HFOSS Communities

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This page holds a list of some of the HFOSS communities with which faculty or students in the POSSE community have interacted. For a much longer but less curated list of HFOSS projects, see HFOSS Projects. Please pick a project below that you think might be interesting to investigate further and add your name to the list of interested faculty members.


Accessibility Aspects of Firefox DevTools

DevTools are a collection of tools developed by the Mozilla community that allow one to examine, edit, and debug HTML, CSS, and JavaScript on Firefox and Chrome for both the desktop and on mobile.

  • Similar to Safari Inspector element
  • Allows you to inspect code

Recently, work has been done on the Debugger (debugger.html).

Faculty Community Site: GitHub site

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Slack channel: General Channel

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  • Heidi Ellis

Faculty Members who have an interest in the Project (present or past)

  • Darci Burge
  • Emily Lovell
  • Becka Morgan

Open Food Facts

"Open Food Facts is a food products database made by everyone, for everyone. You can use it to make better food choices, and as it is open data, anyone can re-use it for any purpose."


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Faculty Members who have an interest in the Project (present or past)

  • Greg Hislop


From the website: "We are a non-profit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping."

" "Ushahidi", which means "testimony" in Swahili, was a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. Since then, the name "Ushahidi" has come to represent the people behind the "Ushahidi Platform". Our roots are in the collaboration of Kenyan citizen journalists during a time of crisis. The original website was used to map incidents of violence and peace efforts throughout the country based on reports submitted via the web and mobile phones. This website had 45,000 users in Kenya, and was the catalyst for us realizing there was a need for a platform based on it, which could be used by others around the world.

Since early 2008 we have grown from an ad hoc group of volunteers to a focused organization. Our current team is comprised of individuals with a wide span of experience ranging from human rights work to software development. We have also built a strong team of volunteer developers primarily in Africa, but also Europe, South America and the U.S."

Website: http://www.ushahidi.com/

Foss2serve Page: Ushahidi

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Faculty Members who have an interest in the Project (present or past)

  • Cam MacDonell (cameron.macdonell@macewan.ca)
  • Monisha Pulimood
  • Alan Rea
  • Janet Davis
  • Marco Gerosa
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