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CHAOSSweekly (December 4-8, 2023)

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You’re Invited to our End-of-Year Hangout!

If you have a few minutes on Tuesday, December 12 at 11:00 am US Central (our usual Community meeting time), we’d love to hold space for those who just want to pop in and say hi. We’ve reserved a 30 minute block for that purpose. There’s no agenda and this won’t be recorded. It’s just a chance for us to come together with no other reason than to hangout with each other. Feel free to join us at https://zoom.us/my/chaoss.

Final Reminder- Holiday/End of Year Break

Every year, CHAOSS makes it a priority to take a break from meetings and metrics work. Burnout is a real thing, and we’d like to keep our community members from feeling burned out in any way. One of the ways we do this is through this yearly break.

As a result, all CHAOSS meetings are canceled from December 11-Jan 8, 2024.

We hope you all enjoy the break and that we all come back in January feeling refreshed and inspired!

Onboarding Courses and the CHAOSS Zoom Channel

During the break, we have opened up the CHAOSS Zoom channel for folks to record their videos for the CHAOSS Onboarding courses. If you are interested in participating in this project, check out the education GitHub repo for ideas of how you can contribute. You can show your interest in any of the issues and the Project Managers (Peculiar Umeh and Yiga Ikpae) will assign you. 

Also, if you are planning on using the CHAOSS zoom for any reason during the break, you’ll just need to reserve a spot. You should also be aware that the CHAOSS Zoom channel is set to automatically record. 

New on the CHAOSS Blog: Part Two of Three: Viability: Metrics for Viability

In this post, CHAOTIC Gary White explores the metrics and metrics models used by Verizon in their open source software viability analysis. He discusses the four metrics models around viability, which are Compliance + Security, Governance, Strategy, and Community. This is a very useful post if you are interested in what goes into each of these metrics models. Next time, Gary will talk about practical implementation of these models, and the tools you can use to gather this data. You can read his post here, and connect with him on Slack if you’d like to talk about these models further.

New on the CHAOSS Blog: OFA Symposium: Open Source Research Collaboration

Our very own Dawn Foster shares a wrap-up from this incredibly interesting conference that brought together those interested in open research and it’s impact on open policies. With links to each of the presentations, and a helpful summary of each, Dawn has brought the main points of the conference right to the CHAOSS community. It’s a fascinating read and you can find it on the CHAOSS blog here

New on the CHAOSS Blog: Artificial Intelligence: An Open Source Disruptor

In this recent post, CHAOTICs Matt Germonprez, Dawn Foster, and Sean Goggins discuss their thoughts on the ways AI may have an effect on the open source ecosystem. Whether it be through code contributions, engagement, or collaboration, it’s clear that more research needs to be done in this area. You can read this post here, and you should feel free to connect with Matt, Dawn, and Sean on Slack to talk more about this topic. It’s definitely something that will affect us all! 

Help us celebrate our CHAOTIC of the Week: Georg Link!

A little about Georg:

Hi I’m Georg Link. I’m one of the founders of CHAOSS and the Director of Sales for Bitergia. I live in Omaha, Nebraska but am originally from Germany. Fun fact about me is that I grew up on the premises of an 800 year old castle. I have traveled 5 continents and have been fortunate to experience a lot. I like gaming, reading fiction, and hot air ballooning. I’m really happy to be a CHAOTIC!

What Georg works on at CHAOSS:

Most of my work in CHAOSS is in two places: I lead the App Ecosystem Working Group, and I host CHAOSScast, the CHAOSS podcast. I enjoy getting to meet new guests on the podcast and to have the chance to learn about new topics with regard to open source community health. I also serve on the Board of Directors and I attend the Community meeting when my schedule allows. A special highlight each year are the CHAOSScon events when I get to meet many other CHAOTICS in person.

Georg’s advice to newcomers to open source:

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and volunteer to do things that expand your comfort zone. Don’t know where to start? Show up to meetings, get a feel for how CHAOSS works, and soon enough opportunities to contribute will present themselves. The CHAOSS Community is filled with helpful and encouraging people. Nothing you contribute has to be 100% perfect, so long as you help us make progress. It’s ok to take risks and put yourself out there. That’s how you grow and learn something new.

Special thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community:

Georg is such a foundational piece of this project, it would absolutely not be where it is today without his efforts, enthusiasm, and leadership. His kindness, empathy, and his ability to bring new voices and perspectives to the project is a huge part of CHAOSS’s success. It would be very difficult to enumerate the impact Georg has made on the lives of the CHAOTICs in the project. I know he’s made a huge impact on mine! Georg, I can’t imagine a CHAOSS without you, and it has absolutely been my privilege to get to know you. As one of the very first people I met here, you made me feel like I belonged from day one. We are extremely fortunate that you continue to participate and contribute to CHAOSS and we are so glad you’re here! Thanks for all you’ve done! ????

If you’d like to connect with Georg, you can find him on Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/georglink/

Reminder: CHAOSScon EU is February 1, 2024 in Brussels

If you happen to be traveling to Brussels for FOSDEM, we hope you are able to visit a little early and join us for this year’s CHAOSScon EU. Happening on the Thursday before FOSDEM (February 1, 2024), this one-day event is $10USD and will cover topics around CHAOSS metrics, open source community health, and CHAOSS software. We really hope you can join your fellow CHAOTICS in person! For more information and to register for the event, you can visit the CHAOSS website.

