Intro to Open Source Software

You're probably using open source software already, like the popular Firefox web browser. Many websites are built with open source tools like Wordpress and Drupal, and companies large and small make use of open source components like the Linux operating system. 

This session will provide an introduction to open source. If you've ever had a question about when and how to use it, or how to join an open source project - this class is for you.

Some of the things we'll cover:

• What is open source? What is the open source "philosophy?"

• Open source licenses and licensing (what are they and what do they mean).

• Overview of tools project built as open source - you're probably already using or have heard of at least one.

• Brief introduction to Git / Github, and other tools used to make open source stuff.

• How open source has become more than just "software" - open source ideation, open source governance, open source policy making.

• 5 ways that you can participate in an open source project right now - even if you're not a seasoned coder.

About the teacher: 

Mark Headd is the Chief Data Officer for the City of Philadelphia, and was formerly Director of Government Relations at Code for America.  A coder and civic hacking veteran, he has advocated for the adoption of open source technologies in government for over 15 years. Self taught in programming, he holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and is a former adjunct instructor at the University of Delaware teaching a course in electronic government.


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