Understanding the Open in OpenSource Activity

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Title Understanding the 'Open' in Open Source
Overview The student will explore the meaning of 'openness' from a broad perspective and be introduced to the idea of a humanitarian free and open source project (HFOSS).
Prerequisite Knowledge None
Learning Objectives The student will understand the difference between open source and proprietary software; understand how open source principles apply to other groups; understand the difference between a FOSS and an HFOSS project.


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ACM Knowledge Area/Knowledge Unit What ACM Computing Curricula 2013 knowledge area and units does this activity cover? ACM_Body_of_Knowledge
ACM Topic What specific topics are addressed? The Computing Curriucula 2013 provides a list of topics in Appendix A - The Body of Knowledge (page 58) - https://www.acm.org/education/CS2013-final-report.pdf
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