First European OpenSocial event in Utrecht, The Netherlands

The OpenSocial Foundation and SURFnet are excited to announce the OpenSocial Europe Summit and OpenSocial in Education Industry Spotlight event, to be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on Monday, Dec. 6 and Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010.

The event will focus on the use of the OpenSocial, its technologies and implementations, and will have a special concentration on the use of OpenSocial in Research and Education. This two day event is the first OpenSocial Summit held in Europe, and the first to include an industry specific spotlight.

Day one will feature prominent speakers from the OpenSocial community who will present and demonstrate the nuts and bolts of the specification, including what’s new in version 1.1, best practices for building social applications, and the emerging use of OpenSocial within the Enterprise. There will also be technical sessions on understanding Apache Shindig, the open source reference framework for OpenSocial. The first day will conclude with a broad outline of where the community is heading with future releases and a call to action to get involved.

The second day is dedicated to the use of OpenSocial in Research and Education. This will consist of both interactive workshops and presentations. Several industry experts from the Research and Educational sector will discuss their experiences using OpenSocial in their solutions. For example, SURFnet will present its project on implementing a new Collaboration Infrastructure and will demonstrate how OpenSocial plays an important role in this infrastructure by it enabling group centric collaboration in an open, platform independent way.

We’ve setup a wiki page where we will be posting the agenda. While we will do our best to accommodate all who wish to attend, please keep in mind that space is limited. Stay tuned to this blog, the OpenSococial Community list, and the wiki for RSVP information and further details.

The OpenSocial Foundation would like to thank SURFnet for their efforts in organizing and hosting this event.

Posted by Mark Weitzel, President, OpenSocial Foundation

SURFnet is the National Research & Education Network (NREN) organization in The Netherlands. SURFnet develops and provides innovative services for education and research in the field of a hybrid network infrastructure, trusted identity and a pioneering collaboration environment. SURFnet provides access to these services to over one million users in higher education and research in The Netherlands. SURFnet is part of SURF, the collaborative organization for higher education institutions and research institutes, which are together working on breakthrough innovations in ICT. More information on SURFNnet and the Collaboration Infrastructure project.

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