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OSF Schedule

The UAlbany Student Chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)

is hosting the 4th annual…

Open Source Festival 2014

Saturday March 29, 2014

Time: 11 am – 5:15 pm

SUNY Albany Campus Center

Assembly Hall


The University at Albany Student Chapter of ASIS&T will be hosting the 4th Annual Open Source Festival to provide an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, community members and industry to present and learn about open source software and hardware.

We ask you to please register for the festival, it is required so that we can provide enough food.

Register here:

For more information about the Open Source Festival, please visit:

The program will be scheduled as follows:

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

  • Registration: Registration will be in the Fireside Lounge. It wil be running throughout the event. Be sure to check in and pick up your program.

11:00 AM – 12:20 PM

Key Note Speakers:

  • Ken Hui – OpenStack
  • Erynne Petersen – OuterCurve Foundation
  • Room: Assembly Hall

12:20 PM – 12:25 PM

  • Break

12:25 PM – 12:55 PM

12:55 PM – 01:00 PM

  • Break

01:00 PM – 01:30 PM

01:30 PM – 02:30 PM

  • Refreshments and Networking:

  • Refreshments will be made available at 1:30pm.  Attendees are encouraged to use this time to network with presenters and each other!  Located in Assembly Hall and Fireside Lounge.

02:30 PM – 03:15 PM

  • Panel: Open Source Perspectives: Views from Industry, Government, and Academia
  • Room: Assembly Hall

03:15 PM – 03:20 PM

  • Break

03:20 PM – 03:50 PM

03:50 PM – 03:55 PM

  • Break

03:55 PM – 04:25 PM

04:25 PM – 04:30 PM

  • Break

04:30 PM – 05:00 PM

05:00 PM – 05:15 PM

  • Closing

  • Room: Assembly Hall

~UAlbany ASIST OSF 2014 Planning Committee

UAlbany’s Student Chapter of ASIS&T Presents Open Source Festival Workshops

Workshop 1: Getting Started With the OpenStack Cloud

Where: BB0209

When: Friday March 28, 2014; 9 am – 12 pm

Workshop Overview:

OpenStack continues to grow exponentially as the de facto standard for open source Cloud platforms.  But how can someone quickly get started with learning this exciting new technology?  This workshop will walk participants through an overview of the OpenStack components and offer practical suggestions and resources for learning OpenStack.  Then to demonstrate the capabilities of OpenStack, we will guide participants through the OpenStack portal and give everyone an opportunity to launch cloud computing resources from their own laptop.

Workshop Leaders:

Kenneth Hui is a Cloud Architect/Evangelist with Rackspace focused on the Rackspace Private Cloud .  His passion is to help IT become partners to their internal and external customers. The tools he work with to accomplish this include Hybrid Cloud Computing and Automation. His responsibilities at Rackspace include helping to drive adoption of OpenStack as the Cloud Platform of choice. Ken blogs about Cloud Computing, OpenStack, and VMware at and at He also speaks regularly at conferences and user group meetups. You can follow Ken on Twitter @hui_kenneth.


Matt Dorn is a Cloud Technology Instructor with Rackspace focused on helping IT teams around the world build private clouds with OpenStack.  He understands that many feel a great deal of intimidation when approaching open source projects and is fanatical about providing an easy to understand learning path that makes OpenStack accessible and fun.  His experience includes being apart of a 4-person hosting startup in Philadelphia to a leadership position for Dell’s Cloud Services team.  Matt blogs about OpenStack at

Workshop 2: Creating VistA Extensions – Open Source in Healthcare

Where: SLG20

When: Friday March 28, 2014; 1 pm – 4 pm

Workshop Overview:

Healthcare consumes 18% of GDP in the US, while the nation ranks 28th in measures of healthcare quality. Less than 50% of hospitals in the US currently use computer systems to manage patient information: electronic health records (EHR). In the meantime, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have developed and used for more than four decades: VistA the most advanced EHR system worldwide. VistA is considered one of the main reasons why the VA provides the highest quality of healthcare in the US, at much lower cost than any of the public and private sector providers.  In this workshop, VistA experts from DSS Inc will introduce attendees to some of the basic concepts in VistA, and to the development of extensions for its interface CPRS. No background on VistA is required to participate. Attendees will be introduced to all basic concepts during the workshop.


Workshop Leaders:

Kevin Wright is Software Engineer at DSS Inc., where he provides leadership and expertise on the development of CPRS extensions for VistA. Kevin is currently developing extension to CPRS, that will support the deployment of VistA at the clinical centers of the New York State (NYS) Office of Mental Health (OMH).


Fabian Lopez is Program Manager at DSS Inc., and one of the strongest promoters of the open source community around VistA. Fabian leads the activities of the vxVistA Hub, where regular webinars are published on topics related to VistA, its use and its development.


Luis Ibanez is Director of Open Source Community Development at OSEHRA, the organization that promotes the open source electronic health records community around VistA.

Open Source Festival 2014 Call for Proposals

The University of Albany Student Chapter of

The Association for Information Science and Technology

proudly presents our

4th Annual Open Source Festival 2014

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 11:00am-6:00pm


·      Are you working on an Open Source application?

