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CHAOSSweekly (July 3-7, 2023)

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CHAOSS at FOSSY in Portland, OR

Next week, CHAOSS will be at FOSSY in Portland, Oregon with our very first booth! If you’ll be at that conference, you should definitely stop by and get a CHAOSS sticker! You can also sign up to win a raffle by answering a few questions about how you think about metrics in your open source project. We’re giving away an awesome LEGO Globe so make sure to stop by!
We also have quite a few CHAOTICS who will be giving presentations at the conference. These talks won’t be recorded so you can only catch them in person!

And don’t forget to join our #fossy2023 channel if you’ll be there, so we can coordinate and connect with each other.

CHAOSS on Instagram

CHAOSS now has an Instagram account so make sure to follow for some amazing CHAOTIC photography. You can follow us at @chaossproject.

Next DEI Event Badger Orientation July 11

If you are interested in becoming a new Badger for our DEI Event Badging program, there is an orientation scheduled for July 11, 2023 at 12:00 US Central / Chicago time (right after the Weekly Community Call). You don’t have to register for this orientation and you can simply show up. If you’d like to be included on the invitation, so that it’s added to your personal calendar, just let Elizabeth Barron know or fill out our General Interest Form. This is a great way to contribute to the CHAOSS project in a non-coding way, and you don’t need to have much experience with CHAOSS to begin.

Meeting Summaries and Recordings

This was a light week for meetings because of the US Holiday. But here we are!

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 10

10:00 am DEI Project Badging Coordination (no agenda)

Tuesday, July 11

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

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

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

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

12:00 pm New DEI Badger Orientation (no agenda)

Wednesday, July 12

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 13

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

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

CANCELED 12:00 pm Scientific Software Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

CHAOSSweekly (June 26-30, 2023)

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Reminder: Upcoming Meeting Cancellations

The next few weeks are busy for some of our CHAOTICS and so there are a few meeting cancellations you should be mindful of:

  • No meetings July 4 for the US Holiday (No Metrics Models, Newcomer Hangout, or Weekly Community Meeting)
  • No Scientific Software Working Group Meeting July 13
  • No OSPO Working Group Meeting July 13
  • No App Ecosystem meetings July-August

These meetings have been removed from the CHAOSS calendar but if you copied any of the events into your own personal calendars you should make the changes there as well.

Next Badger Orientation July 11

If you are interested in becoming a new Badger for our DEI Event Badging program, there is an orientation scheduled for July 11, 2023 at 12:00 US Central / Chicago time (right after the Weekly Community Call). You don’t have to register for this orientation and you can simply show up. If you’d like to be included on the invitation, so that it’s added to your personal calendar, just let Elizabeth Barron know or fill out our General Interest Form. This is a great way to contribute to the CHAOSS project in a non-coding way, and you don’t need to have much experience with CHAOSS to begin.

Governance Document Approved by the CHAOSS Board

Last week, the CHAOSS Board met as a part of their regular meeting cadence. They unanimously approved a new Governance Document that outlines the structure and operations of CHAOSS in greater detail than our Charter. This document will be finalized and posted to the website and the CHAOSS GitHub organization, but in the meantime, you can see the draft version that was approved. Huge kudos to Dawn Foster for crafting the original version of this document and leading this effort!

CHAOSS at FOSSY

This year at the FOSSY conference in Portland, Oregon, CHAOSS will have their first booth for doing outreach into the open source community. We also have a few CHAOTICS giving talks at this conference:

If you will be out there we have a temporary #fossy2023 channel to coordinate staffing the booth and hangouts. Feel free to join us!

Let’s Celebrate our CHAOTIC of the Week, Enock Kassadha!

Enock Kassadha

A little about Enock:

Hey there! You probably know me or you don’t (I am not famous after all). I am Enock Kasaadha but just in case spellings get chaotic, you can go by my digital footprint, Enoch Kaxada. I have left traces of myself on MediumTwitterLinkedInGithub, and Gitlab. Surprisingly, on Shutterstock and Youtube too.?

I have been speaking with computers in languages they understand for now 5 years and have been a Chaotic for 2 years. If I am not speaking JavaScript, Python, or Shell Script, I am either reading music, playing the piano and guitar or speaking with humans in languages they probably understand too.

What Enock works on at CHAOSS:

As a Chaotic, I break, build and manage the technical aspects of the Badging Project. You’ll mostly find my username ‘kaxada’ tagged along with messages like, ‘The bot is messing around!’, ‘I am a developer, how can I contribute to the CHAOSS project?’, ‘Please review my PR’ and sometimes, ‘Will you be available for a call to look into the issue?’.  CHAOSS has turned me into a jack of all trades and a master of … (Well I don’t know the number either, but it is more than one).

Enock’s Advice to newcomers to open source:

My two pence worth in Open Source. Good work will always be noticed.  Every time you make an Open Source Contribution, you leave a mark on the internet and one day all the search results connected to your name will be a turning point in your life. Keep building in the Open.

