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Recent News

- The fix for Mifos bug MIFOS-4200 by Andrew Hagner has been accepted

- Andrew Hagner has submitted a bug fix to Mifos ~28Aug11

- Jon Thompson has been working on a migration plan to move this wiki to Media Wiki ~20Aug11

- Todd Binger and Jon Polaski posted Step-by-Step Developers Guide for OpenMRS! ~ Mar2911

- Bryan Hobbs and Justin Duperre enhanced the STEM project to display the number of infected, non-infected and dead people due to a disease ~ 24Mar11

- Andrew McGrath modified OCRFeeder to export plain text from PDF ~20Mar11

- Laura Mitchell at Drexel made a first documentation contribution to OpenMRS ~25Oct10

- The Western New England College Software Engineering course has begun HFOSS research. They will be exploring and developing the Caribou project ~7Sept10

-Andrew McGrath fixed his first bug and successfully committed it into the main branch ~19May10

Are you an instructor thinking about teaching or already teaching a course or internship that involves students in Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) projects? The purpose of this site is to provide support and guidance to instructors and others who are teaching or supporting students involved in HFOSS projects.

On this site you'll find links to:

  • Information on courses that have been taught at various institutions,
  • Tutorials and guidelines for FOSS tools and HFOSS applications,
  • Course materials,
  • Sample student projects, and
  • Other information that you may find helpful as students participate in and contribute to HFOSS projects.

The “Student Participation in the Community of Open Source Software for Humanity” (SoftHum) project is an NSF funded effort that champions the use of HFOSS as a foundation for computing education. The SoftHum project has as goals to:

  • Identify best pedagogical approaches to student learning in HFOSS projects
  • Implement these approaches in at least two different types of institutions
  • Document an environment that supports student open source experience
  • Create Web-based collection of information on successful HFOSS projects in education
  • Help and teach faculty how to do this!

It is the hope that involving students in HFOSS projects will:

  • Revitalize undergraduate computing education by attracting students to the major,
  • Provide an excellent learning vehicle, and
  • Achieve 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 to Heidi Ellis (

Acknowledgment and Disclaimer: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. DUE-0736874, DUE-0958204, 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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