·      Are you familiar with a popular Open Source application?

·      Are you working on a new technique to benefit Open Source software development?

We are looking for papers detailing projects, applications, and techniques of Open Source Technology.  The audience will be a diverse group of students, professionals, and interested parties, so we welcome both technical and practical presentations. This will be our 4th year doing this, last year we had over 200 people in attendance. We expect even more this year.


Please submit papers no later than March 5, 2014 to  Selected presenters will be notified via electronic mail by March 12, 2014.

Organized by UAlbany ASIS&T (Student Chapter) at the College of Computing and Information, University at Albany, State University of New York

4th Rare Disease Hackathon

The Association for Information Science and Technology UAlbany Student Chapter (ASIS&T) is hosting the 4th Hackathon for Rare Diseases

Saturday, December 7, 12 pm – 5pm

RPI Campus, Lally 102

In the Lally Management Building


Design and implement a prototype of a web-based application for tracking symptoms and vitals of patients affected by rare diseases. This application is mostly intended to be used by families of children affected by rare diseases. This will be an application for keeping track of manifestations of symptoms over time, as well as keeping track of basic growth measures such as weight, height and head circumference.


There are about 7,000 rare diseases. The patients affected by them and their families struggle due to the lack of information and general knowledge on the nature and treatment for these afflictions. It takes an average of 7.5 years for a patient to get a correct diagnosis for a rare disease, after having seen 8 doctors. By then, these patients have been treated for a variety of incorrect diagnoses and have missed the proper treatment for their case. More information can be found on:

Ed Fennell Talk on YouTube at RCOS:

Rare Disease Project:

Project Details:

Initial Design Notes:

The application is hosted in Github, and is distributed under the Apache 2.0 License.

For more information, please contact:

ASIS&T Officers: ualbanyasist at gmail dot com

Luis Ibanez: libanez at albany dot edu

NYS Code-a-Thon 2013


The ASIS&T Officers are serving on an advisory committee for the New York State Department of Health Code-a-Thon.  The theme of the event is “Healthy Connections = Healthy Communities”.  The event will take place December 19-20, 2013 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s state-of-the-art Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) and bring together program experts, data experts, public health providers, academia, and other public health stakeholders with tech gurus and app developers for a “technology brainstorming session,” using DOH open health data and other valuable data.

The purpose of the event is to generate ideas on how to use data to help New Yorkers prevent the development of obesity and diabetes. Ignite talks will run concurrently with the code a thon and will focus on the importance of open data, critical community work and interventions, as well as important advice from health/data experts from across the country. The New York State Health Data Code-a-thon is a key component of a longer three to six month New York State Health Innovation Challenge envisioned for 2014 – which together will spark new innovative thinking around the twin epidemic of obesity and diabetes. The two events will assist New Yorkers to make “healthy connections” that lead to “healthy communities.”

In the current climate, where our nation is wrestling with a twin epidemic of obesity and diabetes, public health has an obligation to expand awareness of these conditions, and to make a serious effort to stem the rise in their prevalence. But public health officials are also well aware that reducing the risk for becoming overweight or obese and developing type 2 diabetes requires that patients take charge of their health. Both conditions are chronic diseases that require lifelong management by the patient. In fact, a full 95% of chronic disease care occurs outside the health care system. When people can take charge of their food choices and adopt a more active lifestyle, they can reduce the risk for overweight/obesity, type 2 diabetes and other associated health risks.

These strategies are in direct alignment with the state’s Prevention Agenda, a bold initiative adopted with the goal to make New York the healthiest state in the nation. A key goal in this agenda is the prevention of chronic diseases, such as obesity and diabetes. In New York, 24.6 percent of adults are obese and another 35.6 percent are overweight. Obesity is a significant risk factor for many chronic diseases, chief among them type 2 diabetes. In New York State more than 1.5 million (10.4 percent) adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, and an estimated 3.7 to 4.2 million (25-30 percent) adult New Yorkers have prediabetes. People with prediabetes are 5 to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, and are also at increased risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and eye disease.

The New York State Health Code-a-thon provides a critical opportunity to meet these challenges as we strive to build “Healthy Connections = Healthy Communities.” The ideas that come out of this event have the potential to help change the way New York State tackles obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Similar events have generated fresh, innovative thinking. The goal is to create a level of excitement that will drive continued engagement between stakeholders for the subsequent 2014 Health Innovation Challenge, as well as far into the future.

Please visit for additional details about the New York State Health Data Code-a-thon.

Git Workshop

Git Workshop

Friday, October 18, 2013

2:30pm – 5:30pm

Science Library – SL 012

Uptown Campus

Are you interested in learning about distributed revision control and source code management? Do repositories and full version tracking capabilities sound intriguing to you but you do not know what to make of it? Then join us for a Git Workshop.

Git is being used in major companies. This is a great opportunity to add this tool to your resume to make it more attractive to potential employers.

A few things we will be going over are:

  • Command Line
  • Repositories
  • Version Control
  • Commit
  • Branch and much more…


Snacks will be offered.

Please register for this event through link provided below:

Workshop Registration

For more information, please contact:
ASIS&T Officers: ualbanyasist at gmail dot com