Information and Details from past LibreOffice Conferences

Migration, User experiance and Marketing

 The future of ODF

By Jos van den Oever

Brainstorming ideas ODF is more than 10 years old. ODF 1.2 is widely used and ODF 1.3 is being specified at the moment. How can we improve ODF? I would like to hear ideas from developers and users of ODF.
Bio: Jos van den Oever is chair of the ODF Technical Committee. He has worked on many ODF projects in the past, notably Calligra, WebODF and ODFAutoTests. He is the liason for the Dutch government in the ODF TC. Jos is a long time member of the KDE community.

The future of ODF   Youtube video

 Enterprise ODF - Status Quo and Outlook

By Svante Schubert

This talk gives guidance on ODF enterprise features. How and why they should be used. In addition there will be an outlook of potential future optimizations.

Bio: Svante's focus is on Document Formats, especially on the OpenDocument Format. As submitter of the chosen ODF change-tracking proposal, he became the chair of the OASIS ODF Advanced Collaboration Subcommittee. Earlier he had been working for more than a decade for Sun Microsystems (later acquired by Oracle) in the field of standardization and browser based office development. After Oracle's decision to discontinue its investment in ODF, he decided to continue his work as a freelancer.

Enterprise ODF - Status Quo and Outlook    Youtube video

 LibreOffice + ODF

By Andras Timar

LibreOffice + ODF Duration: 15 minutes Abstract: Overview of the work of OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications (OpenDocument) Technical Committee and status report of inclusion of LibreOffice ODF extensions into the next version of ODF standard.

Bio: Andras Timar started to work on Hungarian localization of in 2002. He joined the LibreOffice project on the first day and started to work on localization related issues, including tools and infrastructure. He worked full time as a paid developer with the SUSE LibreOffice Team from April, 2011 to August, 2013, and he has been contracted by Collabora Ltd. since then. His LibreOffice related activities included coordination of localizations, release engineering, hacking on Windows installer, hacking on localization tools, general bugfixing, and mentoring students. He is voting member of OASIS ODF TC and deputy member of TDF Membership Committee.

LibreOffice + ODF

 The migration of Municipality of Bari

By Marina Latini

The talk introduces the in progress migration to LibreOffice of the Municipality of Bari, with an update about the actual state of art, the issues encountered, workaround and solutions adopted.

Bio: Marina Latini is an Italian community member of TDF that focuses her activities on migration from MS Office, localization and recently bug triage. She took some lessons for the LibreUmbria Project. She is a member of LibreItalia community and believes in the importance of using and promoting open standards and open formats. Actually she works in the LibreOffice division by Studio Storti Srl, working on migration, help-desk and bug triage.

The migration of Municipality of Bari   Youtube video

 Extending ODF-Fields for smart document processing

By Vasily Melenchuk and Thorsten Behrens

Generating documents out of templates -- be it for mass emails, personalized contracts or complex database-backed reports -- is a field were billions of documents are created each year, yet it is somewhat under-developed in ODF.
This talk will outline proposals for extending ODF towards supporting programmable text fields, capable of e.g layering and including templates, or dynamically generating bullet lists and tables.

Bio: Vasily is a seasoned Hacker at CIB Minsk, working on enterprise document processing software since ages. He's also a LibreOffice committer, focusing mostly on Writer filter features and printing. Thorsten is proudly working for CIB on LibreOffice, TDF Founder, Hacker, and OASIS ODF TC member. He works on the code since 2001, being computer scientist by education, and a Free Software enthusiast by heart, a geek from early childhood - and someone who was lucky enough to turn a hobby into an occupation.

Extending ODF-Fields for smart document processing  Youtube video

 How OpenSource changed the Danish library sector

By Niels Schmidt Petersen

In 2008 an idea came to life on a flight from Singapore to Denmark: to try to do something new and more sustainable about the IT infrastructure and the whole IT development in the Danish library sector. The idea came to be known as TING. TING was to become a community where common IT development in OpenSource would be possible across municipalities and regions in Denmark. As of today the TING community has created a CMS website that has become standard for almost all public libraries in Denmark. TING has made a huge impact on the Danish library sector as a whole and has made a difference in the way IT and OpenSource is been thought of in the sector. One collaborative project fostered from the community was a solution aimed at public library computers. The solution was based on an open source operating system with applications such as LibreOffice made available for library users. This new way of thinking collaboration and development in OpenSource has changed the sector and has made a case that OpenSource is possible in bigger scales across municipalities and regions in Denmark.