Special Thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community:

Enock arrived in CHAOSS a few years ago as a GSOC student to help with the Badging Bot, and CHAOSS has never been the same! His energy, humor, and technical know-how have been such a huge part of building the community around the Bot and CHAOSS Africa, too. As someone who works on DEI Badging daily, I am eternally appreciative of how much time that bot has saved in manual tasks. And Enock continued to own it and work on it long after GSOC ended, which we are all beyond grateful for. Besides helping run the CHAOSS Africa calls, Enock also serves as a Badger and regularly attends our CHAOSS Community and DEI working group meetings. He welcomes new folks to the community consistently and is key to making the CHAOSS Africa community what it is today. How lucky we are that GSOC brought our paths together and that Enock decided to stick around. We just can’t thank you enough, Enock! You are a one-of-a-kind that has left an indelible mark on the CHAOSS Community! ?

Meeting Summaries and Recordings

As usual, our meeting summaries are posted on Discourse, and our recordings are posted on CHAOSStube.

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.

Tuesday, July 4

No Meetings Today

Wednesday, July 5

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

Thursday, July 6

10:00 am Common Working Group Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)
1:00 pm Risk Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

CHAOSSweekly (June 19-23, 2023)

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No Meetings July 4, 2023

In light of the July 4 US Holiday, we have canceled all the meetings for that day. This includes the:

  • Metrics Models Working Group
  • Newcomer Hangout
  • Weekly Community Meeting
  • App Ecosystem Working Group

All other meetings will occur as regularly scheduled that week.

App Ecosystem Taking a Break July-August

There will be no meetings for the App Ecosystem working group in July and August, as this group has decided to take a break. Meetings will resume on September 12, 2023, and the future direction of the group will be discussed. Feel free to join if you would like to be a part of the group’s restart.

DEI Event Badger Orientation June 27

If you are interested in becoming a new Badger for our DEI Event Badging program, there is an orientation scheduled for June 27, 2023 at 12:00 US Central / Chicago time (right after the Weekly Community Call). You don’t have to register for this orientation and you can simply show up. If you’d like to be included on the invitation, so that it’s added to your personal calendar, just let Elizabeth Barron know.

Let’s Celebrate our CHAOTIC of the Week: Maryblessing Okolie

Maryblessing Okolie

A little about Maryblessing:

I am first Igbo (this is a tribe in Nigeria), but I am based in the western part of Nigeria, in Lagos. Before becoming a community manager, I was a Flutter developer. I tried it for a few months and figured I couldn’t deal with the bugs ?. But most importantly, I realised I was just a people’s person and really loved to speak, make people happy in communities, and just have lots of fun while at it.

Currently, I manage the largest community for African women; we have members in over 22 African countries, and it’s been a joy supporting their growth in the community. My day-to-day work ranges from regular engagement, planning and hosting events, having strategies to effectively manage each working part of the community, and a lot more. I wear so many hats as a community manager, and I have to show up regardless of anything going on. It’s fun! If you’re looking to connect, we can do so on LinkedIn. I also do not mind a recommendation from you ?.

When I’m not working, I see my favorite anime, read a novel, play video games or rest my head. I am a big fan of cats.

What Maryblessing works on at CHAOSS:

My work in CHAOSS is centered on creating metrics that help understand the health of open source communities. I majorly contribute through the DEI and communications working groups, spending most of my time in the DEI wg. Participating in the meetings, paying keen attention, and making meaningful suggestions. Also, badging open source events through the DEI working group event badging initiative. I have enjoyed working with everyone in these working groups, and I have learned a lot from these experiences.

Currently, I am honored to lead the CHAOSS Tour Guide program, a program where we hope to create a more engaged, welcoming, and supportive community where new chaotics feel valued and supported. The program provides new members with experienced members who can serve as guides, providing them with personalized support using community resources.

Also, I recently co-organised the CHAOSSCon Africa, where I played key roles like handling the event schedule, working closely with the speaker management team and the Chaoss Africa communications wg to create pre-event activities, and most importantly, having the privilege to emcee the event. CHAOSS has been an incredible community for me, and I am thankful for the warmth and enabling environment it has. I am going to write about my CHAOSSCon Africa experience soon; you should subscribe to my blog here.

Maryblessing’s advice to newcomers to open source:

  • First, you belong here, no matter how technical or non-technical you are. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. So, find something in line with your goals, something relevant to you, and get on it.
  • When you do find the ‘right’ project/community for you, pay more attention and show up more. Listen more and contribute slowly but steadily. 
  • Volunteer to take on tasks; don’t always wait for them to come to you.
  • Lastly, ask questions. It doesn’t hurt to ask questions. It helps understand the community and project better. Only then will you know how to come in and be more valuable.

