Project Status


The project was initiated in late 2005 when the group managing IBM’s philanthropic activities thought that already existing work in the area of humanitarian assistance could be advanced by enlisting voluntary efforts of IBMers with programmng skills.

More history to follow later … but it’s worth noting that there was a meeting organized by IBM on May 19th in New York City that brought together many folks interested in this area. (By the way, many of the members of the Apache project personally met for the first time at a meeting organized by IBM in 1998.)

Status: 21 September 2006

The project currently has about ten members. Some come from the philanthropic group, some from IBM’s Crisis Management team, some from IBM’s OSS community, and some from the group that manages IBM OSS efforts.
All are involved in a part-time basis. There is a mix in that some participate both as part of their job and also as volunteers.

Two members with open source experience have begun working with the external community:

  • Rob Eggers is leading a programming effort in support of the Sahana project
  • Dave Shields has volunteered to organize an external effort to be known as SMD (Shameless Marketing Division), the goal of which is to recruit more volunteers and to help have Dave have more fun. Dave started blogging a few months back, but has agreed to focus on project issues and also to pay for any needed hosting expenses out of his own project, as he seeks a new “pal” in the OSS community to help advance the project.

Copyright (c) 2006 by David Shields. Licensed under terms of the Apache License 2.0


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