Announcing our keynote speaker, Stefano Zacchiroli

We are happy to announce the keynote of IDI2017 that will be held in Bologna on March 10. Stefano Zacchiroli, co-founder and the current CTO of Software Heritage will be our speaker.

The rest of the program is still under development and you have a few days left to submit your talk proposal.

Stefano Zacchiroli

Stefano, a Free Software activist and developer, is a member of the Debian project, where he has served as Debian Project Leader for 3 terms (2010-2013). He lives in Paris and in 2016 founded the Software Heritage project together with Roberto Di Cosmo.

Software Heritage’s goal is to preserve software in its original source code that is free/open source software (FOSS). The focus of the initiative is to collect, preserve, and share software that is across cultural heritage, industry, education, science, and research communities, with the concern that software that is made up of technical and scientific knowledge will be lost without preservation. The project came about because software code is seen as being even more vulnerable to corruption and obsolescence than typical archival holdings like books and other media like video and film. The interface is built using open source code, with an initial focus on search, where end-users search by SHA-1 hashes.

During his keynote at IDI2017, Stefano will explain some of the unique challenges facing the project.

Thanks to Wikipedia for information about Stefano Zacchiroli and the Software Heritage project, photo © 2016 Inria / Photo G. Scagnelli, CC BY-ND 4.0.