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  • 1. Open-Source Software for the Greater Good Chuck Harmston @cpharmston #oss4good

2. What is open source?

  • Wikipedia for software!
      • Freely distributed
      • Freely editable
  • Free as in beer or free as in speech?

3. Open Source Software Projects

  • Linux
  • Apache
  • MySQL
  • Drupal
  • Django
  • Firefox
  • Webkit (Safari)
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Wordpress
  • Joomla
  • Subversion
  • Git

4. Why is it popular with you all?

  • FREE! Well, sort of.
  • Open support communities
  • If you find a bug it, you can fix it! (or ask the community to)
  • If you want a pony, you can make it! (or ask the community to)

5. Open Everything!

  • Open APIs (NPR, Twitter)
  • Open data (, Sunlight Labs)
  • Open research (OS Drug Discovery Network)
  • Open maps (OpenStreetMap)

6. MP Expenses

  • Open data: British Parliament Members expense reports
  • Open source software: platform built with Django
  • Citizen journalism: all investigative work down by the crowd
  • Result: massive political scandal

7. RapidSMS

  • Open-source framework for dynamic data collection, logistics coordination and communication, leveraging basic short message service (SMS) mobile phone technology.

8. RapidResponse

  • Makes use of RapidSMS
  • Allows community healthworkers in the field to reportpatient symptoms from the field

MUAC> SAM+ Patient requires IMMEDIATE inpatient care. +28 DIALLO F. F/13M (Amie). MUAC 105 mm, Edema, Vomiting, Fever 9. ProjectVRM

  • Vendor Relationship Management
  • Tries to find new and better ways for vendors and clients to interactdefined by both sides
  • Viewers pay what they want, when they want, how they want

10. Its your turn!

  • Questions?
  • Concerns?
  • Ideas?