Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS)

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Kaazing Unveils DisasterAWARE ENTERPRISE™ Real Time Risk Intelligence Platform For Businesses Worldwide

Press Release | Kaazing, Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) | March 22, 2018

With new records being set each year for natural disaster losses, enterprises face an ever-increasing need to be prepared. For decades, DisasterAWARE has served the needs of top agencies worldwide, including U.S. Department of Defense, Homeland Security FEMA, the United Nations, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and a variety of international humanitarian aid organizations. With over 1.7 million users of DisasterAWARE mobile app, Disaster Alert for the public, spanning 115 international organizations, Kaazing is helping to broaden the reach of this critical, life-saving technology to provide businesses with an enterprise-grade solution.

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11 Ways To Get Involved With Humanitarian FOSS

Lending a digital hand for humanitarian projects is just a click away. Whether you have five minutes or a few hours, you can make a difference with a variety of Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) projects. The level of skills required vary from web search, verification, mapping, translation, training, and open source software development. Along the journey of changing the world, you can meet like minds and hone your skills. The key is to ask yourself: What do I want to do? How can I get started? How can I find the right project and community?

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5 Reasons Professors Should Encourage Students to Get Involved in Open Source Projects

I've been supporting student participation in humanitarian free and open source software (HFOSS) projects for over a decade. I've seen students get motivated and excited by working in a professional community while they learn and mature professionally. Out of the many reasons for supporting student participation in open source, here are five of the most compelling reasons...

Coders to Learn How to Deploy Humanitarian-Focused Apps on Openstack

Dana and I are passionate about making open source communities inclusive and welcoming. The codeathon is a terrific opportunity for us to be tour guides for women of all backgrounds as they explore open source projects like OpenStack. [Dana Bauer]: I love the humanitarian focus at Open Source Day. Egle and I are demonstrating how to deploy humanitarian-focused applications on OpenStack, and it's exciting to think that some of those apps could be the first steps toward making a difference in the world...

Launching With Social Coding 4 Good @OSCON

Angela Oduor | Ushahidi | July 26, 2013

We are proud to announce that Ushahidi has begun a partnership with Social Coding 4 Good to build our developer community. Read More »

Lessons from the Use of Open Source and Open Data in Nepal's Earthquake Relief

The power of an open source project like OpenStreetMap during a crisis like Nepal's earthquake is undeniable, and I had the opportunity to see it up close and personal. I worked with the Kathmandu Living Labs team, where I observed thousands of local and international volunteers collaborating to create data and tools. Responding agencies used the team's work to plan and execute their operations. The philosophy of Kathmandu Living Labs is that by collaboratively building upon existing work, we will reach much further and have a far greater impact than working on problems individually and from scratch...

New Open Source Program Director Supports Students' Passions at the Rochester Institute of Technology

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is well-known for its work in open source software through FOSS@MAGIC. In April 2014, RIT started to offer a minor in free and open source software. Students work on several different open source projects in their GitHub organization. One of the courses in the minor, Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software Development, has students work with the One Laptop per Child XO laptops. Students create games that help teach New York and Massachusetts fourth grade math curriculum. Dan Schneiderman is the new head of the FOSS@MAGIC program at RIT...

thinkWhere Supports Global Humanitarian Project to Map Disaster Areas

Press Release | thinkWhere | May 24, 2018

Geographic information and technology specialist thinkWhere is supporting the global humanitarian Missing Maps project by hosting a series of mapathons in Stirling, Scotland. In the evening of 13th June 2018, around 50 local community volunteers, including members of the thinkWhere team, will collaborate on a crowd-sourced Missing Maps data capture project. The fourth event of its kind organised by thinkWhere, it will be the first to be held at the company’s new premises at CodeBase, Stirling.

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Ushahidi Blog - August 2013

Angela Odour | Ushahidi Blog | August 27, 2013

[Selected excerpts from the Ushahidi Blog]  According to Jean Brice, "We will start to use the Ushahidi platform for the upcoming Elections in Cameroon. Read More »

Humanitarian Free And Open Source Software - The Benefits Of "Doing Good"

Event Details
Type: 
Seminar/Webinar
Date: 
December 1, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
Hugh Dempster Building
6245 Agronomy Rd, Room 110
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Canada

The University of British Columbia will hold a one-night event on Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) intended for an audience of Computer Science instructors and students. Heidi J.C. Ellis, a professor at Western New England University, will give a presentation entitled “Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software - The Benefits of ‘Doing Good’”. The abstract for her talk can be found on UBC’s website. Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) affords students ___ opportunities for learning and provides a number of ways for students to participate, as Ellis will show during her presentation...

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Missing Maps Stirling Mapathon

Event Details
Type: 
Conference
Date: 
June 13, 2018 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
Stirling
United Kingdom

Geographic information and technology specialist thinkWhere is supporting the global humanitarian Missing Maps project by hosting a series of mapathons in Stirling, Scotland. In the evening of 13th June 2018, around 50 local community volunteers, including members of the thinkWhere team, will collaborate on a crowd-sourced Missing Maps data capture project. The fourth event of its kind organised by thinkWhere, it will be the first to be held at the company’s new premises at CodeBase, Stirling.

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