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(This glossary is a work in progress.)

Assessment (Self & Peer) is a Process Skill for gathering information and reflecting on experiences to improve subsequent learning & performance, and includes Metacognition.
A bot is a software application that run automated tasks over the Internet - (see
Bugzilla is an issue tracker (or bug tracker). (see
Communication is a Process Skill for exchanging information and understanding, and includes Oral Communication and Written Communication.
A contributor is anyone who contributes to FOSS – code, design, docs, feedback, ideas, etc.
A Course is an actual academic course that involves HFOSS, typically by using Pathways and Learning Activities.
Creative Commons 
Critical Thinking 
Critical Thinking is a Process Skill for analyzing, evaluating, or synthesizing relevant information to form an argument or reach a conclusion supported by evidence.
CVS is a version control system. (see
DOAP (Description of a Project) 
FOSS (Free & Open Source Software) 
Usually, "a FOSS" refers to one project; "FOSS" refers to the broader culture.
Git is a version control system (also known as a source code management system) used by GitHub, GitLab, etc. (see
GitHub is a version control repository and hosting service. (see
GitLab is a version control repository and hosting service. (see
Good Draft 
The Good Draft category is for Learning Activities, etc. that are a good draft - more than a Minimal Sketch or Work in Progress, but not yet Ready to Use.
Gtk+ (GIMP Toolkit) 
A multi-platform toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces. (see
HFOSS (Humanitarian Free & Open Source Software) 
Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) is free & open source software that has a humanitarian purpose such as disaster management, health care, economic development, social services, and more.
Information Processing 
Information Processing is a Process Skill for evaluating, interpreting, manipulating, or transforming information.
IRC (Internet Relay Chat) 
IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a discussion tool used by HFOSS communities. For a reference on IRC basics, see
Introspection (inspection?) 
A lead is anyone who coordinates or directs other contributors
Learning Activity 
A Learning Activity is the smallest unit of learning and could be a classroom activity, homework assignment, etc. Learning activities can be sequenced into Learning Modules, and can support steps on Pathways to FOSS contributions.
Learning Framework 
A Learning Framework is used to organize approaches or content, and can be used along with or surrounding other Learning Activities.
Learning Module 
A Learning Module is a sequence of Learning Activities or other modules, along with notes on sequencing, additional context, and other information.
Management is a Process Skill for planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating one's own and others' efforts to accomplish a goal.
MeetBot is an IRC plugin to facilitate note-taking during IRC meetings. (see
Political philosophy that holds power should be vested in individuals according to merit. ( Advancement in such a system is based on perceived intellectual talent measured through examination and/or demonstrated achievement in the field where it is implemented.
Metacognition is a Process Skill for thinking / reflecting about one's thinking and how one learns, and being aware of one's knowledge.
Minimal Sketch 
The Minimal Sketch category is for Learning Activities, etc. that are a minimal sketch - not yet a Work in Progress, Good Draft, or Ready to Use.
Oral Communication 
Oral Communication is a Process Skill for exchanging information and understanding through speaking, listening, and non-verbal behaviors.
A Pathway is a sequence of steps that a practitioner would follow to contribute to a humanitarian free and open source (HFOSS) project. Pathway steps are supported by Learning Activities and Learning Modules.
A Planet is a blog aggregator for a specific topic (e.g. for FOSS).
Problem Solving 
Problem Solving is a Process Skill for identifying, planning, and executing a strategy that goes beyond routine action to find a solution to a situation or question.
Process Skills 
Process Skills are skills that are used broadly in the process of work, as opposed to skills that are domain or problem specific. The POGIL Project uses the following process skills: Assessment, Communication, Critical Thinking, Information Processing, Management, Problem Solving, and Teamwork.
Rapid Prototyping 
Ready to Use 
The Ready to Use category is for Learning Activities, etc. that are a ready to use - more than a Minimal Sketch, a Work in Progress, or a Good Draft.
A FOSS project management and issue tracking system. (see
Underlying principle of open source.
SVN (Subversion) 
A FOSS version control system. (see
Teamwork is a Process Skill for interacting with others and building on each others' individual strengths and skills, working toward a common goal.
A FOSS project management and issue tracking system. (see
A task tracking system. (see
For wiki formatting tips see
Written Communication 
Written Communication is a Process Skill for conveying information and understanding to an intended audience through written materials (paper, electronic, etc).
Personal tools
Learning Resources
HFOSS Projects