For those of you also involved in the voluntary sector -
particularly in the W Midlands.
btw the schedule has been expanded a little since this mail was prepared.
More details will appear on teh website towards the end of the week.
MOST - Midlands Open Source Technology
----- Introductory Seminar -----
Monday 5 December, BVSC, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DR
Come along to the one-day introductory seminar, and find out how the new
MOST project (see below for launch event details) will be bringing the
benefits of Free and Open Source Software to the voluntary sector.
*Believe the hype?
Free Software - such as the OpenOffice.org office suite, the Mozilla
Firefox web browser, and the GNU/Linux operating system - has garnered
plenty of publicity lately. However, you may be wondering, what's behind
Can Free Software help your group operate more effectively? Will it bring
the trumpeted cost benefits? Is security such a big deal in the voluntary
sector? Is Free Software compatible with my current Mac or Windows set-up?
And what help and support is available?
The MOST Introductory Seminar will answer all of these questions for you,
See Free Software on the desktop, working in a mixed environment. Try the
latest desktop accessibility software for those with mobility or visual
impairments. Meet Free Software users and experts from the
business and voluntary sector. Try a section of our accredited training
Look out for a discounted introduction to our course Managing ICT as a
Resource - featuring a complimentary laptop, running a suite of Free
5th December also sees the official launch of the MOST project. This will
take place during the lunchtime break of the seminar, and
all seminar attendees are welcome to join in.
See the full range of MOST services, as well as the chance to win a couple
of high-tech prizes, with a Free Software twist.
*Programme of Events
9.15 - 10.00 Registration
10.00 - 10.05 Welcome (Chairman's introduction)
10.05 - 10.45 Software Freedom - Mark Taylor, chairman, Open Source Consortium
10.45 - 11.25 MOST - Dave Nichols, project leader, introduces MOST
11.25 - 11.40 Coffee and networking
11.40 - 12.20 Training: Removing the Fear of Change - Richard Coubry
12.20 - 1.00 Free Software Desktop - introduction, and accessibility demo
1.00 - 2.00 Lunch, demonstrations of Free Soft
& Official launch of MOST project
2.00 - 2.40 Web-in-a-box: Zero to Website in 30 minutes
2.40 - 3.20 Wiring up the group. A case study - Alex Hudson
3.20 - 4.00 The Lifeboat - a technical support alliance - Richard Smedley
4.00 - 4.30 Panel debate, and questions
MOST introductory Seminar takes place at Birmingham Voluntary Services
Council, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham B5 6DR
Just 5 minutes walk from New Street station, and other public transport
For directions map and further details download the PDF (550kB)
Updated information will appear on our website: http://www.most.org.uk/
For bookings contact Rob Heath robh(a)bvsc.org
Richard Smedley, RichardS(a)bvsc.org
Technical Development Specialist (Information & Skills),
Midland Open Source Technology.
``Software Freedom for the Voluntary Sector''