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CHAOSSweekly (November 13-17, 2023)

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

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

We are following this schedule:

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

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

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

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

Thank You, New CHAOSScon Sponsors!

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

CHAOSS Latin America & Caribbean Kicks Off Officially

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

CHAOSS Africa Updates

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

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

Upcoming Meetings

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

Tuesday, November 21

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

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

Wednesday, November 22

No meetings today.

Thursday, November 23

No meetings today.

CHAOSSweekly (November 6-10, 2023)

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Holiday Meeting Schedule

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

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

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

Metrics Models to ISO Standards – Volunteers Needed

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

CHAOSScon Registration Open and Schedule Released

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

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

CHAOSS Onboarding Courses – Volunteers Needed

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

Upcoming Meetings

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

Tuesday, November 14


9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

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

Wednesday, November 15

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

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

12:00 pm CHAOSS Africa Developers Sync

Thursday, November 16

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

9:00 am CHAOSS Science/Research Software Working Group

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

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

 

CHAOSSweekly (October 30-November 3, 2023)

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Daylight Savings Time Nonsense is Upon Us Again

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

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

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

CHAOSScon EU 2024 Registration Open and Schedule Released

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

CHAOSS Africa Partners with OSCA in Lome, Togo

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

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

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

New Metrics and Metrics Models Published

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

Thanks to all who worked on these! 

CHAOSS Onboarding Courses – Volunteers Needed

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

Changes to Augur Community Meetings

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

Holiday/End of Year Break 

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

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

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

Upcoming Meetings

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

Tuesday, November 7

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

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

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

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

Wednesday, November 8

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

12:00 pm CHAOSS Africa Developers Sync 

Thursday, November 9

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

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

 

Survey: Help the CHAOSS project improve our tools and metrics

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We know our metrics and tools can be overwhelming, even for experienced open source professionals. As we ramp up our new CHAOSS Data Science Initiatives, we wanted to start by learning more about what works well and what doesn’t for people using CHAOSS tools and metrics now or in the past. Understanding the challenges that people have experienced will help us drive improvements within the project to overcome those challenges.

We are launching a survey of existing and past users of CHAOSS tools and metrics designed to help us better understand the barriers and challenges that make it difficult for people to gain meaningful, empirically-driven community health insights using CHAOSS tools and metrics.

If you have ever used tools based on CHAOSS technologies (e.g., Augur, GrimoireLab, Bitergia, Cauldron) or used other tools to implement CHAOSS metrics, we want to hear from you! 

Take Our Survey

 If you’re interested in learning more about our new CHAOSS Data Science Initiatives or joining the community, you can join our #data-science Slack channel or attend our Data Science Working Group meetings to collaborate on data science work in the CHAOSS community. 

CHAOSSweekly (July 31-August 4, 2023)

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

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

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

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

New Badger Orientation – August 17, 2023

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

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

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

Maryblessing Okolie

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

Busayo Ojo

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

Precious Abubakar

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

Faith Kovi

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

Ihuoma Anosike

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

Davies Esogbue

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

Oluchi Nwankwo

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

Kingsley Mkpandiok

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

Ruth Ikegah

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

ASAIJE Elozino Lopez

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

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

Meeting Summaries

Here are the meeting summaries for the week:

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

Upcoming Meetings

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

Tuesday, August 8

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

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

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

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

Wednesday, August 9

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

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

Thursday, August 10

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

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

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

CHAOSSweekly (July 24-28, 2023)

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Risk Working Group Meeting Update

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

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

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

Thanks to Our New Context Liaisons!

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

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

CHAOTIC of the Week Will Be Back Soon

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

Meeting Summaries

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

Upcoming Meetings

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

Tuesday, August 1

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

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

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

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

Wednesday, August 2

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

Thursday, August 3

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

CHAOSSweekly (July 17-21, 2023)

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Thank you, FOSSY!

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

Context Working Group Liaisons Needed

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

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

1. Corporate Open Source Program Offices

2. University Open Source Efforts

3. Scientific Software Efforts

Matt goes on to say:

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

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

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

Meeting Summaries

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

Upcoming Meetings

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

Tuesday, July 25

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

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

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

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

Wednesday, July 26

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

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

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

Thursday, July 27

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

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

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

CHAOSSweekly (July 10-14, 2023)

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CHAOSScon Africa Wrap Up and Recordings Now Available

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

CHAOSS at FOSSY

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

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

Vinod Ahuja

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

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

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

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

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

Meeting Summaries

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

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

Upcoming Meetings

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

Monday, July 17

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

Tuesday, July 18

4:00 am CHAOSS Africa Developers Sync

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

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout

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

Wednesday, July 19

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

12:00 pm New Badger Orientation

Thursday, July 20

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

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

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 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)