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GrimoireLab 1.0

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GrimoireLab 1.0

For eight years, we have been working to produce the best platform for software development analytics possible. With the work of more than 150 developers and after over 11,600 commits, we’re excited to announce the release of the first major version of GrimoireLab.

GrimoireLab is an evolution of the work done during more than 10 years by Bitergia, LibreSoft URJC research group, and several contributors in Metrics Grimoire and VizGrimorie projects.. Since 2017, GrimoireLab has been part of The Linux Foundation CHAOSS Software community as one of its founding projects.

GrimoireLab has become the de facto standard for open source project health dashboards. It has been used by some of the most important software companies and open source foundations in the world. The platform has also been used as the underlying foundation for other applications, including Bitergia Analytics, OSS Compass, LFX Insights, Cauldron, and Mystic

What’s included in this GrimoireLab release?

  • An automated platform to generate software analytics and insights. 
  • Data collection from more than 30 data sources.
  • Generation of more than 150 metrics and visualizations to understand activity, performance, and community of open source projects.
  • Identities manager to track the activity of an individual across platforms and organizations. 
  • Integration with third-party applications to visualize and analyze data (Kibana/OpenSearch Dashboards/Jupiter Notebooks).

Why are we releasing this major version right now?

As our roadmap lays out, we’ve identified some challenges that require a major shift in how the platform works. We expect that version 2.0 of GrimoireLab will be significantly different, improving on scalability and maintenance and addressing advancements in AI.  Therefore, we believe that releasing a stable version now will give our users predictability and stability moving forward.

What can you expect from now on?

Version 1.0 will be maintained as a stable release that will continue to power enterprise, open source, and research users. Meanwhile, we will create a branch named 1.x to fix bugs and to include new features that will be part of the next major release. The active development of GrimoireLab 2.0 will show up in the main branch. 

Some of the architectural changes detailed in our roadmap for version 2.0 include:

  • Maintenance effort will be reduced in version 2.0 with a graphical user interface and an API for configuring data collection in GrimoireLab. Currently, system administrators need to manually update text files when new data is to be collected.
  • Scalability and performance will be improved to handle more than 5,000 data endpoints and deliver insights faster. Currently, 3,500 high-active repositories require three days of data analysis before the data is ready for the user.
  • Integration with other tools will be made easier. Users will be able to use different tools for visualizing and analyzing the data from GrimoireLab.

Our thanks!

This release would not have been possible without the help of the entire community. We are deeply thankful to all our users. We would especially like to thank Álvaro del Castillo, Valerio Cosentino, Jesús González-Barahona, Alberto Pérez García-Plaza, J. Manrique López, Venu Vardhan Reddy Tekula, David Moreno, Gregorio Robles, Andy Grunwald, and the members of the CHAOSS project. 

We recognize Bitergia and The Document Foundation for being early adopters and to be the first ones to enter their names on the new ADOPTERS.md file. If you use GrimoireLab, please add your organization to our ADOPTERS.md file so that we can recognize you. If you’ve done research with GrimorieLab, please add a citation and link to your publication.

The GrimoireLab Developers

CHAOSSweekly (March 25-29, 2024)

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No CHAOSS Meetings the week of April 15

During the week of OSSNA and CHAOSScon, we typically take a break from CHAOSS meetings. For those who are traveling to the conference, it’s nice to not have to juggle CHAOSS meetings during the conference, and for those who aren’t traveling, it’s always nice to have a little break. We can consider this a Spring/Fall Break 🙂 This year, it falls during the week of April 15, so the CHAOSS meetings have been removed from the calendar.

New Badger Orientation Scheduled

Date: April 2 (add this to your calendar)
Time: 7:30 am US Central/Chicago

If anyone is interested in becoming a Badger, this is the meeting for you! You will learn everything you need to know to review DEI Event Badge applications. You don’t need a deep knowledge of DEI, CHAOSS, or our metrics. This is a great way to get started contributing to CHAOSS!

If you would like to be added to the meeting invite, you can do so here. Thank you!

