I spent my initial professional life primarily as a software developer at enterprise level. After joining my university as an academic staff, I dedicated my life in teaching, training and doing research. As an Electrical and Computer Engineer, I dabble with Arduino and FPGA programming. I sometimes volunteer in FLOSS projects such as One Laptop Per Child project and spreading the skills I acquired since I labeled myself as a semi open source activist. Such involvements have helped lift up my career in development and system administration. In addition to teaching Mobile app development, I build small apps for fun. For the past four years, I dedicated most of my time in thematic research on mGovernment for Ethiopia focusing on proposing affordable and relevant service and framework architecture while studying the legal impacts it may incur and the way around. My participation in this Hackfest arises mainly to assist researchers in other disciplines solve their problems.
Education e-Library and MOOC Platform (EthOAR & EthCourses)
Ethiopian Education Roadmap Project is a research project that studies about the current education system ranging from pre-school to the tertiary education. Until now, comprehensive literature reviews are conducted and hundreds of artifacts have been analyzed. The huge documents collected during this study process need to be turned into an e-library that will eventually be utilized as an African Education Library comprising of research publications, books, journals and other related materials. The e-library will be based on a clone of the Sci-GaIA Open Access Repository and each artifacts will be assigned a DOI in order to ensure citability and authorship (this through the connection with ORCID – http://orcid.org). The e-library will be also exposing an OAI-PMH endpoint and a RESTful API endpoint to allow automatic harvesting of metadata by machines. The use case also includes the installation and customization of a web based environment for MOOCs, the MOOCs platform, the Sci-Gaia Online Courses server (http://courses.sci-gaia.eu), based on OpenEdx, will be considered.