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LUCAS-dagen 2015 on Openness

Open Source, Innovation, Data, Hardware and Research


The importance of Openness continues to grow in both industry and academia. Through Open Innovation, companies, institutions and even competitors work together to accelerate innovation of products and services. Open Source has long been established in the software industry and the trend has also spread to the open hardware and other industries. Other forms of Openness include crowdsourcing and crowdfunding as alternative ways to develop and finance both software and hardware. Open Data is currently a hot area, not the least for public organizations, such as municipalities, regions, and county councils that want to make data available for various private and public services. During the LUCAS day we will hear presentations from academia, society, and industry on various forms of Openness, related opportunities and challenges and how Openess can be practically applied.


09.00 Registration, coffee, posters & demos

09.30 Session 1: Invited speakers

Robert Sandell, CloudBees on Controlling the openness - how to get your will done 

Open communities are governed by other types and schemes than traditional corporations and projects. Instead of getting impact through ownership, formal power and cash payments, credibility and informal power rule. Illustrated by examples from the Jenkins community, Robert Sandell describes how a proprietary company can get software developed by others, without paying money. However, it does not come for free. You have to invest in the community to get the credibility that allows you to get your things done.

Fredrik Hugosson, Axis Communications,  presents the challenges and possibilities around security issues when using open source

In open software, also the weak spots, like security issues, are openly accessible. This is often raised as an argument against going open. However, the advantage of being open is that there are many stakeholders interesting in fixing the security issues as soon as possible, and making those fixes available. Based on experience from Axis Communications long time use of open source software, Fredrik Hugosson presents how security issues may be handled in open communities. And it implies, you have to update.

Robert Fekete, Graphics SW Engineer, Visualization and Media at Intel Open Source Technology Center on  Community code reviews– the good, the bad and the ugly?

When working with open source, code is king and community code reviews is  the gate which all development needs to go through. It is important to understand how the process works to effectively work with community projects, the pros and cons of this development model and how to fit this into project life cycles.

Using the Linux kernel as an example, Robert will describe how the exceptional kernel code quality is maintained(the good), the drawbacks of patch-based development and how to avoid things turning ugly.

11.00 Paus, demos & poster

12.20 Lunch, demos & poster

13.30 Session 3: Industry academia research projects - status reports

14.20 Short break

14:30 Session 4: Short presentations of posters and demos

15:15 Session 5: Posters, demos & coffee

16:00 Session 6

16.30 (-19.00) Refreshments, sandwiches, demo and poster session continues