One of the things that we are exploring in the CHAOSS project is how our open source community health efforts can prove useful in Scientific Software communities. Sean and I had a chance to present our work at the [Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Essential Open Source Software for Science](https://chanzuckerberg.com/eoss/) meeting on December 9th, 2020.
In the D&I Working Group, we worked on the Chat Platform Inclusivity metric and began exploring data collection on different chat platforms. To create an implementation for collecting data from chat platforms, we had a number of considerations.
It has been an amazing experience to build documentation with CHAOSS D&I Bading program during the past two months, and I am thrilled to announce that the first edition is now available as a subsection of the CHAOSS community handbook at :
The CHAOSS Community is growing with more and more interesting conversations occurring all the time. In May, we started recording and elevating conversations about metrics, analytics, and software for open source community health through our community podcast: CHAOSScast.
We are so excited to announce that our Diversity & Inclusion Badging Program is up and running. We are currently accepting applications for events, both in-person and virtual. If you are an organizer of an event, consider applying for a CHAOSS D&I Event Badge! You can start the process here:
Metric Release 2020-08 is Finalized
After six months of hard work, CHAOSS is proud to release eight new metrics that can be used to measure open source community health, bringing the total number of defined metrics to 46. We also revised three existing metrics, added new focus areas, and restructured our Value Working Group to take a more accurate look at measuring value within projects.
Why do developers participate in open source projects? Motivation to contribute to Open Source Software projects has been intriguing researchers since the early 2000’s. The literature at that point, although mentioning some motives related to learning and financial motives (e.g., payment), showed that the general participation in Open Source was mostly volunteer, driven by altruistic motives, returning to the community, reputation, and fun. At that moment, most of the Open Source projects were community-based endeavors, conducted by volunteers. A few foundations backed small sets of projects, and many big companies dismissed the importance of open source software.
The Season of Docs is an annual program organised by Google. The main goal of the program is to foster collaboration between open source projects and technical writers.
During the course of the program, technical writers will spend a few months working with their chosen open source project. It brings open source projects and technical writers together with the shared goal of creating great documentation. The writers bring their expertise to the projects, and the project mentors help the technical writers learn more about open source and new technologies.