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Call for participation: OWF'08 track on higher education


I know that general FOSS education is not the primary topic of this
list, but still some of you might be interested in this announcement.


    *                    Call for Participation                 *
    *     Open World Forum 2008 - Track on Higher Education     *
    * Towards a Free and Open Source Curriculum for IT students *
    *              December 1, 2008, Paris, France              *
    *       http://www.openworldforum.org/en/program/           *

Software development and deployment has evolved tremendously over the
last two decades. Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is going
mainstream. The industry is asking for an increasing number of
well-trained professionals that are able to install, exploit,
maintain, develop and create sophisticated software artifacts, in
particular coming from the FOSS world, and that furthermore bring in
knowledge about legal, economic and management issues.

Academia is called to contribute now to satisfy this demand by
developing a curriculum specifically taking into account the changes
that FOSS has brought to the software ecosystem, and by incorporating
FOSS into the early stages of the traditional IT curriculum.

This special track at OWF will present some of the currently existing
FOSS-oriented diplomas from all over the world.  The goal is to
consolidate and structure our experiences and ideas into a common set
of curriculum guidelines, and to issue recommendations for its


14.00-14.30 Opening. Roberto Di Cosmo, University Paris Diderot Paris 7

14.30-16.30 Highlights from experiences around the world

  - A Brazilian Viewpoint. Fabio Kon, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  - Teaching FOSS Electives in Indian Engineering Schools. C N Krishnan,
    NRCFOSS, India
  - The Pisa master in FOSS management. Susanna Pelagatti, University of
    Pisa, Italy
  - The Bologna master in FOSS technology. Renzo Davoli, University of
    Bologna, Italy
  - The Master on Open Source. Cyril Fonlupt, Université du Littoral, France
  - The EOF Experience. Olivier Ricou, EPITA, France

16.30-18.30 Discussion and networking on the FOSS curriculum guidelines

The session will be chaired by Jesus Barahona(Univ. RJC Madrid),
Emmanuel Chailloux (Univ. Paris 6), Renzo Davoli (Univ Bologna),
Roberto Di Cosmo (Univ. Paris 7) and Olivier Ricou (EPITA).


Participation is free of charge. Please register for the HIGHER EDUCATION
track at http://www.openworldforum.org/en/register/

You are also encouraged to register for, and attend the panels in the CAREERS
track in the morning, where a presentation of the goals of a FOSS Curriculum
will be made in a plenary session.

Ralf Treinen
Laboratoire Preuves, Programmes et Systèmes
Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France.

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