we are pleased to announce the upcoming oemof user meeting, May 24th to 26th 2023 in Stuttgart. The meeting is open to all who use or develop the software, as well as interested new users. Thanks to the DLR site in Stuttgart for hosting us.
Being a community project, the meetings traditionally include the possibility to ask questions to fellow users and open discussion. We are happy to exchange ideas with developers and users rather than just promoting results. So let’s get together, share knowledge and inspire each other. Learn more about planned developments, find people to collaborate with on your projects and get your questions answered.
To register, just write an email to email@example.com. Please tell your name and (if applicable) your institution, your GitHub user name, and if you want to present something. Note that meals are self-paid as there is no conference fee.
Hack, eat, sleep, repeat: Our 2022-11 dev meeting was one big hackathon event where we joint forces to solve problems with the code. It was so intense, we even forgot to taka a photo. (We were some 15 very enthusiastic hackers.) There are a couple important decisions to be communicated:
The next release of solph (v0.5) is in feature freeze. We will just update the documentation and finalise making arguments explicit and release afterwards.
Multi-period optimisation and renaming Transformer to Converter will follow with v0.5.1 with a merge to mainline solph right after v0.5.0. The changed name will have a wrapper so it is not API breaking.
Stephan Günther, Caroline Möller, and Patrik Schönfeldt form the new board of the oemof association.
Also, today was an important day for the oemof association. After everything was agreed on by the general assembly on November 10th, 2022, the protocol as well as the statute were notarised and sent to the register of associations. By chance we also received the final documents needed to apply for our non-profit status. So, now we have to wait until things are processed until the association gets it final legal status.
We finally opened registration for the omof developer meeting 2022. As suggested last year’s dev meeting, it will take place at Magdeburg University from the 09th to the 11th of November. One focus will definitely be on the next release of solph, but the agenda is kept flexible to meet the demands of the participants and will continuously developed at https://github.com/oemof/oemof/wiki/Meeting-2022.11.
Developer meetings are no closed shop but a great opportunity for a first contact for those who are considering to collaborate. In fact, it’s rather common that people join a developer before actively contributing. With this regard, the upcoming meeting is a particular good opportunity as there are a couple of freshly developed features also new to long-term developers.
We want to thank all participants of this year’s oemof spring meeting. It’s always a joy to have a few days reserved for concentrated discussions around the things you create and investigate using oemof. Some of you already provided their slides, these are now available in the collection of oemof publications.
This year’s spring meeting wasn’t only the biggest in-person meeting but also probably the most international one. It was located almost in sight of the Danish/German border. Some of the almost 40 participants arrived from Italy and Spain just for the meeting. Not to speak about contributions from people who stay in Germany for longer. This confirmed us in our decision to also keep the organisation of the oemof association in English. (Side node: It was in the middle of the association’s general assembly that we realised that the about ten persons joining that particular session were able to understand German.)
As part of the open_plan research project, we invite you to the third stakeholder workshop and look forward to presenting version 1.0 of the open_plan tool. If you are interested you can register here. The workshop will take place on 20.10.2021 from 10–13:00 online. Workshop language is German.
In the open_plan project we are going to develop a user interface to build an energy system with oemof. During the development process, we focused on user-friendliness, which is a key requirement of our partners. In this context, we also would like to get feedback from the oemof community on our results and release the tool for first use.
We would like to point out that the open_plan tool is still under development. Nevertheless, we would like to release the tool with its current development status for initial use so that we can incorporate your feedback into the further development of the tool at an early stage. With this approach, we ensure that the requirements of our partners for the open_plan tool are met in the best possible way.
Two days only until the third digital oemof meeting: Starting on Wednesday, 5th of May, users and developers are invited to participate and share their experience with the oemof community. The meeting will be held online via BigBlueButton.
A preliminary schedule has been drafted and is available on our GitHub Wiki page. You can still register via the Etherpad and, for example, line up to pitch your project to exchange ideas and get feedback from the community.
In less than three weeks, the next digital oemof meeting is scheduled. From May 5th to May 7th you can join tutorials, show and discuss your own models and share your experience with the oemof community.
To register, simply add your name and/or GitHub handle in the participants list in the respective etherpad. We invite you to add your own topics until May 2nd. A schedule will be drafted and continuously updated based on your feedback and suggestions. We will keep you informed on technical details (platform, meeting link, etc.) with the next post on oemof.org and in the etherpad.
If you have any trouble or questions, you can reach out via our contact-form.
Please register by writing your name in the wiki, or by adding a short comment in the issue. If you are only interested in a few session, please also indicate that in your comment, or write your name directly to the sessions.