Special thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community:

Maryblessing came into this community almost a year ago, and from the very beginning was contributing to our community by welcoming other newcomers. She has consistently helped newcomers find their way ever since, and it’s been such a huge help to have her be that friendly face that says hello. When we were looking for someone to lead the Tour Guides program, Maryblessing was the first person to come to mind, because of all the work she had already been doing around inclusion and hospitality toward new CHAOTICS. We are so thankful she agreed to work on this! Maryblessing consistently shows up at the Newcomer Hangout, she attends several working groups and has been a very active part of the CHAOSS Africa chapter. She is also one of our Badgers, helping create more inclusive and welcoming open source events. Her work spans almost every piece of CHAOSS and we are so grateful to have her community management experience and expertise as an addition to all that we do here. Thank you for everything, Maryblessing! Your dedication to making our community a more welcoming place has been felt by virtually every new CHAOTIC since you arrived. ❤️

If anyone wants to connect with Maryblessing you can find her on LinkedIn or her personal blog.

Meeting Summaries and Recordings

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). (The exception to this is the CHAOSS Asia Pacific meeting which coincides with China Standard Time, so it 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, June 27

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

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

12:00 pm New DEI Badger Orientation (no agenda)

Wednesday, June 28

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, June 29

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

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

12:00 pm Scientific Software Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

CHAOSSweekly (June 12-16, 2023)

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CHAOSScon Africa was a Huge Success!

We are so happy to have connected with old and new friends at the very first CHAOSScon Africa this week. Huge shoutout to the entire planning committee who executed an absolutely amazing event:

  • Ruth Ikegah
  • Maryblessing Okolie
  • Kingsley Mkpandiok
  • Ihuoma Anosike
  • Precious Abubakar
  • ASAIJE Elozino Lopez
  • Davies Esogbue
  • Busayo Ojo
  • Faith Kovi

If you want to see the best CHAOSScon wrap-up video we’ve ever had, check this out! Thank you so much to everyone who attended and participated in CHAOSScon!

News Release From our Partner OSS Compass: The OSS Compass community thrives in the months since successful launch

The OSS Compass community thrives in the months since successful launch

In the Spring of 2023, the OSS Compass press conference was successfully held in Beijing. Representatives from the CHAOSS community of the Linux Foundation (online), OS China, Nanjing University, Huawei, Baidu, and Tencent, etc attended the event. Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, director of Huawei’s Open Source Software Management Committee, and CEO of OS China delivered the congratulatory speech.

The release of OSS Compass marks the official birth of China’s first open source ecological health assessment SaaS platform. At the conference, the theoretical research and practical results of OSS Compass were introduced, and the OSS Compass open source community governance architecture, evaluation model and development planning route were announced. OSS Compass is co-sponsored and collaboratively developed by the National Industrial Information Security Development Research Center, Open Source China, Nanjing University, Huawei, Peking University, OpenI, Baidu, and Tencent Open Source,it also has the support of multiple open source communities and enterprises. It is an open source practice that integrates industry, education, research and application. OSS Compass currently builds an OSS Eco Evaluation System including three dimensions of Productivity, Robustness, and Niche Creation, covering 14 metrics models.

At the beginning of the project, OSS Compass was committed to building an international open source ecological health assessment platform. On the one hand, OSS Compass follows the best practices of the CHAOSS project, including metrics models and metrics, with some backend components originally from Grimoirelab. On the other hand, OSS Compass is open to all open source projects on hosting platforms like GitHub, Gitee, etc.

Congratulations from Elizabeth Barron, the CHAOSS Community Manager. She said, “to date, CHAOSS has defined 76 individual metrics from a variety of viewpoints in a variety of areas, and has also developed many metrics models. We look forward to the future cooperation between CHAOSS and OSS Compass to help open source projects track and measure open source community health.” 

We believe that the advent of OSS Compass, can make the open source ecosystem develop in a healthier direction together with CHAOSS!

Let’s Celebrate our CHAOTIC of the Week: Neofytos Kolokotronis

A little about Neo:

Neofytos Kolokotronis

I come from Cyprus, and currently live and work in Athens, Greece. I studied medicine and got a degree in psychology, before my passion for technology and open source projects and communities led me into community management. I have been a founder and contributor to Open Source and Open Data/Government projects on an international and local level for more than a decade, serving from a variety of positions. In addition to CHAOSS, I nowadays contribute actively to KDE, where I’ve up to recently been a member of the Board of Directors.
Some notable projects I’ve been involved in the past include F-Droid, Chakra Linux and Kontalk. In my day job, I am the Head of Products and Services at Found.ation, a management consulting agency specializing in innovation, entrepreneurship and digital transformation. I work daily with teams from both startups and corporations to help them tackle challenges, adopt novel methodologies and build cultures that nurture forward-thinking mindsets. I enjoy working with both technical and non-technical contributors in getting things done, creating strong relationships and cultivating collaboration towards common goals.