How OpenSource changed the Danish library sector  Youtube video

 LibreOffice Migration “How To”

By Eliane Domingos de Sousa and Valdir Barbosa

Demonstrate step-by-step in a migration projects and what mistakes should be avoided.
Speakers: Valdir Barbosa and Eliane Domingos de Sousa, Eliane bio: Enterpreneur, partner at EDX Informatica and EDX Coworking, elected member of The Document Foundation Board of Directors, acting as Vice-Chairwoman, volunteer collaborator for LibreOffice, SL-RJ, Sempre Update communities, Contributor to iMaster blog, team leader for the National LibreOffice Meeting in Brazil, manager of Lecture Cycle of SIND-PD and advocate for free technologies as well as editor for LibreOffice Magazine Brazil.

 Templates - Avoid the pitfalls

By Leif Lodahl

Working with templates sounds pretty straight forward if you read the manuals. But when it comes to the real world the story might turn a bit on the way to the final result. Leif has written about how to develop good and solid templates. But when you are done with the development you need to deploy the templates in a safe way. Learn from experience and avoid the pitfalls when deploying the templates.

Bio: Leif Lodahl has been contributing to the project in more than a decade as translator in Denmark and as advocate for open source and open standards. Since 2008 Leif has been the lead of the Danish localisation project.
Professionally Leif is working as project manager and consultant in Magenta in Copenhagen, Denmark, working with, among many other things, implementation of LibreOffice in public and private sector. Leif is both teaching professionals and end users as well as developing templates for business use.

Templates - Avoid the pitfalls  Youtube video

 Maintaining lightweight office-based business applications

By Florian Haftmann

Particularly spreadsheets, are used pervasively to model and support business processes. This is promoted further by extensions and macros: office applications usually provide means to extend them programmatic. While this is fine at first, there are life cycle nightmares lurking ahead: self-baked macros provide hardly what you expect to maintain an economic life cycle, and there is a tendency to provide functionality for which office applications are not the platform of choice. When maintaining an office suite, new releases inevitably exhibit incompatibilities and deficiencies in pre-existing customer macros, and these need to be addressed. There are two radical answers: a) leave the business department with his own crap, risking that they will not accept your office service in the long run; b) take over maintenance of macros yourself. An economic strategy acts somewhere in between: try hard to minimise the number of macros in production, but maintain those actively for which no substitute is available. The talk gives an overview how the LiMux project in Munich had coped with that situation, and which tools we have developed to support maintenance.

Bio: Florian Haftmann works as IT system developer at the municipality administration of Munich (Bavaria / Germany) since 2011. On his journey through the vast fields of Open Source Systems in the city, Office
macros once have stuck to his shoes and have continued to accompany him until today.

Maintaining leightweight office-based business applications  Youtube video

 LibreOffice as a Business Process Linchpin

By Edward Zimmermann

LibreOffice is an incredibly powerful tool, with the potential to solve almost any business process and automation problem you will find in your SoHo setup. This talk will give you an overview of what is possible, liking LibreOffice to the swiss army knife nature historically reserved to the Unix shell tools.

Bio: Edward has been an early internet entrepeneur before it was cool, researcher and Free software hacker since many decades. He's been involved in areas ranging from search engines, networking technology, document processing and artificial intelligence, and currently works for CIB as an advisor.

 Free Software in the Hungarian Government Office

By Gábor Kelemen

The Hungarian Government Office is a recently created umbrella organization for territorial public administration, consisting of 15+ formerly independent administrative bodies and about 35000 employees. In a 2,5 year project of the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice aiming to modernize it's inherited IT infrastructure we provided them with new, centralized services and new PC hardware - partly with Linux as desktop OS, including LibreOffice.
In this talk I'd like to summarize our field experience with a country level organization regarding free software deployment: technical and non-technical issues alike.

Bio: Free Software translator since 2004, now working to get free software adopted in the Hungarian public administration.

Free software in the Hungarian Government Office  Youtube video

 LibreOffice Migration Project "ULSS5"

By Enio Gemmo

The migration of ULSS5, a healthcare organization, from Office 2000 to LibreOffice, has involved over 1600 users. We have trained most of the users on Writer and Calc, and many on Impress and Draw. For the massive deployment, we are using OCS Inventory, a free software.

Bio: Enio Gemmo is a TDF Member and a Founding Member of Associazione LibreItalia, and is a Certified Migrator and Trainer. He is working as a support engineer at ULSS5, and has been involved in all migration and training activities since the start of the project.

