[Linux-aus] [Announce] Update on Linux Australia Council activities July 2017

Donna Benjamin donna at cc.com.au
Mon Jul 17 22:33:28 AEST 2017

Great update Kathy. Thanks to you and the entire team for the time and energy expended in making good stuff happen. 

It's "non-trivial". As they say.

Curious about the choice of designer and where to look for more info. 

The quick squiz I took at his website on my phone only showcased print work. I would expect we'd have a digital/mobile first requirement? I'd be keen to see his work in that space. So excited to see that moving forward though. Yay! 

Via mobile. 

> On 17 Jul 2017, at 11:28, Linux Australia President <president at linux.org.au> wrote:
> Hi everyone, 
> Hoping that this note finds you and your loved ones well, and that the laws of mathematics still apply wherever you are ;-) 
> We've got a jam-packed update for you today, covering a wide range of activities that the Linux Australia Council and Subcommittees are involved in. As always, your comments and feedback are warmly welcomed, and if you'd like to become more       involved in any of these activities, please do make contact. 
> Inaugural #VALATechCamp - 12th-14th July - https://www.vala.org.au/events/1116-vala-tech-camp
> Sae Ra Germaine (Secretary) and I represented Linux Australia at the inaugural #VALATechCamp last week, which saw nearly 120 library technologists come together to get hands-on learning about emerging technologies in the library space. 
> Linux Australia sponsored the Diversity Scholarship for this event, which after a rigourous selection process was awarded to Nathan Sentance, a proud Wiradjuri man who works for the Australian Museum. Nathan will be able to share learnings from the event with his community. 
> A big shout out to Gala Camacho and Noon van der Silk who delivered the double-length Introduction to Python workshop, providing an introduction to variables, functions and data types to budding new programmers.
> You can follow the Twitter discussion at #VALATechCamp or read my blog post about it. 
> WordCamp Brisbane - 22nd-23rd July - https://2017.brisbane.wordcamp.org/
> WordCamp BNE has SOLD OUT! 
> Excellent job, Dion Hulse, Cameron Jones, Ricky Blacker, Hannah Malcolm, Robert Wilde and Peter Bui.
> You can follow all the Twitter action at @WordCampBNE, #WCBNE or on Facebook.
> In other WordPress / WordCamp news, we have finalised wording on a Memorandum of Understanding with WordCamp Central, and when this is signed a further update will be made. Huge thanks to Josepha Haden from Wordcamp Central and Dee Teal from the Australian WordPress community for their efforts here. 
> GovHack 28th-30th July - https://govhack.org
> Spots are filling up for the CBD locations, if you want to go and haven't registered, do it quick. Oh, and we're a Gold Sponsor :D
> linux.conf.au CfP is open until 6th August - https://linux.conf.au/proposals/
> CfP will NOT be extended this year. *In the voice of Mikal* Proposey proposey!!
> Big thanks to Michael Davies and Michael Still for chairing Papers Ctte again this year, and to Bruce Crawley and James Polley and the LCA2018 for their stellar efforts to date. 
> Bids for linux.conf.au 2020 will open shortly. 
> Pycon AU - 3rd-8th August - https://pycon-au.org/
> Tickets are now on sale! Get yours! It will be awesome!
> Richard Jones and the team are doing a brilliant job - thank you. 
> Follow Pycon-AU on Twitter, or Facebook. 
> Joining the Dots data visualisation symposium 18th August - https://joiningthedots.github.io/
> Linux Australia has sponsored the Joining the Dots data visualisation symposium at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, enabling costs to participants to be reduced, thus minimising barriers to entry. 
> Run by Dr Fiona Tweedie (prev. GovHack Melbourne, Open Knowledge Foundation, and convener of RezBaz) and Dr Alan Rubin (prev Bioinformatics Miniconf Organiser at LCA2016), the one-day symposium will cover many aspects of data visualisation, including a range of open source tools, such as Python, d3.js and so on. 
> CfP closes July 31. 
> Council doing another Face to Face meeting in Melbourne 5th-6th August
> Council have resolved to do a second Face to Face meeting in Melbourne over 5th-6th August. F2F meetings are a key way that Council can work on key tasks, and do forward planning for the organisation. Given that most of Council this year is Victoria-based, the costs of running a F2F are lower than usual, and this has contributed to our decision to do a second F2F. Our key tasks will be preparing the 2017-2018 Linux Australia budget (financial year 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018), and planning the rebrand and platform refresh (MemberDB and website). 
> Beyond 2020 Alliance - http://www.beyond2020.net.au
> The Beyond 2020 Alliance has met again, and resolved to work on a white paper outlining options and decision points for the future of Australia's digital infrastructure. 
> You can follow the Alliance at @Beyond2020All on Twitter or on Facebook.
> Signatory to the Secure the Internet petition - https://www.securetheinternet.org/
> Linux Australia has signed the Secure the Internet petition, calling on governments worldwide to uphold security, privacy and strong encryption. The laws of mathematics are universal. 
> Rebranding activity - http://tobyansell.com.au/
> After a competitive quote process, we have selected Toby Ansell, Graphic Designer, to work with Linux Australia on our rebrand. The rebrand work will be a foundation piece for platform refresh later in the year. 
> Data Governance Code of Practice - http://datagovernanceaus.com.au/dga-code-of-practice/
> Lastly, you may want to have a read of the recently released Data Governance Australia draft Code of Practice. We're still not sure what to make of Data Governance Australia, its independence and proposed code of practice, and your input and thoughts will help us in forming a position, and if required, responding to the draft code of practice. 
> With kind regards, 
> Kathy Reid, Cameron Tudball, Sae Ra Germaine, Russell Stuart, Josh Stewart, David Bell and Hugh Blemings - Council 2017
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