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September 8, 1999

Brookhaven Lab to Hold "Open Source/Open Science" Conference, Oct. 2

UPTON, NY - The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory will host a conference titled "Open Source/Open Science" on Saturday, October 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Laboratory's Berkner Hall. The public is invited to the conference, but pre-registration is required. The fee for the conference is $25, which includes lunch.

Open Source software is free software, typically released over the Internet so that a broad audience can evaluate and test it. The conference will bring together scientists and developers to exchange ideas about the use of Open Source software in scientific research at Brookhaven, as well as at other laboratories and universities. Talks by invited speakers, posters, demonstrations and vendor exhibits will be featured at the conference. Also offered will be tours of some of Brookhaven Lab's facilities in which Open Source software is used.

Among the talks and speakers featured at the conference will be:

Also, a panel of experts will discuss the issues that must be overcome by federal facilities in order to use and contribute to Open Source technologies.

To register for the conference, go to the Web site http://openscience.bnl.gov, and follow the registration instructions. The registration deadline is September 26. For more information, call (516)344-3582 or (516)344-5682.

Brookhaven National Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 on the Long Island Expressway.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.

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