The academic space has begun to see activity around the idea of Open Source Program Offices at colleges and universities. Like their industry counterparts these offices lead or advise administrative efforts around policy licensing compliance and staff education. But they can also be charged with efforts around student education research policies and practices and the faculty tenure and promotion process tied to research.

Johns Hopkins University JHU soft-launched their OSPO 2019 led by Sayeed Choudhury Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries in collaboration with Jacob Green with MOSS Labs. Other universities and academic institutions took notice.

I met Green at RITs booth at OSCON in the summer of 2019 and learned about JHUs soft launch of their OSPO. Our booth showcased RITs work with students in Free and Open Source humanitarian work. We began with a 2009 Honors seminar course in creating educational games for the One Laptop per Child program. That seminar was formalized into a regular course Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software. The syllabus for the courses most recent offering can be found at this link.

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