(If you can’t make this meeting but would like to be a Badger, let her know that too. We can figure something out!)

Congratulations Adeyinka Oresanya for becoming a Badging Lead!

As our DEI Event Badging Program grows, and the number of applications continues to grow with it, we knew it was time to appoint another Badging Lead. Adeyinka was a perfect candidate, because of her work with leading the CHAOSS Badging Developers working on the project, and her Badging experience as a Badger herself. Adeyinka will help with assigning Badgers to new applications, tracking application status, and issuing badges as needed. Thanks so much, Adeykina, for your help in this crucial part of CHAOSS!

New ADOPTERS.md File

To gain more insight into who is using CHAOSS tools, we are trying something new! We saw this idea from another open source project and thought it would be a good fit for us. Enter the ADOPTERS.md file where users of the software can add their name as a public user. Right now we have this for GrimoireLab and will expand to Augur sometime in the future. If you are using GrimoireLab in your company or organization and would like to add your name, you can submit a PR to the ADOPTERS.md file.

Help us Celebrate our CHAOTIC of the Week – Ria Schalnat

Photo of Ria Schalnat wearing SunglassesA little about Ria:

I am delighted to be Open Source Program Manager for the Open Source Program Office of Hewlett Packard Enterprise! This role is the culmination of my prior lives as a computer programmer, lawyer and adjunct professor specializing in tech/intellectual property subjects including open source. HPE is letting me live my best Open Source life … I made my first ever code-based pull request this year which was just merged!   I also get to indulge in running an Open Source & Tech bookclub at HPE which may be the most fun “job duty” I have ever had.  We just finished reading the Inner Source series by O’Reilly including a visit from author Andy Oram.  When I’m not doing open source related stuff, I spend time trying to convince my teenagers to go on adventures with me, playing chess and other strategy games with my husband and doing yoga to keep it all in balance.

What Ria works on at CHAOSS:

My involvement with CHAOSS could be best described as super-fan.  I love the project, its mission and its importance especially some of the more recent efforts on inclusivity via the DEI badging project for both events and projects.  The CHAOSS team really exemplifies that inclusivity because I always feel welcome no matter how inconsistently I show up for meetings.  They live the mantra that no contribution is too small in open source!

Ria’s advice to newcomers to open source:

My best advice is just not to give up and love to learn.  A little bit every day (or week or month or year) eventually adds up into something that will provide both you and the project you are engaging in with real value.  There is ALWAYS work to be done – the trick is finding something that resonates with you!

Special thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community:

Having Ria’s insight and input into various CHAOSS meetings has been so helpful to the project! Ria’s inquisitive nature means she is always seeking to understand CHAOSS metrics and software a little better, and she asks questions others might be too shy to ask. In that way, she has helped make the project more inclusive and welcoming and helped us clarify documentation for others. She always brings her enthusiasm and positivity to our meetings, making them more fun for everyone. I’m so happy to have met Ria in person, and that when she zips through Cincinnati, we can grab coffee and chat about all the things. I’ve absolutely loved getting to know you, Ria, and I’m so grateful for your participation in CHAOSS! Thank you for all you bring to the community! ????

If you’d like to connect to Ria, you can do so on Linked In.

Reminder: CHAOSScon NA 2024 Registration Open

As we have done in the past, the CHAOSS project is partnering with the Linux Foundation to co-locate the next CHAOSScon with the next OSSNA (Open Source Summit North America). CHAOSScon NA 2024 will be on April 15, 2024 from 1:30-5:00 pm in Seattle, WA. Tickets are $10USD but registration to OSSNA is a requirement. You can learn more about CHAOSScon or register for both events on the OSSNA site.

While you’re registering for OSSNA, you can also register for a 1/2 day session around visualization of metrics, hosted by CHAOSS. This will be more of a hands-on workshop using CHAOSS software. This will be happening Monday, April 15 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm and will cost $7USD.

