Metaverse presentation at the CSIR conference

pdf: Bernelle_CSIR_Conference_2022.pdf

Carel spoke after me, and the Q&A was lively!

CSIR conference:

What would I want the CSIR to do with this information?

  1. Make your code open source.
  2. Contribute your data in 5 star format, using RDF (Resource Description Framework).
    An example of what this looks like:
  3. Forget about blockchain. Everything that blockchain promises to do can be done, and done better, without blockchain. Further, blockchain cannot even do most of the things that blockchain promises. Start your journey with SafeNet.
  4. Work with terria.js and Digital Earth Africa if you are not already.

Conversation during and after the presentation:

Open source means you can’t make money? Wrong!
Open source means only for the little guy? Wrong!
Sponsors for Debian Conference:
Sponsors for FOSS4G:,

The study on the impact of Open Source Software and Hardware for the European Commission found that open source software and hardware are key for the region’s digital transformation and can be a major boost to the EU’s GDP.

“5 Benefits of Open Source Software for Businesses”

The good guys/ bad guys split is not straigh forward anymore.

“Noble”? Practical, but not easy. Yes, big learning curve.
Things that are important, are often not easy. But, yes, we are addicted to convenience.

“permissionless”? Hacking is permissionless. What do you mean?

“It’s one thing for a profession to be so different from the majority – but when that profession has elevated itself to the final arbiter of all regulation and government, its narrow composition and ideological blinkers start to tell.” – Cory Doctorow

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