Upcoming Meetings

All calls use our CHAOSS Community Zoom link (https://zoom.us/my/chaoss). All meetings listed here are in US Central / Chicago Time Zone, currently on Daylight Savings Time (UTC -5). (The only exception is the CHAOSS Africa Community Meeting on WAT, which will not change with Daylight Savings.) You can convert to your local time here. You can also subscribe to the CHAOSS Calendar or watch for meeting reminders that are posted daily in the #general channel in Slack.

Tuesday, December 12

11:00 am UNOFFICIAL CHAOSS End of Year Hangout (no agenda, 30 minutes)

All other CHAOSS meetings are canceled until the week of January 8, 2024.

CHAOSSweekly (November 27-December 1, 2023)

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Reminder- Holiday/End of Year Break

Every year, CHAOSS makes it a priority to take a break from meetings and metrics work. Burnout is a real thing, and we’d like to keep our community members from feeling burned out in any way. One of the ways we do this is through this yearly break.

As a result, all CHAOSS meetings are canceled from December 11-Jan 8, 2024.

We hope you all enjoy the break and that we all come back in January feeling refreshed and inspired!

The Future of DEI Project Badging at CHAOSS

Many of you know that over the last year, CHAOSS partnered with All In and GitHub to pilot a DEI Project Badging Initiative. Now that the project is moving from pilot to production, it was decided that the project will move to the CHAOSS Badging Organization on GitHub and be managed independently by CHAOSS. The DEI Project Badging Initiative will be rebranded to look more like the DEI Event Badging and the two will live together under one subdomain of the CHAOSS website. We are incredibly grateful to All In and GitHub for being our Founding Partner and for getting this pilot project launched.  To read more about this transition, you can read GitHub’s blog post

New on the CHAOSS Blog: Part One of Three: Viability: An Open Source CHAOSS Metric (Super)Model

In the first of the series, CHAOTIC Gary White shares his thoughts around defining, tracking and measuring various aspects of open source viability and how Verizon uses CHAOSS metrics to gain more insight and make decisions about the open source software they adopt and maintain. You can read Gary’s post here. It’s a must-read!

CHAOSScast Episode 74: Building on top of CHAOSS Software

In the latest CHAOSScast episode, hosts Georg Link and Sean Goggins speak with CHAOTICS Yehui Wang (Huawei), Cali Dolfi (Red Hat), and Mike Nolan (RIT) about building software on top of Augur and GrimoireLab. More specifically, they discuss OSS Compass, 8 Knot, and Mystic, and how these open source projects utilize the functionality of Augur and GrimoreLab to expand data visualization, analysis, and reporting. It’s a must listen! You can find the podcast here: https://podcast.chaoss.community/74.

Reminder: CHAOSScon EU is February 1, 2024 in Brussels

If you happen to be traveling to Brussels for FOSDEM, we hope you are able to visit a little early and join us for this year’s CHAOSScon EU. Happening on the Thursday before FOSDEM (February 1, 2024), this one-day event is $10USD and will cover topics around CHAOSS metrics, open source community health, and CHAOSS software. We really hope you can join your fellow CHAOTICS in person! For more information and to register for the event, you can visit the CHAOSS website.

Upcoming Meetings

All calls use our CHAOSS Community Zoom link (https://zoom.us/my/chaoss). All meetings listed here are in US Central / Chicago Time Zone, currently on Daylight Savings Time (UTC -5). (The only exception is the CHAOSS Africa Community Meeting on WAT, which will not change with Daylight Savings.) You can convert to your local time here. You can also subscribe to the CHAOSS Calendar or watch for meeting reminders that are posted daily in the #general channel in Slack.

Tuesday, December 4

7:30 am Metrics Models Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

11:00 am CHAOSS Weekly Community Call (Minutes and Agenda)

Wednesday, December 5

10:00 am DEI Working Group Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)

11:00 am Data Science Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

12:00 pm CHAOSS Africa Developers Sync

Thursday, December 6

7:00 am Augur/8Knot/Metrics-Models Software Stack Mtg.

11:00 am Common Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

 

CHAOSSweekly (November 13-17, 2023)

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Reminder- Holiday/End of Year Break: (Almost) All CHAOSS Meetings Canceled Next Week

Every year, CHAOSS makes it a priority to take a break from meetings and metrics work. Burnout is a real thing, and we’d like to keep our community members from feeling burned out in any way. One of the ways we do this is through this yearly break.

We are following this schedule:

  • November 20-24: All CHAOSS meetings canceled except Metrics Models WG and App Ecosystem on Nov 21
  • December 11-Jan 8, 2024: All CHAOSS meetings canceled. 

We hope you all enjoy the break and that we all come back in January feeling refreshed and inspired!

New on the CHAOSS Blog: Unveiling the Impact: DEI Metrics Overcoming Social Barriers in Open Source

The wonderful CHAOTIC Anita ihuman posted an article on the CHAOSS blog summarizing a year long research campaign whereby she investigated the efficacy of our DEI metrics and how they can impact and affect real positive change in diversity, equity, or inclusion in open source. Although it was a collaborative effort with many CHAOTICS, Anita was the real driving force behind this initiative. The insights she discovered will help inform the DEI Working Group for years to come. We are forever grateful for her work in this crucial research. For a full breakdown of what was learned and the methodology behind the research, you can read Anita’s article here.  

Thank You, New CHAOSScon Sponsors!

