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Schedule of Events

"Open Source Solutions Showcase" Week
May 27-31, 2002

Located in Place du Portage, Phase III, Level 0B1 Gatineau (Hull), Quebec
Telephone: (819) 956-8905 or (819) 956-0013

Overview of "Open Source Solutions Showcase" Sessions


Public sector engagement of open source methods and software is attracting interest for several reasons. Many business and IM/IT experts in both the public and private sectors are stating that the use of open source methods and software can:

  • Advance the implementation of federated architecture goals, process, standards and methodologies among departments, agencies, and their partners.
  • Facilitate the customization of information technology solutions to business requirements.
  • Improve capacity for information technology quality assurance and due diligence.
  • Serve as a catalyst for practical knowledge-sharing, organizational learning and innovation via public-private-education sector IT collaborations.
  • Reduce costs, increase value-for-money, and achieve faster delivery times for certain government software investments.
  • Generate a broader distribution of benefits from public sector IT investments.
  • Help to level the playing field for companies of all sizes in the government procurement of IT development, customization, integration, support, maintenance, and administration services.
  • Increase the security of certain information technology applications in government operations.
  • Promote respect for intellectual property law, because civil servants can rely on legal off-the-shelf open source software to open and work with files that they receive in proprietary formats.

The "Open Source Solutions Showcase" includes speakers, panel discussions and software demonstrations. This event will assist the identification of business decisions related to open source methods and software in government operations.


PART 1: Monday 27 May, 2002: Introduction to Open Source Methods and Software
9:00am Joseph Potvin, Manager, Enterprise Architecture, GTIS, PWGSC.
"Introduction: Why open source methods and software are attracting interest in the public sector."



Bill St. Arnaud, Senior Director, Advanced Networks, CANARIE Inc.
"How open source is leading to major economic benefits, and is a major driver of innovation."



Bruce Catley, Director, Architecture & Standards Directorate, GTIS, PWGSC.
"Open standards, open source, and the Federated Architecture."



Burns MacDonald, Executive Consultant, CGI Group Inc.
"A brief history and status report on the open source phenomenon."



Eric Smith, Lawyer, Fraser, Milner, Casgrain LLP.
"A review and comparison of the major open source licenses."


2:45pm Christian S. Tacit, Lawyer, Nelligan O'Brien Payne.
"Open source IT selection issues for the public sector."
PART 2: Tuesday 28 May, 2002: Keynote and Panel Discussions

Location: Mezzanine in the lobby of Place du Portage Phase III, downstairs from the security desk at Tower A.

Joseph Potvin, Manager, Enterprise Architecture, Architecture & Standards Directorate, GTIS, PWGSC.
"Towards an economic impact analysis of the use of open source methods and software by the Government of Canada". Proposed scope for a collaborative study.



Keynote Address
Location: Mezzanine in the lobby of Place du Portage Phase III, downstairs from the security desk at Tower A.

Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz, Project Director, Unisys-Belgium. Principal author of the European Commission study into the use of open source software in the public sector. Http://
"Open Source in the European Public Sector".



Private Sector Panel and Discussion
Location: Innovatec Seminar Room, at the base of Tower B, Place du Portage Phase III.

"Why Open Source is Good for Business: What open source business models are attracting the participation of large, medium and small companies?" (20 min each)

Danese Cooper, Business Development Manager, Open Source Program Office, SUN Microsystems

Michael Bego, President, Xandros Corporation

Russell McOrmond, Proprietor, FLORA Community Consulting Services



Public Sector Panel and Discussion
Location: Innovatec Seminar Room, at the base of Tower B, Place du Portage Phase III.

"Case studies on the costs and benefits of taking public sector projects and infrastructure open source." (20 min each)

Glen Newton, Chair, Open Source Committee, National Research Council (Principal Architect of Duluth, shared under the GNU-GPL in 2000).

