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Join Us In Paris For KohaCon 2006

Russel Garlick
MEDIA RELEASE: Join Us In Paris For KohaCon 2006

27 March 2006

The Koha community is excited to announce the first ever Koha Conference
to be held in Paris France May 2nd and 3rd 2006.

We'd like to extend an invitation to libraries, developers, media and
library supporters to attend our first conference. This event is the
first formal gathering of the wider Koha community, including
developers, users and supporters, since version 1.0 of the world's first
Open Source Integrated Library System (ILS), was released in 2000. It
provides an opportunity to join together to celebrate achievements to
date, and discover more about the Koha ILS. Many of the presentations
will focus on what Koha 3.0 will offer the community.

The conference will be held over two days in Paris, France.

DAY ONE - DISCOVER KOHA
May 2nd 2006, Paris
The Discover Koha day will include talks on what is Koha and open source
software, what does this mean for libraries along with a presentation of
the new features in Koha 3.0 and some background on what is involved in
moving to Koha from another ILS.

DAY TWO - KOHA USER GROUP (Europe)
May 3rd 2006, Paris
The User Group day will be more hands on and provides existing Koha
users with an opportunity to discover more about the current system and
learn about what is coming in the future released. There will
demonstrations of new functionality.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
If you are already a Koha user, or perhaps you have been interested in
Koha and want to find out more, then you should attend KohaCon 2006. A
large number of Koha developers from around the world will be there, and
this is your chance to meet with them.
They include, amongst others:

* Chris Cormack, Version 1.X Release Manager, Katipo Communications, New
Zealand.
* Paul Poulain , Version 2.2 Release Manager, Independent Koha
Consultant, France.
* Joshua Ferraro, Version 3.0 Release Manager, Liblime, United States
of America

A full programme outline speakers and topics will be published on
http://www.koha.org website.

For more information about KohaCon 2006, please go to
http://www.koha.org/community/conferences/

REGISTRATION IS FREE, BUT ESSENTIAL

This is a free event, but if you would like to attend you will need to
register. You can register online at
http://www.koha.org/community/conferences/registration.html.

Once you have registered, you will be contacted by the conference
organising committee with further details.

The Koha community would like to thank Ecole Nationale Suprieure des
Mines de Paris (ENSMP) for providing a venue for KohaCon in Paris.

KOHA DEVELOPERS WEEK
May 8th-12th 2006, Marseille

Following on from the conference, a group of core Koha developers will
be meeting in Marseille to work on Koha 3.0.

If you are a Koha developer who is interested in contributing, then
please attend a Koha Project IRC meeting. Meetings are held every Monday
at 20:00 GMT. See http://www.koha.org/community/irc.html for IRC channel
information. Space is limited at the Development Week venue. If you
would like to attend, please ensure that you are at a project meeting in
the next two weeks.

The Koha community would like to thank Bibliotheque du Centre de
Mathematiques et Informatique (CMI) at the Universite de Provence for
providing a venue for the Developers Week in Marseille.

ABOUT KOHA
Koha is a full-featured Open Source library management system first
deployed in January 2000 at Horowhenua Library Trust. It is currently
maintained by a team of software providers and library technology staff
from around the globe. Several companies around the world support Koha,
providing libraries with a full array of vendor services including
installation, migration assistance, data integrity testing, staff
training, software maintenance, support and customization. To learn more
about Koha, please visit http://www.koha.org/.
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Russel Garlick
Operations Manager
Katipo Communications
Ph:  +64 4 934 1285
Fax: +64 4 934 1286
Mob: +64 27 537 1377
Skype: russelgarlick
Web http://www.katipo.co.nz
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