Sarah Beecroft


Sarah Beecroft

Incite Development, Americorps, PDX Drupal UG, PDX OSGIS UG


In the years between studying GIS and learning Drupal, I worked with homeless adults as a mental health street outreach worker at the Downtown Emergency Service Center in Seattle, WA. I witnessed the empowerment and freedom that open source technology can provide to nonprofits and humanitarian efforts via DESC’s entirely OS IT infrastructure and homegrown system, CHASERS. I want to learn as much as I can to be an ansible between the development and application of open source tools to serve the community.

In April 2009 I finished an Americorps voluntary national service term with the City of Gresham Maps and Data Service Program, where I had the opportunity to coordinate the development of the Rose City Resource website as my capstone Americorps project in concert with the PDX Drupal User Group, which I am a proud, yet only an egg, member of.

I’m also a co-founder of the newly hatched Portland Open Source Geospatial User Group. Map geeks unite!

I like learning, coffee, traveling, the sun, good riddims, social justice, maps, scifi, community, hammocks, the Horde, and open source technology for good. So say we all.

Sessions for this user

* Organizing a Volunteer-Driven Open Source Community Project

Panel: Organization, coordination, and implementation of a volunteer community open source project: (by PDX Drupal UG)
Sarah Beecroft, Molly Vogt, Joaquin Lippincott, Melissa Anderson, Israel Bayer

Proposals for this user

* Bringing open source technology to community projects -- a live discussion

We will assemble four community organizers and four open source experts and moderate a discussion focusing on the information needs of the community leaders and possible open source solutions.
Culture 2009-03-26 23:30:24 +0000
Webb Sprague, Sarah Beecroft, Ken Tanzer, Jonathan Hedstrom