What Neo Works on at CHAOSS:

I am a co-maintainer of the CHAOSS App Ecosystem Working Group, developing metrics that are focused on the needs of communities that are part of the open source application ecosystem. The goal is to help open source teams and contributors better understand their communities, people and processes, and support them in remaining healthy and open places, while growing their contributors and users base. I am also a reviewer of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Badging Initiative, that implements CHAOSS DEI metrics that address issues that are critical to making open source projects and events a safe space and inclusive for everyone. The initiative uses an open peer-review system to encourage projects and events to obtain badges and improve their processes and documentation to be more inclusive using the feedback they gain from the reviewers, contributors and participants. The goal is to increase the understanding of the open-source project and event practices that encourage greater diversity and wider inclusion of people from different backgrounds.

Neo’s Advice for Newcomers to Open Source:

One of the most satisfying parts of being involved in open source projects and communities, is that you can directly see the impact of your contributions in newer versions of the products and the community as it grows and develops. With this in mind, I urge you to join open source communities that develop software that you use and want to see improved, or are centering on a cause that you care about. When initially joining a community, take the time to understand what it is about and how it works. Each project and community is a living organism, with its own particular purpose, goals, microculture, values, norms of behavior and processes. Being aware of and respecting these will help you navigate your way into the community and gain the trust of your fellow contributors. In terms of contributing, take it one step at a time, start from the low-hanging fruit and focus on the areas where you can have an impact based on your particular set of experience, skills and personality. This will help you place yourself in the community and gradually figure out how you can be of further help. Maintain a spirit of collaboration and togetherness, be open to learning new things, listen to the feedback you will receive and try to make the most of it. 

Special Thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community:

Neo has been a part of CHAOSS for many years, and has quietly been contributing since he joined. Neo has made a huge impact on CHAOSS. As our top DEI Event Badger, Neo has done more badging reviews than anyone. At 20 reviews and counting, Neo has badged almost 20% of our entire body of Event Badging applications. He has made a tremendous impact on DEI events large and small. As one of the core members of the App Ecosystem Working Group Neo has helped keep this group alive and has contributed to several opensource.com articles on the group’s behalf. Neo, we just can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and for your continued contributions to CHAOSS! We appreciate you so much! ?

If you would like to connect with Neo, you can find him on Linked In and Twitter.

Meeting Summaries for the Week

As usual, our meeting summaries are posted on Discourse, and our recordings are posted on CHAOSStube.

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). (The exception to this is the CHAOSS Asia Pacific meeting which coincides with China Standard Time, so it 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, June 20

7:30 am Metrics Models Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)
9:00 am Office Hours for Newcomers (no agenda)
11:00 am CHAOSS Community Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)
1:00 pm App Ecosystem Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)

Wednesday, June 21

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

Thursday, June 22

10:00 am Common Working Group Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)
1:00 pm Risk Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

Welcome Dr. Dawn Foster as the new Director of Data Science for CHAOSS!

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We are unbelievably excited to announce that Dr. Dawn Foster will be joining the CHAOSS project full time in August 2023, helping direct community data science efforts. To date, the CHAOSS project has been focused on developing software, metrics, and programs aimed at helping people and organizations better understand the health of open source communities they care about. While we are proud of our impact to date, with Dawn’s energy, we will be able to strategically focus on data-driven questions that are important for corporate OSPOs, university OSPOs, and scientific software communities among others.

Dr. Dawn Foster

Dawn joins us from VMware where she is the Director of Open Source Community Strategy within VMware’s OSPO. She is a Governing Board member / maintainer for CHAOSS, co-chair of the CNCF Contributor Strategy TAG, and OpenUK board member. She has 20+ years of experience at companies like Intel and Puppet with expertise in community building, strategy, open source software, governance, metrics, and more.

Dawn holds a PhD from the University of Greenwich along with an MBA and a BS in Computer Science. She has spoken at over 100 industry events, including many Linux Foundation events, KubeCon, OSCON, SXSW, FOSDEM and more. In her spare time, she enjoys reading science fiction, running, and traveling.

Developing a CHAOSS data science effort is intended to help organizations ask complex questions, identify data to address these questions, and effectively use the results to inform decision-making processes. We hope that you can join us in welcoming and supporting Dawn as she takes on these challenges to support all with an interest.

CHAOSSweekly (June 5-9, 2023)

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Reminder: CHAOSScon Africa happening June 14

This is just a reminder that CHAOSScon Africa is happening June 14 (that’s next week!) We have posted the full schedule with speaker bios and talk abstracts on the website. Also, this event will be live-streamed via the CHAOSS YouTube channel (also known as CHAOSStube) for those unable to make it in person. Tickets can be purchased here but whether you attend in person or not, you can connect with the CHAOSScon community during the event via our #chasscon Slack channel. (If you aren’t yet a member of our CHAOSS Slack workspace, you can join here.)

