At the Centre for Development of Open Technology, Seneca faculty and students contribute to the development of Open Source software products. This grant will be used to fund a liaison position with the Eclipse WTP.
Eclipse is an open source software development platform (i.e. a set of tools for building software applications) which was started by IBM, and remains supported by IBM even though it is now an independent entity. The WTP project within Eclipse focuses on tools for creating Web applications, and is developed at IBM's Markham software lab, as well as several other IBM and industry partner labs around the world.
“Seneca’s relationship with industry leaders, like IBM, gives students the opportunity to work on industry projects even before they graduate,” said President Miner. “It is a great example of career-focused education in action.”
Seneca also hosts an internationally recognized two-day Free Software and Open Source Symposium every fall. It brings together educators, developers, students and others from across North America to discuss the latest developments in free software and open source issues, learn new technologies and promote the use of free and open source software.
“IBM believes educational programs like Seneca’s Centre for Development of Open Technology are extremely important for the continued development of Canada’s skilled workforce,” said Dan McPhee, client manager, Higher Education and Research, IBM Canada. “Our development team looks forward to working with talented students on challenging software projects.”
"In working with other top-tier open source projects, we have found that a key requirement for success is to have a faculty member who is a respected member of the project's development community,” said Evan Weaver, Chair School of Computer Studies. “This grant from IBM, along with IBM's help in gaining access to key developers, is providing us with the opportunity to become an integral part of the Eclipse WTP community."
For a complete list of Seneca’s other open source courses, projects, and resources, visit http://zenit.senecac.on.ca/wiki.
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