HFOSS 2010 Faculty Workshop

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From Humanitarian-FOSS Project Development Site

  • When: May 18-20, 2010
  • Where: Computer Science Department, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
  • Registration Cost: Free



The workshop is free and will provide a hands-on introduction to the FOSS development process, focusing on communication and development tools and practices and providing an introduction to several HFOSS development projects.

The workshop will cover the following specific topics:

  • FOSS History and Culture: A brief overview of the FOSS movement, including some of the important historical milestones; FOSS licenses; FOSS impact in contemporary society.
  • Integrated Development Environments: We will focus on Eclipse and how to set it up to support code development for various FOSS projects.
  • Project Management and Communication Tools and Practices: We will talk about how to manage a FOSS development project and set up and practice using a communication environment to support all 2010 Summer HFOSS projects.
  • Code Management: We will talk about how code is shared in a distributed FOSS development project and learn about various FOSS repositories such as Google Code and Sourceforge. We will practice with specific repositories that use SVN or other tools and set up repositories to support the Summer 2010 HFOSS projects.
  • Hands-on Orientation: Breakout sessions will focus on specific HFOSS projects (such as Sahana or POSIT or OpenMRS). Mentors from these projects will be available (in person or remotely) to assist with the orientation.
  • Debriefing: We will discuss and establish ways that the entire HFOSS Summer 2010 community, distributed at various schools, can collaborate and provide mutual support and mentoring to faculty and students.

Schedule (Detailed Schedule)

Day 1: May 18
AM (8:30 - 12:00 AM)PM (1:00 - 4:30 PM)Evening (7:00 - 9:00 PM)
  • FOSS History and Culture
  • IDEs: Eclipse
  • Project Management: Tools, Practices, Etiquette
  • Communication: Wiki's, IRCs, Mailing lists, etc.
  • Networking Activity
  • BBQ
Day 2: May 19
  • Code Management:
  • Repositories, bug-tracking, issue-tracking
  • Breakout I: Communication/code management
  • Sahana, POSIT, OpenMRS...
  • Code Development Exercise
  • BBQ
Day 3: May 20
  • Breakout II:
  • Hands-on exercises continued
  • Debriefing: Issues, follow-up plans, mentoring.

How to Apply

To apply, please send Prof. Ralph Morelli ("mailto:ralph.morelli@trincoll.edu") a paragraph by April 22, 2010 expressing your interest in the workshop and describing how the workshop would benefit your future plans.

Attendee list

  • Martha Crosby, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
  • Richard Connelly, Providence College
  • Mukkai Krishnamoorthy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
  • Bonnie MacKellar, St. John's University, NY
  • Sharon Persinger, Bronx Community College, NY
  • Mihaela Sabin, University of New Hampshire, NH
  • Linda Seiter, John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH
  • Timothy Budd, Oregon State University, OR
  • Barbara Lerner, Mt. Holyoke College, MA
  • Cameron Seay, North Carolina Central University, NC
  • Bill Madden, Bergen Community College, NJ
  • Emily Vandalavsky, Bergen Community College, NJ
  • David Wang, Bergen Community College, NJ
  • Mark Prutsalis, Sahana Foundation
  • *Ozgur Izmirli, Connecticut College
  • *Norman Danner, Wesleyan University
  • *Trishan de Lanerolle, Trinity College
  • *Ralph Morelli, Trinity College

*Instructors and/or facilitators.

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