We welcome two new sponsors for this year’s CHAOSScon: Red Hat and Google! We are incredibly grateful for these sponsorships as they allow us to provide a better attendee and speaker experience. Thank you so much to these two organizations for your support! ❤️ If you are with an organization that might be interested in sponsoring CHAOSScon, you can read our sponsorship prospectus.

CHAOSS Latin America & Caribbean Kicks Off Officially

We’d like to extend a huge welcome to a new-ish CHAOTIC, Sele Yang. Sele has been involved in our self-reflective DEI Audit and will now be leading our new CHAOSS LAC chapter! Because open source is relatively new in these areas, Sele will spend a lot of her time connecting, listening, and educating folks about open source and CHAOSS. If you’d like to connect with Sele or be involved with this effort, you can join our new #chaosslac channel. 

CHAOSS Africa Updates

The CHAOSS Africa community has been busy as ever! Here are some of the highlights from the past week:

  • All In Africa (A partnership between CHAOSS Africa and All In) is educating 250 Africans about open source and GitHub. This course is hands-on and will include hackathons, workshops, and a requirement to merge pull requests to other open source projects. Best of luck to those participating! 
  • Improvements to the Slack Bot documentation are making it easier for CHAOSS Africa (or any CHAOTIC!) to contribute to this sub-project. Thanks to Precious Abubakar and her team for working on this documentation!
  • The community continues to connect wherever and whenever they can!. Here are some pics of recent CHAOTIC interactions at various conferences across Africa (shout out to Ruth Ikegah, Brayan Kai,  Victoria Ottah, Precious Abubakar, Isah Jacob, Maryblessing Okolie, Desmond Obisi, and Anita ihuman.)

Upcoming Meetings

All calls use our CHAOSS Community Zoom link (https://zoom.us/my/chaoss). All meetings listed here are in US Central / Chicago Time Zone, currently on Daylight Savings Time (UTC -5). (The only exception is the CHAOSS Africa Community Meeting on WAT, which will not change with Daylight Savings.) You can convert to your local time here. You can also subscribe to the CHAOSS Calendar or watch for meeting reminders that are posted daily in the #general channel in Slack.

Tuesday, November 21

7:30 am Metrics Models Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

1:00 pm App Ecosystem Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

Wednesday, November 22

No meetings today.

Thursday, November 23

No meetings today.

CHAOSSweekly (November 6-10, 2023)

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Holiday Meeting Schedule

Beginning next week, we will have some changes to our CHAOSS calendar. Make sure you keep up to date by visiting the CHAOSS Calendar page or subscribing to the calendar.

  • Week of November 21: All meetings canceled, with the exception of App Ecosystem
  • December 11, 2023-January 8, 2024: All meetings canceled

We hold fast to this end-of-year meeting break so that our community can refresh and reset. If anyone in the community would like to keep working asynchronously through Slack, that’s completely fine! Just keep in mind that response time from your peers may be delayed. 

Metrics Models to ISO Standards – Volunteers Needed

CHAOSS is working with the Linux Foundation to submit some of our Metrics Models as ISO Standards. Before we can do that, we need to reformat them to align more with the ISO formatting. This is a perfect example of a contribution that a newcomer can make. If you’d like to help with this project, let Matt Germonprez or Elizabeth Barron know.

CHAOSScon Registration Open and Schedule Released

As mentioned last week, the schedule for CHAOSScon has been released, and registration is now open! This one-day conference happens February 1, 2024, in Brussels, Belgium. It will be 2 days prior to FOSDEM and will be held at the nearby Bedford Hotel and Congress Centre. Tickets for this one-day conference are only $10USD, so we highly encourage you to spend the day with us, if you’re nearby! 

You can learn more about the conference and register on the CHAOSScon page of our website.

CHAOSS Onboarding Courses – Volunteers Needed

CHAOSS is building out its Onboarding courses and is looking for volunteers who would like to help with this project! We are looking for a variety of contributions, and newcomers are absolutely welcome to help! There is no one better suited to helping build out this project than those who it’s meant for. We highly encourage you to help us review content and identify any gaps we might be missing. If you’re interested in helping with this, we ask that you complete this interest form. You can also join these conversations in the #education channel on Slack. Please join us!

Upcoming Meetings

All calls use our CHAOSS Community Zoom link (https://zoom.us/my/chaoss). All meetings listed here are in US Central / Chicago Time Zone, currently not on Daylight Savings Time (UTC -6). (The only exception is the CHAOSS Africa Community Meeting on WAT, which does not change with Daylight Savings.) You can convert to your local time here. You can also subscribe to the CHAOSS Calendar or watch for meeting reminders that are posted daily in the #general channel in Slack.

Tuesday, November 14


9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

11:00 am CHAOSS Weekly Community Call (Minutes and Agenda)

Wednesday, November 15

10:00 am DEI Working Group Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)

11:00 am University Open Source Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

12:00 pm CHAOSS Africa Developers Sync

Thursday, November 16

8:00 am CHAOSS Africa Community Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)

9:00 am CHAOSS Science/Research Software Working Group

11:00 am OSPO Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

4:00 pm Augur/8Knot/Metrics-Models Software Stack Mtg.

 

CHAOSSweekly (October 30-November 3, 2023)

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Daylight Savings Time Nonsense is Upon Us Again

Twice a year we go through a period of flux where different countries are changing clocks for Daylight Savings, and some don’t change their clocks at all. This is a reminder that CHAOSS meetings generally align with the US Central/Chicago Time Zone. The only exception is the CHAOSS Africa Community Meeting, which aligns with WAT. The US will be moving our clocks back an hour over the upcoming weekend. As a result, depending on where you live, CHAOSS meeting times may have changed starting next week

If you copied any of the meetings over to your personal calendar, they may be out of sync. Your best bet is to (starting next week) double-check the CHAOSS calendar for meetings you usually attend

Thanks for your patience during these few weeks of flux and time zone nonsense!

