OSJ is an annual event run by OSSWatch, based at Oxford University
I attended for the first time this year following an invitation on the OSHUG mailing list. These are brief notes on the content of this two day presentation-based event.
Intro: Mark Johnson and Scott Wilson of OSSWatch http://www.oss-watch.ac.uk
Paul Tanner: Overview of Open HW vs. SW. All kinds of OSHUG plugs
I ended on discussion of what’s broken about IoT. Mostly about software not hardware but I’m always happy to discuss and looking for supporters. www.slideshare.net/paul_tanner
Intros: 1 minute per person – useful as these don’t happen often. Maybe we should do this at OSHUG or have a membership list with links. Maybe a linkedin group?
Andy Piper: Gave a talk about the work of the Eclipse M2M group. http://m2m.eclipse.org Some useful contributions towards IoT standardisation are going on there. See Eclipse PAHO.
Richard Hughes: http://www.hughski.com Colorhug. An interesting story about commercialising his own-designed Colourimeter.
Paolo Di Prodi http://www.panstamp.com Panstamp. A very interesting OS HW product with DIL form factor including an Atmel processor and an 868MHz radio using the TI chipset. They also have very interesting software for a Linux-based gateway such as RPi.
Andrew Katz reprised his recent talk at OSHUG in more detail. Fuller discussion of licenses for Open Hardware. Examples included:
- river simple http//riversimple.org
- protei sailing drone http://protei.org
- open relief drone http://openrelief.org
Kevin Safford. Personal project to create care package for his mother; candidate for an Extreme Blue project. Can use help on this, especially technical.
Richard Melville. Nice small box running Mint Linux. Can run on batteries.
Adam Cooper: Excitable media w. cellular automata. Small boards in array. Battery driven
Scott Wilson: Funding options. Some discussion ensued.
Andy Piper: Education should embrace computers again. Mentioned Shrimping.it, Quicktowire.
Mark Johnson: Developing an OSH Community.
Url for slides etc. http://www.oss-watch.ac.uk/events/2013-03-14_Open_Source_Junction_4/programme
All in all well worth attending and I’ll try to go next year.