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GHC 2012 Open Source Day

Welcome to the Grace Hopper 2012 Open Source Day wiki!

We are thrilled to be holding the second Grace Hopper Open Source Day in Baltimore, and we are even more excited that you are interested in joining us! The purpose of Grace Hopper Open Source Day is to give attendees of the conference and some of our friends from local universities the opportunity to code, network and contribute to the greater social good. We have several projects joining us who would like your help during Open Source Day and who would welcome you as long term contributors to their projects. Contributing to open source projects is an excellent way to expand your network, build a professional portfolio, sharpen your coding and documentation skills and have fun!

Listed below are the organizations you can work with during the 2012 Grace Hopper Open Source Day. Please read through each organization's project(s) and choose one (and only one) organization you would like to work with. Then, sign up for open source day here. Please contact if you have any questions. Thank you!

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Participating Local Baltimore Organizations

Baltimore has a great tradition of community developed software created for civic good. Work with one of the projects below to learn how you can create technical solutions for local community civic needs.

Our vision at GoodSpeaks is to connect news stories about diseases, disasters, and crises directly to actionable and relevant Nonprofit/NGO videos that show organizations on the ground, working to improve the situation. We have seen both the supply and popularity of videos created by nonprofit organizations explode over the last two years, as well as the demand for quality content related to what someone is doing or watching online, thanks to SocialTV and Second Screen applications. We plan to meet this demand by aggregating NGO/nonprofit video, curating it by applying semantics, and distributing these videos to select publishers.

For over 10 years, the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore (known as BNIA-JFI) has been committed to promoting, supporting, and helping communities make better decisions using accurate, reliable, and accessible data and indicators to improve the quality of life in Baltimore City neighborhoods. BNIA-JFI supports and strengthen the principle and practice of well informed decision making for change toward strong neighborhoods, improved quality of life, and a thriving city. Participants would be able to work on designing and enhancing the system in order to easily access analytics data by users.

Participating Organizations

<span style="color:red;font-style:italic;">Google Crisis Response has reached it's maximum capacity and unfortunately cannot accept any additional participants. Thank you for your understanding. </span>

Google Crisis Response makes critical information accessible after natural disasters and humanitarian crises. This initiative is a project of, which uses Google's strengths in technology for humanitarian efforts. Google Crisis Response has developed a few open source tools to improve the crisis management ecosystem. The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) is an international standard that government and emergency agencies use to encode alerting information for public broadcasting. Google has developed an open-source tool called CAP validator that lets these agencies verify that their outgoing alert feed is compliant with the latest CAP standards, so that other services may disseminate emergency messages such as hurricane evacuation notices, severe weather warnings, and earthquake notifications. Participants will be adding features to the CAP validator tool.

The GNOME Project was started in 1997 by two then university students, Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena. Their aim: to produce a free (as in freedom) desktop environment. Since then, GNOME has grown into a hugely successful enterprise. Used by millions of people across the world, it is the most popular desktop environment for GNU/Linux and UNIX-type operating systems.

The GNOME Accessibility Team works to ensure the GNOME Desktop and the software therein can be used by everyone, regardless of age or ability. Its efforts include the Orca screen reader, the GNOME Shell magnifier, and the Accerciser testing and debugging tool. Participants will work on resolving current issues related to ensuring the accessibility of GNOME applications including: Evolution (Contact manager, address manager and calendar), Empathy (Chat client), and Nautilus (File manager). Participants will help identify, document and fix accessibility bugs in these applications and more.

Sahana Eden is a flexible open source humanitarian platform with a rich feature set to provide effective solutions for critical humanitarian needs management, either prior to, or during, a crisis. Eden can be rapidly customized to adapt to existing processes and to integrate with existing systems. Eden is designed for most organizations and agencies engaged in humanitarian activities, including UN agencies, NGOs and government agencies, and provides solutions to challenges involved in resource management, information management, coordination, decision support and stakeholder communications. It is built with Python using the Web2Py framework. Contributions to the Sahana Eden project - whether through providing a bug fix, or feature enhancement or contributing a new module - will support our mission of saving lives by providing information management solutions that enable organizations and communities to better prepare for and respond to disasters. Sahana Eden currently supports a diverse set of humanitarian organizations, including the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), the American Red Cross, the Helios Foundation, the UN World Food Programme, and several CERT chapters and VOAD organizations in the United States.

Our schools face the tough challenge of ensuring high-quality education for classrooms full of individual students with unique knowledge, abilities and needs. The goal of the Shared Learning Collaborative (SLC) is to help teachers more efficiently enable effective, personalized instruction.

The SLC is an alliance of states, foundations, educators, content providers, developers and vendors who are passionate about using technology to enhance education. The collaborative aims to accelerate the progress of U.S. public schools toward personalized learning by creating a set of shared technology services that will work better and cost less per state than what can be accomplished by each state working individually.

The SLC technology will support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and help states and districts provide teachers with the instructional data and tools they need to make personalized learning the norm in every classroom.

Systers is the world’s largest email community of technical women in computing. The Systers project supports the community through the enhancement and maintenance of a customized version of GNU Mailman. Bug fixes and new feature work is available for all skill levels including those new to open source.

The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, the fifth most visited website in the world.

The Women’s Peer-to-Peer Network is connecting women by integrating mobile and open-source applications with ubiquitous technology such as community radio and local women’s networks. Our project is a collaboration with Haitian women ICT students who are participating via Skype. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate on several apps, including developing a FrontlineSMS voice plug-in, creating a project wiki, and customizing the OpenStreetMap platform.


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