11th ODF plugfest programme

The programme of the 11th ODF Plugfest consists of a part which is interesting for the general public, and a technical part where the actual plugtesting is done (under Chatham house rule). On the evening preceding the plugfest (=Monday September 13th) there will be an informal pre-plugfest dinner for those already in the city (more details).

Tuesday September 15th 2015:

9.00 – 9.30 Registration (lobby in front of Aula at the KB)
Accompanied by tea, coffee, some sandwiches and fruits
9.30 – 12.30 Welcome and plenary presentations (Aula)

Led by Graham Taylor (director OpenForum Europe).

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch (foyer in front of Aula)
13.30 – 14.55 ODF in the marketplace.
14.55 – 15.15 Interoperability research.
15.15 – 16.00 Tea break/networking (foyer in front of Aula)
16.00 – 17.30 Technical part (meeting room B)
Start of plugtesting, for developers.

Led by dr. Steven Pemberton (CWI).

18.30 – 21.00 Plugfest dinner at Baklust.
The dinner will be held at restaurant Baklust, with chef Remco Bras Verschoor. Baklust serves primarily locally produced food and with a 92% score is one of the most sustainable restaurants in the wide region.

Wednesday September 16th 2015:

9.00 – 09.30 Welcome and some breakfast (foyer in front of aula)
9.30 – 12.30 (Continued) Technical part (meeting room B)
Interoperability testing. Hands on technical session for developers.
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 16.30 (Continued) Technical part
Interoperability testing. Hands on technical session for developers.
16.30 – 17.00 Plenary wrapup and presentation of the outcomes
Presentation of the outcomes

Speaker biographies

Fliss Bennée

Fliss is a senior technical advisor with the government digital service within the UK Cabinet Office. With a varied background in the private and public sector, she now concentrates on troubleshooting and being a conduit between those who are comfortable with technical terms and those who are not. She developed the first cross-government IT portfolio in the UK and collaborated with Cranfield University to investigate the barriers to delivering IT project portfolios in the public sector. She is also trying to convince her local parish council and school board to move to collaborative, browser-based document systems to save her inbox.

Aditya Bhatt

Adytia Bhatt is a open source software engineer at Kolab Systems in Switzerland. There, he makes Manticore, an open source tool for realtime collaborative editing that works with ODF documents. He has worked on many parts of WebODF since the early days of the project. He sees the intersection of ODF, the web, and collaborative editing as a strong way to drive the adoption of ODF. He is an advocate of Open Computing, Internet Privacy, and good food.

Boris Devouge

Boris background lies with adoption of new and disruptive technologies in large organizations. He has deep knowledge the Cloud and OpenSource and possesses a Prince2 certification; as a Director of Global services for Nebula, Inc, he was part of the team that co-founded the OpenStack project with NASA employees. Boris also worked as a Sales Engineering manager for EMEA at Red Hat, dealing with early adoption of Linux in Large organizations and the rise of virtualization stacks. He then served as a Global Sales Engineering manager dealing with new Cloud technologies (Eucalyptus) at Canonical ‐ the company behind Ubuntu Linux ‐ leading a team to bundle the first version of OpenStack within the public software repository. He has led many successful projects in various verticals, from Public Sector to retail organizations and FSI’s. Boris then worked as a Senior Cloud architect, specialist of OpenStack for HP and HPCloud. Today Boris is spearheading the Openness efforts of Microsoft in the United Kingdom.

Kázmér Koleszár

Kázmér Koleszár is a project manager at MultiRacio Ltd., Hungary. He had been working for GE Lighting Hungary as a physicist before he joined MultiRáció in 2001. He has taken part in launching MagyarOffice, which become known as EuroOffice later, the very first Hungarian OpenOffice-derived office suit. He has managed several software R&D; projects which all aimed at keeping EuroOffice, and its extension modules, in the frontline of new software technologies. As a member of the OASIS ODF Technical Commitee, he works on enhancing the ODF standard with shared document editing capabilities. He believes that enforcing open standards will open up the market for office software and it will promote innovation and technological progress.