Upcoming Meetings

Unless noted otherwise, all calls use our CHAOSS Community Zoom link (https://zoom.us/my/chaoss) Times listed below are in US Central / Chicago Time Zone, now on Daylight Savings Time (UTC -5). Regional meetings are tied to regional time zones as noted below. 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 Apr 1, 2024
9:00am – 9:50am Augur/8-Knot/Metrics Models Software Stack (US Central/Chicago)

Tuesday Apr 2, 2024
7:30am – 8:30am New Badger Orientation (US Central/Chicago)
9:00am – 9:50am CHAOSS Newcomer Hangout (US Central/Chicago)
11:00am – 11:50am CHAOSS Weekly Community Call (US Central/Chicago)

Wednesday Apr 3, 2024
10:00am – 10:50am CHAOSS DEI Working Group Meeting (US Central/Chicago)
11:00am – 11:50am CHAOSS University / Academic Open Source (US Central/Chicago)
9:30pm – 10:20pm CHAOSS Asia Community Meeting (8:00 am Thursday, IST)

Thursday Apr 4, 2024
9:00am – 9:50am CHAOSS Africa Community Meeting (WAT)
9:00am – 9:50am CHAOSS Science / Research OSS Working Group Meeting (US Central/Chicago) (uses different Zoom link)
11:00am – 11:50am CHAOSS OSPO Working Group (US Central/Chicago)

CHAOSSweekly (March 4-8, 2024)

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Reminder! Daylight Savings Time is This Weekend – Check the CHAOSS Calendar!

Daylight savings happens in the United States on March 10, so if you are in a place that doesn’t observe (or hasn’t yet) you are highly encouraged to refer to the official CHAOSS calendar for current times and dates of meetings. Thanks for your patience!

New Badger Orientation Scheduled

Date: Tuesday, March 26
Time: 10:00 am US Central/Chicago

If anyone is interested in becoming a Badger, this is the meeting for you! You will learn everything you need to know to review DEI Event Badge applications. You don’t need a deep knowledge of DEI, CHAOSS, or our metrics. This is a great way to get started contributing to CHAOSS!

If you would like to be added to the meeting invite, let Elizabeth Barron know. Thank you!

(If you can’t make this meeting but would like to be a Badger, let her know that too. We can figure something out!)

CHAOSScast Episode 80 Released: Counting Potatoes vs. Computational Mysticism – Using CHAOSS for Research

If you haven’t heard the latest CHAOSScast, you won’t want to miss this one! In this episode, host Georg Link is joined by CHAOTICS Sean Googins, Sophia Vargas, Daniel Izquierdo, and special guest Anita Sharma to discuss how CHAOSS metrics can be used in research endeavors. They talk about privacy issues and the use of data for research, and they explore different research studies that use CHAOSS metrics. Finally, they talk about the need to bridge the gap between academia and industry, and how CHAOSS and research can help close that gap. You can listen here: https://podcast.chaoss.community/80.

Reminder: CHAOSScon NA 2024 Registration Open

As we have done in the past, the CHAOSS project is partnering with the Linux Foundation to co-locate the next CHAOSScon with the next OSSNA (Open Source Summit North America). CHAOSScon NA 2024 will be on April 15, 2024 from 1:30-5:00 pm in Seattle, WA. Tickets are $10USD but registration to OSSNA is a requirement. You can learn more about CHAOSScon or register for both events on the OSSNA site.

While you’re registering for OSSNA, you can also register for a 1/2 day session around visualization of metrics, hosted by CHAOSS. This will be more of a hands-on workshop using CHAOSS software. This will be happening Monday, April 15 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm and will cost $7USD.

