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Welcome to the Humanitarian FOSS Project Education and Development Wiki

This site is intended to provide support to instructors who are considering involving students in Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) projects. On this site you'll find information on courses that have been taught at various institutions, tutorials and guidelines for OSS tools and HFOSS applications, course materials, sample student projects and other information that you may find helpful as students participate in and contribute to H-FOSS projects.

Many of the materials on this site were developed by the Humanitarian FOSS project. The Humanitarian FOSS project is a collaborative, community-building project that was started by a group of computing faculty and open source proponents at Trinity College, Wesleyan University, and Connecticut College. The Humanitarian FOSS project builds free and open source software that benefits the community, whether it be by contributing to international humanitarian FOSS efforts, such as Sahana, or by developing FOSS solutions that benefit local or regional non-profits organizations.

The "Student Participation in the Community of Open Source Software for Humanity" (SoftHum) project is an NSF funded effort that grew out of and supports the Humanitarian FOSS project. The SoftHum project seeks to develop a process to support student success in a community-based software experience using HFOSS, to document an environment that supports student open source experience, and to disseminate results of projects and position additional faculty to employ HFOSS in computing education.

It is the hope of both the Humanitarian FOSS and SoftHum projects that involving students in HFOSS projects will revitalize undergraduate computing education by attracting students to the major, providing an excellent learning vehicle, and achieving social benefits.

Do you have material to contribute to support this effort? We are actively seeking additional material for this site. Please send an email (

Acknowledgment and Disclaimer: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. CCLI-0736874, DUE-0736874,CCF-0722137, CCF-0722134, and CCF-0722199 Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Materials on this site are freely available for academic use. In general, materials are available under the Creative Commons license, unless otherwise noted.

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