General Meetings
Presentations are given at the meetings on a variety of topics from speakers within the group as well as from outside sources. An open forum portion of the meeting allows members to find solutions to problems. Visitors are always welcome to attend the general meetings and meet our members.

Meeting Location
Meetings of the OPCUG are at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM), 11 Aviation Parkway, in the Mauril Bélanger Theatre [Museum floor plan (PDF)].

PARKING: Paid parking is available for flat fee of $3.00 after 5pm, paid in advance. Park in the
main lot and enter through the front entrance of the museum.
Payment methods include coins, VISA, and MasterCard, and the proof of payment must be left in the car and be visible in the front windshield.

There is no OC Transpo bus service to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in the evening.

Our thanks go out to the staff at both the Canada Science and Technology Museum and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum for their assistance in finding us this location for our meetings.

Meeting Schedule
General meetings are usually on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (no meetings in July and August).
Auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m.
Main presentation - 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Q&A Session - 9:00 to 10:00 p.m.

If you would like to make a presentation, please see the speakers' information page.

2017 EVENT / TOPIC (Past Presentations) SPEAKER (Past Speakers) RAFFLE PRIZE
November 8 Omeka: Realizing the Educational Potential of an Open Sourced Web Publishing Platform
We are now in the main
Mauril Bélanger Theatre [Museum floor plan (PDF)]
Dr. Beth Robertson, Department of History, Carleton University MiniTool’s Power Data Recovery
December 13 TBA Tentative: Nick Quain, Cellwand TBA

Call for Presentations

The OPCUG is always interested in procuring guest speakers for our monthly meeting. If you’re able to give a talk on a particular subject or if you know someone who is, please contact our . The OPCUG has a proud history of delivering informative and provocative speakers for over 35 years! Please consult the OPCUG’s speakers' information page if you require additional information about our venue.

Jeff Dubois

Check out our list of past speakers with links to their websites.

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UPCOMING MEETINGS (details if available)

NOTE: We are now in the main Mauril Bélanger Theatre [Museum floor plan (PDF)]

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Speaker: Dr. Beth Robertson, Department of History, Carleton University
Omeka: Realizing the Educational Potential of an Open Sourced Web Publishing Platform

This talk will discuss the educational potential of the open-sourced web publishing platform called "Omeka" through the lens of the work of Carleton University’s Disability Research Group. This group has created virtual exhibits using Omeka like “
Envisioning Technologies: Historical Insights into Educational Technologies for People who are Blind or Partially Sighted in Canada, 1860 – Present”. The explicit intent of exhibits like this one has been to build effective and adaptable pedagogical tools that can be used for university-based and public educational initiatives in order to tell the stories of the people and technologies that have shaped, and been shaped by, social, cultural and historical understandings of disability in Canada.

Omeka is a free, flexible and open-source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Its “five-minute setup” makes launching an online exhibit as easy as launching a blog. Aptly named, Omeka is a Swahili word meaning “to display or lay out wares; to speak out; to spread out or to unpack”. Designed with non-IT specialist in mind, Omeka allows users to focus on content and interpretation rather than programming. It brings Web 2.0 technologies and approaches to academic and cultural websites to foster user interaction and participation. It makes top-shelf design easy with a simple and flexible templating system. Its robust open-source developer and user communities underwrite Omeka’s stability and sustainability.

November Raffle Prize

Do you have a program in your tool box that will let you recover data from just about any type of disk? You may not need it right now but, one day, you, a friend, or a relative will have a hard disk crash, or will be unable to read image files from an SDcard. If that happens, someone is going to be very happy to be able to use MiniTool’s Power Data Recovery software (see Parts 1 and 2 of When Good Disks Go Bad in the October and November issues of the newsletter). And, if you are the winner of our November raffle, all that gratitude will be directed at you! For a chance to win a fully-licensed copy of this data recovery software (retail value about CA $100.00) buy a ticket – or several tickets – for our raffle.

As usual, tickets are $1 for one, $2 for three, or $5 for ten.

Questions and Answers (Q&A)

There is a Q&A Session at 9 pm after the regular meeting. Information is published on The Pub for members. There is also a public Q&A section on our website.

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