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This page holds a list of HFOSS communities that have volunteered to participate in foss2serve activities. Please sign up below the community that you are interested in participating in.


GNOME Accessibility

From the web site: "The GNOME Accessibility project develops and fosters compelling free open source accessibility solutions for graphical user interfaces. Through a worldwide community of developers and users, we continue to empower everyone, regardless of physical or mental abilities."

The GNOME Project was started in 1997 by two then university students, Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena. Their aim: to produce a free (as in freedom) desktop environment. Since then, GNOME has grown into a hugely successful enterprise. Used by millions of people across the world, it is the most popular desktop environment for GNU/Linux and UNIX-type operating systems.

The GNOME Accessibility Team works to ensure the GNOME Desktop and the software therein can be used by everyone, regardless of age or ability. Its efforts include the Orca screen reader, the GNOME Shell magnifier, and the Accerciser testing and debugging tool, Evolution (Contact manager, address manager and calendar), Empathy (Chat client), and Nautilus (File manager).

Website: https://live.gnome.org/Accessibility

Foss2serve contact: Heidi Ellis (ellis@wne.edu)

Lanugage: Varies by specific application

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  • Ellen Zimmer - Edinboro Univeristy
  • Trish Hillman - Edinboro University


From SourceForge: "Mifos is an MIS purpose-built for the microfinance industry. It provides MFIs the key functionality to better serve the poor: client management, loans & savings portfolio tracking, reporting, & social performance measurement. "

From the web site: " Mifos.org is a diverse community of microfinance institutions, technology professionals, business people, volunteers, and contributors.

  • We are guided by the vision to create and deploy technology that allows the microfinance industry to scale.
  • Our team and our community of users are distributed worldwide, spanning all time zones, in developing nations and developed.
  • We are a community that actively supports each other in the development and use of the Mifos software."

Website: http://mifos.org/

Foss2serve contact: Greg Hislop

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Steven P. Crain, Plattsburgh State University of New York


From the website: "Open Medical Record System (OpenMRS®) was created in 2004 as a open source medical record system platform for developing countries – a tide which rises all ships. OpenMRS is a multi-institution, non-profit collaborative led by Regenstrief Institute, a world-renowned leader in medical informatics research, and Partners In Health, a Boston-based philanthropic organization with a focus on improving the lives of underprivileged people worldwide through health care service and advocacy. These teams nurture a growing worldwide network of individuals and organizations all focused on creating medical record systems and a corresponding implementation network to allow system development self reliance within resource constrained environments."

Website: http://openmrs.org/

Team Page: http://foss2serve.org/index.php/TheOpenMRSTeam

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Foss2serve contact: Heidi Ellis or Greg Hislop

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  • Chris Murphy


Sahana Eden is a flexible open source humanitarian platform with a rich feature set to provide effective solutions for critical humanitarian needs management, either prior to, or during, a crisis. Eden can be rapidly customized to adapt to existing processes and to integrate with existing systems. Eden is designed for most organizations and agencies engaged in humanitarian activities, including UN agencies, NGOs and government agencies, and provides solutions to challenges involved in resource management, information management, coordination, decision support and stakeholder communications. It is built with Python using the Web2Py framework. Sahana Eden currently supports a diverse set of humanitarian organizations, including the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), the American Red Cross, the Helios Foundation, the UN World Food Programme, and several CERT chapters and VOAD organizations in the United States.

Website: http://sahanafoundation.org/

Foss2serve contact: Heidi Ellis

Language: Python

Team Page: SahanaGroupNotes

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  • Peter Bui (pnutzh4x0r)
  • Nannette Napier
  • Esmail Bonakdarian
  • Kiranmai Bellam
  • Howard Francis


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 contact: Cam MacDonell

Foss2Serve Page: Ushahidi

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