CHAOSScon EU 2024 Registration Open and Schedule Released

We are thrilled to be announcing the next CHAOSScon! The next will be held on February 1, 2024 in Brussels, Belgium (2 days before FOSDEM). We have announced the first draft of our Schedule and you can now register for the event! Registration is $10USD but we do offer Diversity Access Tickets, so please don’t hesitate to inquire about those. You can reach out to Elizabeth Barron (elizabeth@chaoss.community) for more information. Sponsorships are also open! You can read more about all those things on our CHAOSScon EU 2024 website.

CHAOSS Africa Partners with OSCA in Lome, Togo

In celebration of Open Source Day, CHAOSS Africa teamed up with OSCA in the Lome chapter in Togo to encourage open source participation and educate folks about what it means to be part of an open source community. The event was a huge success and everyone seemed to have an amazing time! Thanks to all those who took part in the day – it was great meeting you, and a huge welcome to those who became CHAOTICs! 

New CHAOSScast Episode Released: #73 – Reflections on the LF OSS Maintainer Report

This week we released our 73rd episode of CHAOSScast! In this episode, our hosts Dawn Foster, Georg Link, and Sophia Vargas are joined by Alyssa Wright and Anita Ihuman.  They share an in-depth discussion and analysis of the methods used in the report and what the data represents. They also talk about areas that could use further research. You won’t want to miss this episode! You can download it here.

New Metrics and Metrics Models Published

Believe it or not there are still plenty of metrics and models that need developing! Here are the latest released metrics from CHAOSS:

Thanks to all who worked on these! 

CHAOSS Onboarding Courses – Volunteers Needed

CHAOSS is building out its Onboarding courses and is looking for volunteers who would like to help with this project! We are looking for a variety of contributions, and newcomers are absolutely welcome to help! There is no one better suited to helping build out this project than those who its meant for. We highly encourage you to help us review content and identify any gaps we might be missing. If you’re interested in helping with this, we ask that you complete this interest form. You can also join these conversations in the #education channel on Slack. Please join us! 

Changes to Augur Community Meetings

We are ramping up our Augur Community Meetings! They will now be held weekly, with alternating times to accommodate those in various time zones. The Augur team meets every Thursday at 7:00 am US Central or 4:00 pm US Central. (Don’t forget the time change this weekend — that time may convert differently where you are.)

Holiday/End of Year Break 

Every year, CHAOSS makes it a priority to take a break from meetings and metrics work. Burnout is a real thing, and we’d like to keep our community members from feeling burned out in any way. One of the ways we do this is through this yearly break. 

All CHAOSS meetings are canceled from December 11, 2023-January 8, 2024. 

We hope you all enjoy the break and that we all come back in January feeling refreshed and inspired! 

Upcoming Meetings

All calls use our CHAOSS Community Zoom link (https://zoom.us/my/chaoss). All meetings listed here are in US Central / Chicago Time Zone, currently on Daylight Savings Time (UTC -5). (The only exception is the CHAOSS Africa Community Meeting on WAT, which will not change with Daylight Savings.) You can convert to your local time here. You can also subscribe to the CHAOSS Calendar or watch for meeting reminders that are posted daily in the #general channel in Slack.

Tuesday, November 7

7:00 am Metrics Models Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

11:00 am CHAOSS Weekly Community Call (Minutes and Agenda)

1:00 pm App Ecosystem Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

Wednesday, November 8

10:00 am DEI Working Group Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)

12:00 pm CHAOSS Africa Developers Sync 

Thursday, November 9

7:00 am Augur/8Knot/Metrics-Models Software Stack Mtg. 

11:00 am Common Metrics Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

 

CHAOSS DEI Self-Reflection Summary

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Several months ago, we ran a survey to better understand the CHAOSS community. Thank you so much to those who participated in that survey! We really appreciate your valuable input. From the survey, we were able to identify five themes that you told us about. We’ll describe those five themes here and discuss what we are doing in the CHAOSS project to help address these themes.

 

 

