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CHAOSSweekly (June 12-16, 2023)

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CHAOSScon Africa was a Huge Success!

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

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

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

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

The OSS Compass community thrives in the months since successful launch

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

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

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

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

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

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

A little about Neo:

Neofytos Kolokotronis

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

What Neo Works on at CHAOSS:

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

Neo’s Advice for Newcomers to Open Source:

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

Special Thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community:

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

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

Meeting Summaries for the Week

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

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

Upcoming Meetings

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

Tuesday, June 20

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

Wednesday, June 21

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

Thursday, June 22

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

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

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

Dr. Dawn Foster

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

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

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

CHAOSSweekly (June 5-9, 2023)

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Reminder: CHAOSScon Africa happening June 14

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

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

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

CHAOSS Booth at FOSSY

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

Meeting Summaries for the Week

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

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

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

Yehui Wang

A little about Yehui:

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

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

What Yehui works on at CHAOSS:

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

Yehui’s advice to newcomers to open source:

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

Special thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community:

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

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

Upcoming Meetings

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

Monday June 12

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

Tuesday, June 13

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

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

Wednesday, June 14

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

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

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

Thursday, June 15

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

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

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

CHAOSSweekly (May 29-June 2, 2023)

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CHAOSScon Africa Schedule and Keynotes Announced!

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

CHAOSScon NA 2023 Recordings Now Available

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

Meeting Summaries

This week’s meeting summaries are here:

Meet our CHAOTIC of the Week: Kevin Lumbard!

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

Kevin Lumbard

A little about Kevin:

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

What Kevin works on at CHAOSS:

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

Kevin’s advice for newcomers to open source:

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

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

Special thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community

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

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

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, June 6

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

Wednesday, June 7

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

Thursday, June 8

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

CHAOSSweekly (May 22-26, 2023)

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All In + CHAOSS DEI Project Badging Pilot Launched

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

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

DEI Event Badging Meeting Combined with DEI Working Group Meeting

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

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

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

Renaming “Office Hours” to “Newcomer Hangout”

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

CHAOSS Meeting Summaries on Discourse

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

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

Upcoming Meetings

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

Tuesday, May 30

9:00 am Newcomer Hangout (no agenda)

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

Wednesday, May 31

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

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

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

Thursday, June 1

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

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

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

CHAOSSweekly (May 15-19, 2023)

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

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

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

CHAOSS Meeting Summaries Now on Discourse

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

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

Our CHAOTIC of the Week is Sophia Vargas!

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

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

A little about Sophia:

Hello from NYC!

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

Fast facts and metrics:

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

What Sophia’s working on at CHAOSS:

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

Sophia’s advice to newcomers to open source:

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

Special thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community:

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

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

Reminder: CHAOSScon Africa Registration Open!

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

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

Upcoming Meetings

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

Tuesday, May 23

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

Wednesday, May 24

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

Thursday, May 25

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

CHAOSSweekly (May 8-12, 2023)

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Two New Context Working Groups Launching Next Week

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

  • University OSPO
  • OSS Scientific Software

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

CHAOSScon NA 2023 – It’s a Wrap!

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

CHAOSScon NA 2023 In-Person Attendees

CHAOSScon Africa Registration and CfP Open!

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

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

Our CHAOTIC of the Week is Kingsley Mkpandiok

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

Kingsley Mkpandiok

A little about Kingsley:

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

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

What Kingsley’s currently working on at CHAOSS:

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

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

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

Kingsley’s advice to newcomers to open source:

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

Special thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community:

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

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

Upcoming Meetings

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

Monday, May 15

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

Tuesday, May 16

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

Wednesday, May 17

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

Thursday, May 18

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

CHAOSSweekly (May 1-5, 2023)

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(Most) Meetings Canceled the week of May 8-12 for OSSNA and CHAOSScon NA 2023

Because some of our core community members will be at OSSNA and CHAOSScon NA 2023, either in person or virtually, we decided to cancel most meetings next week (May 8-12). The only exceptions are these 2 meetings:

  • CHAOSS Asia Pacific Community Meeting (Monday, May 8)
  • Metrics Models Working Group (Tuesday, May 9)

CHAOSS community members are encouraged to participate in CHAOSScon NA virtually instead, by registering and lingering in our #chaosscon Slack channel. And of course, for a completely updated CHAOSS meeting schedule, you’re encouraged to subscribe to our official CHAOSS Calendar. See you again soon!

CHAOSScon Africa Registration and CfP Open!

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

The CHAOSSAfrica Community is also looking for speakers for this event! The CfP closes on May 12 and you can submit your talk proposal here.

Say Hello to the CHAOTIC of the Week – Anita Ihuman

We are starting a new feature in our newsletter called the “CHAOTIC of the Week” where we highlight one of our amazing community members. For our first CHAOTIC, we learn more about Anita Human and the wonderful work she’s been contributing to CHAOSS.

Anita Ihuman

A little about Anita:

I am Anita Ihuman, a developer advocate and technical writer. I have developed great experience managing communities and advocating and educating on topics relating to DevOps, cloud computing, containerized workloads, and microservices. I am passionately involved in open source, documentation, community, and DEI-focused programs. I spend a lot of my time educating the developer market about new tools, technologies, and best practices through public speaking and content writing. I love cats and animations.

