A project tracking dashboard for Rensselaer Center for Open Source
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Latest commit 1c02517 Feb 18, 2017 @agundy agundy We were previously at v0.3.1 so bumping to v0.3.2
Improvements since the last release:

- Improvements to the project page
- Joining a small group by attendance code
- Fix attendance checker
- Improvements to frontent code
- Delete photo fix



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A project tracking dashboard for Rensselaer Center for Open Source. A ground up rewrite.

Working to replace a system with these features. See our planned feature set.


Observatory is a powerful dashboard tracking open source projects and contributors that are built through Rensselaer Center for Open Source. The current implemenation can be seen in action at rcos.io. We are a highly active community of open source developers that attend school at Rensselaer.

Key Features Include

  • Project Tracking
  • Individual Progress reports
  • Attendance system for users
  • Information gathering and blog platform for projects

Getting Started


  • Git
  • Node.js and npm Node ^4.2.3, npm ^2.14.7 (nodejs-legacy for debian-based distributions)
  • MongoDB - Keep a running daemon with mongod

  • Bower (npm install --global bower)

  • Grunt (npm install --global grunt-cli)
npm install -g grunt-cli grunt bower


  1. Run npm install to install server dependencies.

    if you have errors running the above, try:

    sudo chown -R $USER ~/.npm
  2. Run bower install to install front-end dependencies.

  3. Run mongod in a separate shell to keep an instance of the MongoDB Daemon running (or run continuously with sudo service mongodb start or equivalent if not on an ubuntu-based distribution)

    if mongodb fails to start, run the following line and retry:

    sudo mkdir -p /data/db
  4. Run grunt serve to start the development server. It should automatically open the client in your browser when ready.

    Grunt will run the server and make the project available at http://localhost:9000.

Build & preview

Run grunt build for building and grunt serve for preview.

Seeding the Database

Run grunt seed to seed (populate) your mongoDB with dummy data


Running npm test will run the unit tests with karma.

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