Joseph Potvin, Manager, Enterprise Architecture, Architecture & Standards Directorate, GTIS (Principal Architect of OPA (Online Proposal Appraisal), shared under the GNU-GPL in 1999 while working at IDRC/Bellanet International Secretariat).

Will Maton, Manager, Corporate Network Systems, Communications Research Centre, Industry Canada.

Alain Clavet, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages. (Author of: French on the Internet: Key to the Canadian Identity and the Knowledge Economy. March 2002.)

PART 3: Wednesday 29 May, 2002. An Open Source Solutions "Show & Tell"
by staff of the Architecture & Standards Directorate, GTIS.
Tools for Public Sector Professionals
9:00am Overview of the Morning
9:15am A Choice of Package Distributions
9:30am General GUI Environments
10:00am Office Suites (Word Processors, Presentation Software, Spreadsheets, etc.)
10:30am Break
10:45am Package (Application) Management
11:00am Windows/Linux Co-Existence/Migration
11:30am How to Get User Support for Open Source Applications
Tools for IT System Administrators
1:00pm "A Hands-On Server Installation Tutorial"
Setting up Internet Services (Apache; DNS; Binds; FTP; SMTP; POP; SSH)
Setting up Intranet Services (NFS; NIS; Samba; Printing; DHCP; Backups)



Eric Frisch, Manager, Lab Infrastructure, e-Government Services, PWGSC.
"Mission critical open source tools for system network security, administration, and performance analysis". Overview and demo of bb4 (centralized network monitoring), ntop (traffic profiling), snort (intrusion detection), and ACID (security data analysis). Eric contributed the LDAP module to bb4.


PART 4: Special Topics Seminars
Thursday 30 May, 2002
9:00am Jim Elliott, Linux Advocate, IBM Canada Ltd.
"Linux and Open Source as Game Changers". IBM believes Open Source to be a game changer on the same level that the Internet was. We will cover why IBM believes this to be true, how customers are using Linux, the leading Open Source operating system today, along with a summary of IBM's commitment to Linux and some of the myths about Linux and Open Source.



Erich Forler, Sr. Director, Product Development, Xandros Corporation.
"Introducing the Xandros Desktop". This complete, easy-to-use Linux-based desktop applications environment has been refined and enhanced to be suitable for all computer users, and to peacefully co-exist and inter-operate with Windows desktop and server systems.



Eid Eid, President & CEO, OEone Corporation.
"Leveraging the open source to deliver the next generation of Internet devices". How and why a fully featured Internet hardware and software platform was developed using the open-source model to enable original equipment manufacturers to overcome incompatibilities, to create XML-based products that operate efficiently, effectively, and reliably.



David Skoll, President, Roaring Penguin Software Inc.
"Examples of open source applications in the government and private sector." This presentation will summarize the advantages of using open-source in a variety of business contexts.


Friday 31 May, 2002
9:00am Francis Beaudet, Chief Architect, and Matthew Hately, VP Marketing, Macadamian Corporation.
"Criteria for Evaluating Open Source versus Proprietary Software". In this session, we will talk about our criteria for evaluating open source versus proprietary software for development projects. We will also walk through a real-world example of a portal development project where we used open source technologies (Apache, Jakarta, SLide, PostGreSQL) end-to-end.



Chris Dodsworth, Knowledge Exchange Service, PWGSC.
"Building on 15 years of facilitating government software reuse". An overview of this free IM/IT knowledgeware brokerage service's recent and planned enhancements and its proposed proactive role as a host for and gateway to government-produced open source software.



Ted Jawniak, Technology Specialist, SUN Microsystems.
"SUN's Open Source Commitment". An introduction to SUN's open source products and support services, with special attention to the StarOffice/OpenOffice desktop suite.


2:30pm Will Maton, Manager, Corporate Network Systems, Communications Research Centre, Industry Canada.
"Open Enterpise Architecture". A business and technical overview of CRC's system architecture, which is based almost entirely on open source solutions.


Select the presentations you would like to see and reserve a spot by calling 956-0013
or e-mail


Last Updated: 2002-05-21