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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <dennis.hamil...@acm.org>
Subject FW: [DISCUSSION] ODF Plugfest, September 2015
Date Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:14:33 GMT
More information about the Plugfest for some who might not have noticed earlier.

I have edited this lightly to reflect the current status in my case.

- Dennis

-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis E. Hamilton [mailto:orcmid@apache.org] 
Sent: Friday, July 31, 2015 15:31
To: dev@openoffice.apache.org
Subject: [DISCUSSION] ODF Plugfest, September 2015 (was RE: [NOMINATION] Dennis Hamilton ...
)

Roberto mentions the forthcoming ODF Plugfest to be held September 15-16 at the Hague. 

WHAT THE ODF PLUGFEST IS 

Information about the Plugfest is on this Wiki page: 
<http://plugtest.opendocsociety.org/doku.php?id=plugfests:201509_thehague:info>.

To see how these have operated, it is useful to look at the programs of prior plugfests starting
with the two in 2009 (although some of the historical material seems to consist of placeholders).


I have not been to any of these except vicariously as a member of the OASIS ODF Interoperability
and Conformance (OIC) Technical Committee and as a participant in some of the planning.

I see three matters that are useful to be present for.  Anyone could attend to participate
as a contributor to Apache OpenOffice in those events: 

 1. The presentations on ODF adoption and also on developments of the ODF specifications
 2. The subsequent presentations on implementation efforts, where 8 are listed so far, including
Apache OpenOffice.
 3. The Interop testing that occupies the remainder of the first day and all of the second
day.  For this, it is desirable to show up with demonstration and test documents to interchanges
and then inspect implementations.  This activity tends to be conducted in confidence, regrettably.
 There is a sample scenario template to use in presenting tests.

AOO PARTICIPATION

For AOO, it would be good to have some simple presentation of status for (2) and to have some
contributions (3) of tests or exemplary documents for which interoperability is a concern.

Roberto has been on the calls for organization of the Plugtest and it is valuable that he
is doing so.  His keeping us apprised of what AOO might do to contribute and to participate
will be very helpful.

I think if we create a portfolio of tests and a few slides on the status of AOO by mid-September,
anyone could be present as an AOO participant.

The Plugfests are obviously more amenable to participation by ODF experts and implementers
that are based in Europe and we have able members of the AOO community there.

MY PERSONAL PARTICIPATION

I have always wanted to go to a Plugfest and never managed to arrange it.  I think we have
many able spokespersons.  

I do not have the means to travel to The Netherlands for this event.  I am willing to go,
although it would be valuable to at least have someone more technically involved around interoperability
testing.  I don't think it is necessary to have someone be an official of some form, whether
PMC member or a Chair

[Note: I learned that, in addition to not having the means, I have a conflict. ]


Here at dev@ we can work up a status report that anyone could deliver and also development
of any contributions to the interoperability testing that would be useful for cross-implementation
demonstration/confirmation in those sessions.

I am happy to cooperate in any way I can in the development of such materials.  I trust Roberto
will continue to participate on the calls (since they tend to be at 6am in my local time).

[Note: That was in July.  This is September already and my ability to assist here is severely
limited, although I will do what I can.]

 - Dennis

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