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 ( 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)

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