Theme 1: Clear Communication  
Comments What We’ve Done in CHAOSS
Processes about how to check-in with the wider community would be helpful. Each regional chapter hosts their own Community Meetings and we post those meeting summaries and links to the meeting recordings in Slack and on Discourse, so anyone in the community can quickly stay up to date on what’s going on in other parts of CHAOSS. We will continue to improve cross-chapter and cross-group communication among the entire CHAOSS community through our newsletters and weekly CHAOSS Community meetings.
It is hard to navigate the detail of the focus areas Sifting through the ever growing list of CHAOSS metrics has proven to be challenging for our users and those new to the community. Previously, focus areas were used to categorize metrics into contextual buckets. The user would have to be familiar with which working group developed the metric, and which focus area we decided provided the best fit. This required a level of knowledge of CHAOSS and the way we work that was a barrier for those new to the community.
We have since moved away from displaying metrics in this way, and have moved toward a more intuitive model of categorization. First we assign 1-2 high-level topics to each metric, then we assign a number of keywords, which provide more context. This gives the user the ability to search for more specific criteria.
Also, we improved the UX by no longer displaying metrics in one single document. Now there are visually clear “tiles” on our website that allow users to easily explore our metrics based on the high-level topic they’re interested in.
With the addition of our metrics models, we also help the user identify sets of metrics that naturally come together.
Theme 2: Working Groups  
Comments What We’ve Done in CHAOSS
Sunsetting working groups may be a good thing. The structure of CHAOSS has evolved over the past year to shift away from the concept of “working groups that develop metrics through a particular lens” and more toward the context in which metrics can be used to help answer questions. Because some metric development benefits from specific areas of expertise, we chose to retain our DEI and Risk Working Groups, but have effectively folded the rest into other groups. We now have 3 working groups focused on metric development: Risk, DEI, and Common.
Preference for the real use cases in metrics models With the hiring of our Director of Data Science and the launch of our Context Working Groups, bridging the gap between theoretical and practical use of our metrics and metrics models will be a primary focus of CHAOSS moving forward.
Contextual work can be distinct from metrics working groups, and this is good. As mentioned previously, the evolution of CHAOSS means a shift toward a separation of Context Working Groups and the working groups responsible for metrics development. In this way, we are able to collaborate with our user community to answer the questions that arise in their individual contexts. We now have 3 Context Working Groups where these high-level discussions occur: Corporate OSPOs, University OSPOs, and Open Source Scientific Software. An outgrowth of our continued discussions with CHAOSS’s expanding community may be additional Context Working Groups.
The Common WG seems to be where “things that don’t clearly go anywhere fit”. The Common Working Group has indeed been through a few iterations! It does seem to act as a catch-all, especially with regard to metric development. But as we have pared down the number of Working Groups, it makes more sense that this development would land in Common. CHAOSS will continue to communicate that message and clarify the mission of the Common Working Group.
Theme 3: Software  
Comments What We’ve Done in CHAOSS
Build community around software. This has always been challenging for us, and it’s something we continue to strive for. With the hiring of our Director of Data Science, and conversations with potential partners, we aim to allocate and acquire additional dedicated resources for this effort. This will likely be a focus for us in 2024, as it is critical to the sustainability of CHAOSS software.
Theme 4: Newcomer Experiences  
Comments What We’ve Done in CHAOSS
Improve processes of where to begin, especially when a person comes to CHAOSS with an interest where work is being done in the many places. Newcomer experience has been a primary focus for the past 12-18 months.
With the creation of a newcomers Quickstart, we have a central document with a few action items for newcomers to complete. This allows them to learn about CHAOSS and be more prepared to fully join our community.
We are improving the long term onboarding experience by moving away from a monthly onboarding call (which was overwhelming and not as inclusive as it could be because of time zones) toward building out a set of learning modules for newcomers to work through at their leisure. This will occur in a learning management system and will allow newcomers to move at their own pace, and learn about CHAOSS in digestible chunks.
We also launched a Tour Guide program whereby newcomers can receive individual attention and guidance to find the spaces within CHAOSS where they might have an interest in participating.
Promote new opportunities for people to engage with the community as they come up. As mentioned previously, our Tour Guides act as a link between opportunities and new contributors, but we are also organizing the many sub projects within CHAOSS through a more structured project management framework. By bringing together contributors with project management experience, we can allow them to contribute by keeping these smaller projects on track, clarifying engagement opportunities, and communicating them regularly to our community.
We also promote the use of the “First Timers Only” labels on issues in our many repositories.
Make “where to begin” clearer in documentation. With the development of our Quickstart, and prominent links to this on the CHAOSS website homepage, newcomer Slack channel, and in the newcomer Slack Bot, we now have one central place where we can point newcomers.
Theme 5: Community Experiences  
Comments What We’ve Done in CHAOSS
As the community has grown, it is beginning to feel more fragmented. This is a challenge for any global community with a lot of moving parts. We have many Slack channels and many sub-projects and it’s difficult to keep track of what is going on with everyone.
We implemented a Discourse Forum with the idea that it would be a way to bring the whole community together in a more substantial way than many fragmented Slack channels, but this has not been as well received as we hoped. The CHAOSS community will continue to iterate on and think about ways to combat this issue.
A learning pathways framework would be helpful. As mentioned, CHAOSS is currently building out such a framework using a learning management system. We think this will bring clarity to the onboarding process and help educate potential contributors so they can actively engage with the community in the way that means the most to them.
There are times that focus on tools becomes too central. While tools are a big part of CHAOSS (even appearing in our name), they are definitely not the only thing CHAOSS works on. We hope that with clearer communication on all the sub-projects happening in CHAOSS, it will not feel like our tools take center stage.
There may be too many working groups. As mentioned, we have effectively cut our metrics development working groups down to 3.
Provide more workshops, peer mentoring, and programs on software and metrics (perhaps also newcomer experience) We plan to include some of this type of education in our learning management system modules. Currently, we don’t have the individual resources to consistently host other types of workshops (aside from the occasional CHAOSScon). By making it easier to learn about CHAOSS, we hope to grow our community of leaders who can facilitate these types of workshops. It would be outstanding to be able to provide these experiences for our community!

 

CHAOSSweekly (July 31-August 4, 2023)

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Welcome CHAOSS’s New Director of Data Science, Dr. Dawn Foster!

