Vancouver, Canada

Tuesday, August 28th

About CHAOSScon

Meet the CHAOSS community. Learn about metrics and tools used by several open source projects, communities, and engineering teams to track and analyze their development activities, community’s health, diversity, risk, and value.

This conference will include CHAOSS updates, use cases, and hands-on workshops for developers, community managers, project managers, and anyone interested in measuring open source project health.

Specific CHAOSS software highlighted will be GrimoireLab and Augur with their respective updates and demos.

We will also share insights from the CHAOSS workgroups on Diversity and Inclusion, Growth-Maturity-Decline, Risk, and Value that branched out from the CHAOSS metrics work.


University of British Columbia
Buchanan Building Block B (Building B)
Room 213
1866 Main Mall
Vancouver, Canada

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018
8:30 -- 5:30

Organizing Committee

  • Alolita Sharma, Amazon Web Services
  • Raymond Paik, Linux Foundation
  • Georg Link, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Dawn Foster, The Scale Factory / University of Greenwich
  • Nicole Huesman, Intel
  • Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona, Rey Juan Carlos University / Bitergia


Conference Presentations

Schedule: Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Time Topic Speaker Slides
8:30 - 9:30 Registration & Networking (Room: B213)
9:30 - 10:00 Keynote (Room: B213) Matt Germonprez PDF
10:00 - 11:00 Plenaries (Room: B213)
If There Are No Metrics, Did It Even Happen? Tracking Open Source Contributions at Comcast Shilla Saebi & David Grizzanti PDF
Open Source Metrics at Twitter Remy DeCausemaker PDF
Towards GrimoireLab 1.0: a roadmap Santiago Dueñas & Valerio Cosentino PDF
11:00 - 11:30 Break & Networking
11:30 - 12:30 Plenaries (Room: B213)
Pains and tribulations of finding data John Hawley & Alex Courouble PDF
Identifying Metrics to Communicate the Value of Open Source Contributions Ben Lloyd Pearson PDF
Chaos or CHAOSS: What We Hear From the CHAOSS Community Georg Link & Kevin Lumbard PDF
12:30 - 1:15 Panel: Diversity & Inclusion: Innovating to Create a Consistent Definition, Data and Metrics Matt Germonprez (Moderator), Emma Irwin, Dawn Foster, Jesus Gonzalez-Barahona, Sean Goggins
1:15 - 2:30 Lunch and Networking
2:30 - 3:00 Lightning Talks (Room: B213) (Signup on site)
Ask, Join, Share Felipe Hoffa
Santi: Percival Demo Manrique López notebook
GrimoireLab to track GSoC Jesus Gonzales-Barahona
Community Health Visibility Johanna Smith
Augur Demo Sean Goggins
Risk Category brainstorming Matt Snell PDF
3:00 - 4:00 Workshops / Tutorials
Room: B213 CHAOSS WG on Growth-Maturity-Metrics: status report Jesus Gonzalez-Barahona & Sean Goggins PDF
Room: B215 Which house are you in? (Sorting Hat workshop) Santiago Dueñas & Valerio Cosentino
4:00 - 4:30 Break & Networking
4:30 - 5:30 Workshops / Tutorials
Room: B213 Establishing Metrics that Matter for Diversity & Inclusion Emma Irwin PDF
Room: B215 GrimoireLab made simple: Using the basic stuff from Python Jesus Gonzalez-Barahona PDF
5:30 - Adjourn somewhere for more networking


Alex Courouble

Open Source Engineer - VMware

Alex is an Open Source Engineer at VMware Open Source Technology Center, where he works on VMware open source contribution analytics. Before VMware, Alex was a getting his masters in Software Engineering at Polytechnique Montreal, where he researched collaboration and contribution in Open Source communities. Outside of work, Alex enjoys hiking, running, and playing Hockey with his friends.

