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Gathering DEI Feedback From Your Open Source Community

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As many of you know, CHAOSS has been working with a team of DEI advisors for the past 2 years via an internal audit to help our project center diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. This process included a Community Survey, which we launched in October of 2022. 

This survey was designed to get a general idea of the experiences of all our community members (Chaotics), no matter where they were in their CHAOSS journey. We also wanted to surface places for improving our policies and procedures to make a more welcoming and inclusive community. We asked questions about demographics, the ways in which they were contributing, their experiences with being a part of the community, and their suggestions for the future.

We will write another blog post reporting back on the results and our plans for addressing them, but in the meantime, we thought it would be helpful to share the survey structure with other open source communities who might benefit from a survey of this kind.

We chose to use Limesurvey to administer our survey because not only is it open source, it is a highly customizable and accessible tool. (The free version does have a few limitations.) We found that a tool like this one allowed us to fulfill the requirements that were important to us:

  • Anonymous responses allowed
  • Different kinds of response types allowed
  • Hosted in a location that was GDPR-compliant 
  • Flexible presentation of questions
  • Restricted access to data 

We will be sharing some lessons learned from launching this survey at this week’s FOSDEM and CHAOSScon, so if you’ll be there, let’s connect! We will also take the lessons learned from launching this survey to our Chaotics, and iterate on this survey for next time, but for now, you can find links to the survey structure here:

Stay tuned for the data analysis of our results! 

CHAOSS Community 2022 in Review

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Every year seems like a big year for CHAOSS, and this year was no exception. Here are some of the milestones we reached in 2022:

We are so incredibly grateful to all those who have attended community and working group meetings, contributed code, created design assets, participated in our community survey, greeted newcomers in Slack, helped review old metrics, improved our documentation, offered suggestions, helped another Chaotic find an answer, or any of the myriad of other ways our contributors have participated in the global CHAOSS community.  You are what makes CHAOSS move forward and we couldn’t do much without the strength of our community. Here’s to an amazing 2023— our future has never looked brighter! 

Value Working Group Pivoting to Meet the Needs of OSPOs

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CHAOSS is very excited to be working more closely with the TODO Group as an Associate Member, to collaborate around open source community health metrics specifically for OSPOs. We often enjoy participation from folks working in OSPOs at all stages of their development, but previously we didn’t have a dedicated working group designed to address their specific needs. Coincidentally, we noticed over time that OSPO-relevant topics would pop up in our Value Working Group occasionally, and this was the place where OSPO managers would often enter the CHAOSS community. 

As a result, we decided to formally pivot our Value Working Group from focusing on measuring the value a community offers individuals and companies, to an OSPO Working Group that would focus on the specific needs and challenges of those in the OSPO space, regardless of industry. We also wanted to give OSPO managers a place to connect with each other to talk about their challenges with building and maintaining a successful open source program.

With this new direction of our working group, we are looking to the larger open source community to help guide and build this team. We would love to get feedback from those working in the OSPO space, whether it be in a company, for a university, or any other place. What kinds of things are you measuring? What would you like to measure? What have been your successes or barriers to getting the data you need? 

If you are interested in joining this conversation, we invite you to do 2 things:

  • Join the CHAOSS #wg-ospo Slack channel
  • Join the OSPO Working Group Bi-weekly meeting (The next one is November 17 at 11:00 am US Central/Chicago Time). Connection details can be found here

We’d love to include you in this group and hear what’s on your mind! 

CHAOSS Community Survey is Open!

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A core value of CHAOSS is centering diversity, equity, and inclusion in everything we do. In order to make our community more welcoming and inclusive and continue to center DEI, we have been working with our DEI Audit team to develop a community survey. With this survey, we hope to increase our understanding of community members’ experiences within CHAOSS, and surface areas for improving our policies and practices.

We highly encourage all CHAOSS community members (past and present) to share their thoughts and experiences by completing this survey.

This survey:

  • has 14 questions in 3 sections
  • should take around 10-15 minutes to complete it
  • is completely anonymous and no personal information will be collected
  • is GDPR compliant
  • will be open until October 12

It is important to stress that this survey will remain completely anonymous. We will only share the results in an aggregated format, and high-level insights will be shared publicly by the DEI Audit Team. The results of this survey will be used to help the Audit Team develop recommendations for improving DEI within CHAOSS.

If you have ever considered yourself part of the community, we want to hear from you! You can take the survey until October 12 by following this link.

DEI Audit 2021

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In early spring of 2021, the CHAOSS project embarked on a 9-month journey to reflect on its own practices and policies surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion within the project. We were fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Ford Foundation to complete this work with the idea that we could not only improve DEI in our own project but also help other open source projects who are wanting to do the same. Centering DEI in an open source project creates a healthier and more productive environment for current members, it helps lower the barrier to contribution for others, and it fosters a more diverse and stronger community. This audit was a fantastic experience and in 2022 we will be continuing to implement ideas that stemmed from this work.

