Scouts honor â€” the 98-year-old Boy Scouts of America (BSA) organization is adopting open-source software as a path to building better software to support the almost 3 million scouts and 1.1 million adults who make up the group.
Faced with the need for a streamlined, organized way for its more than 121,000 local scout troops to find and use software for fundraisers, event registration, facilities maintenance and more, the Irving, Texas-based BSA last month launched a Web site to begin its BSA Open Source Initiative.
Having a centralized Web site for its open-source projects enables scouting leaders from around the nation to go there to find applications they need for their own projects, such as organizing a popcorn fundraising sale or a special event. By posting such custom applications on the site and working together to modify, build and improve them, scout leaders won't have to start from scratch when they need an application.
"I think there's a lot of potential to get some software into the hands of [scouting] offices that don't have the resources available" to do these things on their own, Nelson said.
Original Source [Computer World]