[foms] next "FOMS" workshop

Silvia Pfeiffer silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 8 03:50:45 PDT 2011

Hi everyone,

OVC is getting closer.

I'm now organising the Open Media Software track at the conference and
have started putting some details on the Website.
See http://openvideoconference.org/agenda-sessions/ for the currently
listed sessions.

Right now we have the following:

* Open Media Software Developers Plenary
* Standards for Video Accessibility
* WebRTC: Realtime Communications and HTML5

* Standards for HTTP Adaptive Streaming (no owner yet)
* Standards for Browser Video Statistics (this includes QOS metrics -
no owner yet)
* Device Inputs / A/V in the Browser (no owner yet)

I'm looking for people that are keenly interested in one of the last
three tracks and would like to put up their hand to own one of these
sessions. Owning a session just means that you will moderate (and
direct) the discussions in that session and help the group discussion
to arrive at some productive outcome.

I've also received suggestions for other tracks:
 * Gapless playback
 * Fullscreen
 * Stretching
 * Playlist support
 * WebM
 * new open codecs
 * open video editors

If you are more passionate about one of these topics - or in fact any
other topic - and prepared to own the discussions, we can accommodate
that. Just let me know.

On another note: there are trip sponsorships available for open media
developers that cannot afford to attend the conference otherwise. Do
let me know if you are interested.

And don't forget to register for the conference - it will be awesome!


On Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 4:25 PM, Silvia Pfeiffer
<silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> This year, the Open Video Conference will be taking place on the
> 10-12th September in New York. I was asked to have FOMS included in
> the conference and I've worked with Ben Moskowitz on sorting out the
> best way.
> OVC supposedly have an awesome venue with many rooms and are planning
> something very different to previous years: something much more
> productive.
> There will be workshops in three domains: creative, policy and technical.
> The workshops will be about a particular current topic in the domain
> and will all be outcome focused.
> In the technical space that means there will be workshops for users to
> learn how to work with certain technology and produce some examples
> (e.g. work with popcorn.js or Firefox Rainbow etc).
> Also - and this is probably mostly due to the way in which we ran FOMS
> in the last two years - they want to have *developer-centric*
> workshops very much along the FOMS spirit.
> However, rather than have a single "FOMS" track, we decided to
> identify some key technical issue beforehand and pull out working
> groups for these up front. Topics that I have suggested are:
> * HTTP adaptive streaming (yes, to continue the discussions from last year)
> * Browser video metrics/stats
> * HTML5 video accessibility
> * WebRTC (which was already a topic)
> * Camera and microphone interfaces (which also already was a topic)
> (Do we need something about codecs?)
> In addition to this I suggested to hold a single "Open Media Software
> Developers" get-together at the beginning of the conference to do what
> we have done in previous FOMSes: introduce ourselves and express the
> things that currently bug us and that we would like to discuss with
> others. If we identify anything that hasn't got a breakout group yet,
> we have the chance to actually create such a group. There seem to be
> sufficient rooms available to accommodate this. We could presumably
> even have a permanent hacking room where we can catch up when nothing
> else is on.
> But first let me ask this question: Does anyone here have any other
> ideas for breakout groups for OVC that we should definitely have and
> that I missed above?
> I hope you're putting the OVC date in your diaries and starting to
> plan the trip, because I think - even though we are ripping FOMS apart
> - the spirit of FOMS is actually moving into this larger thing that is
> called OVC and it will be totally awesome.
> Cheers,
> Silvia.

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