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Bienes culturales libres: ¿Qué y por qué? (¿Y qué papel puedo jugar?)

Submitted by gwolf on Fri, 11/23/2012 - 13:18
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I was invited to give this talk at the Cultural and Artistic Interchange Festival (FINCA) at the National School for Plastic Arts (ENAP) at UNAM. In this talk I try to present to plastic artists and graphical designers, through my experience with free software, how permissive licensing models are permeating all cultural expressions, and how they can (and why should they!) get on this and be a part of it, rather than looking at it with distrust.

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Me invitaron a dar esta ponencia para el Festival de Intercambio Cultural y Artístico (FINCA), en la Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (ENAP) de la UNAM. En esta plática busco plantear a artistas plásticos y diseñadores gráficos, a través de mi experiencia con el software libre, cómo las licencias permisivas van permeando a todas las expresiones culturales, y cómo ellos pueden (¡y por que deberían!) aprovechar y participar en ella, más que verla con recelo.

Electronic voting: Talk delivered in Moquegua (Peru)

Submitted by gwolf on Tue, 07/24/2012 - 17:28
Wolf G.  2012.  Electronic voting: Talk delivered in Moquegua (Peru).

While we were at DebConf, all busy and in the organizing frenzy, I was supposed to deliver a talk in Moquegua, Perú, on the evening of July 7. Of course, I was unable to attend. Nevertheless, I accepted, if the talk could be delivered as a pre-recorded video with a live Q&A session afterwards. And so it was.

The talk went quite smooth, and I think I will use bits of it. Video quality is far from great, but well... it was taken using nothing but a webcam and the laptop's integrated microphone. To my surprise, sound quality –that's what matters!– works quite well.

I mostly followed the attached presentation; the video is split in three parts to make it easier to download.

And yes, it's all in Spanish. Translations are, of course, welcome :)

La mochila viajera — The travelling backpack

Submitted by gwolf on Sat, 07/14/2012 - 11:53
Wolf G, Bello L, Ramón E, Taleno A, Ortega J.  2012.  La mochila viajera — The travelling backpack.

During DebConf12, and thanks to Fito's kind invitation, a bunch of us were part of a radio program that's transmitted in Managua and Chinandega, «La mochila viajera». This program talks about different viewpoints and problematics about migration, seen from the eyes of Nicaraguans, which share quite a bit with us in Mexico — But at the same time, are very different.

I was invited as part of a research group in UNAM on the topic «Communication, trasmigration and emergent systems». To be honest, I'm way behind schedule with the part of the research I should be doing, but here I very roughly describe (part of) the topic I'm interested in.

The session was quite interesting. Of course, the reason I'm sending this to the blog is mainly that I want to keep it at hand, but I think some of you might find it interesting. Of course, it is in Spanish, so… YMMV ;-)

Open Access

Submitted by gwolf on Wed, 05/16/2012 - 16:14
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And in the academic world... What is Open Access? What is the motivation for it? Does it have any relation to Open Source (that is, Free Software)?

I was invited to talk at the "Digital tools for academic publishing" forum at Instituto de Ingeniería, UNAM. This talk attempts to cover those points.

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Y en el mundo académico... ¿Qué es el acceso abierto (Open Access)? ¿Cuál es su motivación? ¿Tiene alguna relación con el Open Source (esto es, con el Software Libre)?

Me invitaron a presentar este tema en las "Jornadas sobre Herramientas Digitales para Publicaciones Académicas" en el Instituto de Ingeniería de la UNAM. Esta ponencia intenta cubrir estas interrogantes.

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