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[News] GNU/Linux and Humanitarian Causes: Case of Point

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux and Humanitarian Causes: Case of Point
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 01 Oct 2009 01:29:54 +0100
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During Emergencies, Linux Geeks Also Care

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| Locally, a group of Linux advocates set up 
| Sahana, a collection of web based disaster 
| management applications that provides solutions 
| to large-scale humanitarian coordination and 
| collaboration in disaster situation and its 
| aftermath. Itâs a good start for us to have a 
| centralized area for any possible communication 
| when disaster strikes. There are also others who 
| have been tweeting and plurking the latest news. 
| The updates were related to volunteer work, how 
| to give relief goods, as well as tips on how to 
| check on your car when it gets flooded to info on 
| which shop offers services to laptops which 
| needed to be serviced/recovered after the flood. 
| I also received messages from friends in other 
| countries and amidst the time differences it is 
| heart-warming to receive messages from those who 
| care.



Three New Open Source Tools Aimed at Global Humanitarian Efforts

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| Today, a Silicon Valley non-profit group called InSTEDD (Innovative Support
| to Emergencies, Diseases and Disasters) unveiled three new open source
| software tools targeted to help global humanitarian efforts. The group works
| with humanitarian organizations, local communities, and government ministries
| to improve disease detection and disaster response. Some of the tools are
| already in use in HIV clinics in Tanzania, centers for disease control in
| Kenya and Cambodia, and more. Here are the details on the tools, and how to
| get them.


Humanitarian FOSS Project

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| The Humanitarian FOSS Project is a collaborative, community-building project
| that was started by a group of computing faculty and open source proponents
| at Trinity College, Wesleyan University, and Connecticut College. Our goal is
| to build a community of academic computing departments, IT corporations, and
| local and global humanitarian and community organizations dedicated to
| building and using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) to benefit humanity.


Students Help Humanity with Open Source Software

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| The software is part of  Sahana, an open-source information technology system
| that was built to aid in the recovery effort following the 2004 Asian
| tsunami. The students contributed as part of the Humanitarian Free and Open
| Source Software (HFOSS) project, a joint venture between the computer science
| departments of Wesleyan, Trinity College and Connecticut College, which aims
| to bring open source software that benefits humanity into the computer
| science curriculum.

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