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<nettime-ann> [Press] PRESS RELEASE: Libre Graphics Meeting 2011 in Montreal

For Immediate Release:

Cutting edge creative tools meet free culture

May 10-13, Ecole Polytechnique Engineering School - Programmers and
artists from around the world are headed to Montreal for the 6th
annual Libre Graphics Meeting in May. The Libre Graphics Meeting is an
annual gathering for the users and developers of free and open source
creative software: artistic tools that are free for anyone to use and
modify. LGM gives software developers, artists, musicians, designers
and other creative professionals the opportunity to collaborate, share
their work and learn from each other.

A Preview

Every year, Libre Graphics Meeting focuses on individual and group
interaction, emphasizing
free media and the software that produces it. This year's attendees
can expect a similar
format that will include workshops, presentations, demonstrations, and
(BOF) sessions. Leading up to the conference, special lab sessions
bring developers and artists face-to-face to make improvements in
creative software. Gaps can form when developers and their users don't
meet face to face; LGM gives artists and educators a voice in the
building of their tools. Both content creators and developers will
present, bringing a diverse community together to advance the
technologies and strategies of high-quality free creative software.

Submit a talk!

LGM's strength comes from the presenters who talk about their work and
inspire others by
sharing their experiences, techniques, and best practices. Whether you
are a developer, an
artist, or an enthusiast, you can be a part of this year's event by
sharing your story and
your work.

The LGM community wants to hear your proposal for a session. Submit
your idea any time between now and April 1, 2011 by visiting

Topics of interest include: development of the applications, color
standards and color
management, designer and developer collaboration, web services,
workflow, exchange between floss and artists, power-user techniques,
and graphics business best practices.

• Proposals should have a title
• Describe your proposal in at most two paragraphs
• Include a short bio & contact informations
• Include any special technical setup you require other than
radio-microphone, projector,
laser pointer, computer, network
• Talks are 30 minutes including Q&A and setup.
• Lightning talks are 5 minutes
• Tell us if you have specific date & time constraint to present your talk
• Tell us if your trip to LGM is already sponsored or if you need help
from LGM to get to Montreal. In the last case, please evaluate your
needs (cost of economy plane ticket for the round trip, for instance)

Help keep LGM free

Libre Graphics Meeting is an invaluable meeting ground for industry
leaders and end users alike. It has also been free of charge since the
very beginning -- but as the open source community continues to
expand, attendance keeps increasing.

Your support is a vital means for the continued success of LGM,
whether you are a readers, an attendee, or simply a fan of free
graphics software.  Click here to make a donation:

Highlights from LGM 2010

Last year's Libre Graphics Meeting, the fifth since the project's
inception, took place in Brussels and was highlighted by important
work on open color management systems and data interchange formats.
The vector graphics standard file format, SVG, headlined many of the
the discussions and interaction that took place, as it has become an
integral element in communicating freely created content through
websites and printed pieces. All major projects represented at LGM
2010 -- Scribus, Gimp, Inkscape, and Open Font Library -- spent time
planning activities for the months and years ahead. Other hot topics
in presentations and discussions included Blender, Krita, Open Web
Graphics and Services, Python, Rawstudio, and many more.

Continuing with the success of recent LGM incarnations, more attention
was given to the rising numbers of professional graphics users and
youth attendees. In fact, of the 51 sessions held during the 4 day
extravaganza, 20 were given by creative professionals. Specific
workshops were organized to engage students from art and design
schools around the world. Nathan Willis writes of one such event:

''Denis Jacquerye, widely known from his work with the DejaVu fonts,
discussed font design and features for African languages, encouraging
the community to build more such fonts.''

About the Libre Graphics Meeting

The Libre Graphics Meeting exists to unite and accelerate the efforts
behind Free, Libre and Open Source creative software. Organised by
volunteers from the international Libre Graphics Community since 2006,
this annual meeting is the premiere conference for developers, users
and supporters of projects such as GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/),
Inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org/), Blender
(http://www.blender.org/), Krita (http://koffice.org/krita/),  Scribus
(http://www.scribus.net/), Hugin (http://hugin.sourceforge.net/), Open
Clipart Library (http://www.openclipart.org/), and Open Font Library
(http://www.openfontlibrary.org/). At LGM, teams gather to work on
interoperability, shared standards, and new ideas. Work at prior LGMs
has pushed the state of the art in important areas such as color
management, cross-application sharing of assets, and common formats.

For More Information

For more information, visit http://www.libregraphicsmeeting.org

Get involved by joining the Create mailinglist
(http://create.freedesktop.org) or propose a talk via


''LGM 2011 is hosted by the [http://create.freedesktop.org Libre
Graphics Community] and Polytechnique''

Press Contact

• Sponsoring Organization: Libre Graphics Meeting and Create Project.
• Contact: Jon Phillips
• Contact email: jon@fabricatorz.com
• Phone (USA): +1.415.830.3884
• Website: http://libregraphicsmeeting.org/
• Pledgie campaign: http://pledgie.com/campaigns/14610
• Photos: http://ur1.ca/a34y

Organization Contact

• Contact: Louis Desjardins
• Contact email: louis.desjardins@gmail.com
• Phone (MONTREAL): +1.514.994.9351

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