About OSCON Data

We're delighted to announce a new conference co-located with OSCON this year, focusing on a key areas where open source is driving innovation: Data.

The O’Reilly OSCON Data conference is the first of its kind: bringing together open source culture and data hackers to cover data management infrastructure at an intensely practical level. From disks and databases through to big data and analytics, OSCON Data will have instruction and inspiration from the people who actually do the work.

Data is collected with every click of a mouse, every tap on a touchscreen, and every interaction between servers. Whereas data collection used to be disruptive, we now all live in an instrumented system with opportunities to capture and analyze data at every turn.

Who’s managing the systems that support this data? What choices - good and bad - have they made? What tools are used to store and analyze this data? What are the benefits of relational vs non-relational data storage?

OSCON Data has distilled hundreds of proposals to answer these issues and share the innovative solutions (and admirable hacks) by the people who build and manage data infrastructure in a world that is increasingly dependent on information as it’s currency.

OSCON Data will take place July 25-27, 2011, in Portland, Oregon, and will be co-located with OSCON itself.

Who Should Attend

OSCON Data welcomes everyone passionate about open source:

  • Developers and programmers
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • CxOs
  • Data Analysts
  • Sys admins
  • Hackers and geeks
  • Analysts
  • IT Managers
  • Enterprise developers and managers
  • Entrepreneurs and business development professionals
  • Trainers and educators
  • Vendors and suppliers in the data open source ecosystem

Some of the topics we’ll be covering in the 2011 conference program are:

  • Data storage, management, and design
  • Big data and analytics
  • Distributed data
  • Hadoop ecosystem
  • Relational databases & ecosystems (MySQL, PostgreSQL, Drizzle)
  • NoSQL databases (column stores, documents stores, graph DBs, etc.)
  • Real-time (streaming data, sensor networks, robotics, AI)
  • Data as a platform
  • Visualization tools

OSCON Data Program Chairs

Sarah Novotny Sarah Novotny @sarahnovotny
Sarah is a founding partner of Blue Gecko. She manages and is a senior administrator in the Open Databases / LAMP practice. They do remote administration and management of databases around the world. She additionally runs the Seattle meetups for LinuxChix, MySQL, and one focused on Opensource and general geeky socializing.

Bradford Stephens Bradford Stephens @LusciousPear
Bradford is the founder and CEO of Drawn to Scale, creators of Spire. Spire is a database Platform-as-a-Service built to scale to massive amounts of users and data in real-time. Bradford has spent several years working on and advocating Distributed Systems and NoSQL as founder of the 600+ member Seattle Scalability Meetup. He was previously Lead Platform Engineer at Visible Technologies, and also worked on SQL Server at Microsoft. Bradford has spoken at Interop, LinkedIn, ApacheCon, OSCON, and more. Prior to a career in software, Bradford managed political campaigns at the Presidential and U.S. House levels. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Political Science

Conference Diversity

O'Reilly Media believes in spreading the knowledge of innovators. We believe that innovation is enhanced by a variety of perspectives, and our goal is to create an inclusive, respectful conference environment that invites participation from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientation.

We're actively seeking to increase the diversity of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors through our calls for proposals, other open submission processes, and through dialogue with the larger communities we serve.

This is an ongoing process. We are talking to our program chairs, program committees, and various innovators, experts, and organizations about this goal and about ways they can help us achieve it.

Here are some ways you can help us build a more diverse conference experience:

  • Recommend appropriate speakers and/or program committee members to the conference chairs (see individual O'Reilly conference sites for program information; you may also send an email to diversity@oreilly.com)
  • Forward our call for proposals to relevant affinity groups with the message that we are looking for a diverse speaker roster
  • Suggest to potential speakers that they submit a proposal during our Call for Participation conference phase (see individual O'Reilly conference sites for details)
  • Organize community-based public speaking trainings and practice events (Ignite is one popular format)
  • Suggest ways that the onsite conference experience can be more welcoming and supportive, free from intimidation and marginalization (send an email to diversity@oreilly.com)
  • Share your ideas and best practices for how we can realize our vision (send an email to diversity@oreilly.com)

We value diversity in the communities we bring together, and we welcome your contributions to bringing balanced representation of the richness of our collective human experience.

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