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Call For Presentation For The "Community" Theme Of The 10th Libre Software Meeting (Nantes, France, July 2009)

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The Libre Software Meeting, Rencontres Mondiales du Logiciel Libre is an event of the Free Software Community in France. It happens since year 2000.

This year, the tenth meeting is organised from the 7th to the 11th July 2009 in Nantes (France).

Call For Presentation - Community Theme

  • The Community Theme proposes to explore how social structures that make up what’s usually called "Free Software Community" work together.
  • You’ll learn about the different free software entities, like local or nationwide associations, sector-based or not, aimed at users, promotion or developers, technical or not, virtual or not, for professionals or volunteers, etc.
  • You’ll know from different points of view how community members interact, on the practical, technical, social, legal, financial or communication aspects.
  • The theme also presents local, national and international actions (how to act at what level), the relationships with the rest of the world (public at large, institutions, press, enterprises, associations and NGO, etc.).

This year, we’ll focus on the following questions :

  • how can free software and collaborative behavior help a member of the associative, community and NGO area to reach its target ?
  • how can these tools and their use enhance the diversity of participants ? What are the organisation forms and levers that can favor creation and knowledge transfer ?
  • what can the free software platforms bring to the associations for themselves and for their interconnection to others ?

* what are the support and success factors necessary for a collective intelligence to emerge ?

  • how to cultivate wealth in a cooperative project ?

Details for speakers


  • Language : English is the expected language for the lectures of the topic though (if nobody objects in the audience) some talks might be in French with at least the slides in English.
  • Format : Talks are expected to last 20 minutes. PDF version of the lecture are not mandatory but would be very appreciated (archived online after the event, they are a very appreciated resource for the community as a whole).
  • Submit : If you are considering coming and submitting a talk, please send us as soon as possible an email at the following address : communautes@rmll.info with an English summary of your talk (and a French one if you can, but if not, we will translate the English one). Feel free to send this announcement wherever or to whom you feel it is relevant (but beware of spamming people).
  • Organize your travel : We have very limited funding for the travels (only for speakers that cannot be refunded by the institution they belong to) but there are no registration fees for the conference and very low cost accomodation is organised on the site.
  • Contact us : The RMLL 2009 team of volunteers organising the “Community Theme” topic : Valérie Dagrain and Benoit Sibaud.