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O'Reilly OSCON 2004 Call for Participation

CFP: O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention 2004

O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention 2004

Call for Participation - Proposals Due February 9, 2004


Individuals and companies interested in making presentations or giving
tutorials are invited to submit proposals using the form below.
Proposals will be considered in two classes: tutorials and convention
presentations (sessions). Presentations by marketing staff or with a
marketing focus will not be accepted; neither will submissions made by
anyone other than the proposed speaker.

Session presentations are 45 or 90 minutes long, and tutorials are
either a half-day (3 hours) or a full day (6 hours). If you are
interested in participating in or moderating panel discussions, or
otherwise contributing to the conference, please let us know (and
please include your area of expertise). If you have an idea for a
panel discussion or a particularly provocative group of panelists that
you'd love to see square off, feel free to send your suggestions to

The theme this year is "Opening the Future: Discover, Develop,
Deliver". We're very flexible about how you interpret this. For
example, you might talk about using Rendezvous for service discovery,
or show how valgrind helps you develop more stable software, or
present a case study on deploying GNOME desktops within a 15,000
person company. The theme also applies to attendees, so we'd love to
hear proposals for sessions that help attendees add open source to
their companies by discovering new open source projects, developing
new relationships, or delivering value to their employers and

There will be many tracks and conferences running in parallel at the

Management, security, administration, configuration

Desktop, server farm, back office, personal productivity tools,

PHP Conference 4
Unix, Windows, Apache, and beyond

New developments, security, case studies, large-scale applications
development, best practices

The Python 12 Conference
Python and Zope

Using the latest modules, software engineering, case studies

Perl Conference 8
Perl 5, Perl 6, Parrot, mod_perl

Useful modules, software development tips, developing for Parrot and
Perl 6

MySQL and PostgreSQL
Configuration, migration, data warehousing, tuning

Clustering and replication, fallover, backups

Efficient client-side processing and query design

Apache httpd, Java, and XML projects
Apache web server: 2.0, modules, configuration, performance tuning,

Apache XML projects: Xerces, Xalan, Cocoon, FOP, SOAP, XML-RPC, XML

Apache and Open Source Java projects: Jakarta, Jserv, Avalon, Geronimo

XML Schemas, Transformations, Software, Services, and Standards

New standards, best practices, web services, IP issues around
standards and schemas

System administration tools, servers, back office utilities

GUI systems, user applications, productivity tools

Introductions to aspects of Ruby for people unfamiliar with the

Power user talks for experienced Ruby programmers

Essential techniques for system administrators and programmers

Open source security tools such as Nmap, Snort, Nessus, etc.

We expect to accept many proposals that are not related to the theme,
and we encourage you to consider presentations on the following:

Case studies showing how open source software solved thorny problems
or replaced expensive closed source software. For instance, migrating
from MS SQL Server to MySQL. The best case studies give attendees
ideas or information that they can apply to their own systems.

Best practices for a tool or system. For instance, the techniques that
let you develop 100,000 line Perl systems with multiple developers. We
always value practical knowledge over theoretical, so it's best if
you've actually used the best practices you outline!

New features or modules. For instance, show what's possible with a
project that's not on everyone's radar (e.g., the Cairo graphics
library). Try to give examples and applications of the new features,
so your presentation is more than just a recitation of the ChangeLog.

Fundamental skills. Most projects don't use the latest advanced
features, so attendees value clear explanations of basic knowledge.
For instance, implementing complex data structures in Python, or
debugging. Try to fill in the gaps in the attendee's knowledge, for
example, if they learned this tool or language as they needed it,
which useful features or skills will they not have acquired?

Submitting Proposals

Keep in mind that proposals need not be works of art. A quick summary
or abstract of the talk you plan to give is sufficient for
consideration. We prefer outlines for tutorials. The proposal is what
the conference committees uses to select speakers, so give enough
information that the committee can tell what you'll be covering. As
the conference approaches, we may request additional information about
your proposal as necessary.

NOTE: All presenters whose talks are accepted (excluding Lightning
Talks) will receive free registration at the conference. For each
half-day tutorial, the presenter receives one night's accommodation, a
limited travel allowance, and an honorarium. We give tutors and
speakers registration to the convention, and tutors are eligible for a
travel allowance: up to US$300 from the west coast of the USA, up to
US$500 from the east coast of the USA, up to US$800 from outside the

Registration will open April 2004. If you would like an email
notification when registration opens, please use the form on our main

The deadline to submit a proposal is Midnight (PST), February 9.

Important Dates
Proposals Due: February 9, 2004

Speaker Notification: March 15, 2004

Tutorial Presentation Files Due: June 21, 2004

Session Presentation Files Due: June 30, 2004

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See the main conference web page.

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