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Summer 2010 HFOSS Workshop for Faculty

  • When: May 18-20, 2010
  • Where: Computer Science Department, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
  • Registration Cost: Free


The workshop is free and will provide a hands-on introduction to the FOSS development process, focusing on communication and development tools and practices and providing an introduction to several HFOSS development projects.

The workshop will cover the following specific topics:

  • FOSS History and Culture: A brief overview of the FOSS movement, including some of the important historical milestones; FOSS licenses; FOSS impact in contemporary society.
  • Integrated Development Environments: We will focus on Eclipse and how to set it up to support code development for various FOSS projects.
  • Project Management and Communication Tools and Practices: We will talk about how to manage a FOSS development project and set up and practice using a communication environment to support all 2010 Summer HFOSS projects.
  • Code Management: We will talk about how code is shared in a distributed FOSS development project and learn about various FOSS repositories such as Google Code and Sourceforge. We will practice with specific repositories that use SVN or other tools and set up repositories to support the Summer 2010 HFOSS projects.
  • Hands-on Orientation: Breakout sessions will focus on specific HFOSS projects (such as Sahana or POSIT or OpenMRS). Mentors from these projects will be available (in person or remotely) to assist with the orientation.
  • Debriefing: We will discuss and establish ways that the entire HFOSS Summer 2010 community, distributed at various schools, can collaborate and provide mutual support and mentoring to faculty and students.

Schedule (Click here for a Detailed schedule )

Day 1: May 18
AM  (8:30 am - 12:00 pm)
PM (1:00 pm - 4:30 pm)
Evening (5:00pm - 7:00pm)
  • FOSS History and Culture
  • Project Management: Tools, Practices, Etiquette
  • Exercises: IRC, Wiki, SVN
  • Coding Environments, IDEs, Eclipse
  • Exercise: Collaborative Program Development
  • BBQ
  • Hmk: Collaborative exercise
Day 2: May 19
  • Code Management:
  • Repositories, bug-tracking, issue-tracking
  • Exercise: SVN Project
  • Breakout I: Sahana, Android, OpenMRS...
  • Sahana, POSIT, OpenMRS...
  • Pizza
  • Hmk: Collaborative Exercise
Day 3: May 20
Day 3 ends at 2:00 pm following working lunch
  • Breakout II:
  • Collaborative Exercises continued
  • Debriefing: Issues, follow-up plans, mentoring, HFOSS certificate.


How to Apply (No longer accepting applications)

To apply,  please send Prof. Ralph Morelli ( ralph . morelli @ trincoll . edu) a paragraph by April 22, 2010 expressing your interest in the workshop and describing how the workshop would benefit your future plans.

Attendee list

  • Martha Crosby, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
  • Richard Connelly, Providence College
  • Mukkai Krishnamoorthy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
  • Bonnie MacKellar, St. John's University, NY
  • Sharon Persinger, Bronx Community College, NY
  • Mihaela Sabin, University of New Hampshire, NH
  • Linda Seiter, John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH
  • Timothy Budd, Oregon State University, OR
  • Barbara Lerner, Mt. Holyoke College, MA
  • Cameron Seay, North Carolina Central University, NC
  • Bill Madden, Bergen Community College, NJ
  • Emily Vandalavsky, Bergen Community College, NJ
  • David Wang, Bergen Community College, NJ
  • Mark Prutsalis, Sahana Foundation
  • *Ozgur Izmirli, Connecticut College
  • *Norman Danner, Wesleyan University
  • *Trishan de Lanerolle, Trinity College
  • *Ralph Morelli, Trinity College

*Instructors and/or facilitators.


Workshop will be held in rm 156 in Mathematic, Computer Science, Engineering Center (Building 29 on the campus map) Parking is available on the lot across from the building, access from New Britian Avenue.

Click here for directions to Trinity College.

Area Accommodations

We have a special rate at the Holiday Inn Express Downtown Hartford, 440 Asylum Avenue (  This is about 1.5 miles from campus in a nice downtown area, very near the train and bus station and right across from the capitol building and Bushnell Park.   The special Trinity rate is $99/night.   Mention "Trinity college" when you call to make the booking.


Please call for rates.

Avon Old Farms Hotel
, 279 Avon Mountain Road (860) 677-1651
East Hartford
Sheraton Hartford Hotel
, 100 East River Drive (860) 528-9703
Centennial Inn Suites
, 5 Spring Lane (860) 677-4647
, 15 Farm Springs Road (860) 678-1000
Hilton Garden Inn
, 85 Glastonbury Boulevard (860) 659-1025
Crowne Plaza
, 50 Morgan Street (860) 549-2400
Hilton Hotel
, 315 Trumbull Street (860) 728-5151
Holiday Inn Express-Brainard Road
, 185 Brainard Road (860) 525-1000
Holiday Inn Express
, 440 Asylum Street(860) 246-9900
Homewood Suites Hartford Downtown
, 338 Asylum Street(860) 524-0223
Marriott Hartford Downtown
, 200 Columbus Boulevard (860) 249-8000
Marriott Residence Inn
, 942 Main Street(860) 524-5550
Rocky Hill
, 100 Capital Boulevard (860) 257-6000
The Nutmeg Bed and Breakfast Agency
Agency can arrange rooms in the Hartford area (860) 236-6698

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