We also wanted to give a special shout-out to the CHAOSScon Africa Planning Committee! You are all amazing! ?

  • Ruth Ikegah
  • Maryblessing Okolie
  • Kingsley Mkpandiok
  • Ihuoma Anosike
  • Precious Abubakar
  • ASAIJE Elozino Lopez
  • Davies Esogbue
  • Busayo Ojo
  • Faith Kovi

CHAOSS Booth at FOSSY

We received word that CHAOSS is going to be hosting a booth at FOSSY in July in Portland, Oregon. If you are planning to attend the conference and would like to help out with the CHAOSS booth, let Elizabeth know. If any of your friends or colleagues will be attending, be sure to send them our way! We will have plenty of stickers to hand out.

Meeting Summaries for the Week

As usual, our meeting summaries are posted on Discourse, and our recordings are posted on CHAOSStube.

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.

Let’s Celebrate our CHAOTIC of the Week – Yehui Wang!

Yehui Wang

A little about Yehui:

I am an engineer at Huawei’s Open Source Management Center, responsible for building open source community health assessment systems and implementing engineering projects. Previously, I worked at Ericsson for 10 years, focusing on software development for the Linux Foundation ONAP project and designing automated testing frameworks for 3G, 4G, and 5G wireless communication systems. I hold a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Hohai University and Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications in China, respectively, as well as a second master’s degree in industrial software engineering from Malardalen University in Sweden, with specializations in wireless communication and industrial software engineering.

During my leisure time, I enjoy hiking and trekking, and I usually exercise in the swimming pool, where I am most skilled at freestyle but currently learning butterfly stroke. I look forward to swimming in open water such as lakes and rivers in the future.

What Yehui works on at CHAOSS:

As a board member of the CHAOSS community, I focus on defining and implementing the Metrics Model. This work involves converting specific community sustainability issues and demands into evaluation models using a combination of methods such as statistics, big data, machine learning, humanities, and software engineering, to provide decision-making recommendations for relevant community governance, operations, and investment. The work is highly significant, and the CHAOSS community is professional, open, and inclusive, much like a big family, making me enjoy working within this community.

Yehui’s advice to newcomers to open source:

Before joining a community, it is necessary to think about what benefits the community can offer and what value you can bring to the community. Actively communicating, participating in discussions, and daring to ask questions will help you quickly adapt to the community atmosphere and establish trust among community members. Starting with small tasks and a win-win mindset can promote the spirit of open-source collaboration. 

Special thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community:

Yehui has been a driving force behind many of the metrics models conversations we’ve had, and he is one of the main reasons the metrics models are where they are today. His work with Compass and validating and computing some of the more complex models have been invaluable to CHAOSS’s development of metrics. Yehui has also been an outspoken advocate for CHAOSS in his region and has not only helped plan events, but he’s also brought newcomers to CHAOSS and helped include them in various meetings. Before we had automatic translations through the website, Yehui led the charge to translate every one of our metrics into Chinese, to ease the adoption of CHAOSS metrics in China. Yehui has taught our community so much about the state of open source in China, and we are incredibly grateful for the deep insight he brings to all CHAOSS conversations. It’s been an absolute pleasure to have you in our community, Yehui, and thank you for all the work you’ve contributed! ?

If you would like to connect with Yehui, you can find him on GitHub, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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 exception to this is the CHAOSS Asia Pacific meeting which coincides with China Standard Time, so it 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.

Monday June 12

3:00 pm (China Standard Time) CHAOSS Asia Pacific Community Meeting

Tuesday, June 13

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

10:00 am CHAOSS Weekly Community Call (Minutes and Agenda)

Wednesday, June 14

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, June 15

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

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

12:00 pm Scientific Software Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

CHAOSSweekly (May 29-June 2, 2023)

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CHAOSScon Africa Schedule and Keynotes Announced!

The CHAOSScon Africa Planning Committee is thrilled to announce that Justin Flory from the Fedora community will be the first Keynote speaker, and Anita Ihuman from CHAOSS will be the second Keynote Speaker at the event. In fact, the whole schedule has now been published on the CHAOSS website, and it looks to be an exciting and educational event with lightning talks, workshops, and fun social opportunities. This event will be livestreamed on CHAOSStube on YouTube and more details on that will be announced when available. You can register for the event here.

CHAOSScon NA 2023 Recordings Now Available

In case you missed CHAOSScon NA 2023, you can watch the talk recordings here. We are currently working on a blog post that summarizes the offline discussions, so keep your eyes open for that. Thanks again to all who attended and participated, either online or virtually!

Meeting Summaries

This week’s meeting summaries are here:

Meet our CHAOTIC of the Week: Kevin Lumbard!

This week we celebrate Kevin Lumbard, a long time CHAOSS contributor who has been with CHAOSS since the very beginning!

