[Owasp-leaders] Archiving conference websites at OWASP

Dirk Wetter dirk.wetter at owasp.org
Sun Feb 3 16:46:18 UTC 2013

Hi Colin,

as Kostas/Matt didn't answer yet: the 2012 content of the EU conference is not
lost and will be available. It needs some work getting links changed etc.



On 02/03/2013 11:28 AM, Colin Watson wrote:
> Matt and Sarah
> This is very important. It pains me that so much of the 2011 and 2012
> conference materials appear to have disappeared through the use of
> other websites that are then overwritten by the next conference.
> Thank you for your efforts here.
> Colin
> On 2 February 2013 19:11, Matt Tesauro <matt.tesauro at owasp.org> wrote:
>> Sarah Baso sent me the following list of previous OWASP conferences and the
>> locations of their pages on the OWASP wiki:
>> 2010.appsecusa.org --> https://owasp.org/index.php/AppSec_US_2010,_CA
>> 2009.appsecusa.org --> https://owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_AppSec_DC_2009
>> 2008.appsecusa.org -->
>> https://owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_NYC_AppSec_2008_Conference
>> 2007.appsecusa.org -->
>> https://owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_%26_WASC_AppSec_2007_Conference
>> 2006.appsecusa.org --> https://owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_AppSec_Seattle_2006
>> 2005.appsecusa.org -->
>> https://owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_AppSec_Washington_2005
>> 2004.appsecusa.org --> https://owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_AppSec_NYC_2004
>> All those have been setup with the process documented so that the future
>> 20[1-9][0-9] global conferences can be archived in the same fashion and is
>> the start of consistently archiving past conference material.
>> Yes, these were the USA conferences, but the same will be done for AppSec
>> [EU | LATAM | APAC] sites as well assuming the conferences had OWASP wiki
>> sites and/or have kept some sort of a backup of the conference site/access
>> to the content.
>> However, for those leaders here who will be running the 2013++ global AppSec
>> conferences, please take archiving the site into consideration during your
>> planning.  If you are going to use a dynamic site, try to ensure we can
>> archive it by mirroring the resulting content (e.g. wget -m [URL here]).
>> There are no current plans to keep dynamic sites on the archive since these
>> sites have no need to change and the attack surface of POHS (Plain Old HTML
>> Sites) is way smaller.
>> The idea to to point the general hostname at the server for that year so:
>> Before a conference:
>>      appsecusa.org will point to 2013.appsecusa.org where ever that server
>> is located.
>> After a conference and when the next one is gearing up:
>>     appsecusa.org will point to 2014.appsecusa.org where ever that server is
>> located
>>          and
>>      2013.appsecusa.org will point to OWASP's archive server with a static
>> copy of the conference site.
>> This will have the added benefit of not breaking links for the current
>> year's conference when it is no longer current.  It also gives conference
>> planners freedom to do what works for their sites as long as its
>> mirror-able.
>> For the regional conferences which have had regular offerings, we should be
>> able to archive those conference sites as well - such as Ireland, BeNeLux,
>> SnoFroc, etc.  The exact process hasn't been worked out yet.
>> Anyway, that's they way things currently planned.  Feel free to provide
>> feedback, suggestions, etc.
>> Cheers!
>> --
>> -- Matt Tesauro
>> OWASP WTE Project Lead
>> http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:OWASP_Live_CD_Project
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