What Anita’s currently working on at CHAOSS:

I am currently working on DEI research titled “Interview Campaign with Underrepresented Groups in Open Source,” courtesy of the CHAOSS DEI working group. This research is aimed at understanding open-source DEI activities in real time and how they relate to the metrics we presently measure at CHAOSS. You can find out more about this project here.
I also contribute as a reviewer for the DEI Badging project and partake in activities under the CHAOSS Africa project.

Anita’s advice to newcomers to open source:

If this is your first time and you feel overwhelmed like I did, don’t sweat it. Just find a niche within the community that you are most comfortable with and start there. If you are not sure where? Ask questions. Not sure how? Join us during our office hours. See you around!

Special thanks from Elizabeth and the CHAOSS Community:

Anita has been in CHAOSS for a few years now, and she’s brought so much to our community! We’ve really appreciated all her hard work with the DEI survey, the Badging, and also to the contribution of metrics! Anita attends several CHAOSS meetings regularly, and it’s always a pleasure to hear her insight and input on the calls. Thanks for making our community better, Anita! ❤️

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 on Daylight Savings Time (UTC -5). You can convert to your local time here. You can also subscribe to the CHAOSS Calendar or watch for meeting reminders that are posted daily in the #general channel in Slack.

Monday, May 8

3:00 pm (China Standard Time) CHAOSS Asia Pacific Community Call (this meeting does not follow US Daylight Savings Schedule)

Tuesday, May 9

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

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Last Chance to Register for CHAOSScon NA 2023

CHAOSScon NA 2023, will be held in the afternoon of May 9, 2023, in conjunction with Open Source Summit North America in Vancouver BC, Canada. You can view the schedule here. In-person registration is $20 USD and registration for OSSNA is a pre-requisite. Live streaming will be available for free, but registration for OSSNA virtual is required. You can register for both events on the OSSNA registration page. Sponsorship is also available, so if you’re interested in sponsoring, feel free to reach out. Hope you can join us, either in-person or virtually, and don’t forget to register!

CHAOSScon Africa 2023 – Save the Date!

The CHAOSS Africa community is planning the very first CHAOSScon Africa for June 14! This will be in Lagos, Nigeria, and will be co-located with the Open Source Community Africa Festival. Specific details for the event are still being coordinated, so stay tuned for more information!

Recent Metrics Released

In the past few months, we released a few metrics that we wanted to share with you, in case you missed them!
  • Change Request Closure Ratio – Is the project keeping up with change requests?
  • Release Frequency – How often does a project publish a release of their software / artifact?
  • Event Location Inclusivity – Is the event located in a region where governments, cultural contexts, or society may cause harm to the physical safety and/or psychological safety of event attendees?
  • Public Health and Safety – To what extent does your event address public health through policies around masks, vaccines, COVID testing, and in infrastructure such as ventilation and air purification in indoor venues?
  • Newcomer Experience – How well does an open source community attend to welcoming newcomers?
We have a variety of other metrics we are preparing to release, including:
  • Project Access – To what extent does your project provide access and help those with various access needs?
  • Communication TransparencyHow transparent is project communication?
  • Event Location EquityWhere are open source project events located and are they located in regions that are accessible to all community members?
If you have an interest in helping build these metrics or discussing these topics, we’d love for you to join us at the applicable working group meetings, which are open to everyone. Check our Community Calendar for a full list of when these meetings are taking place.

Upcoming Meetings

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

Monday, May 1

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

Tuesday, May 2

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

Wednesday, May 3

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

Thursday, May 4 ?

9:00 am CHAOSS Africa Community Meeting (Minutes and Agenda) 11:00 am OSPO Working Group (Minutes and Agenda)

CHAOSSweekly (April 17-21, 2023)

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Getting Started with Open Source Software – Webinar Series from CHAOSS Africa

Ruth Ikegah and the CHAOSS Africa community hosted the first webinar in a series explaining how to get involved in contributing to open source software. With over 100 participants, this webinar turned out to be very helpful for our newcomers to open source! This is only the first in the series, so make sure to join our #chaoss-africa Slack channel for news of the next one. If you’d like to watch the recording, you can find it on our YouTube channel.

Reminder! Schedule is Published for CHAOSScon NA 2023

The CHAOSScon planning committee has released the schedule for CHAOSScon NA 2023, to be held in the afternoon of May 9, 2023 in conjunction with Open Source Summit North America in Vancouver BC, Canada. You can view the schedule here.

In-person registration is $20 USD and registration for OSSNA is a pre-requisite. Live streaming will be available for free, but registration for OSSNA virtual is required. You can register for both events on the OSSNA registration page. Sponsorship is also available, so if you’re interested in sponsoring, feel free to reach out.

Hope you can join us, either in-person or virtually, and don’t forget to register!

Meetings Canceled May 9 for CHAOSScon NA 2023

Because some of our core community members will be at CHAOSScon NA 2023, either in person or virtually, we are canceling the day of meetings for May 9, 2023. CHAOSS community members are encouraged to participate in CHAOSScon NA virtually instead, by registering and lingering in our #chaosscon Slack channel that day.

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, April 25

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

Wednesday, April 26

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

Thursday, April 27

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