LibreOffice Migration Project "ULSS5"   Youtube video

 How to successful migration to LibreOffice in non-technical organization

By Koutarou Watanabe and Shinji Enoki

Be Open, Share Everything!
JA Fukuoka City is a branch organization of Japan Agricultural Co-operatives, in Fukuoka City, located west end of Japan. Since 2011, JA Fukuoka City had have a half amount of PC clients than their employees, and most of all their employees had shared PC, not their own client. And they had have limited office suite licenses and few people could use them. In 2011, JA Fukuoka City has decided to provide PC clients for all employees. To do that, they have chosen LibreOffice as our primary office suite instead of limited used Microsoft Office, to reduce license fee. After running a pilot project, in December 2011, they have expanded number of PC clients around 400 (equivalent with their employees in each branches) from less than 200, and installed LibreOffice to every clients to allow all employees to use office suite. And, they has published their strategy of LibreOffice migration, and several manuals under the Creative Commons BY-NC license, to share knowledge with Japanese LibreOffice community. We will discuss about why we choose LibreOffice, how to migrate to LibreOffice, and why we have published “every” knowledge, with Japanese local status.

Bio: Koutarou Watanabe (JA Fukuoka City), Shinji Enoki (LibreOffice Japanese Team)

 LibreOffice in the City of Munich

By Jan-Marek Glogowski

Our transition from OOo 3.2.1 to LO 4.1.6+ including WollMux
Document generation and management drives most of the work in the municipality of the city of Munich. Next to web applications / browsing (Firefox) and e-mail (Thunderbird), the office suite (Libre Office) is our most used software, most time in conjunction with our own document management extension (WollMux).
This talk focuses on our struggles when upgrading from our previous install base of OpenOffice 3.2.1 on Trinity Desktop AKA KDE3 to LibreOffice 4.1.6+ and KDE4.
Bio: Jan-Marek Glogowski is a long-term Limux wrangler at City of Munich, fullstack Linux expert.

LibreOffice in the City of Munich

 Quo Vadis HelpContent?

By Olivier Hallot

Over the last 5 years LibreOffice developers focused on many tasks related to new features and code modernization and optimization. However, no software product, open or closed source, can create its own business ecosystem and market share without proper oficial and precise documentation. The HelpContent update and management has been left behind with almost no attention from the developers and the community.The aim of this presentation is to gather the audience around the issues and concerns of the HelpContent and leverage actions to put it in synch with LibreOffice and the community at large.

Bio: Olivier Hallot Founder and member of The Document Foundation Graduated Electronic Engineer in 1982, MSc in Digital Signal Processing in 1985 and MBA in Oil & Gas industry in 2001. Since 2002 and on his own, he participated actively in FLOSS projects notably in as Community Council member and as one of the translators for Brazilian Portuguese. He is now senior consultant in LibreOffice technology for large corporations on migration projects.

Quo Vadis HelpContent?  Youtube video

 LibreOffice Design - last years achievements and ongoing work

By Jan Holesovsky

Come and hear what is going on in the Design team. The last year brought us many changes - new icon theme, rework of toolbars and menus, and many more. The talk will also explain how to get involved - whether you are a developer or not.

LibreOffice Design - last years achievements and ongoing work   Youtube video

 The LibreOffice Human Interface Guidelines

By Heiko Tietze

The work on usability and design is often seen as some kind of anarchistic creativity: some people receive divine inspiration out of the blue and read tea leaves to decide how features have to be implemented. But that’s not true.
Both the creative work on visual design as well as the composition of an effective and efficient user interface is hard work based on axioms. Those fundamentals are “written in stone” by Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) with the objective to improve the experience for users by making application interfaces more consistent and hence more intuitive and learnable.
The talk will present the foundations of our work. That is the long-term vision (“simple for beginners and powerful for experts”), personas we defined to describe the core users of Libreoffice, and some kind of UX manifesto to prioritize UI principles. With these basics, one of the rather complex patterns will be discussed: the sidebar. The aim of the presentation is to illustrate how UX works and to promote the guidelines.

Bio: Heiko Tietze, Ph.D. Psychologist, usability expert Employed at User Prompt, a company focused on usability for open source projects Member of The Document Foundation Contributor to the LibreOffice design team Part of the KDE visual design group

The LibreOffice Human Interface Guidelines

 Challenges in implementation of LibreOffice and ODF on a By public University

By Valdir Barbosa

Résumé: Graduated in Technology and pos-graduated in Computers Networks. Working at Engineering University, UNESP - "Universidade Estadual Paulista", Campus Ilha Solteira, São Paulo - Brazil, since 1988. In 1999, started to use GNU/Linux on servers and personal desktop. In 2007, initiated the planning to work only with free software in UNESP. Organizer of Free Software Forum of UNESP, with the proposal to disseminate, promote and sensibilize the university community to work with free software and ODF standard. Trainer of LibreOffice and Ubuntu GNU/Linux in many units of UNESP. Member of Brazilian LibreOffice Community and TDF member. Collaborator of LibreOffice Magazine project and support volunteer at LibreOffice lists and askbot.

