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Understanding the Motivation of Open Source Community Members

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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.

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Join CHAOSS for GSoD 2020

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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.

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.

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CHAOSS podcast

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We have made the CHAOSS community a vibrant place of activity that brings together diverse people from across the open source ecosystem who are interested in understanding, measuring, and analyzing open source community health. And we are now expanding our community in one more way

With CHAOSScast, the CHAOSS community is growing even further!

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Community Stories – VMware

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Dawn Foster – When Pivotal was recently acquired by VMware, I joined VMware’s Open Source Program Office to lead the open source community strategy efforts. As an active CHAOSS community member, one of the first things I did while I was building the strategy was to start gathering metrics so that I could better understand the health of our current open source projects while also understanding where we could improve.

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GrimoireLab Install

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When I talk to people who tried to install GrimoireLab, I get one consistent answer. It is difficult and our GrimoireLab tutorial is too complicated. I believe this status quo is hurting the adoption of GrimoireLab software and CHAOSS metrics. This blog post is about how to make it easier for anyone to start using GrimoireLab.

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VMware Open Source

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Back in October, my colleague John Hawley and I reflected on our visit to last year’s U.S. CHAOSScon where we gave a talk on “The Pains and Tribulations of Finding Data.” At the end of that post, we mentioned learning more at the conference about Grimoire Lab’s Perceval tool for tracking data from multiple open source projects on a single dashboard. That opportunity helped me develop the work that was the subject of a talk I gave at the recent CHAOSScon Europe 2019.

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GrimoireLab – Graal

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Currently, GrimoireLab allows to produce analytics with data extracted from more than 30 tools related with contributing to Open Source development such as version control systems, issue trackers and forums. Despite the large set of metrics available in GrimoireLab, none of them relies on information extracted from source code, thus limiting the end-users to benefit of a wider spectrum of software development data.

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Contributing to the GMD Working Group

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The GMD Working Group is one of the CHAOSS working groups, tasked with defining useful metrics relevant for the analysis of software development projects from the point of view of
GMD (growth-maturity-decline). It also works in the areas of risk and value. For all of them, we’re intending to follow the same process to produce metrics, similar to what other CHAOSS working groups are doing. This post describes this process, that we have recently
completed for the first metric (many others should follow during the next weeks).

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