Sunday 16 December 2012

The flight of the penguin: eight years of ArcheoFOSS

I always liked this Linux commercial, it makes you believe that anything is possible... and, in a way, sometimes it is. 
When I think how the workshop ArcheoFOSS started, I find it incredible that it will reach its eighth edition.
It was 2005 and we were sitting on a table of Cafe Einstein in Vienna:

"The decision to start this workshop was taken one evening in November 2005 at Cafe Einstein (a few steps from Vienna town hall), during the conference “Archäologie und Computer 2005: Workshop 10” (Böener W., 2006), together with Alessandro Bezzi, Luca Bezzi and Denis Francisci of Arc-Team.
The idea behind the proposal to realize the workshop was mainly to take stock of the situation regarding the application of Free/Libre and Open Source Software philosophy to archeology."

[Introduction to the first workshop proceedings, Grosseto 2006 - edited by G. Macchi Janica and R. Bagnara]

Nevertheless, here we are! The eighth edition of ArcheoFOSS will be held in Catania on 18 and 19 June 2013, organized by Giovanni Gallo and Filippo Stanco of the Image Processing Lab (Catania University).

The elephant, symbol of Catania (and PostgreSQL)

To celebrate the event, I made a short video showing the path of the workshop from Vienna to Catania. It is a kind of "Fligth of the penguin" in archeology, through eight years and more than 3742 Km.

For FLOSS nerds, I made the video with OpenShot Video Editor, simply using the animate title option called "World Map" (thanks to Luca Delucchi for the tip!)
See you in Catania!

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