Upcoming Meetings

All calls use our CHAOSS Community Zoom link (https://zoom.us/my/chaoss). Unless noted otherwise, all meetings listed here are in US Central / Chicago Time Zone, soon to be 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, March 11

9:00 am Augur/8-Knot Developers Meeting

Tuesday, March 12

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

11:00 am CHAOSS Weekly Community Meeting (agenda)

1:00 pm App Ecosystem Working Group (agenda)

Wednesday, March 13

5:00 am (11:00 am WAT) CHAOSS Africa Designers Sync (agenda)

10:00 am DEI Working Group (agenda)

11:00 am Data Science Working Group (agenda)

Thursday, March 14

9:00 am (3:00 pm WAT) CHAOSS Africa Developers Sync (agenda)

10:00 am Metrics Models Working Group Meeting (agenda)

CHAOSSweekly (February 25-March 1, 2024)

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Reviving the CHAOSS Asia Community Meetings – Join us!

Thanks to efforts from Divya Mohan, we are happy to be hosting CHAOSS Asia Community meetings regularly again! Meetings will be held every other Thursday at 8:00 India Standard Time, starting on March 7, 2024. You can join at the regular CHAOSS Zoom link . Don’t forget you can also join the #chaossasia slack channel to remain connected with the CHAOSS Asia community in the meantime. Huge shoutout to Divya for leading this revival! 

Open CfPs

If you are a CHAOTIC that is interested in doing some public speaking, here are some open CfPs for you to submit your ideas. We also have a CHAOSS Slide Template that you can use if you’re speaking about CHAOSS!

If you know of any other open CfPs let us know!

Reminder: CHAOSScon NA 2024 Registration Open

As we have done in the past, the CHAOSS project is partnering with the Linux Foundation to co-locate the next CHAOSScon with the next OSSNA (Open Source Summit North America). CHAOSScon NA 2024 will be on April 15, 2024 from 1:30-5:00 pm in Seattle, WA. Tickets are $10USD but registration to OSSNA is a requirement. You can learn more about CHAOSScon or register for both events on the OSSNA site.

While you’re registering for OSSNA, you can also register for a 1/2 day session around visualization of metrics, hosted by CHAOSS. This will be more of a hands-on workshop using CHAOSS software. This will be happening Monday, April 15 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm and will cost $7USD.

Reminder! Daylight Savings Time is On the Horizon – Check the CHAOSS Calendar!

Just when we think we have things sorted out from the last clock change, here it comes again! Daylight savings happens in the United States on March 10 and in many places in Europe on March 31. It happens in Israel on March 29 and Egypt on April 26. New Zealand and Australia are coming off Daylight Savings on April 7. Many other countries don’t participate in Daylight Savings at all. It is the community manager’s worst nightmare.

We are exploring some solutions to make keeping up with the CHAOSS calendar easier for everybody. But until we find a better solution, you are highly encouraged to refer to the official CHAOSS calendar for current times and dates of meetings. Thanks for your patience!

Upcoming Meetings

All calls use our CHAOSS Community Zoom link (https://zoom.us/my/chaoss). Unless noted otherwise, all meetings listed here are in US Central / Chicago Time Zone, currently not on Daylight Savings Time (UTC -6). 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, March 4

9:00 am Augur/8-Knot Developers Meeting

Tuesday, March 5

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

11:00 am CHAOSS Weekly Community Meeting (agenda)

Wednesday, March 6

10:00 am DEI Working Group (agenda)

11:00 am Academic Open Source (agenda)

Thursday, March 7

8:00 am (IST) CHAOSS Asia Community Call (agenda)

10:00 am Science / Research Working Group (agenda)

12:00 pm OSPO Working Group (agenda)

3:00 pm (WAT) CHAOSS Africa Community Call (agenda)

CHAOSSweekly (February 19-23, 2024)

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CHAOSScon NA 2024 Registration Open

As we have done in the past, the CHAOSS project is partnering with the Linux Foundation to co-locate the next CHAOSScon with the next OSSNA (Open Source Summit North America). CHAOSScon NA 2024 will be on April 15, 2024 from 1:30-5:00 pm in Seattle, WA. Tickets are $10USD but registration to OSSNA is a requirement. You can learn more about CHAOSScon or register for both events on the OSSNA site.

While you’re registering for OSSNA, you can also register for a 1/2 day session around visualization of metrics, hosted by CHAOSS. This will be more of a hands-on workshop using CHAOSS software. This will be happening Monday, April 15 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm and will cost $7USD.

