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MeeGo Comes to OSUOSL

MeeGo Comes to OSUOSL

As part a major effort and plan by the worldwide Nokia (Mameo project) and Intel (Moblin project) to share the MeeGo operating system code with the open source community, MeeGo has selected OSU's Open Source Lab as its infrastructure home. Today MeeGo is an open source project hosted by the Linux Foundation that encourages community contributions in accordance with the best practices of the open source development model.

MeeGo Infrastructure TeamMeeGo is an open source, Linux project which brings together the Moblin project, headed up by Intel, and Maemo, by Nokia, into a single open source activity. MeeGo integrates the experience and skills of two significant development ecosystems, versed in communications and computing technologies. According to the project's web site, they believe "these two pillars form the technical foundations for next generation platforms and usages in the mobile and device platforms space."

The MeeGo distribution infrastructure and the operating system base from the Linux kernel to the OS infrastructure up to the middleware layer. The MeeGo architecture is based on a common core across the different usage models, such as netbooks, handheld, in-vehicle, and connected TV. The MeeGo common core includes the various key subsystems including the core operating system libraries, the comms and telephony services, internet and social networking services, visual services, media services, data management, device services, and personal services.

You can read more about MeeGo at

OSUOSL will provide hosting, infrastructure, and distribution support for the production environment for the project as well as the build server infrastructure. Now that MeeGo calls the OSL home, the Lab hopes to get undergrad students involved in software development for the project. Other hardware-oriented projects OSL students have taken part in include the One Laptop Per Child - OLPC - project.

Photos of MeeGo moving day were captured by Senior System Administrator Lance Albertson and can be viewed on our Facebook page.

OSL Supports Haitian Relief with CrisisCampPDX

OSL Supports Haitian Relief with CrisisCampPDX

Technology volunteers in Portland, Oregon will host CrisisCampPDX this weekend, January 23rd from 1pm to 11pm at NedSpace Old Town, 117 NW 5th Street, Portland. Anyone who can google can help. Volunteers can go to to RSVP.

CrisisCamp will take place this weekend in three countries and 10 cities to provide technology expertise, geospatial and data aggregation, and system development to aid in the relief and recovery efforts in Haiti. CrisisCamp is a open, collaborative event held in “barcamp” style through to provide local and international responders, Haitian community leaders and and non-governmental organizations an opportunity to engage more effectively with operations on the ground in Haiti. Tools and resources created by CrisisCamp volunteers can enhance responders' decision-making capability, transparency and collaboration.

Locally, CrisisCampPDX is working with NedSpace and Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab to bring together Portland volunteers to make a difference. “The Portland tech community has demonstrated a real commitment to using their skills for good,” says Deborah Bryant, Public Sector Communities Manager of Open Source Lab. “I'm excited we can use those skills this weekend to support the Haitian relief effort right here at home”.

Laura Schultz, a local Visual Effects Producer who worked on the feature film Coraline, saw the needs in Haiti via twitter and noticed that CrisisCamps were organizing a response for people to get involved in Washington DC and Los Angeles. “I don’t have a lot of money to give and I’ve been frustrated that I didn’t seem to have the skills to impact what I was seeing on my television. CrisisCamp provides an opportunity for us to offer a little more.” You can follow CrisisCamps via twitter (@crisiscamp and @crisiscampPDX).

At the first series of CrisisCamps for Haiti on January 14th, volunteers in four cities launched “We Need, We Have,” a repository of specific technology needs of local Haitians' response. Volunteers contributed to rich open source maps that track which nonprofit organizations on the ground in Haiti are doing what, where, for more efficient coordination and resource distribution. CrisisCampers built and contributed data to multiple mobile phone, open source applications that enable people on the ground to report vital information such as the location of a hospital or a missing person. After each CrisisCamp,volunteers collaborate remotely to strengthen tools. See all of the applications and projects underway at

CrisisCommons brings together domain experts, developers, and first responders to technology and practice for humanitarian crisis management and disaster relief. CrisisCommons is part of a global movement that unites volunteers, academia, non-profits, companies and government officials in sharing best practices and lessons learned to advocate for further use of technology and telecommunications to assist citizens and communities during crisis.

