BCS Oxfordshire Branch March 2007

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March 2007

Dear Branch member,

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Our annual programme finishes with three highly interesting and contrasting meetings in March, April and May. Details below. We hope you can come and look forward to seeing you there.

next 22 March 2007: Visit to Unipart Advanced Logistics Centre, Cowley

Our March event is a hosted tour of the facility which Unipart Logistics has set up to test the impact and benefits of RFID.

Places are still available, but Unipart need to know the names of people coming. Please book using the form on our contact us page.


extra Schools Web Competition opens for entriesWeb Competition logo

From 19 March, until the closing date of 30 April, you will be able to submit your entries for this year's BCS Oxfordshire Schools Web Competition.
If you have any questions, check the FAQ or ask us on the contact form.


events 26 April 2007: Ruby on Rails

Don't miss this chance to hear Jonathan Conway of leading UK Rails development company new bamboo at our April meeting, joint with the BCS OSSG, on the hot new highly productive Ruby on Rails, fast becoming the framework of choice for the new generation of Web 2.0 developers.


new BCS student prize awarded

The first of this year's BCS sponsored prizes for students at universities in Oxfordshire has been won by Violet Szabo for her first year work in the Diploma in Computing at the OU Department for Continuing Education.


special 28 April 2007: Emerging Computer Applications

BCS 50th AnniversaryFancy a day out on the South Coast?
To mark the BCS 50th and its own 40th anniversary, BCS Sussex branch is running a one day conference in Brighton covering the areas of film animation, computer music, weather, computing for medical imaging, computers and heritage and automated foreign exchange trading.


events 24 May 2007: Challenges of delivering congestion charging and road user charging systems

As our roads continue to become ever more crowded, road user charging keeps hitting the headlines. We are privileged to have Derek Turner CBE, National Traffic Operations Director at the Highways Agency, as the speaker at our AGM in May. Derek was previously Transport for London's Managing Director of Street Management and the chief architect of the Congestion Charge.

The Congestion Charge scheme had at its centre a highly successful IT project exploiting many technologies, and road user charging schemes are clearly being considered for wider deployment in the UK.

Derek is ideally placed to tell us about the technical and the political challenges faced, and lessons learned in delivering and getting the citizen to accept the congestion charge and similar schemes.


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Coming Events etc

»  22 March: BCS Oxfordshire: Unipart Advanced Logistics Visit

»  18 April: West Midlands IT Network: Managing IT for Success

»  26 April: BCS Oxfordshire: Ruby on Rails

»  28 April: BCS Sussex: Emerging Computer Applications Conference

»  24 May: BCS Oxfordshire: Challenges of delivering congestion charging and road user charging systems

»  Web Competition Press Release

»  BCS Events Calendar

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