Open-Source Software for the Greater Good Chuck Harmston @cpharmston #oss4good
What is open source? <ul><li>Wikipedia for software! </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Freely distributed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul>...
Open Source Software Projects <ul><li>Linux </li></ul><ul><li>Apache </li></ul><ul><li>MySQL </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal </li...
Why is it popular with you all? <ul><li>FREE! Well, sort of. </li></ul><ul><li>Open support communities </li></ul><ul><li>...
Open Everything! <ul><li>Open APIs (NPR, Twitter) </li></ul><ul><li>Open data (data.gov, Sunlight Labs) </li></ul><ul><li>...
MP Expenses <ul><li>http://mps-expenses.guardian.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Open data: British Parliament Members expense rep...
RapidSMS <ul><li>http://www.rapidsms.org </li></ul><ul><li>“Open-source framework for dynamic data collection, logistics c...
RapidResponse <ul><li>Makes use of RapidSMS </li></ul><ul><li>Allows community health  workers in the field to report  pat...
ProjectVRM <ul><li>http://projectvrm.org </li></ul><ul><li>“Vendor Relationship Management” </li></ul><ul><li>Tries to fin...
It’s your turn! <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Concerns? </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas? </li></ul>
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Open-Source Software for the Greater Good

  1. 1. Open-Source Software for the Greater Good Chuck Harmston @cpharmston #oss4good
  2. 2. What is open source? <ul><li>Wikipedia for software! </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Freely distributed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Freely editable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Free as in beer or free as in speech? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://bit.ly/everythingfree </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Open Source Software Projects <ul><li>Linux </li></ul><ul><li>Apache </li></ul><ul><li>MySQL </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal </li></ul><ul><li>Django </li></ul><ul><li>Firefox </li></ul><ul><li>Webkit (Safari) </li></ul><ul><li>Ruby on Rails </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress </li></ul><ul><li>Joomla </li></ul><ul><li>Subversion </li></ul><ul><li>Git </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why is it popular with you all? <ul><li>FREE! Well, sort of. </li></ul><ul><li>Open support communities </li></ul><ul><li>If you find a bug it, you can fix it! (or ask the community to) </li></ul><ul><li>If you want a pony, you can make it! (or ask the community to) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Open Everything! <ul><li>Open APIs (NPR, Twitter) </li></ul><ul><li>Open data (data.gov, Sunlight Labs) </li></ul><ul><li>Open research (OS Drug Discovery Network) </li></ul><ul><li>Open maps (OpenStreetMap) </li></ul>
  6. 6. MP Expenses <ul><li>http://mps-expenses.guardian.co.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Open data: British Parliament Members expense reports </li></ul><ul><li>Open source software: platform built with Django </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen journalism: all investigative work down by the crowd </li></ul><ul><li>Result: massive political scandal </li></ul>
  7. 7. RapidSMS <ul><li>http://www.rapidsms.org </li></ul><ul><li>“Open-source framework for dynamic data collection, logistics coordination and communication, leveraging basic short message service (SMS) mobile phone technology.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. RapidResponse <ul><li>Makes use of RapidSMS </li></ul><ul><li>Allows community health workers in the field to report patient symptoms from the field </li></ul>MUAC> SAM+ Patient requires IMMEDIATE inpatient care. +28 DIALLO F. F/13M (Amie). MUAC 105 mm, Edema, Vomiting, Fever
  9. 9. ProjectVRM <ul><li>http://projectvrm.org </li></ul><ul><li>“Vendor Relationship Management” </li></ul><ul><li>Tries to find new and better ways for vendors and clients to interact—defined by both sides </li></ul><ul><li>Viewers pay what they want, when they want, how they want </li></ul>
  10. 10. It’s your turn! <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Concerns? </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas? </li></ul>
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