“We are witnessing the development of a transformational change in how an average citizen can participate in the crisis response effort,” says CrisisCommons co-founder Noel Dickover. “Previously you could only send money. Now, you can directly help in the response. An existing social network of national and international first responders, web 2.0 developers, and NGOs had been established, so the immediate response was just a matter of galvanizing existing relationships.”

CrisisCamp will provide local opportunities for citizens to assist in activities such as crisis mapping, data and RSS feed aggregation. In addition, people with specialized skills such as translation, computer programing and literacy advocates are encouraged to participate.

Founded in March 2009 through an impromptu Tweetup at the Government 2.0 Camp, a small band of idealists and innovators gathered to discuss the idea of a creating a common community through a mash-up of citizen volunteers, crisis response organizations, international humanitarian relief agencies, non-profits and the private sector. Within minutes, the CrisisCamp concept was born to unite communities, seek common ground and cultivate innovation in the use of technology for mobility and efficiency during crisis. Learn more and join the movement at

from the CrisisCamp press release of Jan 20, 2010

Drupal Association supports OSUOSL with $15,000

Drupal Association supports OSUOSL with $15,000

The Drupal Association is supporting the Oregon State University Open Source Lab to the tune of $15,000. Specifically, $10,000 is being directed specifically towards paying OSL student employees to work on infrastructure tasks. Our students have been instrumental in setting up and maintaining the infrastructure for and related sites, and we are very excited to be able to dedicate more time to this important project.

Additionally, the Drupal Association has committed to make a $5,000 donation to the Open Source Lab general fund. This money is used to support all of our activities at the OSL, for specifics, please see our FAQ. It is great to see a project hosted at the OSL become large enough that they are able to support the Lab with a monetary donation, especially as we celebrate our sixth anniversary with the Give 6 program.

For more information about Drupal, see Or visit the Drupal Association website at



This year, join us for a special one-day Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) DC on Thursday, November 5 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The program will focus on how federal agencies are using open technology in support of their agency mission objectives while reducing costs and creating a secure information technology environment. "Management", "Mission", and "Technology" tracks in the program feature outstanding agency and industry presentations. Government agency leaders and their key technology personnel as well as legal, procurement, planning, public information and social media staff should attend . Highlights from the program include:

  • Breakfast Keynote: David M. Wennergren, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management and Technology / Deputy Chief Information Officer US Department of Defense
  • Luncheon Keynote: David G. Boyd, Ph.D., Director, Command, Control and Interoperability Division Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

A short list of agency presenters include:

  • Brian Guertin, Chief Patent Council, NASA Goddard
  • Sue C. Payton, Former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force/Acquisition Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense/Acting Director Defense Research and Engineering; President – SCI Aerospace Inc.
  • Daud Santosa, Chief Technology Officer, US Department of Interior
  • Vish Sankaran, Director of the Federal Health Architecture, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Peter J. Tseronis, Deputy Associate Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Energy and Chairperson, Federal Cloud Computing Advisory Council

Three conference tracks and a hands-on lab address a full range of timely management and technology topics. Agencies presenting include DOD, DISA, HHS, GSA, EPA, DOE, Department of State, NASA, OMB, CIA, NSA, NARA, DHS. The full conference schedule and additional speakers can be found on the conference web site at

Google Surpasses $1M in Donations to OSUOSL

Google Surpasses $1M in Donations to OSUOSL

Google has generously donated $300,000 to support the Oregon State University Open Source Lab. With this donation, the companies cumulative support of the Lab has now topped $1 million.

Google is a Platinum Sponsor of the OSL Alliance program which enables commercial vendors to financially support the expansion of computing infrastructure, hosting services, and software development provided to open source projects at the OSUOSL.

The full press release is available here: Google gift of $300,000 to OSU Open Source Lab raises Internet giant’s support to more than $1M