OSS 2009 Doctoral Consortium

The OSS 2009 doctoral consortium was really fantastic. Most students that I talked to thought this was the best consortium that we've experienced, in terms of being really developmentally valuable. I suspect that this is because of the shared context, which does far more to promote useful dialog than any kind of disciplinary commonality. Instead of wasting a bunch of time explaining what FLOSS is and why it's interesting, we can all just cut to the chase and talk about the interesting stuff - and everyone knows what you're talking about, so they can actually provide useful feedback.


Best DC ever

The DC was great. I enjoyed seeing other students in different stages with vastly different approaches and goals to their research. But somehow because we share one domain, one context, all seemed applicable on at least one level to my research and some on several.


In Skovde, DC fun already started

Met all of the DC people today and had fun playing crazy golf in the cold and then rain. The great thing about social events is that the socializing usually surrounds great discussions about everyone's work.

But before I even arrived here, the thoroughness with which the reviewers gave feedback helped my dissertation tremendously. The reviews helped me think through some methodological issues that I've been wrestling with and in revising the DC paper, I rewrote some key sections that are better now.


Preparing for OSS2009

I'm preparing for the trip to Sweden for the 5th International Conference on Open Source Systems in a couple of days by making some tweaks to the FLOSShub website. The newest improvements include updated profiles and viewing permissions, and the addition of a blog entry node type for registered users. I plan to use the blogging functionality on the FLOSShub site for my OSS2009 trip report contents; hopefully others will follow suit.