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Why was it me?

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Before you get the wrong idea, I’m not having a pity party here in my blog. Instead, “Why me?” is sort of the basis for a series of rhetorical questions I’ve been processing this morning.

This morning I received an email saying that John Resig, creator of JQuery is going to visit RIT this week. I’m excited to meet him and am sure that our FOSS mixer Thursday evening in the Innovations center is going to have a nice mix of people. (Visit the Facebook Event for details)

The other thing the email reminded reminded me of is a trend I’ve been seeing in little bits and pieces over the past year or so… That RIT has some very talented alumni that have gone on to be leaders in the FOSS Community.

So the question I’m struggling with this morning, is why me? Why didn’t the ball get rolling for RIT to Teach Open Source Development techniques until I helped push it? I don’t doubt that RIT would have formalized it’s FOSS development coursework at some point, but why did the push have to come from me when there could have been so many others leading the charge?

People who not only had more clout in the FOSS community, but connections at RIT.

To clarify, I’m not a student at RIT. I’m not on staff at RIT. The FOSS community isn’t waiting with baited breath to hear what I might say next, so, again, why was my participation a key component?

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Written by Karlie

April 24th, 2010 at 11:08 am

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  1. Because its extremely difficult to just jump into the Open Source Pool as a virgin prof. Contacts and Track Record are important. Jquery was a post-rit project (as I understand it) and undergrad alums rarely engage significantly with their universities until they are well into their careers.

    What it took was a chain of circumstances. A non-CS prof with a background in pulling in outside resources into classrooms who was a former user group leader (Amiga, 80's, NYC God Help Me) to cast the net that brought you in and your contacts and efforts as an evangelist. Plus the wiilingness of both you and Fred (who had worked with me on OLPC stuff a year before) to join the class on a regular basis and build the bridges we needed.

    The only other way it works is to have a CS (or other prof) already into FOSS of their own accord to start bringing it into their classrooms.

    Without someone like you involved, or a prof who's already a seasoned FOSS hand, to start the process most efforts to start things will be (and are) rebuffed by the members of the FOSS community, the majority of whom it seems have not the time, energy or inclination to support newcomers.


    5 May 10 at 9:05 PM

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