New CHAOSS Software Releases

We are happy to celebrate the recent software releases from the Augur and GrimoireLab teams! 

In Augur’s recent release (v 0.62.0-KC Chiefs) you can expect to see API improvements, GitLab support, and a host of other updates, which you can read about in the Release Notes. (Also a special shoutout to the 7 contributors who made this release possible!)

In GrimoireLab’s recent release (v. 021.0) you will see support for organization aliases and Kitsune work. You can see the full list of changes in the Release Notes.

Thank you to all the CHAOTICS who worked on these releases! 

Code of Conduct Team Updates

At the last Board Meeting, a new Code of Conduct team was voted upon. Our new Code of Conduct Team members are:

  • Georg Link
  • Anita ihuman
  • Maryblessing Okolie

Goals for the team include Code of Conduct Enforcement Training for the whole team (which is already in the works), revisiting the Code of Conduct for anything that may need updating, and revising the process for reporting Code of Conduct violations. Many thanks to these folks who are volunteering their time to keep our community safer and more welcoming!

Daylight Savings Time is On the Horizon – Check the CHAOSS Calendar!

Just when we think we have things sorted out from the last clock change, here it comes again! Daylight savings happens in the United States on March 10 and in many places in Europe on March 31. It happens in Israel on March 29 and Egypt on April 26. New Zealand and Australia are coming off Daylight Savings on April 7. Many other countries don’t participate in Daylight Savings at all. It is the community manager’s worst nightmare. 

We are exploring some solutions to make keeping up with the CHAOSS calendar easier for everybody. But until we find a better solution, you are highly encouraged to refer to the official CHAOSS calendar for current times and dates of meetings. Thanks for your patience! 

Help us Celebrate our CHAOTIC of the Week – Clare Dillon

A little about Clare:

I’ve worked for over 25 years in the tech industry – and got involved in InnerSource and open source in 2018. I’m not a developer, and think there is a huge opportunity to spread the word about the value of getting involved in open source beyond developer communities. I live in Dublin, Ireland and I am a researcher with University of Galway and Lero, Science Foundation Ireland’s Software Development Research Centre, where I am a member of the OSPO team. I also work with CURIOSS, a community for university and research institute OSPOs. I do love a good emoji, and probably use too many! :sparkles::silly-penguin: I’m mostly a lurker on social media, but am often on LinkedIn.

What Clare works on at CHAOSS:

I am involved with the University Working Group, where we are working on metrics and models that will help those involved in OSS in universities. It turns out when you think about open source in the university context, goals and backgrounds of those involved can be very different than in the general open source community. I gave a talk on the topic at the recent CHAOSScon and we had a fantastic workshop session in the afternoon discussing researcher goals and motivations when using and creating open source projects.

Clare’s advice to newcomers to open source:

I think my biggest piece of advice is, like many things in life, it is all so much easier if you find a group of people you enjoy interacting with… I’ve learned so much from the open source communities I have been involved in – but that’s happened because the people in those communities are so helpful and great to work with. There will be many places where you can invest time and effort to contribute – choose a place where it’s also a lot of fun to hang out! The CHAOSS community is definitely one of those places! :heart_eyes:

Special thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community:

Clare has been a tremendous contributor and leader in our Academic Open Source Context Working Group, it’s safe to say that without her influence, it would be nowhere near what it is today. She has been instrumental in building the foundation for this group, helping clarify the group’s goals and mission, and advocating and promoting the group in her network.  The University Slack channel now has over 50 participants and the Working Group meetings are some of our most heavily attended meetings. Clare, it has been a joy to have you in our community, and you’ve brought invaluable insight into CHAOSS. We greatly appreciate your time and energy, and that you have continued to engage University newcomers to the open source space through CHAOSS. Thank you for all of your hard work, especially at CHAOSScons. Those events were made even better thanks to your influence, your coordination, your and attention to detail. We are very happy you’re here! 

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 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.

