The University's Open Programs Office
Meet with us in Open@RIT Office Hours
Director: Stephen Jacobs; Email: email@example.com; Book a meeting
Assistant Director: Michael Nolan; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Book a meeting
Open@RIT is a Key Research Center of the University and serves as the Open Programs Office for the University. It is part of the Office of the Vice President of Research.
Open@RIT is dedicated to fostering the collaborative engine of "Open Across The University" for Faculty, Staff and Students. Its goals are to discover, and grow the footprint, of RIT’s impact on all things Open including, but not limited to, Open Source Software, Open Data, Open Science, Open Hardware, Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons licensed efforts, what we like to refer to in aggregate as Open Work.
Its charter was approved by the Provost in June of 2020 and it was established under the Office of the Vice-President of Research in August of 2020.
What We Do
Faculty and Staff: Open@RIT provides support for the Open Work already pursued by RIT Faculty and Staff, and mentoring for those interested in getting started in it. We currently offer our Open@RIT Fellowship program for University projects and a variety of services to support the writing and execution of research and project proposals with requirements to release the work as Open.
We're developing our recommendations for best practices in releasing and promoting Open Work and the evaluation of Open work in annual review, tenure and promotion. We will back these recommendations with a program and services for registering your work with Open@RIT, supporting the collection of metrics and analytics to use in those processes.
In the fall we'll be offering a collection of informational resources on working in the Open.
Students: Open@RIT's roots lie in the formal and informal educational opportunities for undergraduate students which include...
- RIT’s courses and Minor in Free and Open Source Software and Free Culture
- Our Co-Op program, LibreCorps
- The experiential education programs of FOSS@MAGIC (formerly FOSS@RIT) that has weekly meetings and helps students pursue and show project work at Maker Faire Rochester, Imagine RIT and, when funding allows, academic and industry conferences.
Research: Open@RIT also does formal and applied research in Open Work that has included qualitative studies of Open communities, FOSS education and the creation of Open Platforms for Deaf education. research to research page.
Service to the Profession: Open@RIT is an Associate Member of the Linux Foundation and its director serves on the Steering Committee of the ToDo Group. The office is also active in IEEE SA Open, OSPO++, CHAOSS Community, Sustain OSS and the IGDA Open Source SIG.
September 22, 2022
Saunders College of Business names Vanden Brul Student Entrepreneurial Award winner
Peter Hogya, a computer science major in RIT’s Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, was honored with the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Student Entrepreneurial Award at last week’s Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award Luncheon at Genesee Valley Club in Rochester.
August 16, 2022
Open@RIT receives Sloan Foundation grant to continue supporting open work
RIT’s open programs office has received a nearly $500,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to build external partnerships and continue supporting those doing work in the open community.
July 26, 2022
Leaders in ‘all things open’ assemble for summit to explore opportunities in open work
The Open Work in Academia Summit will be held Sept. 7-9 at the Hyatt Regency Rochester, in downtown Rochester, N.Y. The event is hosted by RIT’s open source programs office Open@RIT.
Open@RIT Monthly Meetings
March 10, April 14, May 12
Second Wednesday of the month
11am via Zoom
Upcoming Presentations and Papers:
Birds of a Feather session: How can we use data on Open Work for Tenure and Promotion?
May 4th UTC 6:00
Teaching Open Source Colloquium
Conference Lightning Talk: Open@RIT, Our Model for an Academic OSPO
FOSSASIA, March 14th, 2021
Conference Panel: The Culture of Open Source between Institutions
FOSS BackStage, February 1012, 2021
Stephen Jacobs is a professor with the School of Interactive Games and Media and an interdisciplinary scholar who works in several different areas that often overlap including Free and Open Source Software and Free Culture. Digital Humanities, Game Design and History and Interactive Narrative. His Open Work has been funded by The Ford Foundation, UNICEF Innovation, Red Hat Inc, Northern Telecom and AT&T. Professor Jacobs received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring for 2019-2020. He has held the position of Visiting Scholar at The Strong National Museum of Play since 2009.
Mike Nolan serves as the Assistant Director of Open@RIT. A former RIT alum, he went on to work in the tech industry at companies such as GIPHY and Mozilla. He then proceeded to work in the humanitarian aid sector abroad (Jordan & UK) for organizations such as the International Rescue Committee and UNICEF. He continues to pursue his mission of technology and social good by helping lead RIT's open programs center.
LibreCorps Co-op Students
Digital Humanities and Social Sciences - May 2022
BFA Industrial Design - May 2021
User Experience Designer
MS Human-Computer Interaction - Dec 2021
User Experience Designer
MS Human-Computer Interaction - Dec 2021
Full Stack Web Developer
BS Computer Science - May 2023
Suhas Chikkanaravangala Vijayakumar
Full Stack Developer
MS Computer Science - Dec 2021
Principle User Researcher
Code for America
BS New Media Publishing, RIT, 1996
The Open Source Initiative
IEEE Standards Association
ABD, Purdue, School of Engineering Education
Ihudiya Finda Ogbonnaya-Ogburu
HCI Researcher (PhD candidate), University of Michigan School of Information
BS, Information Technology, RIT 2010
BS & MS, School of Independent Study, RIT '08, '13
Board Director & Head of Open Source
Justin W. Flory
FOSS Technical Advisor
B.S. Networking & Systems Administration, Minor, Free & Open Source Software & Free Culture, RIT 202
Developer, DragonFly BSD
Information Technology Masters, 2002.
BS in Computer Science, RIT 2019
Application Security Engineer III
BS, Computing Security, RIT, 2019
Space Telescope Science Institute
BS Medical Illustration, RIT 2014
Principal Open Source Evangelist, Amazon Web Services
TiDirector, Software Engineering, Global,Red Hat
Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Native Computing Foundation
Vice President, Developer Relations, The Linux Foundation
Docs Advocacy Program Manager
Google Open Source Programs Office
picture credit: CC-BY Kirill Ignatieff (http://www.igkirill.com/)
April Kyle Nassi
Google for Games Open Source Strategist at Google