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Bowdoin College Computer Science Lecture


Prof. Ralph Morelli and Trishan de Lanerolle will be giving a lecture titled " Building free and open source software (FOSS) to serve our communities and revitalize computer science education" from 2:00-3:00, at Searles Science Building Rm 315, Bowdoin College Maine.

The talk is sponsored by the Computer Science Department and the Lectures and Concerts Committee, Bowdoin College and open to the public with no admission charge.

Category: Meetings and Events
Posted by: Trishan
Date: 1/25/2008
Event Type: Lecture
Organization: Mathematics and Computer Science, Bowdoin College, ME
Room: Searles Science Building, Room 315
Starts: 2:00 PM
Ends: 3:00 PM


The talk is sponsored by the Computer Science Department and the Lectures and Concerts Committee and open to the public with no admission charge. Speakers - Ralph Morelli and Trishan de Lanerolle - see biographical sketches below.

Building free and open source software (FOSS) to serve our communities and revitalize computer science education


Abstract:

Free and open source software (FOSS) is software that can be modified, customized, and redistributed by users and developers. Linux, Firefox, Java, and Wikipedia are good examples of successful FOSS projects. From its modest beginnings in the 1970s through the rapid growth of the Internet in the 1990s, today's open source software movement has become a global enterprise involving hundreds of thousands of programmers working together on thousands of software projects. This talk will provide an overview of the open source movement and its global impact, with an emphasis on its humanitarian applications. We will describe our own Humanitarian FOSS project, an NSF-funded effort to use FOSS development as a way of both serving our communities and energizing undergraduate computer science education.

Biographical sketches:

Ralph Morelli is Professor of Computer Science at Trinity College, where he has taught computer science since 1985. He is Principal Investigator of the NSF CPATH grant ``Can humanitarian open source software help revitalize undergraduate computing education?'' He has taught undergraduate courses on open source software development and organized and supervised summer humanitarian open source internships for undergraduates. Together with others he will be presenting a workshop at the ACM SIGCSE 2008 national conference in Oregon on how to use humanitarian applications of open source software to invigorate and enrich undergraduate computing education.

Trishan de Lanerolle is Project Director of the Humanitarian FOSS project and an active contributor to the Sahana Disaster Management System. Trishan has a B.S. in computer science from Trinity College and has several years of experience working with open source technologies in an educational setting.