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Blog posts for February 2014

FOSDEM 2014

XWiki at the FOSDEM 2014!


XWiki's 2014 Events Season started with the participation in FOSDEM, the biggest free Open Source event in Europe, where communities can meet, share ideas and collaborate.

The XWiki SAS team, from both the Paris and Iasi offices, was present for 2 days in Brussels on February 1st and 2nd. We participated in a Wikis Developer Room where the discussions were centered around new features, compatibility and integration with other tools and services, lessons learned from deployments, surveys, research and development, and cross-project collaboration.

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The presentations in the Wikis Developer Room started with a comparison between the MediaWiki, TWiki and XWiki communities.
Vincent Massol then had an intervention on the following topic: "XWiki Rendering: a content rendering engine".

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Marius Florea had a presentation about “Developing the XWiki software” and also talked about the XWiki special days, with an emphasis on the weekly Bug fixing day (every Thursday), the day during which the XWiki Community is invited to close as many bugs as possible.

Ludovic Dubost demonstrated “5 unexpected usages of wikis”

1. Use structured data
2. Create PDF Books
3. Manage a Menu Wiki Style
4. Develop Wiki Style
5. Create a presentation

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Vincent Massol talked about “A web development runtime platform based in the wiki paradigm” , after which Anca Luca explained how XWiki can adapt to different needs (“Addressing the long tail of applications”).

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Given this was an open event with free access, the number of participants is unknown, but we do know there were 8333 unique MAC addresses (over 2 days) and more than 445 speakers! So we can estimate that there were between 5.500 et 10.000 participants.

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FOSDEM offered a great opportunity to meet other actors in the Open Source community and provided the perfect platform for information exchange.

Open Source Iasi

open-source-iasi-logo.pngAfter our participation at FOSDEM, a part of the team in Iasi got involved in organizing the first edition of "Open Source Iași" along with Andreea Popescu (Mozilla Rep and XWiki employee) and Professor Sabin Buraga from the Faculty of Computer Science Iași.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 15, starting with 9.00 a.m. at Chopin Hall, located inside the Iași Palas Mall.

The aim of this event is to inform participants about Open Source and Free software in general. More particularly we will present how we interact with Open Source at XWiki. During the event, three presentations will be held by us (out of a total of 12 presentations):

  • "Developing the XWiki software" (Marius Dumitru Florea)
  • "How to get involved in Mozilla and XWiki" (Andreea Popescu)
  • "The Bookmarklet Application" (Flavius Olaru)

You may read the full list of presenters on the dedicated blog.

The entrance and the participation to this event are free, so, if you are in Iași we hope you will join us at the Open Source event.

FOSDEM 2014: our presentations

As you may already know, a part of our team went to Belgium to attend FOSDEM. XWikiers took part to several sessions and also animated one on wikis. Here are the slides of the different talks, by Vincent Massol, Anca Luca, Ludovic Dubost and Marius Dumitru Florea.

Interview with Ludovic Dubost on Aligning Social with Processes

Ludovic Dubost was interviewed for several minutes by Bjorn Negelman during the Enterprise 2.0 Summit about "Aligning Social with Processes". Here is the video, if you missed it.

LearnPAd Kick-Off Meeting in Pisa

We recently went to Pisa for the kick-off of LearnPAd, an FP7 european project. There were three meeting days that were spent discussing the launch of the project with all the partners:

  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) [Italy]
  • BOC Asset Management GmbH (BOC) [Austria]
  • LINAGORA GSO (LIN) [France]
  • No Magic Europe (NME) [Lithuania]
  • Regione Marche (MAR) [Italy]
  • University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FNHW) [Switzerland]
  • University of Camerino (UNICAM) [Italy]
  • University of l'Aquila (UDA) [Italy]

It was a very nice kick-off! A few presentations to start the first work packages were made. We also brainstormed and identified the first ideas. Note sure it was that hard emoticon_smile

We also had nice discussions about a draft of the platform architecture, where XWiki will play a central role.

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It was a nice group dynamic for starting a project...

and a nice city to visit

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