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Military Open-Source Software Group To Hold Third Annual Meeting in Atlanta

Published: July 6, 2011


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Critical cyber-technology will be among the featured topics at the Military Open Source Software (Mil-OSS) organization's Third Annual Working Group Conference scheduled for Aug. 30 - Sept. 1 in Atlanta.

The conference is open to anyone utilizing or considering open-source/open technology to build military capabilities -- including civilians, academics, contractors and uniformed personnel.  The three-day agenda includes numerous talks, meetings and presentations, several keynote addresses, and two evening socials.

Among the events already determined for this year's event will be a LexisNexis presentation on its high-performance computing cluster (HPCC) technology, which utilizes an open-source model.  HPCC systems have been used for the past 10 years with enterprise-class organizations, including government agencies.

"This conference will be of real interest to anyone involved in or  interested in the open-technology development community," said Joshua L. Davis, a research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI).  Davis, a co-founder of the Mil-OSS working group, is among a number of Georgia Tech researchers engaged in helping the U.S. military analyze and develop open-source software.

Open technology development (OTD) is an approach to software/system development in which developers in various military, federal and commercial organizations can collaboratively develop and maintain software or a system in a decentralized fashion. OTD depends on open standards and interfaces, open source software and designs, collaborative and distributed online tools, and technological agility.

John Scott, director of open integration at RadiantBlue Technologies Inc. and a co-founder of the Mil-OSS group, said the military open-technology community has achieved some notable successes since the organization's August 2010 annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

"I think it's very clear that interest in military applications of open technology is picking up momentum," Scott said.  "This year's Mil-OSS gathering in Atlanta will take place in the context of some very substantial accomplishments."

These accomplishments include:

The meeting location is the GTRI Conference Center in midtown Atlanta.  Costs for this year's gathering are: $350 for attendees ($250 early registration); $250 for speakers; $100 for barcamp/community meetings. Early registration ends July 18.

For more information, visit http://mil-oss.org/wg3. The call for presentations is still open at http://mil-oss.org/wg3-call-for-presentations.

"Open technology approaches are aimed at giving government entities more control over the technologies they invest in," Scott said. "Imagine if only the manufacturer of a rifle were allowed to clean, fix, modify or upgrade that rifle.  Well, the military can find itself in that position with some of its taxpayer-funded, contractor-developed software."