Ben Lloyd Pearson

Governor of GitHub - Oath

Ben Lloyd Pearson (M.Sc.) manages the GitHub presence and assists with external open source involvement at Oath. He has a background that spans many areas of technology including developer operations, digital media, audio / video production, web development, IT systems support / administration, and technical writing. He is an IT generalist who uses his broad understanding of technology to facilitate open source software development, and he has been involved with a range of open source communities. He has supports both internal and community open source efforts through infrastructure administration, technical evangelism, and developer operations. Ben excels at combining deep technical comprehension with a strong business acumen to provide valuable, strategic information.

David Grizzanti

Principal Software Engineer - Comcast

David Grizzanti is a Principal Software Engineer at Comcast. He oversees the development of multi-tenant software platforms that support tens of millions of customers across North America. David has more than 10+ years of software experience. Prior to joining Comcast, he participated in 3 IaaS platform builds in his time at Sungard Availability Services. His general areas of interests include software architecture, DevOps/QA, and engineering leadership.

Emma Irwin

Open Project & Communities Specialist - Mozilla

During successful career as a software developer, Emma discovered Open Source, and was inspired by the potential of developing software, and participating in communities connected by common purpose and mission. Her experience as a contributor to many projects including Drupal, Wordpress and Firefox inspired her to help others get involved - and thus reshaped career focus to doing just that at Mozilla with a focus on diversity & inclusion. Emma leads D&I strategy development for Mozilla's communities, and lives in Sooke, BC with her family.

Dawn Foster

Consultant - Scale Factory

Dawn is currently a consultant at The Scale Factory and is finishing a PhD at the University of Greenwich in London. She spent more than 20 years working at companies like Puppet Labs, Intel, Jive Software, and more. She has expertise in community building, open source software, metrics, and more. She is passionate about bringing people together through a combination of online communities and real-world events along with analyzing the data associated with participation in developer and open source communities. She has spoken at dozens of industry events, including many Linux Foundation events, OSCON, SXSW, FOSDEM and more.

Georg J.P. Link

PhD Student - University of Nebraska at Omaha

Georg J.P. Link is a Ph.D. student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His research advances our knowledge in corporate engagement with open source projects. As corporate involvement increases, open source foundations provide guidance and support for open source projects. We only begin to understand the evolution of this triangular relationship. Link's current research focus is to inform this relationship through research into open source project health (CHAOSS project) and new market mechanisms (Bugmark project).

Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona

Founder - Bitergia / Professor - Uni. Rey Juan Carlos

Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona is co-founder of Bitergia, the software development analytics company specialized in the analysis of free / open source software projects. He is also professor in Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain), in the context of the GSyC/LibreSoft research group. His interests include the study of communities of software development, with a focus on quantitative and empirical studies. He enjoys taking photos of the coffee he drinks around the world.

John Hawley

Open Source Engineer - VMware

John 'Warthog9' Hawley led the system administration team on for nearly a decade, leading a team including four other administrators. His other exploits include working on Syslinux, OpenSSI, a caching Gitweb, and patches to bind to enable GeoDNS. He's the author of PXE Knife, a set of interfaces around common utilities and diagnostics tools needed by an average systems administrator, as well as SyncDiff(erent) a state-full file synchronizer and file transfer mechanism. He currently works for VMware working on upstream Open Source Software. In his free time he enjoys cooking extravagant meals and watching bad movies.

Kevin Lumbard

PhD Student - University of Nebraska at Omaha

Kevin Lumbard is interested in peer production communities, open source software development, design, and project management in distributed environments. His research focus includes the liminal qualities of individuals engaged in open source communities, coordinating design practices, information exchange in open source design, and all things wicked.

