View Full Version : Open Source & Science: loose notes from a conference

July 26th, 2012, 09:55 PM
This is from my blog (http://attheedgeoftime.blogspot.com/2012/07/loose-notes-from-conference.html):

Conferences are logistically heavy events and for that reason often require sponsors. Naturally these sponsors try to push their products by showcasing the sort of research you can do with them. This is all acceptable, up to a point, but in this particular conference this point was clearly crossed in certain sessions. Some address were pure marketing, showing how good a certain closed expensive product is. In another flavour there was a new independent product for which the presenter asked the audience for a good licensing price. And another genre still was of those "open source" products that are totally dependent on commercial software, in some cases doing things for which fully open alternatives exist. This last flavour is more akin to science, but still a dicey terrain to be in. Noticeable was the fact that all this sort content came from the US; at some moments this gave the impression that some US universities are nothing but mere marketing agents for US software companies.

Read the rest here (http://attheedgeoftime.blogspot.com/2012/07/loose-notes-from-conference.html). Thanks for stopping by.