OSCOM.4 with ApacheTracks Request for Proposals

Posted 3 Jul 2004 at 22:00 UTC by gregorrothfuss Share This

OSCOM.4 with ApacheTracks
ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Zurich, Switzerland
Wednesday, Sept 29 - Friday, October 1, 2004

The theme of OSCOM.4 is "Cross-Pollination". This will be a conference with assistance from the Apache Software Foundation for the ApacheTracks content. The conference will have 4 tracks:

1) OSCOM Technical / Community Track
2) OSCOM Business / Legal Track
3) ApacheTrack 1
4) ApacheTrack 2

The Open Source content management community is rich and varied with many projects such as OpenCMS, Plone, Midgard, Cofax, Drupal, and many others. Almost all Open Source CMS rely on software from the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), and we look forward to lots of cross-pollination between the Apache and CMS communities. In addition, market awareness is rapidly growing, with several Open Source CMS and ASF projects being mentioned favorably in recent analyst reports.

OSCOM.4 is a place for developers, vendors, integrators and users to mingle and learn from each other. We aim to make the conference as interactive as possible.

Scope of Proposals
Individuals and companies interested in making presentations, giving a tutorial, or participating in panel discussions regarding CMS or an ASF project at OSCOM.4 are invited to submit proposals. Proposals will be considered in two classes: tutorials and convention presentations (sessions).

Product presentations for track 2 will be asked to follow a standard structure (see Appendix A) to make them more comparable to each other. This will help decision makers to quickly learn about the pro's and con's of various Open Source CMS.

Besides presentations from CMS projects and vendors, we are especially looking for proposals dealing with interesting uses of content management and related problem areas from law, business and society.

Session presentations are 45 minutes long, and tutorials are a half-day (3 hours). If you are interested in participating in or moderating panel discussions, or otherwise contributing to the conference, please let us know (and please include your area of expertise). If you have an idea for a panel discussion or a particularly provocative group of panelists that you'd love to see square off, feel free to send your suggestions to oc4@oscom.org.

For the ApacheTracks, we are interested in proposals covering:

o Apache Web server topics (installation, compilation, configuration, migration, ...)
o All Apache Software Foundation projects (Jakarta, mod_perl, Xerces, et cetera)
o scripting languages and dynamic content (Java, PHP, Perl, TCL, Python, XML, XSL, etc.)
o Security and eCommerce
o Performance tuning, load balancing, high availability
o tips for writing Apache Web server modules
o Technical and non-technical case studies
o new Web-related technologies

Only educational sessions related to projects of the Apache Software Foundation or the Web in general will be considered (commercial sales or marketing presentation won't be accepted; please contact oc4@oscom.org if you're interested in giving a vendor presentation, e.g. "lunch bag session").

Submitting Proposals

Proposals may be submitted to oc4@oscom.org for OSCOM and ApacheTracks.

Keep in mind that proposals need not be works of art. A quick summary or abstract of the talk you plan to give is sufficient for consideration. We prefer outlines for tutorials. The proposal is what the conference committees uses to select speakers, so give enough information that the committee can tell what you'll be covering. As the conference approaches, we will request additional information about your proposal as necessary.

NOTE: All presenters whose talks are accepted will receive free registration at the conference. Travel / accomodation allowances will be handled on a case by case basis.

Important Dates

Proposals Due: July 15, 2004
Registration Opens: August 1, 2004
Speaker Notification: August 1, 2004
Presentation Files Due: September 1, 2004

Appendix A: Structure of CMS Product Presentation

Introduction (5 min)
Demo of Highlights (10 min)
Feature List (10 min)
Case Study (15 min)
Q & A (5 min)

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