We are beyond excited to now officially welcome Dr. Dawn Foster as our new Director of Data Science for CHAOSS! Although she has been contributing to the CHAOSS project for years, with Dawn joining us in a full-time capacity, we have the ability to expand our efforts into data science. Dawn will be spending time defining what that means, precisely, but the four areas she will be focusing on to start are:

  1. Positioning of and guidance around the usage of Augur and GrimoireLab
  2. Building a Data Science community within CHAOSS
  3. Improving our understanding of the challenges with implementing and interpreting metrics and using them to inform CHAOSS moving forward
  4. Evangelizing and promoting CHAOSS, generating meaningful insights, and educating our users

Dawn is building this community around Data Science in the aptly named #data-science CHAOSS Slack channel, and this is open to absolutely everyone in the CHAOSS community. You do not have to be a data scientist or any kind of expert in this area to join and help build out our plans for this! We welcome participation from anyone with an interest. Exciting things are ahead for CHAOSS!

New Badger Orientation – August 17, 2023

For anyone who is interested in participating in the next round of Badger Orientations, there is a meeting starting at 9:00 am US Central / Chicago time on Thursday, August 17. In this meeting we will go over the badging process and how to review applications. You do not need to register for this meeting if you are interested in becoming a Badger or learning about the process, but if you’d like to be added to the calendar invite, just let Elizabeth Barron know. This is a great way for newcomers to CHAOSS to contribute to the project – you don’t need to know much about CHAOSS or our metrics to participate!

Let’s Celebrate our CHAOTICS of the Week – Our CHAOSScon Africa Planning Committee!

This week we’d like to celebrate a whole team of CHAOTICS! The CHAOSScon Africa Planning Committee did a phenomenal job planning and executing our very first CHAOSScon Africa, and we wanted to highlight and celebrate their amazing work. We also wanted to give the community the opportunity to get to know them a little better!

Maryblessing Okolie

  • A little about Maryblessing: I am Maryblessing, I am a community architect. I live in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • How Maryblessing contributed to CHAOSScon Africa: I particularly handled the event schedule, however I was a support person for the programs team to help review speaker applications and the communications team to help share publication content on our socials.
  • Maryblessing’s advice for those attending an open source conference: My advice would be, come open. Come with an open mind to learn. Ask questions about things you don’t understand, take notes while at it. And lastly, have fun. Be you and respect and keep to the event code of conduct.

Busayo Ojo

  • A little about Busayo: I’m Busayo, living in Lagos, Nigeria, and I’m in program management.
  • How Busayo contributed to CHAOSScon Africa: I co-led the programs team at CHAOSScon Africa, which meant ensuring every aspect went smoothly and was up to par.
  • Busayo’s advice for those attending an open source conference: To make the most of an open source event, do some research beforehand to see if the event aligns with your goals and interests. Once you decide to attend, don’t interact with only people you know; network and have fun!

Precious Abubakar

  • A little about Precious: I’m Precious, and I’m in software engineering. I live in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • How Precious contributed to CHAOSScon Africa: I assisted with organising some items on the schedule. I was also part of the ushering team, helping attendees navigate the event and ensuring everything went smoothly.
  • Precious’s advice for those attending an open source conference: I would advise them to take advantage of the resources, have conversations with other attendees and key persons they find interesting, and remember to follow up later.

Faith Kovi

  • A little about Faith: I am Faith Kovi, a DevOps Engineer. I live in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
  • How Faith contributed to CHAOSScon Africa: Worked on the event planning documentation and also worked with the social media team.
  • Faith’s advice for those attending an open source conference: Be open to learn and have conversations, network and also find ways to Sustain your network post conference.

Ihuoma Anosike

  • A little about Ihuoma: I am Ihuoma Anosike, a Technical Writer, I live in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
  • How Ihuoma contributed to CHAOSScon Africa: I was part of the Programs Team.  I helped in reviewing the CFP and creating the feedback form.
  • Ihuoma’s advice for those attending an open source conference: Ask questions during sessions, Document your experience, take notes at the event, and share this experience on your socials or Blog.

Davies Esogbue

  • A little about Davies: I’m Davies, I live in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. I’m a data analyst & technical sales specialist.
  • How Davies contributed to CHAOSScon Africa: I worked with the registration team and followed up team members on tasks.  
  • Davies’s advice for those attending an open source conference: You might experience imposter syndrome at first, which is totally ok. Prepare your mind to learn, connect and network, ask questions, and you might just be leaving better than you attended.

Oluchi Nwankwo

  • A little about Oluchi: I’m Oluchi Nwankwo, a content creator. I live in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • How Oluchi contributed to CHAOSScon Africa: I managed the social media activities, from creating promotional content about the event, and I also ensured that the activities on the day of the event were tweeted out.
  • Oluchi’s advice for those attending an open source conference: Follow up on the event before the d-day, check for schedules and be prepared. Give your undivided attention during the sessions, participate actively, and connect with others.

Kingsley Mkpandiok

  • A little about Kingsley: UX/Brand Identity Designer. I live in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • How Kingsley contributed to CHAOSScon Africa: CHAOSScon Brand/Experience Designer. Managed other designers who contributed to the event design.

Ruth Ikegah

  • A little about Ruth: My name is Ruth Ikegah and I live in Lagos Nigeria.
  • How Ruth contributed to CHAOSScon Africa: Program Manager
  • Ruth’s advice for those attending an open source conference: Networking and asking questions: It is important that you can connect with people during events, it could be through saying hi, contributing to the conversations or even following them on social media. By connecting, you are expanding your network that can bring you opportunities.

