Sean Workman is a sophomore who was part of the first CNU Summer Scholars Program (CSSP), held from June 1, 2015 – July 31, 2015.
“The program was designed to provide an opportunity for participants to work collaboratively with a faculty mentor and develop enhanced research and communication skills specific to your area of study.
“In my project, I was asked to build an environment where students can contribute to humanitarian open source, outside of a class, without doing excessive research. Open Source is a way in which to write programs so anyone can see the source code and change it. We focused on humanitarian open source – programs that are written with a service mission – because of the civic engagement focus at CNU. Contributing to open source is difficult because the size of the projects is overwhelming and it is difficult to figure out where to begin. To help others overcome those hurdles, I created a “how to” document to help others make contributions.
“In order to do that, I had to learn Linux (the operating system of most open source programs), git (the place where programs are stored), several different languages (because each project can contain main different languages), and learn how the flow of contributions go, and make contributions to open source programs. I had contributions accepted to three different projects, including Mifos, the humanitarian project we will continue to focus on.”