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LibreOffice Conference 2015 Call for Locations will open soon

Filed under: Community, Conference, Foundation, LibreOffice — italovignoli @ 10:48

Berlin, April 16, 2014 – The Document Foundation (TDF) will open the Call for Locations for the LibreOffice Conference 2015 on May 1st, 2014. Candidate cities will be able to submit proposals during May and June 2014. Details of the Call for Locations are available on the TDF Wiki:

The location of the 2015 LibreOffice Conference will be announced at the end of July, so that the winning team may attend the 2014 LibreOffice Conference in Bern, Switzerland (September 2nd to September 5th).

“The LibreOffice Conference is a large event, which spans over four days and is a unique gathering opportunity for our growing community. Starting from 2014, we intend to present next year location at the previous conference”, says Thorsten Behrens, Chairman of The Document Foundation. “This also offers a chance to involve next year’s team during the last phase of the organization, in order to ensure that they are acquainted with the process”.

For additional information:


LibreOffice Conference 2014 Call for Paper

Filed under: Announcements, Conference, Meetings — italovignoli @ 16:11

The Document Foundation announces that the Call for Papers for the LibreOffice Conference 2014 is now open. The event will be organized in Bern, Switzerland, from September 3 to 5, at Bern University.

TDF Members and Volunteers are invited to submit their proposals by May 15, 2014, to guarantee that they will be considered for inclusion in the conference program, base on the following tracks:

a) Development, APIs, Extensions
b) Quality Assurance
c) Localization and Native Language Projects
d) Design
e) Accessibility
f) Certification for Migrations and Trainings
g) Enterprise Deployments and Migrations
h) Open Document Format (ODF)

The Call for Paper page is available at the following address:

Proposals, including a short bio of the speaker (max 500 characters) as well as a short abstract of the contents (max 1,000 characters), should be sent to the program committee address:

Presentations, case studies, workshops and technical talks will discuss a subject in depth, and will last 60 minutes (including Q&A). Lightning talks will cover a specific topic and will last 20 minutes (including Q&A). Sessions will be streamed live and recorded for download.

Whether you are a seasoned presenter, or have never stood up in public before, if you have something interesting to share about LibreOffice we definitely want to hear from you.


LibreOffice Conference 2014 in Bern, Switzerland, from September 2 to September 5, 2014

Berlin, February 13, 2014 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces that the LibreOffice Conference 2014 will be jointly organized by the Swiss Open Systems User Group (CH Open, and the Research Center for Digital Sustainability of the Institute of Information Systems at the University of Bern (, and hosted by the University of Bern, from September 3 to September 5, 2014.

In addition, on September 2 the LibreOffice community will gather for several face-to-face meetings: Board of Directors, Engineering Steering Committee, and Certification Committee. During the conference week, TDF will also organize the first certification training session for migration and training candidates.

Bern is the federal city of Switzerland and the seat of the parliament, government and administration of the Swiss Confederation, the Canton of Bern and the City of Bern. The old city is a UNESCO world heritage site since 1982.

“Holding the LibreOffice Conference in the city of Bern will definitely improve the awareness of Open Source software in Switzerland, and hopefully trigger the migration process in public administrations which has already started in France, Germany and Italy”, say Nicholas Christener and Matthias Stürmer, leaders of the organization committee.

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LibreOffice Conference 2014 Call for Location

Filed under: Conference, Meetings — Florian Effenberger @ 12:00

Once a year, the LibreOffice Community hosts its annual, global community event, the LibreOffice Conference. After a successful Paris event in October 2011, in Berlin in October 2012, and just shortly after the great 2013 Milano Conference, the venue for the upcoming year 2014 will be voted on by the community. Traditionally, the LibreOffice Conference takes place between September and November, with a preferred date of October.

The deadline for sending in your proposal is Sunday, December 29th 2013, 23:59 UTC.

After receiving the applications, we will evaluate necessary preconditions, evaluate the validity and give applicants the chance to clarify vague details. In January, the LibreOffice community will vote on their preferred location, so the organizers have enough time for their preparations. Please do not vote on random locations but rather wait for the official announcement of the proposals and the voting mechanism.

For details on the requirements, and the process, please refer to the wiki page on

Again, the deadline is Sunday, December 29th 2013, 23:59 UTC.



LibreOffice Conference Schedule

Filed under: Conference — italovignoli @ 23:33




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LibreOffice Conference 2013 in Milan

Filed under: Announcements, Conference, LibreOffice, Meetings — Tags: — italovignoli @ 12:27

Milan, September 9, 2013 – LibreOffice Conference will officially open in less than three weeks at the University of Milan, on Wednesday, September 25. The opening session will be held in the historic Ca’ Granda building, while all technical sessions and tracks will be hosted by the Department of Computer Science. The conference is sponsored by Canonical and Collabora, while Google and CloudOn sponsor the live hackatons happening on Wednesday and Thursday evening, and Lanedo the food for the breaks. The conference will close on Friday, September 27, with the traditional Q&A session, where project members can ask questions to the Board of Directors.