ASAIJE Elozino Lopez

  • A little about ElozinoLopez: I am ASAIJE Elozino Lopez. Hardware Engineer turned Software Engineer. I live in Okota, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • How ElozinoLopez contributed to CHAOSScon Africa: Media.
  • ElozinoLopez’s advice for those attending an open source conference: Clear your schedule so you can focus and fully engage!

Special thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community: I think I can speak for the whole community when I say how impressed we are with the end result that was our very first CHAOSScon Africa. Your collective attention to detail and your commitment to making this event an amazing experience for all CHAOTICS really speaks to your dedication to making open source an inclusive and welcoming space for all. We are so happy and appreciative of the time and energy you all spent making this event what it was! You’re all incredible additions to our community, and thank you for being here! ???

Meeting Summaries

Here are the meeting summaries for the week:

Besides Discourse, we also post these in the respective Slack channels. Let us know if this is helpful or if there are other places we can post these summaries. Thanks!

Upcoming Meetings

All calls use our CHAOSS Community Zoom link (https://zoom.us/my/chaoss). All meetings listed here are in US Central / Chicago Time Zone, currently on Daylight Savings Time (UTC -5). You can convert to your local time here. You can also subscribe to the CHAOSS Calendar or watch for meeting reminders that are posted daily in the #general channel in Slack.

Tuesday, August 8

4:00 am CHAOSS Africa Developer Meeting (no agenda)

8:00 am Getting Started with Augur Workshop (no agenda)

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

11:00 am CHAOSS Weekly Community Call (Minutes and Agenda)

Wednesday, August 9

10:00 am DEI Working Group Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)

11:00 am University OSPO Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

Thursday, August 10

9:00 am CHAOSS Africa Community Call (Minutes and Agenda)

10:00 am Scientific Software Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

11:00 am OSPO Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

CHAOSSweekly (July 24-28, 2023)

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Risk Working Group Meeting Update

The Risk Working Group has decided to follow in the footsteps of the Evolution Working Group and move to primarily asynchronous interaction. This means that the regular Risk Working Group meetings have been removed from the CHAOSS calendar. Thank you to Sophia Vargas for volunteering to be the Risk Liaison in case new metrics need to be developed. Two points of note:

  • The Risk WG Minutes/Agenda will be kept as an open document and when there are enough items to be discussed, an ad-hoc meeting can be scheduled.
  • This group also interacts often with the OpenSSF Risk Dashboard meetings and the CHAOSS OSPO/Todo Group meetings, so risk-related discussions can also happen there.

If you are not a part of the Risk Working Group on Slack, you can join here.

Thanks to Our New Context Liaisons!

We recently put the call out for Context Liaisons and it was immediately answered! Our Context Liaisons are responsible for attending both meetings (Common and their Context WG). They will create a first draft of the metrics/metrics models to be developed using the CHAOSS template. We are currently documenting the finer details of this role, but in the meantime we are sending out a huge thanks to the following CHAOTICS for stepping up to fulfill this role:

  • Jenn Colt – University OSPO Context Group
  • Ruth Ikegah, Maryblessing Okolie – OSPO/Todo Context Working Group
  • Sean Goggins, Anita Ihuman, Busayo Oyo – Scientific Software Working Group

CHAOTIC of the Week Will Be Back Soon

Just a point of note that our regular CHAOTIC of the Week segment has been on pause for a couple of weeks, but it will continue next week. If you have any nominations for a CHAOTIC of the Week, let Elizabeth Barron know!

Meeting Summaries

Here are the summaries of all the CHAOSS meetings this week:

Upcoming Meetings

All calls use our CHAOSS Community Zoom link (https://zoom.us/my/chaoss). All meetings listed here are in US Central / Chicago Time Zone, currently on Daylight Savings Time (UTC -5). You can convert to your local time here. You can also subscribe to the CHAOSS Calendar or watch for meeting reminders that are posted daily in the #general channel in Slack.

Tuesday, August 1

4:00 am CHAOSS Africa Developers Sync (no agenda)

7:30 am Metrics Models Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

11:00 am CHAOSS Weekly Community Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)

Wednesday, August 2

10:00 am Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

Thursday, August 3

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

CHAOSSweekly (July 17-21, 2023)

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Thank you, FOSSY!

FOSSY was a wonderful conference and the first time we had an official CHAOSS booth presence. We introduced lots of folks to CHAOSS and caught up with a lot of old friends as well. We came back with some ideas about how we can improve the booth for the next conference and some excellent insights as to how folks are using and thinking about open source community metrics. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello!

Context Working Group Liaisons Needed

We are currently looking for help with a Context Working Group Liaison Role. In our #general Slack channel, Matt Germonprez explains what we’re looking for exactly:

As part of CHAOSS we currently have three different groups considering metrics and metrics models in their own particular context. The current groups include:

1. Corporate Open Source Program Offices

2. University Open Source Efforts

3. Scientific Software Efforts

Matt goes on to say:

In each of these groups, we ask participants to speak about the different metrics and metrics models that could support work in their particular context. As part of this, we have the actual creation of metrics and metrics models done in the CHAOSS Common WG — so members of the three different groups don’t have to spend too much time in the details associated with metrics/model creation.As such, we could use a few community members as liaisons between the different groups listed above and the CHAOSS Common WG. What would this entail?

