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Minister to Launch Open Source Guide at Open Computing in Government Conference

  • 31 March, 2005 22:53

<p><b>AUUG updates key speaker information and
announces that Special Minister of State, Senator the Hon Eric Abetz,
will launch the Australian Government's "Open Source Guide" at the
second
annual Australian conference on Open Computing in Government to be held
next month.</b></p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia -- 31 March, 2005 -- AUUG, the organisation for
UNIX, Linux and Open Source professionals, today updated key
speaker information for the second annual Australian Open Computing in
Government conference. The Special Minister
of State, Senator Abetz, will launch the much anticipated "Guide to
Open Source
Software for Australian Government Agencies". In addition John Grant,
Acting Australian Government Chief Information Officer, Australian
Government Information
Management Office (AGIMO) within the Department of Finance and
Administration will be presenting the opening address.<br/></p>
<p>Titled
"Future-proofing Government Computing: Open Data, Formats and
Standards",
the conference will focus on best practices, raise awareness
and share experiences amongst Policy Makers and IT officials.
Participants
will come from Government and the public sector, the academic sector,
and local, national and international organizations. The conference
will be held at the Manning Clark
Centre at The Australian National University, Canberra on Monday 18 and
Tuesday 19 April 2005.<br/></p>
<p>Senator the Hon Eric Abetz, will launch
the
much anticipated "Guide to Open Source Software for Australian
Government Agencies". The Guide will provide practical information and
approaches for Government agencies to consider when assessing open
source
solutions.<br/></p>
<p>The Guide will be published by the Australian Government Information
Management Office (AGIMO) within the Department of Finance and
Administration.<br/></p>
<p>Keynote presenters include:</p>
<p></p><ul>
<li>Senator the Hon Eric Abetz, Special Minister of State<br/>
</li>
<li>Senator Stephen Conroy, Deputy Leader of the Federal Labor Party
in the Senate, Shadow Minister for Communications &amp;
Information Technology</li>
<li>John Grant, Acting Australian Government Chief Information
Officer, Australian
Government Information Management Office (AGIMO)<br/>
</li>
<li>Patrick Callioni, Division Manager - Australian
Government Information Management Office (AGIMO)</li>
<li>Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Thawte and Ubuntu, and the first
African in Space</li>
</ul>
As many Government agencies are considering the
wider
application of Open Source and Open Systems software within their ICT
systems the conference will be a key
resource and meeting place for users, developers and vendors wanting to
learn more.
Additional speakers include:
<p></p><ul>
<li>Kevin Russell, WA Department of Industry and Resources (DoIR)
(OpenSource.wa.gov.au)<br/>
</li>
<li>Stephen McInerney, HealthInsite and the Federal Dept of Health<br/>
</li>
<li>Pia Smith, Linux Australia<br/>
</li>
<li>Paul Kangro, Novell<br/>
</li>
<li>Avi Miller, Squiz.net<br/>
</li>
<li>Brendan Scott, Open Source Law<br/>
</li>
<li>Ian Oi, Blake Dawson Waldron</li>
<li>Tom Knapp, CSC</li>
<li>Greg Stone, National Technology Officer for Microsoft Australia<br/>
</li>
</ul>
A full speaker list, programme and abstracts for most papers is
available
online at http://www.auug.org.au/events/2005/ocg/<br/>
Those wishing to attend need to register online at
http://www.auug.org.au/events/2005/ocg/registration.html
<p>Note that Patrick Callioni is substituting for the previously announced
AGIMO speaker Mr Tony Judge.<br/>
"Open Computing in Government (OCG) 2005 - Future-proofing
Government Computing: Open Data, Formats and Standards" will be
held at Manning Clark Centre at The Australian National University,
Canberra April 18th and 19th 2005. More details are available at
http://www.auug.org.au/events/2005/ocg/</p>
<p>The conference will take place at the same venue and with the
cooperation of Linux.conf.au,
a major technical conference for open source developers, held in the
same
precinct
on subsequent days, April 18-23.  Linux.conf.au is for
Linux, BSD and other related tools of the open source trade. 
Registrants
for linux.conf.au receive discounted entry to "Open Computing in
Government (OCG) 2005".</p>
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<b>About AUUG Incorporated</b>
<br/>
AUUG Inc. is the Organisation for Unix, Linux and Open Source
professionals.
Dating from 1975, AUUG is a national body with chapters that organise
local
activities in most capital cities. AUUG's role is building a community
by connecting, supporting and promoting people with an interest in
interoperable
computing - which we see as a key to achieving fitness for purpose and
value for money in Information and Communication Technology. Our
members
are professionals who care about:
<p></p><ul>
<li>Unix operating systems from proprietary vendors</li>
<li>Linux, BSD and other Open Source operating systems</li>
<li>Open standards, specifically those which enable the free and
unrestricted
interchange of information</li>
<li>Open Source applications, regardless of the platform they run on</li>
<li>Other cool technical stuff</li>
</ul>
Visit <a href="http://www.auug.org.au/">http://www.auug.org.au/</a>
<br/>
Previous AUUG press releases can be viewed at <a href="http://www.auug.org.au/publications/press/">http://www.auug.org.au/publications/press/</a>
<blockquote>AUUG Inc. <br/>
PO Box 7071 <br/>
Baulkham Hills BC NSW 2153 <br/>
Australia <br/>
Free Call 1800 625 655, Fax 02 8824 9522 <br/>
International: Tel +61 2 8824 9511, Fax +61 2 8824 9522 <br/>
E-mail: <a href="mailto:auug@auug.org.au">auug@auug.org.au</a> <br/>
ABN 15 645 981 718</blockquote>
<b>Press Contact</b>
<br/>
Gordon Hubbard
<br/>
Treasurer, AUUG Inc.
<br/>
&lt;<a href="mailto:Gordon.Hubbard@auug.org.au">Gordon.Hubbard@auug.org.au</a>&gt;
<br/>
Tel: 02 9659 9590
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