Kevin Lumbard

A little about Kevin:

I am an Assistant professor of Computer Science at Creighton University. Prior to that, I was a Graduate Assistant Researcher at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Before joining Academia, I worked in E-commerce as a Web Developer and Administrator. My research focus is on the design of open source software and open source community health.
My hobbies include woodworking, hiking, and stand-up-paddle boarding. I love being on or near water (lakes, beaches, etc)!

What Kevin works on at CHAOSS:

I am a charter member and maintainer for the CHAOSS project. My work in CHAOSS is centered on metrics definition and creating standard ways of understanding open source community health. As part of this work, I have been a member and contributor to almost all the CHAOSS working groups and context groups at one point or another.

Kevin’s advice for newcomers to open source:

For CHAOSS specifically, my advice is to find one or two Zoom meetings that interest you and:

  • Show up regularly
  • Listen to the discussions and learn about the group
  • Ask questions
  • Be patient, open source collaboration can be a slow process, especially for newcomers
  • Volunteer to take meeting action items when you understand what the task entails

Special thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community

Kevin has worked on so much in CHAOSS, it’s difficult to list all of his contributions in one place. For years, CHAOSS regularly published released versions of the metrics, and Kevin was primarily responsible for managing that process and working with a few students to implement automation around this. Kevin also worked with students to implement a brand new website design and the introduction of the CHAOSS knowledgebase and the metrics display as you see it now. He currently leads the Common Working Group and is a go-to member of several other working groups as well. Kevin’s open source research has informed several of our metrics, and his academic insight is always valuable. Kevin has been an amazing mentor, contributor, and leader in CHAOSS and we are extremely grateful for alllllll his contributions and the hundreds of hours he has spent here! Thank you for everything you’ve done for CHAOSS, Kevin! ?

If you’d like to keep up with or connect to Kevin you can find him on Linked In and GitHub.

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, June 6

7:30 am Metrics Models Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)
9:00 am Office Hours for Newcomers (no agenda)
11:00 am CHAOSS Community Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)
1:00 pm App Ecosystem Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)

Wednesday, June 7

8:30 am DEI Badging Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)
10:00 am Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

Thursday, June 8

9:00 am Communications Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)
10:00 am Common Working Group Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)
1:00 pm Risk Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

CHAOSSweekly (May 22-26, 2023)

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All In + CHAOSS DEI Project Badging Pilot Launched

As many of you know, CHAOSS and the All In project have been working together to implement a DEI Project badging initiative, as well as the inclusion of a DEI.md file in a project’s repository to signal the project’s attention to 4 CHAOSS DEI Metrics:

This project is now open as a pilot, and we would love to include open source projects who are interested in helping us test and build this initiative out. We are also looking for more folks to join the DEI working group where metrics and future levels will be built. For more information, you can watch the recording of our Panel Discussion from Maintainer Month or visit the All In website.

DEI Event Badging Meeting Combined with DEI Working Group Meeting

We decided this week to combine the DEI Event Badging meeting with the DEI Working Group Meeting for a few reasons:

  • DEI Badging meeting is Lightly attended
  • Lots of overlap with DEI WG agenda items
  • New folks helping with badging would be directed to DEI WG anyway
  • One less meeting, hooray!

Similar to what we do when it’s time for CHAOSScon planning, we will take the last 20 minutes of the DEI Working Group and dedicate it to anything related to DEI Project or Event Badging. As a reminder, these meetings happen every week on Wednesdays, at 10:00 am US Central/Chicago time.

Renaming “Office Hours” to “Newcomer Hangout”

We recently renamed our weekly “Office Hours” to “Newcomer Hangout” to better reflect the purpose of the meeting. This is an informal meeting with no agenda, and newcomers are welcome to join to ask questions about CHAOSS and get to know other newcomers in our community. If you’ve been around the community a while and want to also join to help answer questions or connect with our newcomers, that would be awesome as well. These meetings happen every Tuesday at 9:00 am US Central/Chicago time.

CHAOSS Meeting Summaries on Discourse

In order to make it easier to surface conversations that happen during meetings, to improve discoverability and transparency, and also to include others who were not able to make our meetings, we are going to post weekly high-level recaps of our meetings. This week’s meetings included:

You can subscribe to the #meeting-recap tag or the Meeting Summaries category to be notified of new meeting summaries. 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.

Tuesday, May 30

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

10:00 am CHAOSS Weekly Community Call (Minutes and Agenda)

Wednesday, May 31

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, June 1

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

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

12:00 pm Scientific Software Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

CHAOSSweekly (May 15-19, 2023)

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Join us for DEI.md Panel Discussion for GitHub’s Maintaner Month

As many of you know, CHAOSS has been partnering with GitHub and the All In project on a DEI project badging initiative. As this project moves forward, we collectively wanted to begin educating open source maintainers on what this DEI.md file is all about and what it means for a project to include one in their repo. We also want to begin to introduce the idea of DEI project badging.