  1. 1-2 liaisons for each of the groups listed above (total of six liaisons)
  2. You would attend meeting for the group you are a liaison for (i.e., Scientific Software) as well as the CHAOSS Common WG meeting. This would be about 4 meetings per month.
  3. You would listen to the conversation that is happening in your respective context group (i.e., Scientific Software) and identify/document when the group has identified new metrics/models that need to be developed.
  4. You would bring the metrics/models ideas to the CHAOSS Common WG and talk about them in that meeting.
  5. Once it is decided that a new metric/model needs to be developed, you would create a preliminary draft of the metric/model, using existing templates.
  6. The metric/model would then be iterated on between your group (i.e., Scientific Software) and the Common WG — collaboratively developing the metric/model.

If you have questions, please ask them in the #general channel, or reach out to Matt G or Elizabeth Barron. 

Meeting Summaries

Here are the summaries for this week’s meetings and links to the recordings. If we can make this easier to access or more informative please let Elizabeth Barron know!

Upcoming Meetings

All calls use our CHAOSS Community Zoom link (https://zoom.us/my/chaoss). All meetings listed here are in US Central / Chicago Time Zone, currently on Daylight Savings Time (UTC -5). You can convert to your local time here. You can also subscribe to the CHAOSS Calendar or watch for meeting reminders that are posted daily in the #general channel in Slack.

Tuesday, July 25

4:00 am CHAOSS Africa Developer Meeting (no agenda)

8:00 am Getting Started with Augur Workshop (no agenda)

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

11:00 am CHAOSS Weekly Community Call (Minutes and Agenda)

Wednesday, July 26

8:30 am Community Knowledgebase Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)

10:00 am DEI Working Group Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)

11:00 am University OSPO Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

Thursday, July 27

9:00 am CHAOSS Africa Community Call (Minutes and Agenda)

10:00 am Scientific Software Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

11:00 am OSPO Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

CHAOSSweekly (July 10-14, 2023)

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CHAOSScon Africa Wrap Up and Recordings Now Available

For those who missed the first CHAOSScon Africa, have no fear! You can read an amazing write-up by Maryblessing Okolie on the CHAOSS blog. And the recorded talks are all available on the CHAOSScon Africa Youtube playlist. Thanks to Maryblessing for taking the time to summarize the event, and to all who worked on recording and uploading the videos for our whole community!

CHAOSS at FOSSY

Some of the CHAOSS crew have spent the week at FOSSY in Portland, Oregon, and CHAOSS has been staffing its first booth at a tech conference. Although the conference is at its midpoint, we have met so many great new friends and have already had wonderful conversations about metrics and open source community health. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by our table to interact with us- it’s been fantastic meeting you!

Let’s Celebrate our CHAOTIC of the Week – Vinod Ahuja!

Vinod Ahuja

A little about Vinod:
I am an Assistant Professor, Computing and Data Science at the Department of Computing & Software Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University. I received my PhD – IT and MS – MIS from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, MBA and Computer Science Diploma from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, BBA from the Institute of Business Administration Karachi, and Banking Diploma and Associateship from the Institute of Bankers Pakistan. I have worked for 14 years in the banking industry, from junior officer to SVP, looking after the operations and business development of different bank regions. For the last seven years, during my master and PhD, I researched open source software development and have been involved with CHAOSS and AGL open source communities. My hobbies include camping, visiting different state and national parks, and being more in nature.

What Vinod works on at CHAOSS:
I am a charter member of the CHAOSS project and have been engaged with the project since the
beginning. I am engaged in almost all the working groups at CHAOSS and help develop metrics and models. Currently, I am actively working on revising our Knowledge Base.

Vinod’s advice for newcomers to open source:
My advice to newcomers to open source is to start with a clear purpose and identify your interests and goals within the community. Attend community meetings, explore their content, start engaging in discussions, and don’t shy from asking questions or providing suggestions and feedback. Open source journey is a continuous process that requires persistence and dedication. By consistently engaging and contributing, you will achieve your personal goals and make a meaningful impact within the community.

Special thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community:
Vinod is one of the contributors who has consistently showed up to CHAOSS meetings and has offered his insight in helping develop 24 metrics and metrics models in several of our working groups. Vinod spends a lot of his time listening and formulating his opinions, so when he speaks he always has something interesting and productive to add to the conversation. Recently Vinod has been doing a documentation audit and update for our entire Community Knowledgebase, which is a huge undertaking and involves dozens of documents. We are so thankful for all Vinod’s contributions and for sharing countless hours and energy with us. You’re the best, Vinod! ?

If you would like to keep up with Vinod you can find him on Twitter, GitHub and LinkedIn.

Meeting Summaries

If you happened to miss any of our working group meetings this week, here’s where you can find resources!

You can subscribe to the #meeting-recap tag or the Meeting Summaries category to be notified of new meeting summaries in Discourse. Feel free to continue async conversations there or in Slack. We hope these summaries are useful! Let us know how we can improve them.

Upcoming Meetings

All calls use our CHAOSS Community Zoom link (https://zoom.us/my/chaoss). All meetings listed here are in US Central / Chicago Time Zone, currently on Daylight Savings Time (UTC -5). You can convert to your local time here. You can also subscribe to the CHAOSS Calendar or watch for meeting reminders that are posted daily in the #general channel in Slack.

Monday, July 17

10:00 am CHAOSS + All In DEI Project Badging Coordination (Minutes and Agenda)

Tuesday, July 18

4:00 am CHAOSS Africa Developers Sync

7:30 am Metrics Models Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout

11:00 am CHAOSS Weekly Community Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)

Wednesday, July 19

10:00 am Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

12:00 pm New Badger Orientation

Thursday, July 20

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

1:00 pm Risk Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)