[PLUG] [Event Report] Document Freedom Workshop 2012, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India, March 28-29, 2012
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Thu Mar 29 23:47:09 PDT 2012
I presented an introduction to Publican  at the Document Freedom
Workshop 2012  at the Computer and Statistical Service Centre
(CSSC) , S N Bose Bhavan, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
, West Bengal, India held between March 28-29, 2012.
A Mani  started the day's proceedings with an introduction to
Free/Libre/Open Source Software, and basic shell commands. We had a
computer lab with Fedora installed where the participants used the
terminal to try out the hands-on exercises.
I then introduced Publican to the audience comprising mostly of
students and faculty. Jared Smith  had presented Publican during
FUDCon Pune 2011 , and, with his permission, I added more content
and a lab section. The participants were able to use Publican to
create and build documents with Bengali content!
After lunch, Sourav Sen Gupta  gave an introduction to LaTeX 
and Beamer  with his "'Golden Ratio' for Typesetting - A quick and
random introduction to LaTeX and Beamer" presentation. He used the
Kile  editor to demonstrate LaTeX markups and for generating PDF
files. I helped the students with the lab session in writing, and
troubleshooting warnings and errors when using Kile with pdflatex.
I also met and spoke with two physicists, John Smolin  and Damian
Markham , who had come to present at another workshop on
"Information and Security in Quantum World" . John Smolin is an
avid Fedora user!
The first session on the second day was by Jit Ray Chowdhury  on
Moodle  CMS. He started with the basics of installing Apache,
MySQL and PHP on Fedora, followed by creating a simple HTML, and PHP
page. Participants then learnt how to install Drupal, Moodle and
configure the same.
Prof. Nagarjuna  then started his session on why document freedom
is essential, and gave an introduction to Emacs org-mode , with
examples. I also met Krishnakant Mane but couldn't attend his
(post-lunch) session on "LibreOffice and Screen Readers" as I had to
leave early to catch a flight.
Thanks to the organizing committee: Prof. Mandar Mitra , A Mani,
Partha Pratim Kundu, Malay Bhattacharya , and Tanmay Basu for the
wonderful hospitality, and to Red Hat for sponsoring my travel.
The publican presentation is available at:
Few photos taken during the event are available in my /gallery:
 Publican. https://fedorahosted.org/publican/
 Document Freedom Workshop 2012.
 Computer and Statistical Service Centre. http://www.isical.ac.in/~cssc/
 Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. http://www.isical.ac.in/
 A Mani. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Amani
 Jared Smith. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Jsmith
 FUDCon Pune 2011. http://fudcon.in/
 Sourav Sen Gupta. http://souravsengupta.com/
 LaTeX. http://www.latex-project.org/
 Beamer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beamer_%28LaTeX%29
 Kile. http://kile.sourceforge.net/
 John Smolin. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_A._Smolin
 Damian Markham. http://www.infres.enst.fr/~markham/
 "Information and Security in Quantum World" workshop.
 Jit Ray Chowdhury. http://www.jitrc.com/
 Moodle. http://moodle.org/
 Prof. Nagarjuna. http://www.hbcse.tifr.res.in/people/academic/nagarjuna-g
 Emacs org-mode. http://orgmode.org/
 Prof. Mandar Mitra. http://www.isical.ac.in/~mandar/
 Malay Bhattacharyya. http://www.isical.ac.in/~malay_r/
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