We hope you can join our panel discussion on Monday, May 22 at 12:00 pm US Central/Chicago time! You can learn more and register here: https://maintainermonth.github.com/schedule/allin.

CHAOSS Meeting Summaries Now on Discourse

In order to make it easier to surface conversations that happen during meetings, to improve discoverability and transparency, and also to include others who were not able to make our meetings, we are going to post weekly high-level recaps of our meetings. This week’s meetings included:

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

Our CHAOTIC of the Week is Sophia Vargas!

We’d like to take a minute and highlight our CHAOTIC of the Week, which is the wonderful Sophia Vargas!

a Picture of Sophia Vargas smiling and wearing an owl hat.
Sophia Vargas
Photo credit – Brian Profitt

A little about Sophia:

Hello from NYC!

My name is Sophia Vargas and I’ve been working with the CHAOSS community since 2020. I’ve been at Google for 5 years, in our OSPO for the last 3, and before that, I was an analyst at Forrester Research covering the data center market. Throughout my career, I’ve studied technology systems – from architecture and design to how we build and operate – with the common pursuit to learn, quantify and share. 

Fast facts and metrics:

  • My relaxing activities include jigsaw puzzles with audio book soundtracks. During the pandemic ‘stuck at home era’,  I was averaging 1000 ‘placed pieces’ a week.
  • I have 2 cats and in the last year 21% of my presentation slides have featured pictures of them…
  • I try to visit a new country every year. This year was Argentina! (I HIGHLY recommend Patagonia for those interested in hiking and hanging out with glaciers)

What Sophia’s working on at CHAOSS:

  • For me, CHAOSS has been an incredible space to find other folks working through the same issues I come across in my day job in Google’s OSPO
  • In CHAOSS, I’ve spent most of my time in the RISK WG chatting about tangible and theoretical risk to open source ecosystems, and lately I’ve been joining the OSPO WG and have enjoyed learning from peers at other companies and commiserating on common pain points. 

Sophia’s advice to newcomers to open source:

  • There are SO many things you can get involved in across open sourcey spaces, so take the time to find something that’s interesting and relevant to you! 
  • You don’t need technical skills to be a productive and contributing member of a community. 
  • Start by showing up, getting to know the project and community, and opportunities to volunteer will present themselves. 

Special thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community:

Sophia has brought so much experience, insight, and enthusiasm to the CHAOSS community, it’s hard to remember life at CHAOSS before she came! Her consistent participation in the Community Meetings, her valuable input on numerous Risk metrics, her work on CHAOSScons (both on the planning committee and as an honored speaker), her work on CHAOSScast as a panelist and guest, her work in the development of CHAOSS’s Data and Privacy statements, and her work as a member of the CHAOSS Board has made the project better in countless ways. Sophia’s impact has rippled through to every corner of the CHAOSS project and has solidified its foundation for years to come. She is a large part of what makes CHAOSS tick, and we are so grateful to have her in our community. Thank you for sharing your time, energy, vast experience, and positivity, Sophia! This project would absolutely not be the same without you ❤️.

If anyone would like to keep up with Sophia, you can find her at @Sophia_IV on Twitter or here on LinkedIn.

Reminder: CHAOSScon Africa Registration Open!

We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting our first CHAOSScon Africa! This one-day event is happening in Lagos, Nigeria on June 14, 2023 from 11:00am – 3:00 pm WAT. Tickets cost N2000 and you can learn more about the event and register here: https://chaoss.community/chaosscon-2023-africa/

If you would like to join the CHAOSScon Africa Planning Committee, you can reach out to the team in the #chaoss-africa Slack channel.

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, May 23

7:30 am Metrics Models Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)
9:00 am Office Hours for Newcomers (no agenda)
11:00 am CHAOSS Community Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)
1:00 pm App Ecosystem Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)

Wednesday, May 24

8:30 am DEI Badging Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)
10:00 am Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

Thursday, May 25

9:00 am Communications Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)
10:00 am Common Working Group Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)
1:00 pm Risk Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

CHAOSSweekly (May 8-12, 2023)

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Two New Context Working Groups Launching Next Week

In addition to our Corporate focused OSPO and our App Ecosystem Working Groups, we will be starting 2 new context working groups next week. Say hello to our new groups:

  • University OSPO
  • OSS Scientific Software

Meetings for these groups will start this coming week, and the details for joining can be found below. Welcome to our new CHAOTICs!

CHAOSScon NA 2023 – It’s a Wrap!

We wanted to extend a warm thank you to all the attendees (in-person and virtual) of CHAOSScon NA 2023 this year! This was one of our best CHAOSScons yet, and we were thrilled to host you all. We had around 30 folks attend in person and several hundred online, and we saw new friends and old. For those who were unable to attend, or for those who just want to relive the magic, the Linux Foundation recorded the sessions for us and will be posting them on their OSSNA platform. We will also be sharing a summary of some of the takeaways from the conference, so stay tuned for that. Thanks again for making the event awesome, everyone!

