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SELF News April 2008

Monthly newsletter
Sharing knowledge about Free Software
Issue 18, 24 April 2008
  1. April 30: Early Bird and CFP deadlines for Free Knowledge, Free Technology Conference
  2. Help spread!
  3. Phases of Platform Development
  4. Agenda
  5. About
1. April 30: Early Bird and CFP deadlines for Free Knowledge, Free Technology Conference
If you don't want to miss the FKFT note that there are some


30 April: early bird registration: register with discount
30 April: submit your paper or proposal to participate

SELF Consortium and Free Knowledge Institute have the pleasure to announce an international event of three exciting days of interaction and discussions on one of the most important topics nowadays - education and learning in freedom, in the paradigm of the information technologies.

Confirmed keynote speakers are:
  • Richard M. Stallman (GNU Project and Free Software Foundation)
  • Karel De Vriendt (EC/IDABC)
  • Carlos Castro (Extremadura Government)
  • Steven Downes (National Research Council Canada)

The programme itself consists of an elegant mix between the keynote speakers, panel discussions and parallel tracks. Participants choose between several parallel discussions, divided in streams on:

  1. Free Knowledge and Free Technologies in society - legal issues of Free Knowledge; who creates Free Knowledge; quality assessment in collaborative authoring systems; the economy and social implications of Free Knowledge and Free Technologies
  2. Free Knowledge and Free Technologies in public bodies, co-organised with CENATIC - case studies and success stories; development of Free Software within public bodies; interoperability; licensing and legal issues.
  3. Educating in Freedom, including a workshop of the FLOSSCom Project - technological aspects of e-learning; the SELF Platform; training Free Technologies advocates; showcase of free educational materials; the future of education.

The preliminary day-to-day programme will be announced shortly!

As part of the Conference, we are inviting you to witness the award ceremony of the "Free Knowledge, Free Technology" Open Documentary Contest .

The FKFT 2008 organisers highly recommend to make reservations for hotels and flights as early as possible as July is high-season in Barcelona. Register now at and book at one of the hotels listed at our website!

More information

2. Help spread!

Please help us distributing the conference announcements! The full nnouncement, the conference banner and the conference poster can be downloaded from:

We also put the poster for the Open Documentary Contest online. You can download it from our website and spam your local universities and pubs with it.

3. Phases of Platform Development

The new report "SELF Platform Development: localised and tested system" can be found from May 1st 2008 onwards on the project website.

The SELF Team divided the development work into three main phases: the first one covers the work as supported by the EC, until March 2008; additional requirements will be worked on till July 2008 to be presented at the conference on 15 July (Phase II); any other work will be scheduled for Phase III.

Main Implemented Features in Phase I:
  • Registration
  • Search
  • Course Manager
  • File Manager
  • Compare Versiobs
  • Lessons View
  • Wysiwyg HTML Lesson Editor
  • Lesson Organizer
  • Version Management
  • Course Components
  • BookShelf Manager
  • Importing from and Exporting into SCORM
  • Export of content into PDF, HTML
  • Advanced Metadata
  • Quality Assessment
Features for Phase II
  • SSL and Challenge Response Based Authentication
  • Advanced metadata editing
  • Quality, Reputation and Popularity assurance mechanisms,
  • Internationalization for right to left languages
  • p2p communication between platforms
  • Exchange of documents in other standard formats: mediawiki, LaTeX,
  • Texinfo and DocBook
  • User Interface Improvements
  • Translation
  • Advanced Semantic Search
Features for Phase III
  • Atomizer
  • Question banks according to QTI Specification
  • p2p network to support Metadata Harvesting Protocol (OAI-MHP)
  • Gnowser, a GTK based client

From May 1st onwards, see:

4. Agenda 
Free Knowledge Free Technology Conference Paper Submission Deadline
April 30, 2008, 23:59 UTC
Free Knowledge Free Technology Early Bird Registration Deadline
April 30, 2008, 23:59 UTC
International Association for Scientific Knowledge (IASK)
Teaching and Learning conference
May 26-28 2008, Aveiro, Portugal
  • Jonas Oberg, FSFE/UGOT: Presentation about SELF
SELF Open Documentary Contest Submission Deadline
May 31, 2008, 23:59 UTC
9th Libre Software Meeting
July 1-5, 2008, Mont de Marsan, France

Free Knowledge Free Technology Conference
July 15-17, Barcelona, Spain
ESOF 2008
July 18-22, Barcelona, Spain
  • July 20, 14:30 - 18:00 SELF panel: "One Step Further: from Free Software to Free Knowledge"
5. About

SELF News is a monthly newsletter about the SELF Project and related issues. SELF aims to be the central platform with high quality educational and training materials about Free Software and Open Standards. It is based on world-class Free Software technologies that permit both reading and publishing free materials, and is driven by a worldwide community.

Information about SELF:

Consortium Partners:

  • Internet Society Netherlands
  • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
  • Free Software Foundation Europe
  • Goteburg University
  • Internet Society Bulgaria
  • Fundación Vía Libre
  • Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education

Newsletter editor:
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