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Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup time: June 1st starting at 12:00 p.m. EDT/16:00 UTC

by Ted Teah Contributions Published on May 29, 2018 12:09 PM
Join the FSF and friends Friday, June 1st, from 12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC) to help improve the Free Software Directory, with this week's theme of health software.

Help improve the Free Software Directory by adding new entries and updating existing ones. Every Friday we meet on IRC in the #fsf channel on

Tens of thousands of people visit each month to discover free software. Each entry in the Directory contains a wealth of useful information, from basic category and descriptions, to providing detailed info about version control, IRC channels, documentation, and licensing info that has been carefully checked by FSF staff and trained volunteers.

When a user comes to the Directory, they know that everything in it is free software, has only free dependencies, and runs on a free OS. With over 16,000 entries, it is a massive repository of information about free software.

While the Directory has been and continues to be a great resource to the world for many years now, it has the potential to be a resource of even greater value. But it needs your help! And since it's a MediaWiki instance, it's easy for anyone to edit and contribute to the Directory.

Henry Heimlich published the Heimlich Maneuver in the journal Emergency Medicine this week in 1974. This innovation in medical care proved life-saving shortly after the procedure was published. While innovation in software doesn't actually involve treating patients, being able to store, retrieve, and transfer patient information can prove to be just as crucial in a medical crisis, so this week, we're honoring Heimlich by working on health and medical software.

One dynamic and multifaceted project in this area is GNU Health. This project is a Free/Libre project for health practitioners, health institutions, and governments. It provides Electronic Medical Record (EMR) functionality, a Hospital Management (HMIS) module, and a Health Information System (HIS). The Directory entry contains the panoply of information you expect. This is just one example though: this section in the Directory is large, which means an opportunity to update entries, and naturally, if one is missing, its addition would be quite the feather in our cap.

If you are eager to help, and you can't wait or are simply unable to make it onto IRC on Friday, our participation guide will provide you with all the information you need to get started on helping the Directory today! There are also weekly Directory Meeting pages that everyone is welcome to contribute to before, during, and after each meeting. To see the meeting start time in your time zone, run this in GNU bash: date --date='TZ="America/New_York" 12:00 this Fri'

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