CHAOSS Weekly (May 16-20, 2022)

CHAOSS Project

Weekly Newsletter (May 16-20, 2022)

Say Hello to the CHAOSS Welcome Slack Bot – A She Code Africa Project

Thanks to the amazing efforts of Precious Abubakar and Iyimide Adegunloye from the She Code Africa mentorship program, we have a new friend in the #newcomers Slack channel! This new friend is a welcome bot that will respond privately to anyone who types the word “newbie” in the channel. From there they can get answers to some of our common questions about getting started in the CHAOSS community. (Go ahead and try it out!)

What’s also great about this bot is that we can take this foundation and add information to it as the CHAOSS community grows and evolves. We are incredibly grateful to Precious and Mide and the wonderful work they’ve done to improve the onboarding experience for newcomers to the community. Congratulations on completing a very successful mentorship program! (And a big thank you to their mentors Ruth Ikegah, Matt Cantu Snell, and Elizabeth Barron).

Congratulations GSoC, GSoD and Outreachy Students!

Please help us welcome the mentees of the Google Summer of Code, Google Season of Docs, and Outreachy 2022 sessions who will be working with CHAOSS for the next few months! We received many excellent applications and because we received a limited number of slots from Google and Outreachy, we had to make some very difficult decisions. We greatly appreciate all who took the time to submit a proposal and we would love it if you decided to stay connected to CHAOSS as part of our community! ❤️

We welcome the following students:

We look forward to working with you all and seeing what we can accomplish together. Congratulations!

CHAOSScast Episode 59 -The Craft of Coding and Code Metrics for Open Source in M&As with Matt Van Itallie

The latest CHAOSScast episode has been released and is ready for your eyes and ears!
Hosts Sean Goggins and Georg Link take time to chat with our very special guest, Matt Van Itallie, who is the founder and CEO of Sema Software. In this episode, they cover topics such as:
  • Measuring code quality with metrics and tools
  • Creating a developer’s portfolio through automation
  • How metrics can help us understand open source
  • Viewing code as craft
  • Identifying and implementing metrics related to valuation and risk
This episode is packed with great insight and conversation and you won’t want to miss it!  Download from your favorite podcast app, or listen directly on the CHAOSS website.

CHAOSScon EU 2022 CfP Closes Next Week! 

Here’s your reminder that you have one more week to submit something to CHAOSScon EU 2022. We are accepting proposals for a variety of delivery formats.

All submissions should relate to the CHAOSS project’s mission of developing metrics, methodologies, and software for expressing open source project health and sustainability. By measuring open source project health and sustainability, CHAOSS seeks to improve the transparency and actionability of open source project health and sustainability so that relevant stakeholders can make more informed decisions about open source project engagement.

Software related metrics topics:

  • tutorials
  • walk throughs
  • demos
  • how-to’s
  • new features

Metrics related topics:

  • metrics strategy
  • deep dive into the use of metrics
  • failure of metrics in practice
  • lessons learned, use cases, and case studies
  • proposals for new metrics
  • new visualizations

For more information (or to register) visit the CHAOSScon EU page on the CHAOSS website.

Volunteer Opportunity: Help With Our Maintainer Burnout Session 

As part of GitHub’s Maintainer Month (June), CHAOSS is hosting a one-hour interactive workshop on Maintainer Burnout. This is in the early stages of planning, but you can find more information in the initial planning document. We are currently working toward confirming a date and time, and the agenda. If you would like to help with this event, please reach out to Ruth Ikegah on CHAOSS slack.

Reminder: You’re Invited! DEI Event Badging Reviewer Appreciation Event June 16

Please join us on June 16, 2022 at 8:00 am US Central/Chicago time (convert to your time) as we celebrate our amazing team of reviewers and the success of the DEI Badging Initiative! This will be a fun, informal virtual event, and of course, there is no cost to participate. You can register for the event here.

Upcoming Meetings

All calls use our CHAOSS community Zoom link: All meetings are listed in the US Central Time (Chicago) timezone, currently on Daylight Savings Time. (Convert into your local time here). You can also subscribe to the CHAOSS Calendar, or join the #general channel on Slack for meeting reminders.


Tuesday,  May 24

9:00am – Office Hours (Open, No Agenda)

11:00am – Weekly Community Call (Agenda & Minutes)

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

6:00pm – Metrics Model Working Group (Agenda & Minutes)

Wednesday, May 25

8:30am DEI Badging Bi-Weekly Meeting (Agenda and Minutes )

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

Thursday, May 26

9:00am Web Content Meeting (Agenda and Minutes)

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

Meetings (Open to All)

All meetings at:

Calendar at:

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