Thanks, Jonathon!

On 2007-01-20, at 18:53 , Jonathon Coombes wrote:

Hi All,

Here is a report of what happened with the miniconf. Thanks to the efforts of Jim Watson, a great day was organised and we had a registered attendance of 90 people. Some of the talks attracted more people that others, but overall was a great day with some interesting feedback given as to how people are accepting more.

The miniconf is run in conjunction with the main Linux conference LCA2007 which was from 15-19th January 2007. The miniconf was a great success based not only on the number of speakers, but also the number of people attending. For one whole day, people of like minds gathered to discuss what is capable of doing, and what they would like to see happen in the future for the project.

I opened up the miniconference being the new Australian Marcon, which Jim Watson had organised. The first speaker was Michael Cardon from the Australian National Archives talking about the Xena project which does document conversions for long term standard format conversion. Michael was even able to demonstrate some of the clever features such as working out document formats even when trying to trick it.

The next session was a Q&A session with some demonstrations of Unlike in the past where many of the questions were related to "howto" style questions, they were much more project related and how things would evolve in the future.

Yes, I've noticed this the trend in questions, too.

Some of the demonstrations were excellent with Bill Robertson from De Bortoli Wine's demonstrated the new ODF viewer running on his Symbian mobile phone.

Nice! is there a flash version of this demo we can post to the site or point to?

This showed that is reaching much further than just the user desktop at work. Stuart Guthrie from Polonius then demonstrated his project that integrates JavaReports into to generate templated reporting.

Also good. In fact, it would be super to have such demonstrations available for others to see....

In the afternoon, Michael Still and Stewart Smith gave there experiences in trying to write a book using Some of the usual hurdles people have were not considered as they were done with layout at the editors, but other problems could have easily been solved by using the master document feature of Michael came back later in the afternoon demonstrations to have a look at master documents and how they worked in summary. This talk was finished off by a summary talk from Leslie Hawthorn from Google Summer of Code project giving details of what that was and how it would help with the project.

Jim Watson got a good gathering of people interested in how the SDK worked and some of the details of what UNO was and how it can be used to program

Excellent. Do you know if they expressed interest then in participating in the UNO (or other projects)? Eg, is follow up indicated to keep them engaged?

The afternoon was finished off with me giving a talk on Base and how it works involving a live demonstration. This was well received with a followup session immediately after with some live workings with forms, xforms and some simple macro programming ideas.

Nice. Feel free to post your talk, license permitting, to the site, in the Docs & Files section. We used to have a library there of all OOo-related talks. I don't think it's been maintained, but why not re- start?

As a side mention, the open day at LCA involved a desk with demonstration of the software which was kindly run by Graham Lauder and Jim Watson. It was good to see people coming up and trying out features. Thanks guys!


Over the coming year, organisers are discussing possible changes in how the miniconferences are done at LCA. This means possible changes such as over multiple days instead of one day or other changes. It may even mean the option of having a separate fee for those who want to come only to the miniconference. So these options will be futher investigated over the next year. All up quite a good miniconference and hopefully we will see much more like it in the coming years.

I think such changes are needed. Afaik, LCA is one of the more advertised FOSS conferences in OZ and it receives relatively little attention, as it is. Yet Australia is a leader in FOSS, in ODF adoption, and a powerhouse in the region.


Thanks Jonathon, for this excellent summary. Would you mind if I copy it into a web page and point people to it? it would be found at http://www...../editorial/lca_report_2007.html or so.


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