Monday, February 26

9:00 am Augur/8-Knot Developers Meeting

Tuesday, February 27

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

11:00 am CHAOSS Weekly Community Meeting (agenda)

1:00 pm App Ecosystem Working Group (agenda)

Wednesday, February 28

4:00 am CHAOSS Africa Designers Sync

10:00 am DEI Working Group (agenda)

11:00 am Data Science Working Group (agenda)

Thursday, February 29 (leap year!)

8:00 am CHAOSS Africa Developers Sync

10:00 am Metrics Models Working Group Meeting (agenda)

CHAOSSweekly (January 22-26, 2024)

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Common Working Group Renamed to Metrics Development Working Group

In order to better represent the work that this group is currently doing, we’ve decided to rename the group to the “Metrics Development Working Group.” This change is currently being implemented, but the “Common Working Group” name appears in many places (such as the repository, Slack, Calendar, etc.) so we appreciate your patience as we phase in this change.

Helping to develop metrics is a great way for newcomers to contribute! You don’t have to be an expert in any particular field to collaborate with us. Please join us every other Thursday at 10:00 am US Central / Chicago on our CHAOSS Zoom channel.

New Way to Surface and Measure Non-PR Contributions

The CHAOSS project seems atypical from other open source projects in that the majority of our contributions are not tracked through GitHub in the form of a pull request. These contributions are incredibly important to our project, and so we are experimenting with a community-contributions.md document. If you are spending time working on something CHAOSS-related, and that work is not captured elsewhere in a PR, please add your name to this document through a PR.

We can also use this as a way to make sure we are capturing all the types of contributions in our Types of Contributions metric.

Recent CHAOSScasts of Note

In case you missed it, we have released a few CHAOSScasts that are well worth the listen!

You can also listen to our podcasts through our CHAOSStube YouTube channel.

Help us Celebrate our CHAOTIC of the Week – Yigakpoa Ikpae

A little about Yiga:

Hi I’m Yigakpoa Ikpae, you can call me Yiga. I live in Lagos, Nigeria. I am a Product Manager, Digital Marketer & Accessibility/ DEI Evangelist. I am also an Open-Source mentor with Outreachy & a 1x Google OSPB awardee. I joined CHAOSS in May 2022 and, I’m really happy to be a CHAOTIC because it’s such a warm & welcoming community!
Fun facts about me: I am a fine artist (I could stare at art all day!), a member of the Nigerian Red Cross Society(7+years), I had a bird as a pet while growing up (I think that’s unusual), & I am a polymath.

What Yiga works on at CHAOSS:

CHAOSS DEI working group: Currently, I am collaboratively doing something that makes me really excited by ensuring that every part of CHAOSS or our other websites is always accessible to everyone & anyone! I contribute my quota to ensuring all CHAOSS websites are accessible by performing accessibility checks on the Web, IOS & Android versions of all our websites.

CHAOSS Africa project: At CHAOSS Africa I serve by being a note taker from time to time. I also collaborate with other team members to organize programs that will be beneficial to the growth of the CHAOSS Africa Open-Source Community &/or its members.

CHAOSS Project Management: I’m super excited about this one because I am actually a PM & it’s great to see that we have this. Here, I collaborate by ensuring newcomers to the team find their way around and are able to contribute effectively by creating documents, and getting on calls to show them how to go about “PMing”.  In collaboration with other PMs, I create issues, project boards, and follow up with other contributors working on the different sub-projects to ensure that tasks are going on smoothly. I currently collaborate with fellow PMs on three sub-projects: Onboarding Course, Grimoirelab Repos and Docs, & CHAOSSCon NA.

CHAOSS Metrics Development WG:
I currently serve as a context Group liaison Officer. I attend the University & Scientific Software meetings in order to give updates related to the development of metrics & models.