Bio: The migration to ODF within a public university is a challenge not only for the natural resistance of users, but indirectly for his work in the academic field related to scientific journals, research projects, completion of course work, relationship with a financing agency research, which are not engaged within the context of use of open standards. Some actions to overcome these challenges will be shown in this lecture.

Challenges in implementation of LibreOffice and ODF on a By Public University

 LibreItalia: growing up on bread and free software

By Sonia Montegiove and Osvaldo Gervasi

During the first year of its life, the non-profit organization LibreItalia carried out a lot of activities with primary and secondary schools, with the aim of supporting digital freedom, free software and the adoption of the open standard ODF and LibreOffice production suite in educational labs and classes. Workshop and free training courses have been organized for students and teachers, aimed at establishing a group of internal teachers, able to carry out autonomously educational courses on LibreOffice. The LibreItalia initiative named "*Growing up on bread and free software*" was published in the national catalog of skills and digital culture, established by Agid, and inspired a protocol among the Ministry of Education and LibreItalia, to be subscribed in the coming weeks, with the aim of have an institutional and prestigious partner that can support:

  • the development of digital culture in the school, with a focus on knowledge sharing, collaborative work, cooperative and e-leadership;
  • promoting the values of freedom and wise use of digital technologies through education, promotion and support of free software and open source;
  • the spread of free software and open source products dedicated to children with learning difficulties as a means of inclusion.

LibreItalia is also working with AICA producing free documents and videos useful for the preparation of the ECDL exams (Europen Driving Licence on using Internet and computers), based on open source software (LibreOffice,
Thunderbird, Mozilla Firefox, etc) and promoting this type of certification in schools by signing specific, long-term agreements.

Bio: Sonia Montegiove is a programmer and teacher in educational programmes at the “Provincia di Perugia” and a popular freelance journalist and blogger on ICT themes. She is member of the coordination group of the LibreUmbria project. She is member of TDF. She is the LibreItalia President.
Osvaldo Gervasi is a Researcher at the University of Perugia. He teaches “Network Architectures” and “Virtual Reality Systems” at the “Corso di Laurea in Informatica” of Perugia University. He teaches “Operating Systems and Networks” at the “Laurea Magistrale In Informatica” of Perugia University. He is member of the coordination group of LibreUmbria project. He is a co-founder of LibreItalia. He is member of TDF.

LibreItalia: growing up on bread and free software   Youtube video

 Free as a Cloud

By Niall McCarthy

LibreOffice code is set be adopted by hosters, clouds and enterprises across the world. This will have considerable consequences, ranging from its impact on user experiences, to associated implications for ODF and even to measurable economic outcomes. The era of cloud freedom for businesses everywhere is about to begin.

Bio: Niall McCarthy is the Business Development Manager at Collabora Productivity. He is also a founder of Emerge Open, a not-for-profit which specialises in developing open source businesses, particularly those of a copyleft persuasion. Niall has accumulated significant commercial experience around projects such as SambaAD, OpenChange, MariaDB, Kubuntu and many others. When the computers and phones are turned off, he enjoys classical music, keeping fit and long walks in the countryside.

 Taking LibreOffice to the cloud

By Sam Tuke

Collabora is taking LibreOffice farther than it's ever been, bringing Open Source productivity to new markets and devices. This talk will introduce a major new LibreOffice-powered solution for the cloud, include a technology preview, and what's coming next

Bio: Sam brings leading Open Source technologies to new markets. He heads Collabora's marketing of productivity products and services, engaging customers in the corporate and public sectors. He's led successful marketing campaigns for groups such as GnuPG, Gimp (Gnu Image Manipulation Program), and the Free Software Foundation Europe, where he represented Open Source communities over five years of public advocacy.
Coming from a technical background, he engineered encryption in ownCloud, orchestrated phpList 4, and project managed application development for US and EU startups. In his free time, Sam writes articles for 'Linux Format' and 'Ubuntu User' Magazines, and serves as voluntary Marketer for community conferences.

Taking LibreOffice to the cloud

 Successful Story: Migrating Libreoffice to I-Lan County Government

By Franklin Weng

In this talk, I'll present two successful story about migrating Libreoffice to government unit and big enterprise in Taiwan: I-Lan County Government (, and Coretronic ( I'll introduce the background, how we do it, and their current status.

Bio: Coordinator of KDE zh-l10n team (2006-) - Member of KDE e.V. (2014~) Translator of LibreOffice. President of Board of Directors, Software Liberty Association Taiwan 2015. Developer of ezgo, a customized Linux distribution in Taiwan.

Successful Story: Migrating LibreOffice to I-Lan County Government   Youtube video