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CHAOSS Weekly (October 25-29, 2021)

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Weekly Newsletter (October 25-29, 2021)

Reminder – Meeting Times May Be Temporarily Different For You

It’s that time of year again when some clocks change and others don’t, and the ones that do change don’t all change at the same time. (We’ve made keeping track of time very hard for ourselves in general, haven’t we?) Anyway, this is your semi-yearly reminder that all CHAOSS meetings align with the US Central/Chicago time zone. 

Please double-check the relative time for you, at least until the US catches up and we are all back on the same page. Alternatively, you can join the CHAOSS Slack channel and the meeting reminders posted in the #general channel will automatically adjust themselves to your time zone.

Hope to see you soon!

2021-10 Chinese Translated Metrics Release Announcement

We would be remiss in not bringing attention to our first-ever Metrics Release that has been fully translated into Chinese. We wanted to especially recognize the members of our Chinese community that have made this happen: Yehui Wang,  Xiaoya Xia, zhongjun2, Clement Li,  King Gao, and RoyceCAI. Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to making our metrics release available to our Chinese community and those interested in community health metrics. We also want to thank Yash Prakash and Ritik Malik for assisting with this enormous task! 

You can see the full PDF of our metrics in the Chinese language here.

CHAOSScast Episodes #46 – Social Science Theories with Erin Staples from Orbit

On last week’s CHAOSScast episode, Georg Link and Venia Logan speak with Erin Staples from Orbit about applying social science theories from other communities to open source. They discuss creating and maintaining welcoming and inclusive spaces, making sure your contributors feel valued, and the lessons we can glean from Fandom spaces. They also discuss issues like maintainer burnout, the way we craft online spaces, and several other interesting topics. You won’t want to miss this episode and you can listen here:

Reminder: Come Join us in Slack!

CHAOSS has revived our Slack channel as a form of connecting with our community and holding space for newcomers to ask questions. If you like Slack, join us here! Join our #office-hours channel if you have questions, or just pop in our #general channel to say hello! (Also, please note, we have updated the link, so now it won’t expire!)

Upcoming Meetings

All calls use our CHAOSS community Zoom link: (except the DEI Badging Weekly Meetings). All meetings are listed in the US Central Time (Chicago) timezone. (Convert into your local time here).

Monday, November 1

12:00pm App Ecosystem Working Group (Agenda & Minutes)

Tuesday, November 2

10:00am – Evolution Working Group (Agenda & Minutes)

10:00am – Badging Outreach (Agenda & Zoom Link)

11:00am – Weekly Community Call (Agenda & Minutes)

Wednesday, November 3

8:00am – Asia Pacific Community Call (Agenda & Minutes)

8:30am – DEI Badging Weekly Meeting (Zoom Link)

10:00am – Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Working Group Meeting (Agenda and Minutes)

Thursday, November 4

9:00am – Value Working Group Meeting (Agenda and Minutes)

Meetings (Open to All)

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Calendar at:

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CHAOSS Weekly (April 19-23, 2021)

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Weekly Newsletter (April 19-23, 2021)

No Asia-Pacific Community Meeting Next Week

Because our Chinese colleagues will be on holiday next week, we decided in the last Asia-Pacific Community call to cancel next week’s meeting (May 5). The regular bi-weekly schedule will resume on May 19. See you then!

CHAOSScast Episode 33: Managing Portfolios of OSS Projects with Emil Wåreus

In the latest CHAOSScast episode, our panelists Georg Link, Sophia Vargas, and Armstrong Foundjem speak with Emil Wåreus from the Swedish startup debricked. They enjoyed an in-depth discussion about using analytics and computational models to understand the quality of dependencies within your open source projects, and how to mitigate bias and adverse social impacts in these complex computational models. This was a super interesting conversation that you can listen to here:

Upcoming Workshops for Getting Started as a Contributor to CHAOSS Software

In case you missed it, we have successfully launched a series of free virtual workshops to help you get started contributing to CHAOSS software (mostly centered on Augur). All workshops will be hosted on our Community Zoom ( and are from 8am – 10am CDT, 6:30pm – 8:30pm IST. You can join as an attendee, or a mentor! GSoC Students are also highly encouraged to attend.

Upcoming Meetings

All calls (except the D&I Badging Outreach call) use our CHAOSS community Zoom link: All meetings are listed in the US Central Time (Chicago) timezone. (Convert into your local time here).

Tuesday, April 27

10:00am  D&I Badging Outreach Track (Agenda and Minutes)

11:00am  CHAOSS Weekly Sync (Agenda & Minutes)

Wednesday, April 28

9:00am  Evolution Working Group Meeting (Agenda)

10:00am  Diversity & Inclusion Working Group Meeting (Agenda & Minutes)

Thursday, April 29

10:00am  Common Metrics Working Group Meeting (Agenda & Minutes)

2:00pm Risk Working Group Meeting (Agenda & Minutes)

Meetings (Open to All)

All meetings at:

Calendar at:

CHAOSS Resources

CHAOSS Weekly (June 22-26, 2020)

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Meeting Cancellations for OSSNA Next Week

Because there are a lot of CHAOSS members also participating in Open Source Summit North America (OSSNA) in some capacity, some of the Working Groups have cancelled their regular meetings next week. It’s a good idea to double-check the agendas and calendar for the meetings you usually attend. Or, if you show up next week and no one else does, you’ll know why.

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