Friedrich Kossebau

Friedrich W. H. Kossebau is an independent software engineer. He has been extensively worked both Calligra and the JavaScript document engine WebODF. Besides creating the realtime-collaborative editing core, he also worked on the integration of WebODF in other software projects, like ownCloud Documents . He is also active in the KDE community, where he contributes to the ODF-using office and creativity suite Calligra, but also developed the hex editor Okteta . Having embraced DTP and the paperless office since his first access to personal computers, Friedrich cares for keeping all data in his and other’s files accessible independently of the software used.

Michiel Leenaars

Michiel Leenaars is vice-president of OpenDoc Society and director of Strategy at Dutch grant-making not-for-profit NLnet foundation. Leenaars combines his job at NLnet with a job as director of Internet Society Netherlands, one of the more sizable Internet Society chapters in the world. He is also a W3C liason officer for the Benelux Office of the World Wide Web Consortium.

He has been appointed member of the Netherlands national Education Council by the Netherlands cabinet for the period 2015-2018. The “Onderwijsraad” is the highest Netherlands governmental advisory body to advise the Minister, Parliament and local authorities on education policy.

Steven Luitjens

Drs. Steven B. Luitjens is Managing Director at Logius, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.

Dirk Moree

Dirk Moree started his working career in 1977 as an analist/programmer at Philips, developing applications for small businesses. From 1986 he became productmanager at L+T Informatica, nowadays PinkRoccade Local Government. This company developped standard-applications for city governments and regional water authorities. The portfolio Dirk was responsable for, contained applications for taxes, cadastre, real estate, licences. He also was responsable for businesspartnerships for developping geographic information systems and applications for the maintenance of “public space” f.e. roads and sewage. From 2007 until now, Dirk is working as a consultant at Telengy. He leads projects at several municipalities on the edge of implementing systems for the use of Basic Registries in processes as digital services. For one of this Registries he was accountmanager at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. Last 4 years he works for Kwaliteits Instituut Nederlandse Gemeenten (Quality Institute Dutch Municipalities). He is one of the founding fathers of the Softwarecatalogus. This catalogue contains information about more than 700 standard applications of 160 suppliers, related to the “GEMMA”-Information-architecture, 100 standards and 400 compliancy-results. It is also related to the implemented and planned applications at municipalities. One of the standards in the catalogue is ODF.

Jos van den Oever

Jos van den Oever is co-chair of the ODF TC, on behalf of the Logius Center for Standards. In addition he is Senior Adviser on Linked Data for the Dutch Ministry of the Interior, where he works on the publication service for government document as PDF, HTML and ODF. Jos is a proponent of Free Software. He invented WebODF, a JavaScript library for editing ODF documents on the web, while working for KO GmbH. He is a contributor to KDE, Calligra, ODFAutoTests, and other open source projects.

Steven Pemberton

Dr. Steven Pemberton is a researcher at the CWI, Amsterdam, the Dutch national research centre for mathematics and computer science. He has been involved with the Web from its early days, organising two workshops at the first web conference at CERN in 1994. Since then amongst other things he has been very active in the W3C, chairing several groups, and being involved in the creation of many technologies that have found their way into ODF, including XHTML, CSS, XForms and RDFa. He is a member of the ODF TC.

Peter Rakyta

Dr. Peter Rakyta is a software developer at MultiRacio Ltd., Hungary and also a physicist working at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest where he also finished his PhD degree in physics. His main research fields are Statistical Physics, Biological Physics and Physics of Quantum Systems. He joined MultiRáció in 2009, where he participated in the development of the EuroOffice suite, the very first Hungarian OpenOffice-derived office suite. As a member of the OASIS ODF Technical Commitee, he works on the ODF change-tracking standard and he developed the first implementation of the merge-enabled change tracking proposal for EuroOffice/LibreOffice/Apache Openoffice suites.

