This year we will be hosting OSHCamp in the historic town of Lincoln,
over the weekend of Sat 30th June & Sun 1st July. Details below.
A huge thanks to Sarah Markall for volunteering to be our local expert
on the ground and having arranged an excellent venue to host us.
Don't delay in getting those proposals in!
-- Open Source Hardware Camp 2018 --
This year Open Source Hardware Camp will take place over the weekend
of Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July, at the Blue Room, Lincoln, LN1 3BU.
We’re excited to be hosting OSHCamp for the first time ever in the
historic county town of Lincoln — home to, amongst others, noted engine
builders Ruston & Hornsby (now Siemens, via GEC and English Electric).
Lincoln is well served by rail, reachable from Leeds and London within
2-2.5 hours, and 4-5 hours from Edinburgh and Southampton.
Proposals for talks and workshops for OSHCamp 2018 are invited!
There is no theme and topics may include, for example:
* Open source hardware projects
* Open development practices and principles
* Novel/interesting/fun projects built using open source hardware
* Tools (hardware and software)
* Skills and techniques, e.g. PCB fab, DIY SMT assembly
* Relevant technologies, e.g. SPI/I2C bus programming
* ...something else relevant to the community
If you would like to give a talk on the Saturday and/or run a workshop
on the Sunday, please submit details via the form at:
Any questions can either be directed to the list or sent to
**** Note that the deadline for submitting titles and abstracts is
Monday 25th March at 17:00. If you would like to discuss ideas etc.
please get in touch sooner, rather than later. ****
A social is planned for the Saturday evening and details of
accommodation nearby to the venue will be provided in due course.
We have another 1-day event in March, which this time will be dedicated
to the topic of open source software compliance, featuring talks and
workshops on topics such as OpenChain, SW360 and FOSSology.
There are additional sessions in the pipeline, but we were keen to get
details out sooner rather than later, given this is a full day, now less
than 2 months away, and diaries fill up quick.
Further details will be provided in due course!
OSHUG #65 — Yanking the Chain: open source software compliance in the
On the 22 March 2018, 09:00 - 17:00 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The
Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA.
With the ever increasing complexity of embedded device software stacks,
coupled with the proliferation of new mechanisms for distributing
complex server software stacks, open source compliance has never been
more important — or indeed more of a challenge.
Fortunately, there are growing number of tools and methods at our
disposal to support open source software compliance efforts. This 1-day
event will feature talks and hands-on workshops covering a number of
these, with insights into practical experiences and lessons learned.
The preliminary programme can be found below and please note that
further details will be published in due course as additional sessions
— Introducing OpenChain
OpenChain is a scalable, flexible compliance programme, developed by the
Linux Foundation. It provides a great foundation for businesses of all
sizes to adopt appropriate practices and procedures in place to control
development and supply chain risks. Already adopted by companies like
Qualcomm, Toyota and ARM, it's equally applicable to SMEs.
* Andrew Katz is a lawyer and former programmer who advises extensively
on free and open source software and other opens. He is head of the
technology department at Moorcrofts LLP, a boutique technology law firm,
which is one of the 5 OpenChain pilot partners in the world, and has
been involved in drafting many of the OpenChain materials.
— Eclipse SW360 - Open Source Management with Open Source
SW360 manages software components with their license compliance
documentation in SPDX and allows for setting up bills-of-material to
provide comprehensive documentation for products and projects.
Organizations can use SW360 as a one-stop shop for sharing component
information, tracking their usage in projects or products. This involves
the handing of compliance information, but also, as an example, matching
for vulnerabilities from data providers.
As an EPL-1.0 licensed Open Source project, it is highly customizable,
letting organizations keep their confidential product development data
on premises, and prevents them from becoming dependent on a single
vendor. This presentation shows briefly features and a walk through the
application to demonstrate capabilities and use cases of SW360.
* Michael C. Jaeger is one of the maintainers for the projects,
FOSSology and SW360, both of which are in the area of license compliance
and component management with open source software. At Siemens Corporate
Technology in Munich, Germany, Michael manages the Siemens contributions
to SW360 and FOSSology. Michael is a certified software architect and
received a German PhD degree from the faculty of electrical engineering
and computer science at TU Berlin.
— Using FOSSology - License Analysis Hands On
FOSSology is an open source license compliance software system and
toolkit. As a toolkit, you can run license, copyright and export control
scans from the command line. As a system, a database and Web user
interface provide you with user interface and functionality to analyse
the licensing situation of open source software.
* Hosted by: Michael C. Jaeger.
Note: Please aim to arrive by 08:45 as the workshop will start at 09:00
Details can be found below for the 63rd and first meeting of 2018, the
theme for which is open source musical software and hardware.
I should note also that this is another excellent programme that we have
Sevan to thank for putting together.
Event #63 — Collaborative music making, ultra-low latency audio and
On the 18 January 2018, 18:00 - 21:00 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The
Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA.
We start the new year with an event on the theme of open source musical
software and hardware.
— Bela, an embedded platform for ultra-low latency audio and sensor
Bela started off as a research project at Centre For Digital Music
(Queen Mary University of London) and is now a commercial product,
mainly aimed at makers, programmers and researchers that work with
audio. The platform is based on a BeagleBone Black with a custom
expansion cape and a dedicated software environment. The board runs
Debian Linux with Xenomai as a real-time co-kernel. The combined use of
Xenomai and the BeagleBone Black's on-board PRU microcontroller allows
to achieve sub-millisecond latency for audio and sensor processing,
while node.js is used to provide a user-friendly web-based IDE. The
project is entirely open source, hardware and software.
* Giulio Moro is a PhD student in the Centre for Digital Music at Queen
Mary University of London. A sound engineer by training, he is now
researching in the field of performer-instrument interaction. He is one
of the inventors and core developers of Bela.
— Female Laptop Orchestra: exploring geographical, cultural, technical
and artistic challenges of collaborative music making
As a collective of female musicians, artists, engineers, computer
scientists and researchers, Female Laptop Orchestra has been pushing the
boundaries of technology and cross-cultural co-located and distributed
collaborative music making since 2014. Besides musical instruments, we
use a variety of open source and commercial tools to create music,
stream music and connect with our audience during the performance. We
often collaborate with classical composers and ensembles, filmmakers,
visual designers, choreographers and dancers. Recently, we also
collaborated with members of Women in Music Technology (a student
organization whose goal is to encouraging more women to join the music
tech field of study and highlight the often unsung role of women in
music technology, based at Georgia Tech Centre for Music Technology in
US) and Sonora (a collaborative network bringing together artists and
researchers interested in feminist manifestations in the context of the
arts, based in Brazil).
* Nela Brown is a sound artist, technologist, researcher and educator.
In the past decade, she composed music and designed sound for
award-winning projects including theatre performances, dance, mobile,
film, documentaries and interactive installations. She is the founder of
the Female Laptop Orchestra (FLO), an eclectic group of female musicians
and technologists exploring co-located and distributed collaborative
music making within different contexts and across different geographical
locations. As a creative director of FLO since 2014, Nela co-ordinated 7
national and international FLO performances involving 36 collaborators
from 21 different countries.
— Talk #3 TBA
Note: Please aim to arrive by 18:15 as the event will start at 18:30 prompt.
Closing date for bookings is Tuesday 16th January 2018 at 11:30 pm. No
more bookings will be taken after this date. For overseas delegates who
wish to attend the event please note that BCS does not issue invitation