Recently, I’ve been digging a little deeper into the topic of open-source in higher education. To start, I’m trying to gather together examples of what schools are currently doing with open-source.
And, hey, what better place to start than your own alma mater and place of employment? The University of California, Santa Barbara.
I compiled together a full list of UCSB’s open-source presence. Here’s a look at a few highlights:
Interactive Campus Map
Source code for the SexInfo Online website, a sex education website for UCSB students.
A Chrome extension that adds a GPA calculator within the GOLD student registration system, allowing students to calculate their future GPA (quarter and cumulative).
A Chrome and Safari extension that adds a number of enhancements to the GOLD student registration system, including:
- Exporting class schedule into a format that can be imported into third-party calendar applications
- Links to search for a professor’s name on Rate My Professors
- Link to view the location of classrooms on the Interactive Campus Map
- Displays final exam dates for current quarter’s courses
Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
(Note: I am the lead developer on this project)
A web template to allow higher education financial aid offices to meet the federal Shopping Sheet recommendation.
Web Standards Guide
(Note: I am actively involved in this project)
The source code for the UCSB Web Standards Guide. The guide is actually hosted directly on GitHub: updates to the repository’s main branch are automatically replicated on the live website.