatives,
school and university teachers, IT companies, publishers, and NGO's. By
gathering together people from all these groups, we aim to stimulate
both present and future collaboration between diverse disciplines,
sectors and countries, through the medium of free software programs and
the sharing of successful experiences related to free software and free
Registration is now open. The deadline for early bird registration has
been extended to April 30, 2008.
The FKFT 2008 organisers highly recommend that you make reservations for
hotels and flights as early as possible as July is high-season period in
The Free Knowledge Institute and the SELF Consortium (Internet Society
Netherlands, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Free Software Foundation
Europe, Gothenburg University, Internet Society Bulgaria, Fundacion Via
Libre and Tata Institute for Fundamental Research) will collaborate to
organise the content of the conference and to build strong relationships
between attendees. The conference partners recognise the vital
importance of the collaborative creation and sharing of free educational
and training materials on Free Software and Open Standards. Our
conference host is the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
The SELF Platform, a collaborative authoring tool inspired by Wikipedia,
will play an important role in achieving this goal. SELF is an
international project, initially supported by the European Commission,
which has developed a platform to encourage the creative cooperation and
the sharing of educational materials, paying special attention to Free
Software and Open Standards. The SELF Platform is open to the
contributions of all those who like to bring their knowledge to it, and
share this knowledge without restrictions.
Free Software, as opposed to proprietary software, can be copied,
studied, modified and redistributed without restrictions. Moreover, Open
Standards, and the capacity they offer for exchanging knowledge and
sharing information, have become essential because they allow business
and administration processes to function in a more flexible, transparent
and cost-efficient way. The expansion of Free Software has brought
together a continually growing community of developers.
David Megias (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
Wouter Tebbens (Free Knowledge Institute)
David Jacovkis (Free Knowledge Institute, Universitat Oberta de
Dragoslava Pefeva (Internet Society Bulgaria)
David Megias, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Tel: (+34) 933 263 735
Fax: (+34) 933 568 822
Wouter Tebbens, Free Knowledge Institute
Tel: (+31) 20 8910 319
Fax: (+31) 877 844 107
### SELF OPEN DOCUMENTARY CONTEST ### DEADLINE MAY 31ST 2008 ###
The SELF Project is pleased to announce The Open Documentary Contest.
Create a short documentary on the concept of free knowledge and
education! Let your own creativity flow freely with the chance to be
screened at an official award ceremony in Barcelona and win some cool
We invite you to actively engage in the SELF Open Documentary Contest.
The documentaries will be screened at the Free Knowledge, Free
Technology (FKFT) conference in Barcelona, taking place the 15th-17th
July 2008. The best documentaries selected by a jury will be presented
at the award ceremony during the conference.
Guidelines for the submissions:
* The documentary should interpret free knowledge and education,
emphasizing on the creation of it and relating that to the SELF Project
* Maximum length of the documentary is 5 minutes.
* Language should be English, or English subtitles should be provided.
* Submission should be done in Ogg Theora format, or sent by DVD to the
* The documentary must be licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA or the
Free Art License.
* Deadline for submission is May 31st 2008.
The SELF Project (http://selfproject.eu/) is an international project,
initially supported by the European Commission, which has developed a
platform to encourage the creative cooperation and the sharing of
educational materials, paying special attention to free software and
open standards. The SELF Platform is open to the contributions of all
those who would like to bring their knowledge to it, and share this
knowledge without restrictions.
You can find more information about the SELF Project and the contest on
the contest website, where you will also find some useful background
information, the exact guidelines as well as the submission procedures!
Welcome to the SELF Open Documentary Contest!
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