July Meeting

Jul 5 2011 19:00
Jul 5 2011 21:00

The Buzzard Lecture Theatre. Evan Burge Building, Trinity College, Melbourne University Main Campus, Parkville.


  • Open Sourcing Metropolitan Planning — Patrick Sunter
  • Linux support on Microsoft Hyper-V and MS/Linux interoperability — James Bannan

Open Sourcing Metropolitan Planning — Patrick Sunter

Can open source software be harnessed to help us better understand & make decisions about the future of our cities and spatial environment? Urban and regional planning is a crucial function of human society — something that affects all of us every day in terms of our lifestyle, health, economic opportunities, and environmental future. This talk will give an overview of some of the issues involved, and a proposed role that open source software can play in the process to increase accountability, transparency, and collaboration. It'll include examples of real projects such as the modelling project www.urbansim.org, efforts focused at user engagement such as MySociety's Mapumental project, and some of the building blocks from the Open source and Linux communities this is based upon, such as the OGC's GIS infrastructure, and Metadata handling.

Patrick Sunter has been building software for scientific research for over a decade, primarily working on a wide range of projects at the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing (VPAC) in fields such as geophysics & spatial information processing. This included being part of developing new open source scientific frameworks such as www.StGermainproject.org and www.Underworldproject.org. He completed a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning in 2009, and is now combining these two interests and expertise areas in his PhD at the Uni of Melbourne.

Linux support on Microsoft Hyper-V and MS/Linux interoperability — James Bannan

James Bannan will present on Microsoft's most up-to-date position on supporting Linux in the enterprise: both as a virtual guest on the Hyper-V hypervisor and as side-by-side systems in the datacenter.

James is an IT consultant and Microsoft MVP.

(Note: this talk, originally scheduled for the June meeting, was postponed to this month's meeting due to illness).

The Buzzard Lecture Theatre, Evan Burge Building, Trinity College Main Campus Parkville Melways Map: 2B C5

Notes: Trinity College's Main Campus is located off Royal Parade. The Evan Burge Building is located near the Tennis Courts. See our Map of Trinity College. Additional maps of Trinity and the surrounding area (including its relation to the city) can be found at http://www.trinity.unimelb.edu.au/about/location/map

Parking can be found along or near Royal Parade, Grattan Street, Swanston Street and College Crescent. Parking within Trinity College is unfortunately only available to staff.

For those coming via Public Transport, the number 19 tram (North Coburg - City) passes by the main entrance of Trinity College (Get off at Morrah St, Stop 12). This tram departs from the Elizabeth Street tram terminus (Flinders Street end) and goes past Melbourne Central Timetables can be found on-line at:


Before and/or after each meeting those who are interested are welcome to join other members for dinner. We are open to suggestions for a good place to eat near our venue. Maria's on Peel Street in North Melbourne is currently the most popular place to eat after meetings.

LUV would like to acknowledge Red Hat for their help in obtaining the Buzzard Lecture Theatre venue and VPAC for hosting!


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