Hans de Raad

Hans de Raad (OpenNovations) is an independent ICT expert and practical, serial entrepreneur. His main interest is in the many dynamic and diverse aspects of human-machine interaction processes like digital data preservation, archiving and open standards; social media and internet communication strategy; and font/back office systems-integration. His company offers consultancy and support for several open-source projects including Drupal, Piwik, Kolab, and openSUSE, and security consultancy for both physical and digital assets. His client list includes governmental organizations (like the Dutch Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Justice), pharmaceuticals and several SME’s and startups. He frequently participates in international ICT fora like ENISA, CYSPA and the Forum Standaardisatie. Besides consulting he’s actively involved in the organization of ICT conferences with a focus on open source and security, most notably openSUSE Conference, Kolab Summit and hackerfestival Observe Hack Make (in 2013).

Marijke Salters

Marijke Salters works within the Office of the Netherlands Standardization Forum and has extensive experience with e-government projects. After business school she started with artificial intelligence projects for Dutch government. After several projects she became more and more convinced that the organization around the project and the continuity of tasks is utmost important. Main reason is that in the last 20 yrs internet has made the networked society possible. In this society sharing knowledge and information is easier, but also a necessity. To enable growth in the networked society open communication and transparent processes should be used. Not only machine 2 machine, but also person 2 person. The community is the term used. Competition is on the reuse and combination of assets, not on the secrecy of one asset. This philosophy is Marijke now extending to a new task: Business Consultant for Trade & Transport. In this job she is responsible for European development especially focused on data exchange for customs.

Svante Schubert

Svante Schubert is chair of the OASIS ODF Advanced Collaboration Subcommittee. Svante’s focus is on Document Formats, especially on the OpenDocument Format. As submitter of the chosen ODF change-tracking proposal, he recently became the chair of the OASIS ODF Advanced Collaboration Subcommittee. Earlier he had been working for more than a decade for Sun Microsystems (later acquired by Oracle) in the field of standardization and browser based office development. After Oracle’s decision to discontinue its investment in ODF, he decided to continue his work as a freelancer.

Barbara Sierman

Barbara holds an MA and is the digital preservation manager in the Research Department of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands) since 2005. Barbara is involved in the development of the ISO standards 16363 Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories and ISO 161919 Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of candidate trustworthy digital repositories. She participated in several European projects including Planets, SCAPE and APARSEN. She is a member of the IIPC Steering Committee and participates in the UNESCO Persist project.

Graham Taylor

Graham Taylor is Chief Executive of OpenForum Europe, and a co-founder of the organisation. A regular speaker at international conferences, he was invited by the European Commission and Portuguese Presidency to respond to the Declaration made at the Ministerial eGovernment Conference in Lisbon in 2007, and succeeded in getting 27 other European organisations from the ‘Open Community’ to be co-signatories to that Statement. With some 30 years of experience in the ICT industry, prior to OFE Graham Taylor was a Director at ICL, most recently as Managing Director of the Smart Card business, but with spells as its Software Business Development Manager, and Director of The Solution Centre, ICL’s centre for the management of complex integration projects.

Andras Timar

Andras Timar started to work on Hungarian localization of OpenOffice.org in 2002. He joined the LibreOffice project on the first day and started to work on localization related issues, including tools and infrastructure. He worked full time as a paid developer with the SUSE LibreOffice Team from April, 2011 to August, 2013, and he has been contracted by Collabora Ltd. since then. His LibreOffice related activities included coordination of localizations, release engineering, hacking on Windows installer, hacking on localization tools, general bugfixing, and mentoring students. He is member of the OASIS ODF Technical Committee.

Nico Westpalm van Hoorn

Nico Westpalm van Hoorn is the chairman of Forum Standaardisatie, which is the primary advisory committee of the Netherlands goverment that determines the list of ICT standards that should be supported (‘comply or explain’) throughout government. He works as a Principal Consultant at PBLQ. Prior to that he was CIO of the Port of Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe. He has experience working within HRM, law firms, consultancy and various public bodies.

If you wish to make suggestions for the programme, please head over to the ODF plugtest wiki.