Tracks will cover the Open Document Format (ODF); LibreOffice Development; Community Development; Best Practices for Deployments and Migrations; and Building a Business with LibreOffice. For the first time during a conference, there will be a chance of sitting together with LibreOffice developers to hack the code, or just discuss the next feature.

“LibreOffice Conference comes to Italy at the right time, as during 2012 and 2013 there have been several migrations to LibreOffice in the public administrations, at regional and local level”, says Italo Vignoli, a member of the board of directors of The Document Foundation and the leader of the conference team. “Meeting with the project members will encourage other public administrations and enterprises to undertake the migration to LibreOffice”.

LibreOffice Conference 2013 is hosted by the Department of Computer Science of the University of Milan ( and sponsored by Canonical ( and Collabora (, while Google ( and CloudOn ( sponsor the hackatons, and Lanedo ( the food for the breaks.

Conference sessions will be broadcasted online, and also recorded and made available on the conference website.


LibreOffice Conference – Registration is now open

Filed under: Announcements, Conference, Meetings — Florian Effenberger @ 12:32

In less than four weeks, the LibreOffice Conference 2013 will take place in Milan, Italy.
LibOCon is the global and annual event for the whole LibreOffice community and ecosystem, with creators, adopters and users meeting and gathering, exchanging ideas and thoughts. Dates are September 25-27 – see the conference site.

After the Call for Papers has been finished, we are currently working hard to prepare the schedule out of those many great proposals we have received.

In order to help the organizers with their plannings, we today ask you to register if you want to take part in this year’s conference. This helps us in estimating the amount of attendants and ensuring that enough capacities are available for everyone. We also need this information to send you last-minute updates via e-mail.

Registering is easy – just send an e-mail to

and state:

  1. your first and last name
  2. your e-mail address
  3. your organization/affiliation, if applicable
  4. your IRC nickname, if you want

Participation at the conference will cost 10 € per person, payable directly at the venue, which helps the organizers in producing required material.

Looking forward to seeing you in Milan!


Call for Papers extended until August 22

Filed under: Conference, Meetings — Florian Effenberger @ 16:01

From September 24 to 27, this year’s annual LibreOffice Conference takes place in Milano, Italy. It is the major annual event for all LibreOffice contributors, supporters, adopters and users, and will be jointly hosted by the Milan University together with the LibreOffice community.

We hereby announce that the Call for Papers will be extended until August 22, and invite all of you to send in your talk proposals for the conference.

Whether you’ve been developing cool and exciting features, are using LibreOffice in your corporation, or would like to talk about the OpenDocument format ecosystem at large, send in your talk and present it to a large and diverse audience at LibOCon 2013!

All details to the CfP are available at

Looking forward to your proposals!


LibreOffice Conference 2013 Call for Papers Announced

Berlin, July 5, 2013 – LibreOffice Conference will be held in Milan, Italy, on September 25-27, 2013, at the Department of Computer Science of Milan State University. The Document Foundation invites members and volunteers to submit proposals for papers. Whether you are a seasoned presenter, or have never stood up in public before, if you have something interesting to share about LibreOffice we want to hear from you.

The Call for Paper page is available at the following address:
Proposals should be filed by August 4, 2013, in order to guarantee that they will be considered for inclusion in the conference program. Detailed instructions on how to file proposals are available at the following address (and should be followed carefully):

The conference program will be based on the following tracks:
a) Open Document Format (ODF) Track
b) Interoperability
c) LibreOffice – Development and the future: Technology, API, Extensions
d) Community-Track: Localization, Documentation, etc.
e) Best Practice and Migration: Certification and Support
f) Migrating to LibreOffice in governments and enterprises
g) Building a successful business around LibreOffice

Presentations, case studies and technical talks will discuss a subject in depth, and will last either 45 or 30 minutes (including Q&A). Lightning talks will cover a specific topic and will last 20 minutes (including Q&A). Workshops and panels will last longer (but they should not exceed 90 minutes), and will discuss a topic or an issue. Session will be streamed live and recorded for download.


Open documents formats and LibreOffice at FISL 14

Filed under: Community, Conference, LibreOffice — ohallot @ 11:57

By Gustavo Pacheco

The 14th edition of the International Forum on Free Software FISL 14, from July 3rd to 6th in Porto Alegre, Brazil, will carry several LibreOffice and OpenDocument Formats (ODF) activities. This year, the good news are the participation of Italo Vignoli (Italy) and Bjoern Michaelsen (Germany) who will talk on the adoption of open standards and free software, respectively. Italo will present a lecture on LibreOffice: the History and A Reference Protocol for Migrations to Free Software and Open Document Standards. Bjoern will conduct the LibreOffice Workshop and will give the lecture LibreOffice Project: Getting Involved and LibreOffice – Continuous community integration.

