Welcome to COSTAR - the home for our proposed Centre for Open Software Technology and Applications Research here at the SFU Surrey campus. At present, the C in COSTAR is for Committee - our ad hoc group that is pushing the overall proposal forward in accord with the School of Computing Science 3-year plan.

COSTAR is about research activities related to open source software, focusing on open source as a research subject, research product, and/or research tool. Our general goal is to highlight and support open source research across SFU, while creating a magnet for such activities particularly at the SFU Surrey campus.

Prof. Rob Cameron
COSTAR Convenor
CS @ Surrey

Designing SFU Mobile

SFU Surrey Semester in Innovation

Imagine a class where students envision a future for their university and then design it — where design, technology and entrepreneurship intertwine, creating a new more engaged educational experience — from virtual classrooms to remote participation in fieldwork, online collaboration to unique interactions with members of community, industry and academia.

COSTAR Mirror Servers

Thanks to James Peltier, COSTAR mirrors are now available for several open source repositories.

Google Summer of Code 2010

Google is once again offering hundreds of paid positions for students to participate in open source software projects through the Google Summer of Code program.  Apache, Blender, Creative Commons, Drupal, Etherbook, Facebook, GNOME and many others are among the mentoring organizations offering projects.    Graduate students may be interested in opportunities with GCC, JikesRVM and others.   

Vancouver Open Data Hackathon - December 2009

2009-12-09 17:00
2009-12-09 22:00

The City of Vancouver Open Data Initiative is hosting its second hackathon at the Vancouver City Archives from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. on December 9, 2009.

Head on down to find out what its all about and how you can make great apps using Vancouver City data.

Assessing Open Source Software as a Scholarly Contribution

Check out the December 2009 edition of the Communications of the ACM containing the article Assessing Open Source Software as a Scholarly Contribution by our very own Lou Hafer and Arthur E. Kirkpatrick.

Open Web Vancouver

2009-06-11 08:00
2009-06-12 17:00

Open Web Vancouver is being held June 11-12 at the new Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, featuring such topics as Women in Open Source, Open Messaging on the Open Internet and a presentation on the new City of Vancouver initiative involving open source, open data and open standards.

We have arranged for a limited number of COSTAR students to receive a special student admission of $40. Contact me for details (cameron at sfu).

Open Source Software as a Scholarly Contribution

2009-03-17 11:00
2009-03-17 12:00

M.Sc. Defence and Seminar
Ali Lotfi
BSc, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada, 2003

The focus of this thesis is on the discussion of Open Source Software (OSS) as a scholarly contribution. Boyers proposed model of scholarship with four components of discovery, integration, application, and teaching is used as a framework showing there are different forms of scholarly activities as it relates to OSS.

FSOSS '08 - Free Software and Open Source Symposium

Seneca College is hosting the 7th annual Free Software and Open Source Symposium in Toronto on October 23-24. COSTAR convenor Rob Cameron will attend and participate in a panel discussion in the "Teaching Open Source" track, discussing the institution perspective.

Open Everything

I recently attended the Hollyhock Retreat of Open Everything as an invited participant. We discussed a wide range of intersecting open initiviatives including open source software, open standards, open content and open government. Although outside the domain of open source software, per se, I was quite impressed by the efforts and progress in the area of open content for education and wonder how much interest there is among COSTAR members in discussion of topics such as the Cape Town Open Education Declaration.

Painterly: Painting-Like Renderings from Portrait Photographs

The painterly project consists of the creation of a toolkit for 'knowledge based' NPR painterly renderings from portrait photographs based on Prof. Steve DiPaola's research at the Intelligent Visualization Lab (http://ivizlab.sfu.ca/).   It uses typical photographs of people as input, along with an XML based script file that specifies a number of parameters based on cognitive knowledge of the open methodology that human portrait artist use.

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