Yiga’s advice to newcomers to open source:

  • Take that first step and do something no matter how little eg. note taking like i do in CHAOSS Africa.
  • If you’re new, don’t be shy. Ask questions & DYOR. Open source is super welcoming so be rest assured that there’s someone who can help you. An additional tip is that by doing your research before coffee chats, your mentors or colleagues can see that you’re eager & willing, but you’re simply stuck just like they were a few months or years ago.
  • Keep trying & be patient with yourself. Everyone started somewhere without knowing what they were doing but here we are, still learning, failing sometimes, but also winning some, simply because we tried.
  • This one is specifically for CHAOSS: If you feel stuck or you don’t seem to understand how things work in a particular working group, you have two options:
    1. Go through our Knowledge Base
    2. Be like me. I simply watched as many Youtube videos as I was interested in while listening attentively during live meetings. This helped me know where the project was coming from, where they currently were and gave me an idea of how I could be of help. Remember that no idea is too small & your ideas are welcome!
  •  Lastly, remember to do what you really love & shine like the star you are. But, don’t forget to take breaks when you feel overwhelmed! ❤️

Special thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community:

Yiga is everywhere in CHAOSS, but I know that didn’t happen overnight. It took some time for her to feel comfortable participating and contributing, and we are absolutely thrilled that she stayed in the community long enough to do so. Joining any open source community can be overwhelming, and among all the work she contributes here, Yiga is above all, such a great ambassador to our newcomers. With her wide area of expertise, she is also proof that every type of skill is valuable in open source. 

Yiga, it’s been so fantastic to get to know you, and the smile in your voice when you join CHAOSS meetings just lights up the whole room. You bring such positivity and enthusiasm to our project, it makes me all the happier to be a part of things. You exude welcomingness, belonging, and friendliness here, which makes others want to be a part of things. I love how you make our community better with your spirit and your contributions. THANK YOU for staying with us and for being such a huge part of what makes CHAOSS a great place to be! ????

If you’d like to connect to Yiga, you can do so here:

Reminder: CHAOSScon is Happening February 1

We have our schedule locked down for CHAOSScon EU 2024, happening in Brussels on February 1, 2024. We are excited to be hosting some fantastic speakers, and this year includes a fun social event after the conference. This happens 2 days before FOSDEM, so if you’re traveling we hope you can make plans to come into town a little early. You won’t want to miss it!

We will be livestreaming this event on YouTube, so if you can’t make it, you’ll be there with us virtually. If you’re planning to attend in person, don’t forget to register!

Reminder: Discourse is No More

Sometimes you try things that just don’t click. Discourse was one of those things. We struggled with adoption and engagement from the beginning, and we never got over that initial hurdle. We shut down Discourse on January 20, 2024, and Slack continues to be the primary place where our community interacts. Please join us there!

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 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, January 30

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

11:00 am CHAOSS Weekly Community Meeting (agenda)

1:00 pm App Ecosystem Working Group (agenda)

Wednesday, January 31

4:00 am CHAOSS Africa Designers Sync

10:00 am DEI Working Group (agenda)

12:00 pm CHAOSS Africa Developers Sync

Thursday, February 1 (CHAOSSCon EU!)

10:00 am Metrics Models Working Group Meeting (agenda)

 

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Here at CHAOSS, we are excited to announce the launch of CHAOSS DEI Project Badging. CHAOSS DEI Project Badging is an initiative developed to recognize open source projects that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work within their respective communities. The initiative uses CHAOSS DEI metrics as a benchmark to reflect on DEI efforts in an open source project. The objectives of CHAOSS DEI Project Badging are to (1) enable people to signal their ongoing efforts in improving and prioritizing DEI within their communities, (2) to recognize projects and communities for their DEI efforts, and (3) to help communities make informed decisions and take thoughtful actions in creating more inclusive and equitable environments. CHAOSS DEI Project Badging welcomes participation by badged projects in the evolution of the program. 

