LCA2013 Open Community Miniconfs Announced

[D] [Digg] [SU] [R] [SU] [SU], Australia’s premier open source conference, have announced the second set of miniconferences for 2013, all of which look at the open source community. Miniconfs are day-long sessions on a specific topic. As the name suggests, they are expected to be run as a miniature conference, with a formal schedule published ahead of time listing speakers and sessions for the day.

Community is one of the most important and noticeable aspects of open source development. Without the open source community, there is no open source. At, the community miniconfs are aimed at bringing like-minded people together to discuss the things they’re passionate about.

Open Government: This miniconference explores how open standards, open data and open source can be used to achieve more transparent and engaging government, and how open technologies more broadly help achieve a more efficient, effective and citizen-centric approach to service and information delivery.

Multimedia and Music: The digital convergence of media has seen increasing use of computer-based platforms for the consumption of all forms of media. The Multimedia and Music miniconference will discuss all aspects of production and playback of music, audio, and video on open source platforms.

Haecksen: This miniconference is designed to encompass the wide range of activities that women are involved in throughout open source, and has historically attracted women involved in areas as diverse as software development, hardware hacking, and smart crafting, along with a wide array of other disciplines within free and open source software.

Linux Distributions: The wide range of open source distributions can lead to a minefield of contributors agreements, licensing, tools, communications, governance, version control systems, bug reporting, funding, and marketing. This miniconference is intended to help forge a path through the confusion and share best practices from existing lead distributions.

About showcases the best of open source and community-driven software and hardware, and it’s coming to the Australian National University from 28 January to 2 February, 2013. The conference provides a great opportunity for open source developers, users, hackers, and makers to share their ideas and further improve their projects. Early bird registrations open 1 October, see for all the info.