Archive for October, 2009

White Goes Open Source

It’s being widely reported that the White House has moved its main website, whitehouse.gov, onto an open source platform.  This is big news for the open source movement.

The details of the move are that whitehouse.gov has moved its content onto Drupal running on a Linux server.  Drupal is a leading content management system.

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Open Mobile Consortium Barcamp

On October 24, 2009, we participated in the First Open Mobile Camp,the first barcamp of the Open Mobile Consortium at UNICEF office in UN Plaza, New York City. It was organized by the Open Mobile Consortium and the Humanitarian FOSS Project. We got to meet a lot of people there, share ideas on how to work together on making mobile platform more open and more importantly, more useful. Hey, we even got to give an interview! Check it out.

We got to meet a lot of people there. Meeting great people like Nathan Freitas of the Guardian Project was very interesting. An interesting project that hit home was the EpiCollect project from the Spatial Edimology lab at Imperial College, London. They have cool Android and iPhone applications that researchers can use to collect data of infectious disease and produce them on a map.

If you watched the video, you probably figured that we focused quite a bit on the Ad-hoc capabilities of POSIT. We had a fun time discussing what kind of situations can this solution be used and got some great insights from people like Robert Kirkpatrick who have actually worked on real disaster scenarios. We are looking forward to more conference (oops, unconferences :p) of this kind in the future. Here are some pictures from the event.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/44790572@N05/sets/72157622849122118/

Note: This was cross posted from: http://posit.hfoss.org/open-mobile-consortium-barcamp

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Open Mobile Camp, NYC

A group from the HFOSS Project (Antonio Alcorn, Chris Fei 2010, Prasanna Gautam 2011, Trishan de Lanerolle, Ralph Walde and I)  attended a Mobile Tech for Social Change BarCamp at the UNICEF building at the United Nations Plaza in New York City.  The meeting was organized by Katrin Verclas,  co-founder and editor of mobileactive.org and co-sponsored by HFOSS and the Open Mobile Consortium.

This was our first BarCamp, a participatory workshop whose content is determined by the participants.  As Katrin put it in the invitation “There are no tourists at this Open Mobile Camp.

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