How It Works

Self-Assessment and Documentation

Before applying for a CHAOSS Project DEI Badge, maintainers or project admins are encouraged to conduct a self-assessment of their project’s DEI efforts based on the following CHAOSS DEI metrics: Project Access, Inclusive Leadership, Communication Transparency, and Newcomer Experience. After the self-assessment, maintainers can document how the project attends to and prioritizes DEI around these areas in a markdown file called the DEI.md file. This DEI.md file should exist within the project’s repository for easy feedback from the community. A guide for putting together your DEI.md file is available through the DEI.md Guide

Badging Application

Once the DEI.md file is published and publicly available, project owners can proceed to apply here. The applicant must be a project owner and the repository that holds the DEI.md file must be specified.

Badging Evaluation

The review follows an automated process in which a CHAOSS bot scans the project repository for the presence of a DEI.md file. The bot will review the DEI.md file for relevant information provided by the maintainer and its alignment with the CHAOSS DEI metrics stated in the DEI.md template to determine eligibility for the badge. A project badge will be issued upon successful review of the DEI.md file. The four CHAOSS metrics used in the DEI.md file include:

  • Project Access
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Communication Transparency
  • Newcomer Experience

The evaluation of your DEI.md file is based on it being publicly available and demonstrating an attention to the four CHAOSS metrics. Ultimately, we are ensuring that you are providing your community members with a well-formed DEI.md file. We do not evaluate how you reflect on the four metrics as each community will do things differently. If community members have concerns about what is expressed in their community’s DEI.md file, we ask that you discuss this within your community to ensure the DEI.md file appropriately reflects your community DEI efforts. 

Recognition and Badging

Projects that meet the established criteria will receive the CHAOSS DEI Project Badge, which can be prominently displayed on the project’s website, documentation, or other relevant platforms. The badge signifies the project’s commitment to DEI and highlights its attention to DEI best practices.

Continued Engagement

Once the badging process is completed, you can re-apply for a project badge — we recommend it after about a year. We will also be developing CHAOSS Project Badges for Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels in the future that include new CHAOSS metrics.

Getting Involved

If you would like to help CHAOSS build the future of DEI Project Badging, we welcome your participation! You are encouraged to join our DEI Working Group meetings every Wednesday at 10:00 am US Central/Chicago Time. Details on how to join these meetings can be found on the CHAOSS Calendar. You are also welcome to join the CHAOSS Community Slack and connect with us there.

CHAOSSweekly (January 8-12, 2024)

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Welcome Back! 

We hope you all had a wonderful new year and are ready to do amazing things in 2024! This is a reminder that all our meetings are back on track, and that you can find a full list of meetings on the CHAOSS Calendar. Welcome back! We missed you!

New on the CHAOSS Blog: Community Wrap-up for 2023

If you’re looking for a list of all the high points for 2023, you can find one in this wrap-up post by Elizabeth Barron. It turns out, CHAOSS was very busy in 2023. Her favorite highlight is that the community doubled in size in 2023! We went from around 900 members in Slack to 1800 members. Let’s all keep building fantastic things together!

Discourse Shutting Down Jan 19, 2024

Sometimes you try things that just don’t click. Discourse was one of those things. We struggled with adoption and engagement from the beginning, and we never got over that initial hurdle. We will be shutting it down on January 19, 2024, and Slack continues to be the primary place where our community interacts. Please join us there

Reminder: CHAOSScon is Happening February 1

We have our schedule locked down for CHAOSScon EU 2024, happening in Brussels on February 1, 2024. We are excited to be hosting some fantastic speakers, and this year includes a fun social event after the conference. This happens 2 days before FOSDEM, so if you’re traveling we hope you can make plans to come into town a little early. You won’t want to miss it! 

We will be livestreaming this event on YouTube, so if you can’t make it, you’ll be there with us virtually. 

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 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, January 16

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

11:00 am CHAOSS Weekly Community Meeting (agenda)

1:00 pm App Ecosystem Working Group (agenda)

Wednesday, January 17

10:00 am DEI Working Group (agenda)

11:00 am Data Science Working Group (agenda)

12:00 pm CHAOSS Africa Developers Sync

Thursday, January 18

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

10:00 am Metrics Models Working Group Meeting (agenda)

11:00 am Common Working Group Meeting (agenda)

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)