Event featured presentations on data opening, computer security and cybernetics.

The Migration to Free Software and Open Formats project of the UCR concluded this Friday, September 21st, with the days of Software Freedom Day, an international event held every year around software and free tools.

The event counted with a series of talks, workshops and discussions open to the public, and with the participation of experts in development, implementation of free tools, computer security and data opening.

The discussion on Data Protection vs. Open Data was the most popular activity, addressing the difficulties that can be faced when handling open data in the computing environment.

The participants of the discussion, Roberto Lemaître, Ignacio Alfaro and the moderator Eva Carazo, discussed the benefits of open data for society and the need to develop the appropriate mechanisms and tools when implementing them.

In the afternoon, a series of short talks with subjects was developed, from the implementation of free tools in conservation to the implementation of cybernetics with free software.

The Internet of Things on Isla del Coco talk, by Alvaro Figueroa of Greencore Solutions; The Importance of Computational Thinking in Education, from the Ph.D. Kryscia Ramírez, researcher at the School of Computing and Information Technology and founder of RainforestLab; and Cybernautics for Cooperatives using Free Software, by Fernando Chaves, cybernautics implementer in educational centers and cooperatives, had an energetic participation among the attendees and were transmitted on the social networks of the IT Center.

During the week of September 18 to 21, a series of free tools workshops were also developed, such as, Docker and LaTex, and Management of operating systems with free software. These workshops were developed in the IT Center and had a broad participation of students and the general public.

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