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Project Title

Student Participation in Humanitarian Open Source Projects


Greg Hislop, Drexel University

Ellis Heidi, Western New England University

Project Abstract

This group has been working for a number of years on student participation in humanitarian open source projects. While their focus is primarily on the education aspects, their work has brought them into questions that require study of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) projects themselves. For example, their interest in student participation in FOSS projects has led them to questions about how people become successful contributors to a FOSS project. Similarly, they've tried to describe what project characteristics faculty might look for in choosing a project for student participation. In both cases, they have started to need access to distributions and other descriptive data about FOSS projects generally.