CHAOSScon NA 2023 In-Person Attendees

CHAOSScon Africa Registration and CfP Open!

We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting our first CHAOSScon Africa! This one-day event is happening in Lagos, Nigeria on June 14, 2023 from 11:00am – 3:00 pm WAT. Tickets cost N2000 and you can learn more about the event and register here: https://chaoss.community/chaosscon-2023-africa/

The CHAOSSAfrica Community is also looking for speakers for this event! The CfP is open to CHAOSS Africa community members and it closes on May 12 (that’s today!). You can submit your talk proposal here.

Our CHAOTIC of the Week is Kingsley Mkpandiok

This week we are highlighting Kingsley Mkpandiok, who has done amazing work for CHAOSS!

Kingsley Mkpandiok

A little about Kingsley:

Kingsley is a freelance User Experience and Brand Identity Designer who is deeply committed to the advancement of open-source design. With extensive experience in both B2B and B2C product design, he has a remarkable ability to understand user needs and behaviors. In addition to his freelance work, Kingsley serves as the design maintainer at CHAOSS Africa, where he has made significant contributions to improving the rate of designer contributions to the project. He is also a dynamic contributor to the Open Source Community Africa Festival.

Kingsley is driven by his passion for inclusivity and is devoted to making the open-source design space more accessible, diverse, and collaborative for any designer who wishes to contribute.

What Kingsley’s currently working on at CHAOSS:

I’m thrilled to share that I joined CHAOSS about 9 months ago, and it was my first dive into open source. I quickly fell in love with the community!

Today, I have the pleasure of being the design maintainer at CHAOSS Africa and an active contributor to CHAOSS Global. My work includes creating and maintaining design guidelines to ensure the project’s visual identity, reviewing and approving contributions to ensure they align with our design guidelines and project vision, managing design-related issues and bugs, collaborating with developers to ensure consistency across platforms and devices, keeping our design assets organized and up-to-date for all contributors, evangelizing our projects and design philosophy through events, blogging and networking, etc, and most importantly, ensuring the design working group is accessible, diverse, and collaborative for all designers who wish to contribute. (Also worthy of note that under my leadership the CHAOSS Africa design working group became the most active working group ?).

I’m truly passionate about the work we’re doing here and excited to continue growing with this amazing community.

Kingsley’s advice to newcomers to open source:

  1. Start small: Start with small tasks or issues that can help you build confidence and get familiar with the project’s codebase, design guidelines, or any other tasks related to your area of contribution.
  2. Ask questions: Don’t be shy! The open source community is full of helpful people who are eager to assist and guide you along your journey.
  3. Read documentation: Take the time to read the project’s documentation. This will help you understand the project’s objectives, structure, design, and coding conventions.
  4. Communicate effectively: Clearly communicate your intentions and progress with the project maintainer or fellow contributors to avoid confusion or duplicating someone else’s work.
  5. Be patient: I wasn’t able to make any contributions until after my first 2 months of joining the community. Learning open source can take time, so don’t worry if you don’t grasp everything right away.
  6. Open-mindedness: Don’t underestimate the opportunities for adding value to the community, even when you don’t see any specific task assigned. In my 9 months of experience, I’ve found that there are always ways to improve the project if you keep an open mind. So, stay curious and explore the possibilities!

Special thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community:

It is no exaggeration to say that Kingsley has been responsible for skyrocketing the design team at CHAOSS into the stratosphere! Before Kingsley came along, there was no coordinated design effort, no coherent design team, no design strategy, and we were in need of many design assets to use in our website and social campaigns. Kingsley jumped in and is now leading our design team on several important projects. Besides running the design team, Kingsley is also a regular at several other CHAOSS meetings and has contributed to the CHAOSS blog, and it’s wonderful to have him around. We are so incredibly grateful for all his contributions and the time and energy he’s spent over the last 9 months getting to know the community and helping others find their way. Thank you from all of us, Kingsley! ❤️

If anyone wants to keep up or connect with Kingsley, you can find him on Twitter (@iamkingsleey), Linked In (iamkingsleey), or on his website (kingsley.vzy.io).

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, May 15

7:00 am Getting Started with Augur (no agenda)

Tuesday, May 16

9:00 am Office Hours for Newcomers (no agenda)
11:00 am CHAOSS Community Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)

Wednesday, May 17

8:30 am Community Knowledgebase Audit Team (ad hoc, temporary meetings)
10:00 am Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)
11:00 am ? University OSPO Working Group ? (Agenda coming soon)

Thursday, May 18

9:00 am CHAOSS Africa Community Meeting (Minutes and Agenda)
11:00 am OSPO Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)
12:00 pm ? OSS Scientific Software Working Group ? (Agenda coming soon)