The Brazilian LibreOffice community will also be in FISL 14. Klaibson Ribeiro will talk about LibreLogo early in Wednesday 3rd, a new feature included in LibreOffice 4 focusing beguinners-level programming teaching. In the afternoon we will run the panel The importance of of the open source public legal frameworks for the ODF ecosystem, where we will discuss the achievements with existing the open document formats bills, the challenge of the execution and maintenance of these regulations and the strategies for the adoption in administrations. On Friday, July 5th Olivier Hallot will run the workshop Modifying the LibreOffice Interface, and will present the development of the new dialog structures of LibreOffice, an old demand from the LibreOffice community. In the afternoon, Eliane Domingos will coordinate the LibreOffice Community Meeting where José Guilherme Vanz and Marcos Paulo de Souza will present their experience after one year hacking LibreOffice coding. At the end of the day the lecture The Rio Grande do Sul State Migration to Open Document Formats will show the ODF adoption case in the State Cabinet office.

For more details, please visit the official FISL page and register yourself for these full days of knowledge and collaboration!

Wednesday July 3rd

11:00 – 12:00

Room P11

Lecture – LibreLogo – See how easy is to start programming

Klaibson Natal Ribeiro Borges

The Logo programming language, created in the 60’s to help teaching programming by moving a small tortoise in the screen with the command line, will be presented. LibreLogo is an implementation of the Logo programming language inside LibreOffice Writer 4.0. We will show examples on how simple it is to start to program, and how to teach kids, teens and not so young people.

15:00 – 16:00

Room 40T – GNU

Panel – Importance of open documents format public regulation for the ODF ecosystem.

Antonio Augusto Ribeiro Guimarães, Gustavo Pacheco, Italo Vignoli, Klaibson Natal Ribeiro Borges, Vitorio Furusho

In the recent years, the regulation of the preferred use of open document formats for interoperability, specially with respect to the ODF standard, has been a constant issue for IT managers. The goal of this activity is to present and debate with Brazilian and foreign representatives, the challenges of the legal regulation of open formats.

16:00 – 17:00

Room 40T – GNU

Lecture – LibreOffice Project: Getting Involved

Bjoern Michaelsen

LibreOffice is one of the biggest and most important open source projects. Still we actively encourage volunteers to get involved. This talk presents possible entry points for a newcomer to get started and explains how the project takes effort to make your first contribution into the product less intimidating. Building on that, this talk will also showcase what some volunteers managed to archive and finally present you a set of opportunities to easily make your first contribution.

Thursday July 4th

10:00 – 13:00

Room 714

Workshop – LibreOffice Workshop

Bjoern Michaelsen

The LibreOffice workshop will be a hands-on workshop, covering these topics, depending on interest in the audience: – Building LibreOffice on Linux – running test suites – finding and fixing EasyHacks – testing developer builds – using and its build bots – – bug triage – regression hunting with LibreOffice bibisect ( – whatever LibreOffice development topics come up during the session.

15:00 – 16:00, Room 40T – GNU

Lecture – LibreOffice: the History

Italo Vignoli

The birth of The Document Foundation and LibreOffice, and the growth of the project during the first three years: the new governance model, the development strategy through the numbers and the new features, and the future of the free office suite.

Friday July 5th

10:00 – 13:00

Room 714

Workshop – Modifying the interface of LibreOffice

Olivier Hallot

In this workshop we will show how to transform the decade-old LibreOffice dialogs into a new and modern open source based on GTK + Glade technology. It will also be a hands-on session for developers with abilities to program in C++ and some knowledge of LibreOffice. We aim to motivate hackers to work on the remaining dialogs that are still available for modernization.

15:00 – 16:00

Room 41A – Tux

Lecture – A Reference Protocol for Migrations to Free Software and Open Document Standards

Italo Vignoli

The Document Foundation has developed a reference protocol to ease migrations to free software and open document standards, targeted to enterprises and organizations, which has been thoroughly tested in Italy for the migration of Regione Umbria (Italia) to LibreOffice.

16:00 – 18:00

Room 701

Community Meeting – LibreOffice and Brazil, passion really matters.

Eliane Domingos de Sousa, José Guilherme Vanz, Marcos Paulo de Souza

Brazil has one of the largest LibreOffice user base. Under the coordination of the new developers generation, the Community Meeting of LibreOffice will present the landmark achievements in almost 3 years of existence. Besides the development, we will discuss other important activities of the project.

18:00 – 19:00

Room 41C

Lecture – Migration to open document formats in the Rio Grande do Sul State Administration

Rogério Alves

We will present the implementation case of LibreOffice as standard office suite inside the Cabinet Office to the ITC managers – ITC Forum.

Saturday July 6th

14:00 – 15:00

Room 40T – GNU

Lecture – LibreOffice – Continuous community integration

Bjoern Michaelsen

The LibreOffice has seen a tremendous growth since it was started 2 1/2 years ago, especially in the number of unaffiliated volunteer contributors. This growth came with a constant challenge to (re-)evaluate the communication and coordination means of the project. This talk gives an insight in how coordination in such a massive and distributed project works, but also tries to give some cautious hints what parts of that might apply to smaller projects.

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