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Coming soon to Hebden Bridge – Open Source Hardware Camp 2012

The delightful Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge (think Glastonbury with Yorkshire pudding & gravy. Ed.) plays host this year to the Open Source Hardware Camp 2012 (aka #oshcamp2012) from 9.00 am on Saturday, 15th September 2012 to 4.00 pm on Sunday, 16th September. The event will be held at The Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road, Hebden […]

Wicipedia Cymru, the world’s largest Welsh language site

When he was over in Wales recently for Monmouthpedia (news passim), the chief scribe had the good fortune to meet Robin Owain, a stalwart of Wicipedia Cymru, the Welsh language version of Wikipedia, the world’s largest open source project. Wicipedia Cymru has a pool of some 200 editors who between them have now amassed (and […]

Geo Networks and B4RN bring world class broadband to rural UK

Today Geo Networks Ltd (“Geo”), a leading fibre network provider, announced a ground-breaking project with Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN, pronounced barn), a not-for-profit, community-led organisation. Geo will support B4RN in delivering world class internet services to rural areas, such as Lancashire’s the Forest of Bowland and the Lune Valley. Geo will provide vital […]

CiviCon London 2012 – a reminder and an update

We’ve already blogged about registration opening for CiviCon London 2012 – the forthcoming conference for users and developers of CiviCRM (news passim), the open source customer relationship management system (as used by Bristol Wireless. Ed.). Our old mate Sean Kenny recently blogged about it too, publicising it via Tiwtter earlier today.… CiviCon2012 London blog […]

First Great Western to launch free wifi on Cotswolds services

Train operator First Great Western (shouldn’t that be “alleged” train operator? Ed.) has announced that it will be trialling free wifi on trains running between London Paddington and the Cotswolds. The wifi will be installed on five Class 180 trains as part of a series of reliability and comfort modifications. FGW’s Managing Director Mark Hopwood […]

Wikimedia UK seeks developer

Wikimedia UK, the British charity that promotes and supports the work of Wikipedia, its sister projects, and other open educational resources in the UK, is now looking for a Developer to join its growing staff team at its central London offices. This role will involve contributing to the development of MediaWiki (the software upon which […]

Does HM Government know the difference between open source and open data?

Clearly not, if the following exchange in the House of Lords between Lord Rennard and Baroness Verma is accurately reported. First the question by LibDem Lord Rennard: My Lords, will the Minister tell the House the Government’s policies in relation to the development of the computer code or software they pay for and whether it […]

The great British public sector IT swindle

It’s rumoured that the UK public sector spends some £20 bn. per year on IT. Is this money well spent? Hardly, if the latest evidence is to be believed. reports on a FoI request by open source storage supplier Nexenta into the storage buying habits of 48 local and central government departments, of which […]

4 steps to avoid the Snooper’s Charter

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has now entered the fray (news passim) over the draft Communications Data Bill (aka the Snooper’s Charter), publishing advice for ordinary users to avoid its worst effects by using free software. The original post helpfully points out that, “Free Software provides several ways with which you can protect your […]

Registration opens for CiviCon London 2012

CivivCon 2012, this year’s conference for CiviCRM users, takes place in London on September 19th. CiviCon brings together users and developers of CiviCRM to find out about the latest developments in CiviCRM and help steer the future of this open source CRM. It is a great opportunity to learn, share, network and get more involved […]

Open Rights Group: Censorship and Surveillance Campaign Training

Today the UK Government introduced its Snooper’s Charter proposals (aka as the draft Communications Data Bill. Ed.). To coincide with the announcement of this proposed draconian legislation, the Open Rights Group has announced a series of censorship and surveillance campaign sessions. The ORG is billing these sessions as “training that will equip activists to help […]

New e-petition

A new e-petition has appeared on the Government’s e-petitions site entitled ‘Migrate all government IT to Linux based systems’ (as it’s in a good cause, we’ll ignore the original petitioner’s woeful lack of a hyphen between Linux and based in the title. Ed. 🙂 ) The body of the petition reads as follows: Responsible department: […]

Regional supercomputing centre set to revolutionise research

The University of Bristol has announced it has joined forces with the Universities of Oxford, Southampton and University College London to form a Centre for Innovation to share state-of-the-art equipment and world-leading skills, speeding up the rate at which complex data can be processed and will play key role in a new £3.7 million regional […]

A DFD free gift for politicians

Do you know a certain politician who should really learn more about Open Standards? This is the question that the Free Software Foundation Europe has asked in the last couple of days. The article goes on to ask readers if they have tried to explain the importance of Open Standards to your boss, friends, local […]