Matt Germonprez

Professor - University of Nebraska at Omaha

Matt Germonprez is the Mutual of Omaha Associate Professor of Information Systems in the College of Information Science & Technology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He uses qualitative field-studies to research corporate engagement with open communities and the dynamics of design in these engagements. His lines of research have been funded by numerous organizations including the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Mozilla. Matt is the co-founder of the Association for Information Systems SIGOPEN and the Linux Foundation Community Health Analytics OSS Project (CHAOSS). He and has had work accepted at ISR, MISQ, JAIS, JIT, ISJ, I&O, CSCW, OpenSym, Group, HICSS, and ACM Interactions. Matt is an active open source community member, having presented design and development work at LinuxCon, the Open Source Summit North America, the Linux Foundation Open Compliance Summit, the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, and the Open Source Leadership Summit.

Nicole Huesman

Community & Developer Advocate - Intel Corporation

For over 20 years, Nicole has applied her aptitude in storytelling to the technology industry—helping shine a light on the importance of the work of her engineering colleagues in a way that delivers true business value. She dove into the world of open source at Intel seven years ago, and quickly became a strong advocate—across Linux, cloud/virtualization (OpenStack, KVM, Xen), IoT (Yocto Project), Android, web technologies (HTML5), and more. She is passionate about cultivating inclusive communities that welcome diverse perspectives and invite intelligent, thoughtful debate to benefit us all. As co-chair of the CHAOSS Project's Diversity & Inclusion Workgroup, she is helping establish a consistent, cross-community definition and metrics for diversity. She also helps lead speed mentoring workshops across the OpenStack and Linux communities, inspiring the next generation of contributors, as an active member of the Women of OpenStack and Women in Open Source groups. She is a frequent moderator, speaker and blogger in the areas of diversity and mentorship.

Remy DeCausemaker

Open Source Program Manager - Twitter

As a Civic Hacker, Hackademic, and Program Manager of Twitter Open Source, @Remy_D builds communities that use their powers for good.

Santiago Dueñas

- Bitergia

Santiago Dueñas is an open source advocate and a software engineer at Bitergia. He is part of CHAOSS community and currently leads the development of GrimoireLab platform. Before joining Bitergia, Santiago was part of LibreSoft, a research team at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, where he studied different facets of libre software such as development processes, coordination and involvement in open source projects and their communities.

Sean Goggins

Professor - University of Missouri

Sean is an open source software researcher and a founding member of the Linux Foundation’s working group on community health analytics for open source software CHAOSS, co-lead of the CHAOSS metrics software working group and leader of the open source metrics tool AUGUR which can be forked and cloned and experimented with on GitHub. After a decade as a software engineer, Sean decided his calling was in research. His open source research is framed around a broader agenda of social computing research, which he pursues as an associate professor of computer science at the University of Missouri.

Shilla Saebi

Open Source Program Manager - Comcast

Shilla Saebi is an Open Source Program Manager who focuses on community and has been with Comcast for almost a decade. She has worked in many diverse roles within the tech industry in positions ranging from operations engineering, system administration, and network operations. Shilla is an open source contributor and actively supports several open source projects housed under the Linux Foundation, Apache, and OpenStack. From 2014-2017, she was nominated to serve as a member of the OpenStack User Committee by the existing board members, becoming the first woman to serve on OpenStack’s UC. She was also a core contributor to the OpenStack docs project and currently sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for OpenStack Superuser magazine. Shilla also served on the board of the OpenStack Innovation Center (OSIC) from 2015-2017, where she helped the community develop and test code at scale, and is currently an OpenStack ambassador for the East Coast USA. Outside of the world of open source, she loves music, traveling, and art. Shilla is based in Philadelphia, PA.

Valerio Cosentino

Software Developer - Bitergia

Valerio is a software developer at Bitergia since September 2017. He got his M.Sc. in computer science in 2010 and Ph.D. in computer science in 2013. His interests cover source code analysis, (software) data extraction and reverse engineering. Before joining Bitergia, he has been a Ph.D. student at IBM France and postdoctoral fellow in a couple of research teams between France and Spain, where he worked on reverse engineering of legacy systems, analysis of open source projects (e.g., maturity, bus factor) and open data. In his free time he enjoys running and playing videogames.


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