SPLASH OOPSLA 2010 Technical Research Papers

The program chair of SPLASH OOPSLA 2010, Martin Rinard, let me post this list of accepted research paper submissions to be presented at OOPSLA 2010. (This post is an experiment.) Check-out the conference website at http://splashcon.org and make sure to attend! Papers are alphabetically sorted, nothing implied, please wait for the proceedings for final order, paper typification, and session allocation. If a paper title intrigues you, feel free to search for it on the web! (Or, if you are an author, send me a link or put it into the comments!)

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Public Open Source Talks in June and July 2010

These are the currently scheduled public open source talks that I’ll be presenting in June and July 2010:

  1. 2010-06-10: “A New Software Developer Career” (Berlin, Linux-Tag 2010)
  2. 2010-07-01: “A New Software Developer Career” (University of Jena, 4th International FLOSS Workshop)
  3. 2010-07-02: “Open Source: Was es ist, wie es funktioniert, warum es nachhaltig ist” (University of Dortmund, Tag der Informatik)
  4. 2010-07-15: “Was kommerzielle Softwareentwicklung von Open Source lernen kann” (Erlangen, Develop Group Forum)

Revised 2010 Stock Open Source Talks

I revised my stock open source talk descriptions. These talks will keep changing, naturally. What’s current you can find at presentations/current-talks. For what’s current right now, see below. These talks come in English or German, and as talks or (partially) as tutorials.

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Open Source Software Research Inaugural Lecture at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Last Friday, I presented my inaugural lecture at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, as is customary for a new professor. My topic was open source software research, and I’m making the slides available under the Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 license. The talk took place on April 30th, 2010, during FAU’s 2010 Tag der Informatik (Day of Computer Science). Here is the abstract of the 45min talk:

Open source software has become ubiquitous. In this talk, I lay out a research agenda for my group. By reviewing prior work, I show that open source has not only become ubiquitous but also economically sustainable. I also show what further open source economics work needs to be done. Changing gears, I then address the software engineering research I see ahead for open source. Thanks to the public nature of open source, most relevant project information is easily accessible. I expect this to lead software engineering research to a golden age of empirically founded insights and conclusions. Beyond analysis, I address how our research will innovate new tools and practices using a software forge.

The talk slides are available as a PDF file and are licensed under the Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 license.

OpenSAGA and Making Community Open Source Attractive

Over at the OSR Group’s website we just announced that I have joined the scientific advisory board of OpenSAGA, a soon to be released open source infrastructure project for eGovernment services. (SAGA is German for Standards and Architectures for eGovernment Applications so it is somewhat Germany centric.) OpenSAGA was started by one company, Quinscape GmbH, which has carried all of the development costs so far. It is a project with substantial potential. It could aid in the faster creation of better and more innovative eGovernment services in Germany and beyond.

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Community Open Source as the Raw Material of Computing Utility Providers

It’s April 2nd, so the Apache Software Foundation’s 2010 April Fools’ joke is over. Here is why I liked it a lot. It represents a hypothetical: What if the ASF and its projects could be bought? Or, if not bought, then put under control or strong influence of corporate interests like in traditional open source consortia? It would put the very software infrastructure we take for granted under partisan control and there is no guarantee that those partisan or corporate interests would be in the interest of the public good.

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Open Source: A New Developer Career

Update, 2010-03-19: Linux Magazin made the talk video available. Their data shows that more than 10,000 people watched it live!

I noticed an increasing interest into a general-interest talk of mine on how open source creates a new software developer career. This is not a rara (pep) talk but rather (I hope) an economically rational and sound analysis of changes in the software developer labor market brought about by open source. Here is the current abstract:

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