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LGM 2016 is over

LGM 2016 Group Photo

Thanks to everyone who participated in an exciting schedule of talks, workshops, BoFs and informal collaboration. See you in Rio de Janeiro for LGM 2017!

Update from Documentation Liberation Project

frob and Fridrich Strba

frob and Fridrich return with their annual report on what’s new in the Documentation Liberation Project, an effort to make available the ability to use abandoned and proprietary document and other file formats in FOSS projects. You should always have control and use of your own creations.

Introducing an OpenHardware Spectrograph: ColorHug+

Richard Hughes

Richard Hughes returns with his latest update on the ColorHug series of devices for determining spectrographic data on displays. The latest version, ColorHug+ isn’t quite available, though will be soon. This adds the ability to not only check displays for accuracy of color representation, but also printed material and the paper that is used, since it contains some LEDs for illumination of the material. So now you can add the ability to determine ICC profiles for your printers and the papers you use.

Report of the “Objects in Common” Worksession

Wendy Van Wynsberghe/Julien Deswaef

Wendy had become ill, so Julien gave her presentation about this project, Objetos Communes, carried out at MediaLab Prado, which sought to investigate and disseminate the knowledge and skills involved with making a variety of common objects, using open source technologies where possible, in a effort of demystify these processes and ways of thinking about creation in a collaborative environment. In addition, there was time spent on documenting what had taken place.

Case Study: EdLabMMU – Using Libre Graphics Tools and Assets in an Educational Lab Setting

Mick Fuzz Chesterman

Mick takes his involvement with FLOSS Manuals to another level in the community project in Manchester. The goals are to introduce in and educational lab setting a broad range of the local community in learning about open source software and other solutions to a variety of technologically-related projects. This not only involves students but also local educators and community members to especially focus on the procedures related to collaborative efforts.

Teaching Design Livre in the Global South – Showcase on Courses and Student Artwork from Brazil

Renata Aquino Ribeiro

Renata comes from the city of Quixadá in Brazil, where an increasingly recognized university has arisen in what was formerly rural Brazil. Her efforts which she highlights in this presentation involve a project to increase the involvement of the community, both students and nonstudents, in learning about technology, and learning how to design and create collaboratively various objects and processes using advanced technologies. To a large extent this involves open source solutions.

How Can Co-design Work with Libre Graphics

Paula Graham and Lisa Haskel

Paula and Lisa have been involved with the creation and evolution of a series of projects at the community level, to increase the awareness and reduce the resistance to the use of open source software in collaborative environments. So far they have largely focused on increasing the gender diversity of involvement. What they wish to do is to spread the impact of what they have learned from this process and share with others.

From the Lightning Talks

Femke Snelting

Femke announced that the group who has assiduously been behind the production of Libre Graphics Magazine has ceased its operation, and tentatively at least, LGM the magazine is no more. She thus presents a challenge to see if LGM the organization can come up with a way of continuing the magazine or some new production, using FOSS and available digitally and in print. She drew a line in the sand, hoping that by LGM 2017 there might have been a consensus to proceed in some direction.

after.video video book

Adnan Hadzi and Oliver Lerone Schultz

after.video is a new online service which will be making available a series of variably aged video presentations which cover a collection of topics. What it represents then is a repackaging (Assemblages) of material from a variety of sources, presumably professionally edited and augmented. If you visit their website, you see they are not quite operational, and that this is a paid subscription service.

SpreadFlow – Metadata extracting and processing engine

Lorenz Schori

SpreadFlow comes from a Swiss publishing company which produces WOZ Die Wochenzeitung. As their name suggests, this is a weekly newspaper which comes out in print and digital versions, with a tight production schedule. Traditionally, there was a group of workers responsible for the print edition, then someone else translated this for the digital version, which had some different layouts as well as certain licencing issues which affected the layout. Since these were two separate groups, the workers on the print edition would not stay to wait for the secondary digital version to come about, regardless of any issues which might come up. Therefore, an effort was made using a combination of proprietary and open source software to automate this process, so that the print editions would be automatically transformed for the digital version.