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 Mozilla Dev Tools

Dev Tools 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

Website: Tools

Slack channel: General Channel

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  • Heidi Ellis

Faculty Members who may be Working on the Project

  • Darci Burge
  • Emily Lovell
  • Becka Morgan


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/

Better Website: Mifos Developer Zone

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Faculty Members who may be Working on the Project

  • Nanette Veilleux
  • Lynn Lambert
  • Jim Huggins


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 (Will help get you started, but may not be current.)

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Faculty Members who may be Working on the Project


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/

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Language: Python

Team Page: SahanaGroupNotes (Will help get you started, but may not be current.)

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Faculty Members who may be Working on the Project

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


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 may be Working on the Project

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